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E. Leonard Rubin

E. Leonard Rubin

Querrey & Harrow, Ltd.
Adjunct Faculty, University of Illinois and John Marshall Law School
Chicago, IL, USA


E. Leonard Rubin is Counsel with the law firm of Querrey & Harrow, Ltd., a firm that represents individuals and business clients worldwide.  Mr. Rubin, who concentrates his practice in copyright, trademark, defamation, trade secret and entertainment law, resigned his position a number of years ago as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Playboy Enterprises, Inc., where he had been for 13 years, to return to private practice.  He has extensive experience handling negotiations, legal problems, internet implications and litigation in the copyright, communications, publishing, computer, music, television, theatrical and motion picture areas, among others.

Mr. Rubin is a past Trustee and past president of the Midwest Chapter, and has sat on the Executive Committee, of the Copyright Society of the United States.  He has written numerous articles and spoken both in this country and abroad on copyright, trademark, defamation, entertainment and data protection issues. He is a member of the Chicago, Illinois, New York State and American Bar Associations, and is admitted to practice before the Illinois and New York state courts as well as the U.S. Supreme Court and the Fifth and Seventh U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal. 

Mr. Rubin is a Certified Mediator, and an adjunct professor at John Marshall Law School, teaching Entertainment Law.  He is a former Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University School of Law (Copyright Law), the University of Illinois College of Law (Entertainment Law, Copyright and New Technologies Law), and  Loyola University Law School (Advanced Copyright, Copyright and Trademark Law).  He is a past president and Board member of Lawyers for the Creative Arts (which provides free legal help to indigent artists, authors and composers), was a Director of CBA-TV Inc., and for 35 years was the director and co-author of “Christmas Spirits,” the annual social and political musical satire show produced by the Chicago Bar Association.

Practice Areas

  • Copyrights
  • Entertainment Law
  • Financing Development of IP
  • Intellectual Property
  • Internet and E-Commerce
  • IP Asset Management
  • IP Litigation and Enforcement
  • Licensing
  • Publishing Law
  • Trade Secrets
  • Trademarks

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Illinois
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court
  • U.S. Courts of Appeal, 5th and 7th Circuits
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law, JD, 1959
  • University of Miami, A.B., 1956
 Memberships
  • Copyright Society of the United States, former member of Executive Committee and past President, Midwest Chapter
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Professional Activities

  • Adjunct Professor, The John Marshall Law School (Entertainment Law)
  • Former Adjunct Professor, Northwestern University School of Law (Copyright Law), the University of Illinois College of Law (Entertainment Law, Copyright and New Technologies Law), and Loyola University Law School (Advanced Copyright Law)
  • Co-Chair/Speaker: "Understanding Copyright Law 2009": Practising Law institute, June 11, 2009
  • Speaker: "Understanding the Intellectual Property License 2008" Practising Law institute, December, 2008
  • Speaker: "Rights of Publicity and Entertainment Licensing" Practising Law institute, December, 2008
  • Speaker: "Copyright Law & Practice: Copyright & Trademark Issues in Virtual Worlds" 2008 Intellectual Property Owners Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, Sept. 21-23, 2008

Publications

  • "Legal Issues for E-Commerce Start-Ups To Consider" IICLE Intellectual Property Law 2008 Edition Chapter 19
  • "Authors Guild-Google Settlement" The Licensing Journal, November 2008
  • "Federal Court Rules that Open Source Licenses Are Enforceable under Copyright Law"  Co-author with John L. Hines, Jr., Intellectual Property Today, Online Edition, News, August 15, 2008
  • "What Copyright Law Is…And Isn’t" Practising Law Institute, PLI June-July, 2008 Understanding Copyright Law, 938 PLI/Pat 11
  • "Basic Provisions of Current Copyright Law" Practising Law Institute, PLI June-July, 2007 Understanding Copyright Law 2007
  • "The Problem with Protecting Industrial Designs" Intellectual Property Owners Association website, Member Articles and Reports, August 25, 2007
  • "Concise, Complete, Fun—On Copyright Law?" Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, February 6, 2007
  • "Rights of Publicity and Entertainment Licensing" Practising Law Institute, PLI October-December, 2006 Understanding The Intellectual Property License 2006
  • "Rights of Publicity and Entertainment Licensing" Practising Law Institute, PLI October-December, 2005 Understanding The Intellectual Property License 2005
  • "Database and Content Licensing" Practising Law Institute, PLI October, 2004 Understanding The Intellectual Property License 2004
  • "Licensing of Databases" The Licensing Journal 24, no. 6 (June 2004): 13-16
  • "Database Licensing" Practising Law Institute, PLI September, 2003-January, 2004 Understanding The Intellectual Property License 2003
  • "Basic Concepts Of Copyright Law" Practising Law Institute, PLI 2002, Understanding Basic Copyright Law 2002
  • "The Digital Millennium Copyright Act And The Internet" Practising Law Institute, PLI 2002, Understanding Basic Copyright Law 2002
  • "The Digital Millennium Copyright Act And The Internet" Practising Law Institute, PLI 2001, Understanding Basic Copyright Law 2001
  • "Basic Concepts Of Copyright Law" Practising Law Institute, PLI July, 2000, Understanding Basic Copyright Law 2000
  • “Basic Provisions of Current U.S. Copyright Law” Practising Law Institute, PLI July-August, 1999, Understanding Basic Copyright Law, 1999
  • "A Primer On Current U.S. Copyright Law And Its Applicability To The Digital Environment" Practising Law Institute, PLI July, 1998, Understanding Basic Copyright Law, 1998
  • "Ethics In Licensing" Practising Law Institute, PLI October 1997-January 1998, Understanding The Intellectual Property License, 1998
  • "Copyrights In The Cyber World", Practising Law Institute, PLI 1997, Understanding Basic Copyright Law, 1997
E. Leonard Rubin is associated with the following items:
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks Fundamentals of Copyright Law in the Data Era 2013
Fundamentals of Copyright Law in the Data Era 2014
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Recent Cases in Copyright Law 2012–2013 - Fundamentals of Copyright Law in the Data Era 2013 , Thursday, June 13, 2013
Licensing of Rights of Publicity and Other Entertainment Properties - Understanding the Intellectual Property License 2013 , Monday, November 04, 2013
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Understanding the Intellectual Property License 2014 , Thursday, November 06, 2014 , Chicago, IL
Fundamentals of Copyright Law in the Data Era 2015 , Monday, June 15, 2015 , Chicago, IL
Understanding the Intellectual Property License 2013 , Thursday, November 07, 2013 , Chicago, IL
Fundamentals of Copyright Law in the Data Era 2014 , Thursday, June 12, 2014 , Chicago, IL
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