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Thomas C. Rubin

Thomas C. Rubin

Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School and former Chief Intellectual Property Strategy
Seattle, WA, USA

Tom Rubin will be a Lecturer at Harvard Law School in Spring 2016 and was a Lecturer at Stanford Law School in Spring 2015.  He advises a variety of startups and established companies. Tom was Chief Intellectual Property Strategy Counsel at Microsoft for many years, having spent 15 years at the company spearheading complex product development, litigation, licensing, marketing, enforcement and global policy strategies related to intellectual property across Microsoft’s business divisions, including Windows, Office, Azure, Xbox, Bing and MSN.

Tom has testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and addressed governments and international forums in China, Russia, Korea, Japan, France, the United Kingdom, the EU and elsewhere. In addition to teaching seminars at Stanford, Harvard and Yale, he lectures frequently on legal, policy and business issues related to content, innovation and the Internet.

Prior to Microsoft, Tom was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he was one of the country’s first computer crimes prosecutors. In private practice at Debevoise & Plimpton, he represented companies such as Sony, Infinity Broadcasting and Time Inc. on matters related to new technologies and media law. Before attending law school, he worked in the newsroom of The New York Times and was a stringer for the Associated Press.

Tom received his B.A. from Yale University and his J.D. from Stanford Law School. He has received the U.S. Department of Justice’s Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Corporate ADR Award for a groundbreaking initiative between the technology and content industries.

Tom currently serves on the Board of Directors of Creative Commons, the Steering Committee of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the Board of Visitors at Stanford Law School, and the Board of Advisors of CCH’s Guide to Computer Law. He is also a fellow at Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society and was a member of the Intellectual Property Commission of the MIT Media Lab.

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