Tom Rubin

Tom Rubin is special counsel at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, having served for many years as Microsoft’s Chief Intellectual Property Strategy Counsel and the head of the copyright, trademark and trade secret group at the company. He has vast expertise in intellectual property, technology, licensing, internet, media law, corporate governance and investigations.

At Microsoft, Rubin spearheaded complex litigation, enforcement, product development, licensing, marketing, and global policy strategies across Microsoft’s business divisions. He also led many collaborative efforts with other leaders in the technology and content industries, including amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court and California Supreme Court; policy initiatives; and product partnerships. In 2010, the Los Angeles County Bar Association awarded him the Corporate Alternative Dispute Resolution Award for his leadership of the landmark User Generated Content Principles.

Rubin has previously taught two advanced copyright seminars at Stanford Law School (2011 and 2015) and one at Harvard Law School (2016), as well as a criminal justice seminar at Yale College (1989). A frequent speaker on legal, policy, and business issues related to content, innovation, and the Internet, he has testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and addressed the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in Russia, International Copyright Forum in China, International Copyright Technology Conference in Korea, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and many other government, academic and industry forums around the world.

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