Tom Rubin

Position / Title: 
Non-Residential Fellow

Tom Rubin is currently Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School, where he is teaching a seminar entitled Copyright and Content in the Digital Age. Previously, he was Chief Intellectual Property Strategy Counsel at Microsoft, where he led the copyright, trademark and trade secret group. During six years in that role and 15 years at the company, Rubin spearheaded complex product development, licensing, marketing, enforcement and global policy strategies across Microsoft’s business divisions, including Windows, Office, Azure, Xbox and Bing. He has also led several collaborative efforts with other leaders in the technology and content industries, including product partnerships, policy initiatives, amicus briefs and the landmark User Generated Content Principles.

Rubin 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. He has taught seminars at Stanford Law School and Yale College, and lectures frequently on legal, policy and business issues related to content, innovation and the Internet.

Prior to Microsoft, Rubin was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he was one of the country’s first prosecutors of computer and intellectual property crimes and was awarded the U.S. Department of Justice’s Director’s Award for Superior Performance. In private practice at Debevoise & Plimpton, he represented companies such as Sony and Time Inc. on matters related to new technologies and media law. He also clerked for Judge Leonard B. Sand in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and Chief Judge James L. Oakes in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Prior to law school, he worked in the newsroom of The New York Times and was a stringer for the Associated Press.

A graduate of Yale and of Stanford Law School, Rubin 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 was also a member of the Intellectual Property Commission of the MIT Media Lab.