Mr. Tom Rubin is Chief Intellectual Property Strategy Counsel at Microsoft and head of its Trademark & Copyright Group. He spearheads complex product development, global policy, licensing, marketing and enforcement strategies across Microsoft’s business divisions, including Windows, Microsoft Office, Bing, Skype, Windows Phone, MSN and Xbox. At Microsoft since 1998, Mr. Rubin has led several collaborative efforts with leaders in the technology and creative industries, including product partnerships, policy initiatives, amicus briefs and the landmark User Generated Content Principles.
He speaks widely on the subject of innovation and intellectual property, including in testimony before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and by addressing the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in Russia, the International Copyright Forum in China, the International Copyright Technology Conference in Korea, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. He has taught seminars at Stanford and Yale, regularly guest lectures at Harvard, and has been published in the Financial Times.
A graduate of Yale University and Stanford Law School, his career has centered on the intersection of technology and content. Prior to Microsoft, he 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, electronic and intellectual property crimes. In private practice at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York, he represented companies such as Sony and Time Inc. on matters related to new technologies and media law. Prior to law school, he worked in the newsroom of The New York Times for two years and was a stringer for the Associated Press while at Yale.
Mr. Rubin has received numerous awards for his work, including the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s ADR Award and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney. He has been a non-residential fellow at Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society and currently serves on the Board of Visitors at Stanford Law School, the Board of Advisors of CCH’s Guide to Computer Law and the Intellectual Property Commission of the MIT Media Lab.