Thomas C. Rubin of Seattle, Wash., teaches seminars on technology policy, intellectual property, and artificial intelligence at Stanford Law School and practices law at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.
Previously, he served for many years as chief intellectual property strategy counsel at Microsoft, where he led the company’s copyright, trademark, and trade secret group and was responsible for product development and global policy in those fields.
Tom is an expert on legal, policy, and business issues related to content, innovation, and the internet. He has led several collaborative efforts with leaders in the technology and content industries, including product partnerships, policy initiatives, and amicus briefs. 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., World Association of Newspapers, Association of American Publishers, and Magazine Publishers of America, among many others. In addition to teaching at Stanford, Tom has taught seminars at Harvard Law School and Yale College.
Tom started his career as a journalist and has remained deeply involved in the field as a lawyer. While in college at Yale, he was the editor of the Yale Daily News Magazine and worked for the Associated Press, CBS News in London, and WNET in New York. Between college and law school, he worked at The New York Times as a copyboy and then news clerk and supervisor. After graduating from Stanford Law School, he practiced media law at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York and represented Slate, MSNBC, and MSN while at Microsoft.
Before joining Microsoft, Tom served as 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 and was awarded the U.S. Department of Justice’s Director’s Award for Superior Performance.
Tom has been a longtime fellow at the Stanford Center for Internet & Society and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Creative Commons and the Board of Visitors at Stanford Law School.