Harry Rubin


  • JD, Columbia University School of Law, 1988; Associate Editor, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law ; International Fellow of Columbia University; Parker School Certificate of Achievement in International Law
  • BA (Government), magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1985; Phi Beta Kappa; John Harvard and Harvard College honorary scholarships


  • California
  • New York
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • French


  • Staff Sergeant, Assistant Chief of Operations, External Relations Department, Israel Defense Forces Military Intelligence (1978-1980)
  • IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists (2016-2017)
  • Who’s Who Legal: Telecommunications Media & Technology (2017)
  • Legal 500 (2013-present)
  • Best of the Best USA, named an Elite Practitioner in Information Technology (2013-present)
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Information Technology Law (2007-present)
  • Intellectual Asset Management – A Guide to the World’s 250 Leading IP Strategists (2009-present)
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2008-2013)
  • New York Super Lawyers (2007-present)
  • Euromoney's Best of the Best USA, "Top 25 Information Technology Law experts in the USA" (2008-present)
  • The International Who's Who of Technology, Media and Telecommunications Lawyers (2015)
  • The International Who's Who of Life Sciences Lawyers (2011-present)
  • The International Who's Who of Internet and e-commerce Lawyers (2007-present)
  • The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers (2008-present)
  • IAM Patent 1000 – The World's Leading Patent Practitioners (2013-present)

    Harry Rubin


    Harry Rubin is the co-head of the firm's international practice group. He is a globally recognized authority on IP strategy, transactions and financing, and technology commercialization. Harry is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA) President’s Task Force on the Future of Legal Services and former co-chair of the Technology Committee of the IBA.

    Harry has extensive experience in the representation of leading private equity firms, financial institutions and technology and life science companies in domestic and global acquisitions, mergers, spin-outs, restructurings, financings, strategic alliances and joint ventures, technology transfers, licensing, outsourcing, IP protection and commercialization, and high stakes dispute settlements. He has represented clients, ranging from startups to multinationals, in the automotive, FinTech, travel, defense, software, bio-information, advanced materials, life sciences, health IT, medical device, entertainment, semiconductor, electronics, publishing, branded and consumer products, luxury goods, communications, and Internet sectors. He has published extensively on international business transactions, outsourcing, joint ventures, technology transfers, licensing, Internet law and intellectual property. Harry's book International Technology Transfers (Kluwer Law International) is widely considered the standard reference text in the field. He is a frequent speaker on these topics in leading conferences worldwide.


    • Advised Fortress, Goldman Sachs, The Carlyle Group, Bain Capital, TPG Growth, UBS, Silver Lake Partners, Genstar, Welsh, Carson, American Industrial Partners, Kohlberg & Company, 3i Group, Castanea Partners, H.I.G. Capital, Pontifax and other leading private equity and venture capital firms on Strategic IP and technology investments and financings, mergers and acquisitions and technology transactions, ranging from several million to multi-billion dollars in value.
    • Representation of Pfizer, American Express, State Street Corporation, TravelClick, Progenity, Groupe Rocher, Eloxx Pharmarceuticals, EarlySense, the Simons Foundation, Infront Sports & Media, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety (ACTS) in complex outsourcing, joint ventures, technology and IP spinouts, business restructuring and asset sales.
    • Representation of technology, medical device, financial services and luxury product companies in the strategic commercialization of their IP assets, portfolio structuring, e-commerce and FinTech projects.


    • Co-author, “IP Concerns for Venture-Backed Start-Ups Planning an Exit,” Bloomberg BNA’s Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal (July 27, 2017) 
    • Quoted, “China Bets on Its Silicon Valley,” International Bar Association IBA Global Insight (December 12, 2016)
    • Profiled and Interviewed, “Can German-Israeli Reconciliation Pave the Way for Peace?Moment Magazine (August 1, 2016)
    • Co-author, “Open Platform: What to Expect When You’re Indexing,” Inside Market Data (July 18, 2016)
    • Quoted, “5 High Court IP Cases Last Term; None This Term?,” Bloomberg BNA Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal (July 17, 2015 online; July 23, 2015 in print)
    • Quoted, “Taking Stock Of The 5 Supreme Court IP Decisions This Term,” Law360 (June 24, 2015)
    • “Essential Prerequisites for the 21st Century’s International Lawyer – the Limits of Globalism and the impermeable Importance of Foreign Languages” Global Wisdom on Business Transactions, International Law and Dispute Resolution C.H. Beck (2015)
    • Quoted, “Kimble v. Marvel ruling does not bring about many changes on licenses,” American Lawyer Inside Counsel (June 24, 2015)
    • Quoted, “Kimble v Marvel reaction: Congress’s job to change post-patent royalty rules,” World Intellectual Property Review (June 23, 2015)
    • Quoted, “Attorneys React To Supreme Court Patent Royalties Case,” Law360 (June 22, 2015)
    • “A Practical Guide to Risk Management in Global Outsourcing,” Inside the Minds volume Best Practices for Managing Outsourcing Transactions (2014)
    •  “The Double Irish, Dutch Sandwich and other delights,” Intellectual Asset Management (March/April 2013)
    • Risk and Reward: Health IT SaaS Licensing Models,”The Licensing Journal, Vol. 30, No. 1 (January 2010)
    • “Outsourcing to China: Risk Management and Strategies,”The Licensing Journal, Vol. 29, No. 10 (November/December, 2009)
    • “Negotiation Strategy and Tactics,”The Licensing Journal, Vol. 29, No. 8 (September, 2009)
    • “Cloud Computing: Overcast Legal Skies,”Bloomberg Law Report Privacy & Information, Vol. 2, No. 3 (March 2009)
    • “Outsourcing in a Flattening World - Watch out for nooks and crannies,”The Journal of BioLaw & Business, Vol. 11, 1 (2008)
    • “Supply-side/Manufacturing Outsourcing—Strategies and Negotiations,”Georgetown Journal of International Law, Vol. 38 (2007)
    • “Succeeding in a Sober Technology Market,”Israel Venture Capital and Private Equity Journal, March 1 (2004)
    • “The Myths And Realities Of Open Source Code Licensing: Business And Legal Considerations,”Cyberspace Lawyer and Les Nouvelles, May 1 (2003)
    • “From the Ivory Tower to Wall Street: University Technology Transfer in the U.S., Britain, China, Japan, Germany and Israel,”International Journal of Law and Information Technology, Vol. 11, No. 1, Oxford University Press (January 1, 2003)
    • “US and International Law Aspects of the Internet: Fitting Square Pegs into Round Holes,”International Journal of Law and Information Technology, Vol. 3, No. 2, Oxford University Press (January 1996)


    • “Recent Developments and Trends in Technology M&A,”   IBA’s 3rd Annual Mergers and Acquisitions in the Technology Sector Conference,  Barcelona (February 2018)
    • “Coopetition –Collaboration among Competitors, ” IP Service World Congress, Munich ( November 2017)
    • “Global Industrial Cooperation and German law and dispute resolution,” German Bar Association Law Made in Germany Symposium, Munich (April 2017)
    • “The New World of IP Monetization,” 7th IP Service World Congress, Munich (November 2016)
    • “Preparing Technology Companies for Exit,” 2nd Annual M&A in the Technology Sector Conference, Tel Aviv (October 2016)
    • “Opportunities and challenges in Israeli Technology deals”, Harvard Business School Alumni Club conference, New York (July 2016)
    • “The Globalization of Medical Device Transactions,” Israel’s 3rd Foreign Law Firms Conference, Tel Aviv (June 2016)
    • “New World of IP Transactions,” SuperReturn International Conference, Berlin (March 2016)
    • “Preparation for Sale and Exit of Technology Companies,” IBA Europe M&A Conference, Paris (February 2016)
    • “Strategics are from Mars and PE’s are from Venus – a non-judgmental comparison in their approaches to IP centric acquisitions,” SuperReturn International, Conference, Berlin (February 2015 and 2016); Family Office Forum, Zurich (November 2015), Wiesbaden (April 2016); Techknowledge, Tel-Aviv (January 2015); and M&A Europe 2014 - Premier Cercle Franfurter Allgemeine Forum, Frankfurt (April 2014)
    • “50 Years of German-Israeli Relations,” German and Israeli Consulates General, New York, (June 2015)
    • “Legal and Commercial Risk Management in Global Outsourcing,” IP Service World, Munich (November 2013)
    • Speaker, "Ropes & Gray West Coast Lunchtime Legal Briefing Teleconference - Social Media Enforcement: FDA, FTC, and National Advertising Division Case Studies and Practical Advice for Handling an Investigation or Enforcement Action,” (May 2013)
    • “The Double Irish and its Progeny – IP Holding Companies and spinouts,” International Bar Association Annual Conference, Dublin (October 2012)
    • “Preparing for Exit – the Pre-Exist Audit,” Israel Dealmakers Summit, Tel Aviv (February 2012)
    • “Risk Management in Global Outsourcing: India and China,” Global IP Exchange, Munich (March 2011)
    • “The Globalization of Knowledge-Based Industries,” joint International Bar Association / Israel Bar Conference, Tel-Aviv (February 2011)
    • “Technology Rights and Distressed Companies,” International Bar Association Annual Conference, Vancouver (October 2010)
    • “The New Age of Health IT,” Technology Law Conference, Copenhagen (May 2010)
    • “Health IT Saas and Licensing Models," Health Technology Forum, New York (September 2009)
    • “Outsourcing to China,”Doing Business in China, PLI, New York (July 2009)
    • “Negotiation Strategy and Tactics,” Advanced Licensing, PLI, New York (March 2009)
    • “Technology Private Equity Transactions,” International Bar Association Annual Conference, Buenos Aires (October 2008)
    • “The Roadmap for Start-Ups," The 2008 US/Israel Venture Summit, New York (March 2008)
    • “Growth Through Strategic Collaboration,” World's Best Technologies Conference 2005, Arlington, Texas (March 2005)
    • “Optimization Through Commercializing Intellectual Property,” International Business Forum Corporate Venturing & Strategic Investing Conference, Rancho Mirage, California (February 2005)
    • “Secrets for Global Success for Israeli Tech Companies,” Tamir Fishman and Royal Bank of Canada Addvantage Conference, Tel Aviv, Israel (December 2004)
    • “Applications Development and Maintenance (ADM) Outsourcing to India,” International Bar Association Annual Conference, Auckland, New Zealand (November 2004)
    • “The 'Copy-Left' Copyright Revolution: Licensing and Litigating Open Source Code,” Beverly Hills Bar Association (July 2004)
    • “Defense and Commercial Technology Collaborations,” Defense Ventures Conference, San Diego (March 2004)
    • "Secrets of International Success for Technology Companies,” Chief Scientist Conference, Tel Aviv University, Israel (December 2003)
    • “Global Supply Side and Manufacturing Outsourcing - Business and Legal Strategies,” International Bar Association Annual Conference, San Francisco (September 2003)
    • “Doing Business in India,” San Diego Telecom Council, San Diego (July 2003)
    • COMDEX--Fortune Forum "The Future of Digital Convergence,” New York (June 2003)
    • “Structuring Alternatives and Business Rationales for Strategic Alliances,” Regional Technology Alliance, San Diego (June 2003)
    • “Structuring Software Licenses: Sharing IP with Co-Developers and Partners,” Lunch with Lawyers, San Diego Software Industry Council (May 2003)
    • “Managing Foreign Counsel,” Martindale Hubbell - Counsel to Counsel, San Francisco (Spring 2002)
    • “Global Licensing,” Regional Technology Alliance, San Diego (October 2002)
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