Aaron Rubin is a partner in the San Francisco office of Morrison & Foerster and a member of the firm's Technology Transactions Group. His practice focuses on transactions and counseling involving intellectual property and technology, including structuring and negotiating license agreements, supply agreements, technology transfers, joint development agreements, information technology and business process outsourcing transactions, and other intellectual property and commercial matters relevant to software, hardware, electronic commerce, and other advanced information technology businesses. Mr. Rubin also regularly advises clients on the intellectual property aspects of their M&A transactions.
In addition, Mr. Rubin’s practice includes advising clients on legal issues arising in the rapidly evolving areas of social media, e-commerce and other online business models, such as those involving media sharing, user-generated content, social networking, data aggregation and collection, and paid search. He is a co-editor of Socially Aware, Morrison & Foerster’s award-winning newsletter and blog devoted to the law and business of social media, and is listed as a leading lawyer in Chambers USA 2014.
Mr. Rubin received his B.A. in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley in 1991. In 2001, he received his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, where he was an executive editor of the California Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Following law school, Mr. Rubin served as law clerk to the Honorable William H. Orrick and the Honorable Martin J. Jenkins, both United States District Judges for the Northern District of California.
Represented DreamWorks Animation in connection with the intellectual property and licensing aspects of its $350 million animation studio joint venture with a group of Chinese companies.
Represented Intel with respect to the intellectual property aspects of a number of strategic acquisitions, including Intel’s $7.7 billion acquisition of McAfee and $884 million acquisition of Wind River.
Represented Kaiser Permanente in a transaction valued at over $500 million to outsource Kaiser’s four major data centers and several ancillary operations to IBM.
Represented Visa, Inc. in connection with Visa’s groundbreaking payment platform partnership with JP Morgan Chase.
Represented Yahoo! in a number of transactions, including the intellectual property and technology aspects of its landmark search agreement with Microsoft, and in the sale of Zimbra, a leading vendor of email and collaboration software, to VMware.