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Employer  Rackspace
Name  Van Lindberg

Role  Attorney
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Born  June 25, 1976 (age 39) (1976-06-25) Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
Education  B.S. Computer Engineering/History (Dual Major) Juris Doctor in Law
Occupation  Attorney, author, and software developer
Title  Vice President and Associate General Counsel
Books  Intellectual Property and Open Source: A Practical Guide to Protecting Code

Alma mater  Brigham Young University

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Van Lindberg is an American attorney, software developer, and author. He currently works in the San Antonio office of Dykema, a national law firm. Since 2012, Lindberg has been a director on the Board of the Python Software Foundation, where he also currently serves as its general counsel. Prior to working at Dykema, Lindberg was Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Rackspace, an attorney at the law firm of Haynes and Boone, and as an engineer for the web hosting company Verio. Lindberg has been recognized by the American Bar Association Journal as "One of the Nation's 12 Techiest Attorneys."


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Copyright and Open Source

Lindberg is known for his work on copyright and open source law. He is the author of Intellectual Property and Open Source, a developer-focused guide to intellectual property issues that has been used as a textbook for teaching the concepts of intellectual property and open source licensing. In 2013, Lindberg testified before the House Judiciary Committee on the importance of open source models in copyright.

Patent Reform

Lindberg is also notable for his opposition to patent trolls. Under Lindberg, Rackspace became known for its extremely aggressive stance against patent trolls and its efforts to promote patent litigation reform, focusing on the Innovation Act in the U.S. House of Representatives and the PATENT Act, its companion in the U.S. Senate. Lindberg has appeared with Senators Chuck Schumer and John Cornyn and in videos for the Internet Association in support of the legislation.

Rackspace Hosting, Inc. v. Rotatable Technologies LLC

In 2013-2014, Lindberg headed Rackspace's efforts against Rotatable Technologies, LLC, a non-practicing entity that was accusing companies of infringing patent U.S. 6,326,978 for using screen-rotation capabilities in apps running on the iOS and Android mobile operating systems. Rackspace rejected an immediate offer to settle the patent infringement case for $75,000 and instead instituted an inter partes review, leading to the patent being declared invalid. At the time of the decision, Rotatable had pending suits against 31 other companies.

Participation in Open Source Foundations

Lindberg has been in the leadership of various open source foundations. He has been an officer of the Python Software Foundation since 2007, serving as PyCon chair, general counsel, as well as Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Board. From 2013-2017, he was on the board of directors for the OpenStack Foundation and in 2014, Lindberg was the first chair of the Docker Governance Advisory Board.


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