Van Lindberg

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Van Lindberg
Van Lindberg in 2016.jpg
Van Lindberg in 2016
Born (1976-06-25) June 25, 1976 (age 43)
EducationB.S. Computer Engineering/History (Dual Major)
Juris Doctor in Law
Alma materBrigham Young University
OccupationAttorney, author, and software developer
EmployerDykema Cox Smith
TitleSr. Counsel

Van Lindberg (born June 25, 1976) is an American attorney, software developer, and author. He currently works in the San Antonio office of Dykema, a national law firm.[1][2] Since 2012, Lindberg has been a director on the Board of the Python Software Foundation,[3] where he also currently serves as its general counsel. Prior to working at Dykema, Lindberg was Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Rackspace,[4][5] 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."[6][7]

Copyright and Open Source[edit]

Lindberg is known for his work on copyright and open source law. He is the author of Intellectual Property and Open Source,[8] 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.[9] In 2013, Lindberg testified before the House Judiciary Committee on the importance of open source models in copyright.[10]

Patent Reform[edit]

Lindberg is also notable for his opposition to patent trolls.[11] Under Lindberg, Rackspace became known for its extremely aggressive stance against patent trolls[12] 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.[13] Lindberg has appeared with Senators Chuck Schumer[14] and John Cornyn[15] and in videos for the Internet Association[16] in support of the legislation.

Rackspace Hosting, Inc. v. Rotatable Technologies LLC[edit]

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[17] for using screen-rotation capabilities in apps running on the iOS and Android mobile operating systems.[18] 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.[19] At the time of the decision, Rotatable had pending suits against 31 other companies.[20]

Participation in Open Source Foundations[edit]

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[21] and in 2014, Lindberg was the first chair of the Docker Governance Advisory Board.[22]


  1. ^ "Van Lindberg - Intellectual Property Attorney - San Antonio, Texas: Dykema". Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  2. ^ Media, Newton. "Van Lindberg hired as senior counsel at Dykema Cox Smith". Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  3. ^ "History of PSF Officers & Directors". Python Software Foundation. June 10, 2015. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  4. ^ "Rackspace Names Open Source Expert Van Lindberg VP of Intellectual Property". February 19, 2013. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  5. ^ "Rackspace Python IP master fights patent trolls". Computer Weekly. February 20, 2013. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  6. ^ "Techiest Lawyers: Code Master". ABA Journal. April 16, 2012. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  7. ^ "ABA Journal Names Van Lindberg of Haynes and Boone One of the Nations 12 Techiest Attorneys". Preffs. April 16, 2012. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  8. ^ Lindberg, Van (July 25, 2008). Intellectual Property and Open Source: A Practical Guide to Protecting Code. O'Reilly and Associates. ISBN 0596517963.
  9. ^ "The open source book you'll actually want to read". cnet. July 15, 2008. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  10. ^ "Rackspace helps school Congress on copyright and open source". GigaOM. August 2, 2013. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  11. ^ "Rackspace's patent warrior: why OpenStack is safe". DataCenter Dynamics. November 19, 2014. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  12. ^ "Rackspace knocks out patent troll that claimed monopoly on rotating smartphone displays". GigaOM. September 22, 2014. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  13. ^ "Here we go again: 5 key questions for patent reform in 2015". GigaOM. January 19, 2015. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  14. ^ "Senators ramp up push for PATENT Act". Legal Insurrection. June 3, 2015. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  15. ^ "Sen. Cornyn: We need to limit the business of 'frivolous' patent litigation". VentureBeat. October 14, 2014. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  16. ^ "Video: It's Time to Stop Patent Trolls". Internet Association. August 26, 2015. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  17. ^ "U.S. Pat. No. 6,326,978, Display method for selectively rotating windows on a computer display". United States Patent and Trademark Office. December 4, 2001. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  18. ^ "Another Patent Troll Slain. You Are Now Free To Rotate Your Smartphone". Rackspace. September 22, 2014. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  19. ^ "Rackspace Hosting, Inc. v. Rotatable Technologies LLC: Final Written Decision and Denied Motion to Amend IPR2013-00248". National Law Review. September 29, 2014. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  20. ^ "RPX: Search results for ""Rotatable Technologies LLC""". RPX Corp. September 2, 2015. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  21. ^ "Board of Directors". OpenStack Foundation. November 10, 2013. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  22. ^ "Docker Governance Advisory Board". Docker Inc. November 4, 2014. Retrieved September 2, 2015.

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