July 20–24, 2015
Portland, OR
Van Lindberg

Van Lindberg
Member, Dykema

Website | @VanL

Van Lindberg has worked professionally as an engineer, as a lawyer, and as an executive. He currently has a dual legal/technical role at Rackspace, and has worked out of both the legal department and the office of the CTO. In April 2012, the American Bar Association Journal named Van as one of “America’s Top 12 Techiest Attorneys.” On the legal side, Van leads Rackspace’s Intellectual Property program, directing Rackspace’s strategy and policy around patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, and open source matters. Van also heads Rackspace’s lobbying efforts relative to patent reform. On the technical side, Van runs Rackspace’s technical leadership corps. Van also works in technical strategy and ecosystem engagement at Rackspace, identifying emerging technologies, separating out differentiating versus non-differentiating product elements, and using open source strategies to be more competitive.

Previously, Van worked at the law firm of Haynes and Boone, where he wrote Intellectual Property and Open Source, published by O’Reilly, and grew an open source practice helping businesses with everything from open source compliance to business strategy. In addition to Van’s open source practice, he did IP transactional work, patent prosecution, litigation, and post-grant actions (ex parte and inter partes reexams/reviews).

Van currently serves as chairman of the board of the Python Software Foundation, on the board of the OpenStack Foundation, and as the chair of the Docker Governance Advisory Board. Prior to law school, Van was a research and development engineer at NTT/Verio, where he built automation tools and distributed systems. His favorite language is Python.


10:40am–11:20am Thursday, 07/23/2015
Collaboration D139/140
Van Lindberg (Dykema)
Developers know that participating in the open source community can be a win-win for both employers and employees. But how do you convince the legal department and executives? In this presentation we will share Rackspace's internal policy documents that allow all employees to participate in open source projects, and explain the details that convinced everyone to let us put it in place. Read more.