Van Lindberg


San Antonio, Texas

Van Lindberg focuses on intellectual property, copyright, open source and government policy and practice.

Mr. Lindberg specializes in the intersection of technology and law, and was named one of “America’s top 12 Techiest Attorneys” by the American Bar Association Journal in 2012. He is invited to speak regularly on topics ranging from community dynamics to graph theory. Mr. Lindberg has also testified in Congressional proceedings as an expert on both copyright and encryption policy.

Mr. Lindberg has accrued significant expertise and experience in the area of open source, addressing the business, legal, economic and social aspects of engaging with open source communities. He is the author of the book “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 addition to open source, Mr. Lindberg represents a variety of companies for high-stakes IP litigation and inter partes review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Mr. Lindberg has organized employee agreements creating greater employee satisfaction and promoting a higher level of compliance with internal policies and led teams through successful mergers and acquisitions and restructurings.


  • Open Source Committee, Intellectual Property Owners Association, Member, 2018
  • OpenStack Foundation, Member of the Board of Directors, 2013-2017
  • Python Software Foundation, Chairman of the Board of Directors, 2012-2016 and Member of the Board of Directors, 2007-Present
  • State Bar of Texas


  • American Bar Association Journal, America’s Top 12 Techiest Attorneys, 2012
  • S.A. Scene, “San Antonio’s Best Lawyers,” Intellectual Property, 2018
  • IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists, 2018
  • Texas Super Lawyers®, Rising Star for Intellectual Property, 2013

Practice Areas

  • Corporate & Business
  • Intellectual Property – Patent
  • Intellectual Property – Trademark
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Technology


  • Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, J.D., 2006
  • Brigham Young University, B.S., 2003

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. Patent Office


  • Spanish


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