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There is a dual reality surrounding the use of open source in businesses. For developers, open source code is everywhere, widely used, and an essential part of their day-to-day toolbox. For too many managers, directors, and CxOs, however, using open source seems to be just about compliance and risk.
There are a number of reasons why businesses use open source: It can help them to become more efficient, to establish a standard, or as a driver for other associated products and services. Understanding how to use open source effectively and strategically reduces costs and increases revenue. Focusing only on basic compliance keeps organizations from this higher, strategic use of open source.
This session will present a number of case studies showing how businesses have been able to make engaging with the open source community pay off – and will show why the freedoms granted under open source licenses are strategically important.
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, known internally as the “TCT.” 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 Associates, 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.
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