Luis Villa

Founder and Principal at Law

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Last Updated 6/26/2017

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Employment History

Open Definition


Senior Director of Community Engagement  - Wikimedia Foundation , Inc.

Senior Technology Analyst  - Berkman Center for Internet and Society

Associate  - Greenberg Traurig LLP

Editor-in-Chief, Science and Technology Law Review  - Columbia University

Technology Analyst and 'Geek In Residence'  - Harvard University


Harvard Law School

law , Columbia

political science and computer science , Duke University

MD  - 


Board Member  - Open Source

Director  - The GNOME Foundation

Board Member  - GNOME

Board Member  - License Committee

Advisory Board  - The Defensive Patent License

Board Member and License Review Committee Chair  - OSI

Board Member  - Open Software Integrators, LLC

Legal Fellow  - Mozilla Corporation

Summer Associate  - Orrick , Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Engineering Lead, Linux Desktop Team  - Novell Inc

Quality Assurance Lead, Sun Microsystems Contract and Ximian Desktop  - Ximian , Inc.

Primary Liaison  - Free Software Foundation Inc

Founder  - ONCOM

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Advisory Council - Open Definition - Defining Open in Open Data, Open Content and Open Knowledge

Luis Villa
Luis Villa is Deputy General Counsel at the Wikimedia Foundation. Previously he was an associate in the Palo Alto office of the Greenberg Traurig law firm, where his practice focused on counseling companies on intellectual property, technology licensing and related matters, with a particular focus on open source licensing. His clients were both for-profits and non-profits, including Mozilla, the Wikimedia Foundation, Amazon, and Facebook. He also advised Google in the Oracle v. Google trial, and led the first revision of the Mozilla Public License in a decade. Luis is a director of the Open Source Initiative, and serves as an invited expert on the World Wide Web Consortium's Patents and Standards Interest Group. Before law school, Luis worked in software, including several years working on the GNOME Linux desktop at a small startup.

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OSI Board Meeting Minutes, Wednesday, May 4, 2011 | Open Source Initiative

Mr. Fogel thanked Luis Villa for his help.

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OSI Board Meeting Minutes, Wednesday June 4th, 2014 | Open Source Initiative

Luis Villa
Work with Luis to adopt wikimedia approach to communicating trademark policies

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