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Senate Judiciary Committee’s Chief IP Counsel Joins Covington

November 12, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC, November 12 2013 — Aaron Cooper, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s chief counsel for intellectual property and antitrust law, is joining Covington & Burling where he is expected to play a pivotal role in the firm’s global public policy and government affairs practice.

“Aaron’s extensive experience in IP, antitrust law and policy development will be an important addition to our capabilities in helping clients address the multiple IP issues moving through Congress, the executive branch and the courts,” said Timothy Hester, chair of the firm’s management committee. “Aaron is an important addition to our IP line-up. He is widely respected in Congress and in the business community for his in-depth knowledge of the range of IP issues and how those issues affect the world of IP and business,” added Dan Bryant, chair of the firm’s public policy and government affairs practice.

Mr. Cooper joins the firm’s Washington office effective December 9. He plans to work closely with Jon Kyl and Howard Berman at Covington to help corporate clients navigate legislative initiatives in the IP and antitrust fields. As former members of the House and Senate Judiciary committees, those lawmakers previously worked closely with Mr. Cooper on a broad range of copyright and intellectual property issues. Richard Hertling, former chief counsel and staff director of the House Judiciary Committee and policy expert on IP issues, and Gina Vetere, former executive director of international intellectual property at the U.S. Chamber’s Global Intellectual Property Center, joined the firm’s public policy practice in April.

According to Senator Kyl and Congressman Berman: “Aaron was among the most knowledgeable Senate staffers on intellectual property, antitrust and other issues of importance to U.S. and international business. He was widely respected on both sides of the aisle and both sides of the Capitol for his substantive expertise and his ability to get things done. We are very pleased to be reunited with him at Covington, and look forward to working with him again now, on behalf of our clients.”

In his role on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Mr. Cooper had primary responsibility for all aspects of Chairman Patrick Leahy’s intellectual and antitrust initiatives, including drafting, negotiating and developing the legislative strategy for passage of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011, which brought the most comprehensive change to the nation’s patent laws in more than 60 years. Mr. Cooper was also the lead counsel for Chairman Leahy, responsible for drafting and helping secure passage of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act, the Theft of Trade Secrets Clarification Act and numerous other IP laws enacted over the last several Congresses.

Mr. Cooper also brings experience in the life sciences area as well as copyright, trademarks, trade secrets, data storage and analytics, and communications law from his work on the judiciary panel.

“I look forward to joining one of the most respected public policy teams in the nation, and building a niche in intellectual property and related policy areas to help clients navigate and shape global policy developments,” Mr. Cooper said.

Mr. Cooper started his legal career at Covington as an associate in 2001. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his law degree from Vanderbilt University. After law school, he clerked for Judge Gerald B. Tjoflat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

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