Vice President, Global Policy

Aaron Cooper

Aaron Cooper serves as Vice President, Global Policy with BSA | The Software Alliance. In this role, Cooper leads BSA’s global policy team and contributes to the advancement of BSA members’ policy priorities: data privacy and security, intellectual property, and trade. Cooper joined BSA in February 2016 as Vice President, Strategic Policy Initiatives.

Prior to joining BSA, Cooper served as the Chief Counsel for Intellectual Property and Antitrust Law for Chairman Patrick Leahy on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Most recently, Cooper was of counsel at Covington and Burling, where he provided strategic counseling and policy advice on a range of intellectual property, communications, and privacy issues. Cooper has also served as Legal Counsel to Senator Paul Sarbanes.

Cooper is a graduate of Princeton University and Vanderbilt Law School. He clerked for Judge Gerald Tjoflat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Posts by Aaron Cooper

Today I testified about the Transitional Program for Covered Business Method Patents (CBM Program) before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet. Prompted by a recent report from the US Government Accountability Office, the hearing sought to assess the effectiveness of the CBM Program ahead of its scheduled sunset in 2020. … Read More >>

Today, I testified about data security breaches before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit. Prompted by a rash of high-profile data breaches, the hearing examined ways to reform current federal and state data security regulations to help close gaps and reduce vulnerabilities. The hearing was also an opportunity to discuss … Read More >>

If you saw the headlines out of last week’s meeting between President Trump and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, you’re aware of the major deals announced with US manufacturers GE and Caterpillar – deals worth an estimated $8 billion dollars for jet engines, windmills, and construction equipment. What is less apparent, though, is how … Read More >>

Cross-border data flows are essential to the global economy. This is a point that BSA always emphasizes. But what exactly are “cross-border data flows” and how do they affect you? “Cross-border data flows” refers to the movement or transfer of information between servers across country borders. Data needs to be able move freely so that … Read More >>

The importance of this week’s decision by the Second Circuit to deny rehearing in Microsoft’s Irish warrant case has less to do with the action in court and more to do with what happens next. Specifically, with what happens in Congress. Last July, a panel of the Second Circuit held that a warrant issued by … Read More >>