From a designer’s perspective, Cooper helped to design dozens of products in his career. One of my personal favorites of his designs was the first nestable, injection-molded rocking chair. He created this design later in his career and you can still find these chairs in stores. He had also worked as a design patent expert in many design patent litigations. I was able to work on a few design patent litigations with him; some where he was on our side, and some where he was on the other side. I enjoyed spending time with him and listening to his stories. It is his stories that I will miss the most. He will be missed by many industrial designers and attorneys who travel in the design patent circles.
Cooper was a past president of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). His obituary from IDSA can be found by clicking here.