Cooper C. Woodring, FIDSA
IDSA President: 1985-1986
IDSA Executive Vice President: 1984
IDSA New York Chapter Chair: 1978
Cooper C. Woodring is a former president and chair of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). He earned a bachelor's degree in industrial design from the University of Kansas and a master's degree in design from the renowned Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI.
Woodring spent a majority of his career as manager of product design and new product development for $20 billion per year JCPenney Company in New York City.
• received an appointment from President Ronald Reagan to head the United States Information Agency’s Cultural Exchange Mission, "Design in America," behind the then-Iron Curtain;
• became the first industrial designer to address The Conference Board, the prestigious Fortune 500 organization;
• served two terms as mayor of his then-hometown of Plandome, NY;
• has testified before the US Congress on The Industrial Design Innovation and Technology Act (HR1790 & S791);
• is represented in New York’s Museum of Modern Art’s Permanent Collection and in Washington, DC’s Smithsonian Museum;
• was an invited presenter at the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s first annual Design Day in 2006, and in 2010 and 2015; and
• is the recipient of more than 30, US design and utility patents.
Woodring's inventions include decorative Venetian blinds; a handheld food processor; a bicycle brake; and nesting, injection-molded, rocking chairs. Woodring also is a member of the Intellectual Property Owners Association. He has received the industrial design profession's highest award, IDSA's Personal Recognition Award (previously awarded to only nine other designers, including the legendary Raymond Loewy).
Woodring currently serves as an expert witness in design patent litigation. He co-founded the Design Protection Section of IDSA and in 2007, served a ten-month term as interim executive director of IDSA.
In 2008, Woodring teamed up with Perry J. Saidman, Esq. to teach a two-day IDSA Continuing Education seminar to a group of leading, US industrial designers. It was entitled, “How to Serve as an Expert Witness in Design Patent Litigation." A second, similar seminar was held in 2015 when Woodring teamed up with Christopher V. Carani, Esq. Woodring also represented Apple in its recent litigation against Samsung.