Attorney Bio

Aric S. Jacover
Aric is an experienced intellectual property attorney who concentrates his practice in the areas of copyright, trademark, Internet and media law.  He was a member of the intellectual property group at Mayer Brown LLP for eight years, where he represented a wide range of clients from Fortune 100 companies to Internet start-ups.  Aric’s clients have included mobile software and web developers, financial service providers, musicians, photographers, arts organizations, restaurants, book and music publishers, a major athletic conference and a world famous symphony orchestra.

Aric’s dispute resolution experience includes trademark litigation in federal courts and before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, copyright litigation in federal courts, litigation to protect trade secrets, and domain name litigation under the federal anti-cybersquatting act and the UDRP.  While at Mayer Brown, Aric was a member of the litigation team representing Google and YouTube in a major copyright case (Viacom v. YouTube, S.D.N.Y.) that has been described by Legal 500 as “arguably the most high profile and momentous case in the copyright market.”  He regularly advises clients on transactional and non-litigation matters, including licensing of IP assets; trademark availability (procurement and protection); trademark watch services, including Internet enforcement strategies; copyright protection (registration, enforcement and DMCA issues); and entertainment/media contracts for rights of publicity.

Education

Aric received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he graduated cum laude and was a published member of the Georgetown Law Journal.  While in law school, Aric served as a legal clerk for the House Judiciary Committee – Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, where he worked with members of Congress on legislative matters relating to copyright law and policy.  As a participant in the Law Students in Court Clinic, Aric obtained a favorable jury verdict (after a three-day trial) in a case involving violations of the housing code.  He also worked for Lawyers for the Creative Arts, a non-profit organization that provides legal services and referrals to local artists.

Aric received his undergraduate degree in Music Composition, with honors, from the University of Michigan, where he studied with world renowned composers William Bolcom and Bright Sheng.

Publications

  • “Copyright Enforcement,” Practicing Law Institute, 938 PLI/Pat 133 (June-July 2008).
  • I Want My MP3! Creating a Legal and Practical Scheme to Combat Copyright Infringement on Peer-to-Peer Internet Applications,” Georgetown Law Journal, Volume 90, Issue 6 (2002) (cited by over 30 publications).

Seminars and Presentations

  • “Copyright Issues in Social Media: Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube and More,” Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (May 2013)
  • “What Every Mobile App Developer Needs to Know About Intellectual Property,” Mobile Monday Chicago (May 2012)
  • “What Every Business Manager Needs to Know About Trademarks and Copyrights,” Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing/NORBIC (March 2011)
  • “Google Book Settlement and Other Copyright Issues Facing Librarians,” Association of Jewish Libraries (July 2009)
  • “Copyright Law and Policy,” University of Michigan Library (March 2009)
  • “Nuts and Bolts of Copyright Enforcement,” Practicing Law Institute (June 2008)
  • “The Future of Copyrights in the Supreme Court,” Judge Linn Inn of Court (March 2007)

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Illinois (2002)
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Professional Associations

  • Vice-Chair (Midwest Chapter), Copyright Society of the USA (2007-2009)
  • Member, Copyright Society of the USA (2006-present)
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association (committees on Intellectual Property Law and Media & Entertainment)
  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association