Jura Christine Zibas has an extensive technology background and focuses her legal practice on intellectual property and related commercial matters. Relying on her scientific and analytical skill sets, Jura assists in solving legal issues that involve intellectual property rights and complex business disputes.
Jura has extensive experience with matters involving the prosecution, protection, licensing and acquisition of patents, copyrights and trademarks, as well as privacy and data security issues. Trained in chemistry and dentistry, Jura also handles complex civil matters that involve a medical, scientific or technology component, including the defense of medical institutions, dentists, physicians and other medical professionals in malpractice cases. Jura’s work on intellectual property and complex civil matters includes the management of clients’ expansion and dissolution activities. Further leveraging her experience in complex disputes, she has represented a major international oil company in environmental regulatory issues and environmental spills, and a medical device company in government regulatory issues.
Jura takes an analytical approach in providing her clients with logical solutions to help meet their business challenges and goals. She quickly processes both technical and financial data to gain an understanding of her clients’ overall business model as well as the economics behind a particular case. Her science and technology background is of particular value to her clients in the medical, pharmaceutical, computer and engineering fields.
Areas of Focus
As a litigator, Jura effectively resolves infringement actions for both rights holders and defendants. Her experience includes copyright, trademark, patent, trade dress, trade secret, breach of contract, false and misleading advertising, defamation of business, breach of confidentiality, breach of privacy and data security, domain name misappropriation, contract disputes and counterfeiting matters.
In the commercial arena, Jura negotiates and drafts contracts related to intellectual property rights and develops enforcement programs for trademarks and patents. She works with clients on acquisitions and performs due diligence related to intellectual property assets. In addition, Jura assists clients in patent mining and sourcing deals for joint ventures, licensing, cross-licensing and distribution based on the evaluation of current and future intellectual property assets. She prosecutes both trademark and patent applications and manages trademark and patent portfolios.
Jura also resolves conflicts related to trademarks, copyrights, patents, confidentiality, trade secrets, trade dress, privacy and security, and regulatory compliance. She reviews websites, advertising materials and company practices for compliance with state and federal laws.
Clients Jura has represented in intellectual property and related commercial matters include apparel, jewelry and consumer goods manufacturers and distributors; medical device manufacturers and distributors; nutraceutical companies; biotech companies focused on diabetes, small molecule and stem cell research; software companies; and companies in the music and entertainment industries. She frequently provides general counsel services for small to medium-sized businesses.