Jura Christine Zibas Partner

     

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Jura Christine Zibas is co-chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property practice and a member of the Information Governance Leadership Committee. She has an extensive technology background and focuses her legal practice on intellectual property, technology and commercial matters. Relying on her scientific and analytical skill sets, Jura assists in solving legal issues that involve intellectual property rights, cybersecurity, technology-related disputes and complex business disputes.

Jura has broad experience with matters involving the protection, licensing and acquisition of patents, copyrights and trademarks; privacy and data security issues; and technology/software disputes. Trained in chemistry and dentistry, combined with training in computer science, Jura handles various types of complex civil matters that involve a scientific, software or technology component, as well as the defense of medical institutions, dentists and other medical professionals in malpractice cases. Jura’s work on intellectual property, data privacy and security matters, and civil matters includes the management of clients’ risks and expansion activities. She applies her experience to the innovative fields of cryptocurrency, blockchain and other emerging applications of technology.  Further leveraging her experience in complex disputes, representation includes, for example, large online retailers in data breach, software failures and intellectual property; health care companies in government investigations and regulatory issues; and software developers in breach and fraud. In addition, she has advised on cyber risks in protecting millions of patient health information records and data privacy breach cases for various businesses. When resolving government investigations, Jura assists health care companies and pharmacies with oversight in dealing with federal and state regulations. She represented clients in lengthy corruption and money laundering/wire fraud cases brought by the U.S. Attorney and defended a utility company executive in the bribery of public officials. Jura continues to handle general liability and all civil litigation matters for various types of businesses.

Jura takes an analytical approach in providing her clients with logical solutions to help meet their business challenges and goals. She quickly processes 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 computer and engineering fields, online businesses, hardware/software development, medical, durable medical equipment, health care, construction and manufacturing.

Areas of Focus

Cybersecurity & Data Privacy
In the growing area of cybersecurity, Jura provides cyber risk management advice to CEOs, develops cybersecurity compliance programs, advises on current compliance programs, litigates data privacy cases, develops strategy for immediate response when a breach is reported, advises on technology and data gathering during a breach, and develops incident response plans. In addition, she negotiates resolutions with regulators and defends parties in litigation after a breach occurs. Jura presents to business owners, lawyers and medical/dental professionals on cyber risk management.

Intellectual Property/Commercial/Technology
As a litigator, Jura effectively resolves infringement actions for both rights holders and defendants. Relying on her technology background, she achieves excellent results in software and hardware disputes.  Leveraging her passion for technology, she understands the underlying issues and quickly evaluates the exposure in order to develop the best strategy for her clients.  Jura’s 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, counterfeiting matters, torts and allegations of failed software, and  complex business torts and liability.

In the commercial arena, Jura negotiates and drafts contracts that include intellectual property rights and develops enforcement programs for trademarks and patents. She handles large transactions for engineering, construction and real estate firms as well as a variety of privately held companies distributing and manufacturing a number of different products. She works with clients on acquisitions and performs due diligence, including 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 also manages trademark and patent portfolios. Jura resolves conflicts related to trademarks, copyrights, patents, confidentiality, trade secrets, trade dress, privacy and security, and regulatory compliance. She reviews websites, advertising and company practices for compliance with laws.

Clients that Jura has represented in intellectual property and related commercial matters include health care companies, software developers, hardware and software companies, engineering firms, construction firms; apparel, jewelry and consumer goods manufacturers and distributors; medical device manufacturers and distributors; nutraceutical companies; biotech companies; and companies in the music and entertainment industries. She frequently provides general counsel services for small to mid-size businesses.