Jay is a Partner at Kizzia Johnson specializing in all areas of intellectual property and technology law and is the Chair of this Practice Area. He routinely handles a diverse array of matters in connection with patents, trade secrets, trademarks and other technology-related legal rights. Jay is a recognized leader in the Dallas community and the North Texas region. He has served as Chairman of the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce and has been recognized as a “Texas Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly and Law & Politics Magazine.
EXPERIENCE Jay has broad experience in intellectual property disputes and litigation including patent infringement lawsuits as well as enforcement of trade secrets and other intellectual property rights. He is also experienced in patent and trademark prosecution, and intellectual property transactional work involving negotiating and structuring deals, drafting agreements, licensing, providing intellectual property opinions, and performing due diligence investigations.
Jay has handled legal issues involving a wide range of technology areas including electrical devices, semiconductors, telecommunications, software and hardware, financial service platforms, medical devices, processing, manufacturing equipment, avionics, transportation, weapon systems, chemistry and biotechnology.
Jay’s representative engagements include:
- An international telecommunications company assisting in representation of plaintiffs in a $500+ million trade secret misappropriation lawsuit against a multinational corporation in connection with next generation telecommunications switching technology.
- An educational patent holding company representing plaintiff against multiple game and toy manufacturers for patent infringement.
- A U.S. telecommunications company assisting in the defense of a patent infringement lawsuit brought by an IP holding company relating to hybrid fiber coax cable television systems.
- A semiconductor manufacturer defending in a patent infringement lawsuit involving systems and processes for cleaning and drying semiconductor wafers.
- A U.S. paper products company assisting in defense of a patent infringement lawsuit brought by a competitor in the private label diaper industry.
- A U.S. semiconductor manufacturing equipment provider representing plaintiffs in a multi-theory lawsuit (trademarks, trade secrets, cyber squatting, unfair competition, breach of contract) against a competitor in the semiconductor processing equipment industry.
- An international electronic trading and financial services company providing counsel as global patent strategist in patent prosecution, due diligence, and opinion work in connection with financial services and electronic gaming applications.
- A U.S. banking company providing patent prosecution and due diligence review in connection with IT systems and business methods in the credit account industry.
- An international electronics manufacturing company performing patent prosecution in connection with various semiconductor manufacturing and digital signal processing technologies.
- A U.S. railcar manufacturing company performing patent prosecution and opinion work in connection with railcar innovations.
- Texas (2009)
- District of Columbia (1994)
- U.S. Patent Trademark Office
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
HONORS AND AFFILIATIONS
- American Bar Association
- Dallas Bar Association
- Dallas-Fort Worth Intellectual Property Association, 2001 President
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers
- Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, National Speaker
- Licensing Executive Society
- North Dallas Chamber of Commerce, 2010 Chairman
- White Rock YMCA Board of Directors
- Intellectual Property Owners Association
Jay earned his B.S. with honors from the United States Naval Academy in 1986, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. After graduation, Jay served as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy and worked as an engineer with EMJ/Electrack, a railway design firm in Hyattsville, MD. Jay attended law school at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Prior to graduating Order of the Coif in 1993, Jay served as Editor in Chief of the Oklahoma Law Review.
- University of Oklahoma College of Law, J.D., Order of the Coif 1993 (Editor in Chief, Oklahoma Law Review)
- United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, USA, B.S. With Honors 1986 (Mechanical Engineering)
- Named “Texas Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly and Law & Politics Magazine (2004).
IN THE COMMUNITY
- Former Board of directors for the White Rock YMCA.
- Former Advisory Board of the Dallas Museum of Nature and Science.
- Chairman of the Board for the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce (2010).
- Former President of the Crusader Club – the Dad’s Club of St. John’s Episcopal School.
Active supporter of the Boy Scouts of America.
Jay was born in Washington, D.C., raised in Atlanta, GA and has lived in Dallas since 1996. Jay has a son Brooks and two golden retrievers. Jay and his son both enjoy fly-fishing, snowboarding, horseback riding, white water rafting and golf. Jay also sails – sometimes competitively- on White Rock Lake. Jay and Brooks also enjoy hunting and riding dirt bikes at their lease in Cherokee, Texas. Jay is a member of the Cornerstone Community of Highland Park United Methodist Church.