Jim Silva - My Outside General Counsel

Senior Associate

Lowell Office

Kitson Business Center at the American Textile Museum
491 Dutton Street, Suite 206
Lowell, MA 01854

Office: 978-452-8902
Fax: 978-453-2585

As a business and intellectual property (IP) attorney, Jim Silva focuses on helping people form and build businesses, advising his clients on IP strategies to protect and monetize their ideas, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.  He works closely with his clients to ensure that they understand all the complexities of the legal strategy he recommends. 

Jim understands that a perceived lack of resources causes many entrepreneurs and small business owners to put their legal needs on the back burner. By building collaborative relationships, Jim maintains his commitment to keeping legal costs affordable so that his clients can protect their assets and monetize their innovations. 

That’s why My Outside General Counsel appeals to him — its predictable monthly subscription fee and set schedule of services takes the pressure off business owners who might not otherwise have the budget for engaging legal counsel. Jim is passionate about the model because it takes the focus off of the cost and puts it where it’s more important — on growing his clients’ businesses.



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  • Business Law
  • Business Formation/Startup
  • Intellectual Property  
  • Contracts
  • Licensing
  • Non-competition/Non-solicitation Agreements
  • Trade Secret
  • Trademark Law
  • Copyright Law
  • Commercial Leases
  • Securities

  • Massachusetts
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office Patent Bar
  • New York

  • University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center), 1999 (J.D., Concentration on Patent Law and Intellectual Property)
  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1990 (B.S., Microbiology)

  • Adjunct Professor, University of New Hampshire School of Law (Formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center) (2007 – 2011)
  • Captain, Massachusetts State Defense Force (2012 – 2016)
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member, Business Law Section Council, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • President/Board Member, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell, 2009-2015
  • Town of Westford, MA,
      • Board of Selectman, 2003 – 2006
      • Cable Advisory Committee, 2002 – 2018
      • Affordable Housing Committee, 2003 – 2016
      • Northern Middlesex Council of Governments, Westford Representative, 2003 – Present

Copyright Protection Of Biotechnology Works: Into The Dustbin Of History? 

publication date Jan 28, 2000 publication description 2000 B.C. Intell. Prop. & Tech. F. 012801 

Human genome anatomy: BACs integrating the genetic and cytogenetic maps for bridging genome and biomedicine. 

publication date Oct 1, 1999 publication description Genome Research. 9: 994-1001 

A gene map of the human genome. 

publication date Oct 25, 1996 publication description Science. Vol. 274 no. 5287 pp. 540-546 

An STS-based map of the human genome. 

publication date Dec 22, 1995 publication description Science. Vol. 270 no. 5244 pp. 1945-1954

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