Specializing in legal issues faced by
innovators in disruptive technologies
Comprehensive legal and technical analysis at the intersection of machine learning and intellectual property. Our mission is to create value for our clients by enabling adoption of leading edge technologies while protecting proprietary innovation.
Patent policies and portfolios compatible with open source licensing
Copyright issues in model training and generative output
Compliance reviews for fairness, transparency, non-discrimination
Ethical AI standards
Liability and risk
Licensing of data and models (inbound/outbound)
Model training restrictions/field of use limitations
Competitive intelligence and landscape analysis
Data rights/performance metrics
AI Terms of Service
Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M., National Security Law
Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S., Computer Engineering
Tulane Law School, J.D.
Tufts University, B.A.
James Denaro, Esq. is a registered patent attorney and chief technologist at CipherLaw. Jim is a highly-experienced intellectual property attorney with extensive experience working with disruptive technology companies in fast-paced, dynamic and chaotic environments. He has significant experience advising companies as they scale from early-stage / high-growth private companies through IPO and into mature public companies while counseling on broad range of matters including intellectual property strategies, competitive intelligence, risk mitigation, and on other strategic and transformative matters.
His intellectual property practice includes developing and maintaining domestic and international patent and trademark portfolios, including analyzing competitor patent portfolios, and litigating patents against competitors. He is experienced in strategic patent counseling and commercial disputes involving complex technical issues, and has served as associate general counsel for intellectual property at a major cybersecurity company.
Jim has experience in a broad range of information security technologies, including intrusion detection and prevention, symmetric and asymmetric cryptography, malware discovery and remediation, among others, and is a frequent speaker and writer on the subject.
Jim has completed professional coursework at MIT and Stanford in computer security and cryptography. He also has technical certifications in information security from the Cloud Security Alliance and Cisco Systems, and has passed the CISSP examination. Before founding CipherLaw, Jim was with the international law firms of Morrison & Foerster and Perkins Coie.
He holds a degree in computer engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an LL.M. in National Security Law from Georgetown University and is licensed to practice law in various federal courts, in Washington, D.C., California, Virginia, Maryland, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Certificate in Advanced Computer Security, Stanford University
Professional Program in Cryptography and Computer Security, MIT
Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK), Cloud Security Alliance
Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT)
Tulane Law School, J,D.
George Washington University, M.A.
Syracuse University, B.A.
Melissa Silverman, Esq. focuses on governmental policy and regulatory issues, industry working groups, and lobbying efforts in artificial intelligence. She also works on licensing arrangements and disputes relating to intellectual property, including trademark, copyright, design patents, and contracts, in state and federal courts.
Her commercial litigation experience includes public and private sector work. She spent over ten years pursuing administrative and civil cases on behalf of the U.S. Government, including government noncompliance and civil fraud cases against banks and other financial institutions, with a principal focus on mortgage lending and servicing practices, in cases involving the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where she served as Assistant General Counsel in the Office of Program Enforcement. She has also represented corporate and individual clients in intellectual property and contract disputes in federal and state courts and U.S. and international arbitration tribunals.
Ms. Silverman is licensed to practice law in the federal courts, Georgia, and Washington, D.C.