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Frank E. Silber


Frank Silber has more than 15 years of experience in drafting and negotiating technology-related transactions. He has extensive experience negotiating contracts in the biotechnology and health care fields. For example, he has handled dozens of licenses for rights to diagnostic tests for use by clinical laboratories, including assays based on genetic markers and for use in personalized medicine applications (companion diagnostics).

Frank's computer science background and prior work experience in network operations at IBM also allow him to effectively counsel software developers and IT professionals. He frequently represents clients entering into agreements for software licenses, development, support, distribution, escrow and consulting services. He also negotiates agreements for the sale or acquisition of computer hardware and for internet-based transactions.

He also advises clients on collaboration agreements, confidential data sharing arrangements, the transfer and protection of proprietary know-how, and joint research and development agreements.

Results By the Numbers

  • 0 Attorneys in Chambers USA 2015: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • 0 Practice Areas in Chambers USA 2015: America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Representative Matters

  • Negotiated agreements with major national and international universities for sponsored research, licenses and technology transfer
  • Represented a publicly traded company entering into several collaboration agreements, joint ventures and strategic alliances for the discovery, validation and commercialization of biomarkers for various diseases and conditions
  • Drafted form agreements for numerous software and content licensors
  • Represented a large electric power company in the development and licensing of next generation software for implementing smart grid technology
  • Negotiated agreement for a pharmaceutical company to secure rights to develop, test, obtain FDA approval and commercialize an implantable device for subcutaneous delivery of a pharmaceutical treatment
  • Negotiated software distribution agreement for mobile application to be used by college students
  • Drafted policies and agreements for subscription-based, restricted access, online personal health information management portal
  • Represented buyers and sellers in the negotiation of intellectual property warranties and license agreements to be entered into in connection with the sale or acquisition of entire businesses, divisions or product lines (including asset, stock and merger transactions)
  • Represented game inventor in commercializing a new concept into a board and video game that was sold at major retailers
  • Drafted form commercial contracts for clients in many industries, including supply agreements, distributor agreements, sales representative agreements and consulting agreements

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Honors & Awards

  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers in Intellectual Property, 2013-2016
  • Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America in Corporate Law, 2016-2017
  • Business North Carolina magazine's "Legal Elite” in Intellectual Property, 2009-2010 & 2012, and Business, 2010
  • Order of the Coif


  • Order of DeMolay, NC Treasurer, 2011-present; Past NC Executive Officer, 2007-2010
  • Licensing Executives Society (LES)
  • Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP)