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Intellectual Property and Internet Law

Identify, secure, protect, and transfer your intellectual property assets at the maximum possible value.

For decades, Hawley Troxell has helped clients secure, protect, and transfer their intellectual property (IP) assets. With our experience in IP matters and the ever-changing world of Internet law, we combine a seasoned perspective with an innovative approach to secure the maximum possible value for our clients’ IP portfolios. We understand how important IP is to your business. Our IP and Internet attorneys have the experience and knowledge to protect your copyrights, trademarks, Internet domain names, trade secrets, and patents. We can help you identify, develop, and protect your IP assets in traditional contexts and on the Internet.


We have extensive experience with copyright protection, enforcement, registration, and commercialization. We represent clients in a full range of copyright matters, including:

  • Software development and licensing
  • Website development and protection
  • Music
  • Film
  • Print publishing
  • Digital publishing
  • Enforcement of copyrights on the Internet using the Digital Millennium Copyright Act
  • International copyright registration and enforcement


From registering trademarks in Idaho and Washington to registering trademarks at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, we know how to secure maximum trademark protection for your business. Our comprehensive trademark practice includes:

  • Trademark and brand identification
  • Trademark licensing
  • Trademark litigation
  • Arbitration and litigation to address infringement of Internet domain names
  • Trademark oppositions before the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
  • Domestic and international trademark registration
  • Domestic and international domain name portfolio management

Trade Secrets and Confidential Information

We can identify and protect your trade secrets and confidential information. Our trade secrets and confidentiality services include:

  • Preparation and negotiation of confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements
  • Counseling regarding business processes and procedures that secure maximum protection for proprietary confidential information
  • Enforcement of trade secrets and confidential information through litigation

Patent Counseling

We help develop patent strategies that suit each unique situation and that anticipates future patent licensing and transfer so that you achieve maximum value from inventions, ideas, and knowledge. We also have significant patent litigation experience, both protecting patent rights and defending against claims of infringement.

Internet Law and Information Technology

Our attorneys work with businesses of all types to advise them on Internet-specific topics, including:

  • E-commerce
  • Search engine optimization
  • Keywords and adwords
  • Online contracting
  • Privacy
  • Security
  • Hacking
  • Spam and the federal CAN-SPAM Act
  • Meta tags
  • Linking
  • Framing
  • Social networking
  • Peer-to-peer file sharing
  • Website terms of use

We also consult on matters relevant to Information Technology, including:

  • Software procurement
  • Hardware life cycle
  • Enterprise security
  • Open source licensing
  • Engaging independent contractors for software development and deployment
  • Electronic document retention and preservation
  • Document destruction policies and practices

Mergers and Acquisitions

Our IP and internet attorneys are part of the team in the event of a merger, acquisition, or other transaction that requires thoughtful analysis and evaluation of the nature and scope of IP holdings. Our firm has managed multi-million dollar deals, and our attorneys specialize in conducting thorough and effective IP due diligence to ensure that your interests are best protected.

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Intellectual Property Law Insights

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Brad Frazer Joins Idaho Technology Council’s Podcast: Why Protecting Your Innovation Matters

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Trademarks as Collateral

Trademarks and other intellectual property can be critical to a borrower’s financial success and may represent a significant portion of the value of the borrower’s…

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What can we do for you?

Learn more about how our team can help you reach your business goals. Send us a message below or give us a call at 208.344.6000.

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