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Intellectual Property and Internet Law

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 to registering trademarks at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, we know how to secure maximum trademark protection for our clients. 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 assist our clients with identifying and protecting their 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 counsel our clients to develop a patent strategy that suits each client’s situation and that anticipates future patent licensing and transfer so that our clients achieve maximum value from their inventions, ideas, and knowledge. We also have significant patent litigation experience, both protecting our clients’ patent rights and defending our clients 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
  • Metatags
  • Linking
  • Framing
  • Social networking
  • Peer-to-Peer file sharing
  • Website terms of use

We also consult with our business clients 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 whenever one of our business clients conducts 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 our clients’ interests are best protected.

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