Small Business, Intellectual Property, Trademarks, and Cyberspace Law

As a business owner, you need an attorney who listens to you and provides cost-effective advice on how you can protect your intellectual property and grow your established business or start-up. At Chicago-based  Balough Law Offices, we work to enhance the value of our clients’ products and services through trademarks, licensing, copyrights, and trade secrets protection.  We assist our clients in their Internet and brick-and-mortar presence with appropriate website agreements, privacy policies, non-disclosure agreements, and other contracts.


 

Balough Law Offices helps start-ups and closely-held companies obtain their trademarks,  protect their trade secrets, grow their businesses, and successfully license their intellectual property.


Business Counseling

In running your business, you enter into written and unwritten contracts.  Do you know what the contracts mean?  Do they contain provisions that protect or hurt your business?   Do you have effective agreements with your employees?  Are your corporate policies up-to-date?  We act as outside general counsel for many businesses.  Learn how we can help your business deal with legal issues in a cost-effective manner.

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Starting a Business

You have enough to worry about when you start a new business. Legal issues should not consume your valuable time and resources. We can help you to decide on the proper entity to do business and how you and your co-owners make vital decisions about the business, including what happens if one of you decides to leave.

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Intellectual Property

The most valuable assets of your business may be its intellectual property.  Have you taken steps to adequately protect these assets?  We advise businesses on the best way to protect their intellectual property through licensing, copyrights, trademarks,  non-disclosure agreements, and trade secrets.  Learn how we can help you.

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Internet/Cyberlaw

You need to be aware of  your legal rights and obligations on the Internet. It is important not only to take steps to protect your intellectual property, including trademarks and copyrighted materials on your website, but also to be in compliance with federal and state laws and regulations about unfair business practices, online privacy, children’s privacy, and other issues affecting internet commerce.

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In the News

You Must Disclose If It’s a Paid Video Endorsement: FTC

You Must Disclose If It’s a Paid Video Endorsement: FTC

(September 2, 2015) If you are posting videos on YouTube touting a product and being paid to do so, you better disc...

Illinois ARDC Files Action Against Copyright Troll

Illinois ARDC Files Action Against Copyright Troll

(August 30, 2015) One of the infamous copyright troll attorneys who sent thousands of shakedown letters to persons...

Balough Chairs Car Hacking Panel

Balough Chairs Car Hacking Panel

(August 30, 2015) Recent headlines raise the specter of hackers taking over today’s new cars. To help attorneys k...

No Privacy Expectation When Your Phone Pocket-Dials

No Privacy Expectation When Your Phone Pocket-Dials

(July 22, 2015) You have no reasonable expectation of privacy for conversations overheard when you make a pocket-di...


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Richard C. Balough To Host Car Hacking Panel

  Recent headlines raise the specter of hackers taking over today’s new cars. To help attorneys know what to tell their clients about this new development, Richard C. Balough will chair a panel on steering around the legal potholes of autonomous vehicles at the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section annual meeting in Chicago. The session is set for Friday, September 18 from 8 to 10 a.m.