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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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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Baloughs Speak at Three Programs

Our attorneys have been active on the speaking trail recently.

Cheryl Dancey Balough served as a panelist at Chicago-Kent College of Law’s alumni CLE program on “The Privacy Battleground.” As businesses collect more and more information through their websites, it is imperative for a business to know what information it is collecting, from whom, and for what purposes. Ms. Balough reviewed laws, guidelines, and best practices related to the collection, management, and distribution of that information.

Ms. Balough also presented on trademark and copyright law to graduate students in marketing communications at Northwestern University. She led a discussion about how they can help current or future employers protect their intellectual property, especially when confronted with competitors’ tactics such as cybersquatting.

Richard C. Balough participated at the two-day Internet of Things (IoT) 2016 National Institute in Washington, D.C. in a panel presentation on “IoT Intellectual Property Rights: How to Avoid Getting It Wrong.” The American Bar Association’s Section of Science and Technology sponsored the event.