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

Balough Explores Legal Status of Drones in SciTech Magazine Article

Balough Explores Legal Status of Drones in SciTech Magazine Article

The general commercial use of drones still is illegal in the United States, but there are exceptions and proposed r...

Illinois Supreme Court Agrees Calling Someone a ‘Sandusky’ Is Defamatory

Illinois Supreme Court Agrees Calling Someone a ‘Sandusky’ Is Defamatory

The Illinois Supreme Court affirmed both the trial court and appellate court that a post stating a candidate “is...

Richard C. Balough Participates in ABA Data Security Panel

Richard C. Balough Participates in ABA Data Security Panel

Richard C. Balough was one of the participants in a panel discussion on “Online Privacy & Data Security Soup...

If It’s on Google Earth, It Must Be True

If It’s on Google Earth, It Must Be True

If Google Earth says you’re north of the border it’s not “hearsay.” The Ninth Circuit found that a “ta...


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Richard C. Balough Explores Legal Drone Use

  Richard C. Balough explored the legal status of commercial drones in the United States in an article for the American Bar Association's Summer 2015 SciTech Lawyer magazine. A lawyer’s advice to a client should start with the assumption that commercial drone use is currently unlawful unless the client obtains an exemption from the FAA, Balough writes. However, some clarity may be coming if rules proposed by the Federal Aviation Administration are adopted. The rules would limit commercial use for drones under 55 pounds, restrict the use to daylight hours, and limit the altitude to under 500 feet.