Helping Businesses with Innovation, Contracts, Trademarks, AI, IoT, and Cyberspace Law

Starting, protecting, and growing your business are challenging endeavors at any time and more so today. The attorneys at Chicago-based Balough Law Offices advise clients on starting a new business, protect their intellectual property, and serve as general counsel to help clients avoid potential legal problems in this rapidly changing environment. We enhance the value of our clients’ products and services through trademarks, licensing, copyrights, and trade secret protection. Our attorneys are recognized as leading lawyers in their field and serve in leadership positions with the ABA’s Business Law Section Cyberspace Law Committee. We regularly educate business owners and other lawyers on legal issues concerning the Internet of Things and connected devices, artificial intelligence and machine learning, starting a business, contract negotiation, protecting intellectual property, and related cyberspace topics. For what to do and to view the opinion, click here.


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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Richard Balough Participates at Symposium on AI and the Law

Who owns the intellectual property created by artificial intelligence will be explored by Richard C. Balough at the 2018 Nova Law Review Symposium. He will review current intellectual property laws in the United States and discuss whether those laws are applicable to intellectual property that results from machine learning and other artificial intelligence means.

Mr. Balough’s presentation is part of a day long symposium on “Progression 2018: Using Law to Facilitate an Efficacious Innovation Economy.” The Nova Law Review is associated with the Shepard Board College of Law of Nova Southeastern University in Florida.