|Born||January 12, 1931
Jerome Gilson was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 12, 1931.
When asked in an interview by the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, "If a genie offered you three wishes, what would they be?" Gilson replied: "Performing the piano part in Schubert's 'Trout Quintet,' consistency in my first serve, and sufficient moxie to keep up with my six energetic grandchildren."
Gilson served on the Board of Directors of the International Trademark Association from 1978 to 1980 and was Counsel to the Association from 1991 to 1994. He also served as Reporter on the International Trademark Association's Trademark Review Commission from 1984 to 1987. The Commission analyzed federal trademark law, known as the Lanham Act, and its work led to the enactment of the Trademark Law Revision Act of 1988. Gilson assisted in drafting the legislation and testified on it before the United States Congress.
Books and Articles
Matthew Bender & Co. began publishing Gilson's regularly updated treatise Trade-Mark Protection and Practice in 1974. The treatise was renamed Gilson on Trademarks in 2007. Gilson authored the treatise from 1974 to 2005, after which he became a collaborator on the treatise with his daughter, Anne Gilson LaLonde, who took over authorship. The treatise is now ten volumes.
In 2001, the International Trademark Association bestowed on Gilson the President's Award for Dedicated and Distinguished Service. The Association gave Gilson the award because he "was a member of the U.S. Trademark Review Commission and served as its reporter. The Commission's work culminated in the Trademark Law Revision Act of 1988, changing the landscape of U.S. trademark law and practice."
- "In Person: Jerome Gilson," 2 Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, p. 704 (2007).