Legal Announcement – Gilson Inducted into IP Hall of Fame

CHICAGO – LAWFUEL – The Law Firm Newswire – Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., is pleased to announce that Jerome Gilson, a named partner and senior shareholder at the firm, has been inducted into the IP Hall of Fame for 2007.

The IP Hall of Fame was created to recognize those individuals who have played a major role in the creation of today’s intellectual property system. Inductees into the IP Hall of Fame are selected for their outstanding contributions to the development of intellectual property law and practice and for helping to establish intellectual property as one of the key business assets of the 21st century. The first inductees were announced in 2006 and included former U.S. presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, French author Victor Hugo and inventor Thomas Edison, as well as living individuals such as Marshall Phelps of Microsoft, former U.S. Senator Birch Bayh and Sir Robin Jacob.

Mr. Gilson has practiced trademark and unfair competition law in the U.S. for more than 40 years. He has handled numerous trials and appeals before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and the federal courts and has written and spoken widely on the subject of trademark law. He has received numerous awards and other professional recognitions, including the Burton Award for Excellence in Legal Achievement for legal writing for three years and the International Trademark Association’s President’s Award for Dedicated and Distinguished Service.

Mr. Gilson is the original author of a standard legal treatise in the field, first published in 1974 as Trademark Protection and Practice. This year the publisher, LexisNexis, renamed it Gilson on Trademarks. Last year Mr. Gilson’s daughter Anne Gilson LaLonde, after a decade of work on the treatise, was named Author, with Mr. Gilson playing an integral role as collaborator. The multi-volume work comprehensively covers the law of trademarks in the United States.

Mr. Gilson joins eight other prominent members of the global intellectual property community selected for this year. He now becomes a voting member of the IP Hall of Fame Academy joining Brinks partner James R. Sobieraj, one of the founding members of the Academy. The inductees were honored at ceremonies hosted by Ocean Tomo Auctions and Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine which were held on October 24, 2007 at the Field Museum, Chicago.

Ocean Tomo Auctions LLC is a subsidiary of Ocean Tomo LLC, a leading Intellectual Capital Merchant Banc® firm established in 2003 and specializing in understanding and leveraging IP assets. For more information, visit

IAM magazine, published by Globe White Page Ltd., London, created the IP Hall of Fame as a not-for-profit organization to recognize the individual accomplishments of those in the global IP community. The publication is widely recognized as a leading publication on intellectual property as a business asset. For more information, visit

Founded in 1917, Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione is based in Chicago with four additional offices across the country serving the intellectual property needs of clients from around the world. The firm is one of the largest IP law firms in the country, with more than 160 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents specializing in intellectual property litigation and all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, intellectual asset management, and technology and licensing agreements. Brinks routinely handles assignments in fields as diverse as electrical, chemical, mechanical, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, nanotechnology, Internet and computer technology, as well as in trademarks and brand names for a wide variety of products and services. For more information, visit

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