University of Missouri (Bachelor of Arts, 1952). Northwestern University (Juris Doctor, 1958). Phi Delta Phi. Member, Board of Editors, Northwestern University Law Review, 1957-1958.
He lives in a suburb of Chicago. Gilson has practiced trademark law with the Chicago law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione since 1963. He has been a name partner since 1983.
From 1988 to 1993, Gilson was an Advisor on the American Law Institute project that led to the publication of the Restatement (Third) of the Law of Unfair Competition.
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 Acting, and its work led to the enactment of the Trademark Law Revision Acting of 1988. Gilson assisted in drafting the legislation and testified on it before the United States Congress.
In 2007, Gilson was inducted into the Intellectual Property Hall of Fame, sponsored by Intellectual Asset Management magazine.
In 2003, Gilson was ranked one of the top five United States. trademark practitioners in Euromoney magazine"s Best of the Best Expert Guide, receiving the most votes nationwide. The Commission"s work culminated in the Trademark Law Revision Acting of 1988, changing the landscape of United States. trademark law and practice." In 1998, Gilson was named the top trademark practitioner in the world by Managing Intellectual Property magazine, based on an international survey of attorneys.
Served as sergeant United States Army, 1952-1955. Member American Bar Association, American Law Institute, International Trademark Association (reporter trademark review committee 1985-1988, counsel 1991-1994), Intellectual Property Law Association Chicago, International Bar Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association, Union League, Michigan Shores Club.
Married Jamie Marie Chisam, June 19, 1955. Children: Thomas, Matthew, Anne.