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Vermont Attorney Receives Award for Advancing International Trademark Association’s Objectives

Published: November 16, 2020

New York, New York―November 16, 2020―The International Trademark Association (INTA) is proud to announce Anne Gilson LaLonde, Gilson on Trademarks, South Burlington, Vermont, as the recipient of its 2020 INTA Service Award for the Advancement of Association Objectives.

The global association of brand owners and trademark professionals bestows this award—one of several INTA Service Awards—to one or more individuals of an INTA member organization whose participation, efforts, and innovative thinking during the year have advanced substantive trademark and related intellectual property (IP) law and practice; committee or subcommittee objectives; or the strategic objectives of INTA.

An attorney and active Association volunteer for 15 years, Ms. Gilson LaLonde has served as chair of INTA’s Legislation and Regulation Committee, United States Subcommittee (USLRC) since the beginning of 2020, as vice chair of the Subcommittee from 2018 to 2019, and as a member of the Subcommittee most terms since 2006.

“To me, this award validates all the volunteer work that goes into making sure that INTA’s positions are well-informed and well-reasoned,” Ms. Gilson LaLonde said. “I’m so pleased to be able to contribute to INTA’s influential advocacy.”

Through deft organization and masterful writing abilities, she helps USLRC achieve its many objectives, including a review of all trademark legislation in the current 116th United States Congress. She has also assisted INTA staff in preparing recommendations to amend the Lanham Act to include a rebuttable presumption of irreparable harm.

In just the last year, Ms. Gilson LaLonde and her Subcommittee have thoroughly reviewed an unprecedented number of complex trademark bills, such as the Trademark Modernization Act, the SHOP SAFE Act, and the Trademark Licensing Protection Act (TLPA). Her analysis regarding the TLPA helped INTA advocate for strong trademark protection for all brand owners. On the SHOP SAFE Act, she highlighted USLRC’s viewpoint to INTA’s Board of Directors and the Anticounterfeiting Committee.

In presenting the award, INTA President Ayala Deutsch said, “It would not be possible for INTA to effectively engage in our advocacy work in the United States without the hard work of volunteers like Ms. Gilson LaLonde. Her deep foundational knowledge of all things trademark-related and her meticulous interpretation of each piece of legislation are invaluable. She has truly helped to shape legislation that is beneficial to trademark owners across the nation.”

Ms. Gilson LaLonde is the author of Gilson on Trademarks, an influential multi-volume trademark treatise. She took over authorship in 2006 from her father, Jerome Gilson, who served as INTA’s Counsel and as a member of INTA’s Board of Directors.

“As someone who works at home writing a treatise on trademark law, my INTA experience has been absolutely invaluable. I’ve been able to put my knowledge of the law into practice, working on timely, important issues with wonderful mentors and other committed INTA members who have been generous with their time and experience,” said Ms. Gilson LaLonde.

Ms. Deutsch presented Ms. Gilson LaLonde with the award in a video announcement on November 16 during INTA’s 2020 Annual Meeting & Leadership Meeting, which is being held virtually this week. Throughout the Meeting, the Association will be announcing the recipients of other INTA Service Awards and the President’s Award. Earlier, INTA revealed the winners of the Tomorrow’s Leader Award.

About the International Trademark Association (INTA)

The International Trademark Association (INTA) is a global association of brand owners and professionals dedicated to supporting trademarks and related intellectual property (IP) to foster consumer trust, economic growth, and innovation. Members include nearly 6,500 organizations, representing more than 34,350 individuals (trademark owners, professionals, and academics) from 185 countries, who benefit from the Association’s global trademark resources, policy development, education and training, and international network. Founded in 1878, INTA is headquartered in New York City, with offices in Brussels, Santiago, Shanghai, Singapore, and Washington, D.C., and representatives in Geneva and New Delhi. For more information, visit