Anne Gilson LaLonde: A trademark attorney who uses her passion for language to fuel her writing during #NaNoWriMo

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Recently, Gilson on Trademarks was cited 4 times in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision B&B Hardware, Inv. vs Hargis Industries Inc. regarding Trademark Trial and Appeal Board procedure; however, for author Anne Gilson LaLonde she now finds herself holed up in the snows of Vermont, and she's managing to keep the family business moving ahead just fine. Anne is the author of Gilson on Trademarks, the standard for trademark law practice, and a publication started by her father, Jerome Gilson, more than 40 years ago.

“I am a lawyer and a trademark lawyer because of my father,” Anne said. “My father has been a trademark lawyer for over fifty years and still adores his work. He has always been excited about his clients and cases, challenged by the intellectual puzzles of litigation and giving advice, and looking forward to going to work.”

While Anne is no stranger to the written word, serving as the author of Gilson on Trademarks still leaves Anne time to pursue her passion for writing in more ways than one.

“My favorite hobby is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) where I write a 50,000 word ‘novel’ during the month of November. NaNoWriMo is for people who always wanted to write a novel but never found the right time. This will be the seventh year I've done it with my family, and I have been known to corner people I have just met and encourage them at great length to take part in it too.”

NaNoWriMo is a unique undertaking that Anne finds both exciting and challenging.

“My husband and teenage daughter and I take an hour or two or three every day in November to work on our individual stories with a goal of at least 1,667 words per day, just plugging along every day on our stories. After November, we edit, and we may end up with a finished product but it's all just for our own enjoyment and entertainment. This will be my seventh year participating, and I've reached 50,000 words every year and edited four of my ‘novels.’”

As a parallel to NaNoWriMo, Anne said, “We’re all writing our own life stories as we live them. It’s true that so much is outside of our control, but it’s essential to know what’s important – that elusive balance of work and personal life – and assert yourself to get it.”

“I'm lucky enough to have found a hobby that lets me use my love of language, just like trademark law does. You can’t be effective or last very long in a job that makes you want to stay in bed every morning. If you don't love your work, and it doesn’t leave you time to pursue or even find your passions, you should rethink your priorities.”

Gilson on Trademarks is a definitive work that offers a comprehensive and current view of trademark law in the United States with detailed analysis and extensive case citation. The ten-volume work also features more than 450 trademark practice forms with checklists and drafting guides. Gilson on Trademarks is available at the LexisNexis® Store.

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