The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA) is the approved regulator named in the Legal Services Act 2007 and is responsible for the regulation of the trade mark attorney profession.
This function is required to be separate from the representative operations of the institute and therefore regulation has been delegated to a separate regulatory arm, which operates at arms length under the Intellectual Property Regulation Board more commonly referred to as IPReg.
IPReg is responsible for:
- Setting the education and training requirements for qualification as a patent attorney and a trade mark attorney
- Setting the requirements for continuous professional development in order that the patent attorneys and trade mark attorneys knowledge, skills and expertise are maintained at a high level
- Setting and maintaining a code of conduct for the professions
- Handling complaints of professional misconduct against patent and trade mark attorneys and where appropriate taking disciplinary or other action.
Following the granting of a Royal Charter to ITMA and the launch of The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA), CITMA is authorised by ITMA to carry out the day to day responsibilities of ITMA as an approved regulator.