CITMA Royal Charter FAQs

Royal-CharterThe Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys was launched on 24th November 2016. This follows ITMA’s Royal Charter being approved by Her Majesty The Queen at a meeting of the Privy Council at Windsor Castle and the Royal Charter receiving the Great Seal.

The Charter further enhances the role CITMA plays in the legal sector as the pre-eminent body for trade marks and designs in the UK, and acts as a seal of quality for our members helping IP owners distinguish Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys.

Registered Trade Mark Attorneys who are members of CITMA are now able to call themselves Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys.

To help answer questions our members may have, we have prepared answers to some frequently asked questions.

What has changed?

In simple terms the name of ITMA has changed to The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA).

This is more than a new name on our door though. This change reaffirms the reputation for quality of the UK trade mark attorney profession and the value it brings to business in the UK and across the globe. It has also created the title ‘Chartered Trade Mark Attorney’ which acts as a seal of quality for the work of the profession.

Who are Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys?

Chartered status is mark of quality, and only fully qualified CITMA members, those on the Register of Trade Mark Attorneys, can call themselves Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys.

The Register of Trade Mark Attorneys is maintained by the Intellectual Property Regulation Board who ensure those on the register meet rigorous professional standards.

Click here to read more about who Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys are

Are all CITMA members chartered?

Our membership includes those who support the work of Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys. Members who are not on the Register of Trade Mark Attorneys, as well as those who are, can use the designation:

MCITMA
or
Member of The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys
or
Member of CITMA

Fellows are able to use the designation:

FCITMA
or
Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys
or
Fellow of CITMA

Click here to read the full regulation relating to titles and designations

Who can use the CITMA logo?

All members of CITMA can use our logo to let you know they are a member. Please click here for more information.

Why did ITMA apply for chartered status?

ITMA has a long and rich history as the pre-eminent organisation for trade marks and designs in the UK dating back to the 1930s.

We have always played a key role in educating, promoting and supporting the trade mark attorney profession and the Royal Charter formalises this role and helps increase the profile of those in the profession. It also is an assurance of quality of service.

The Royal Charter is 'reserved for eminent professional bodies or charities which have a solid record of achievement' – the new status gives CITMA and our members recognition of excellence.

It is also a badge of quality that will resonate with the public and business. We want to reassure consumers that by using the services of a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney they will receive a high quality, reliable service which is fully regulated.

Can I read CITMA's Royal Charter document?

Yes - click here to view the full text

Have there been any changes to the operation of CITMA?

The day-to-day running and structure of CITMA has continued. However there is a new charter and bye-laws which will operate in place of ITMA’s memorandum and articles of association.

Does IPReg continue to regulate the profession?

Yes – there is no change.

If you have any further questions about CITMA's Royal Charter please contact us