The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys is granted a Royal Charter

The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys is granted a Royal Charter

13 April 2016

The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA) has been given royal approval after it was granted a Royal Charter by Her Majesty The Queen at a meeting of the Privy Council held yesterday (12 April) at Windsor Castle.

The Charter will further enhance the role ITMA plays in the legal sector as the pre-eminent body for trade marks and designs in the UK, will act as a seal of quality for its members, and will help consumers distinguish Registered Trade Mark Attorneys.

The announcement paves the way for ITMA to become the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA) and for Registered Trade Mark Attorneys who are members of CITMA to be Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys. The change will take place once the Charter receives the official Great Seal from the Crown Office later this year.

ITMA President Chris McLeod said: “Holding a Royal Charter will give further public recognition for the high standards in qualification, regulation and continuing professional development of our members. The increased profile will also help to protect consumers - by using a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney the public and businesses will be assured of the high standard of service our members provide.

“We hope that the Charter will continue to reinforce the quality of the UK trade mark attorney profession for many years to come, as well as reflecting the important role that ITMA plays.”

ITMA Chief Executive Keven Bader added: “As an organisation and profession we have been working towards this for some time. I am delighted this hard work has been recognised and that we have been granted a Royal Charter. I’m sure our qualified members will be looking forward to using the title Chartered Trade Mark Attorney to further distinguish themselves as the experts in trade marks and design matters.

“ITMA has always played a key role in educating, representing and regulating the trade mark attorney profession and the Charter formalises this role and helps increase the profile of those in the profession.”

ITMA will use its new chartered status to enhance the pro-bono offering it is currently developing, which will complement the work ITMA members already do in this area.

ITMA is the professional membership organisation for the trade mark attorney profession and since its foundation in 1934 has been responsible for promoting, educating and supporting those in the profession.

The trade mark attorney profession is, and will continue to be, regulated by the Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPReg). To remain on the Register of Trade Mark Attorneys, members must complete 16 hours of continuing professional development each year. They must also adhere to a code of professional conduct which ensures standards of service and conduct.

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