Our updated competency framework for Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys

17th Nov 2021

We have updated our advanced competency framework – your guide to the technical and general skills of a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney.

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The framework gives you an overview of the standards and knowledge expected of Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys. 

Originally published in January 2020, it includes technical skills, related to understanding of legislation and management of trade marks and designs, and general skills such as communication, conduct and ethics, self-awareness and development.

We worked with attorneys and experts in the legal sector to publish the framework. Our Education, Quality and Standards Committee, Chaired by Kelly Saliger, has led on the latest update and will continue to monitor and update it as appropriate. 

It is a natural follow-on from IPReg’s competency framework for trainee trade mark attorneys our new framework will be most relevant if you have at least five years’ post-qualification experience. 

The framework can be used to demonstrate progression as a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney. It can also be used by line mangers, senior/department managers, trainers and HR departments within firms to identify key competences and help identify skills gaps.

Not all Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys will necessarily undertake all the areas set out in this framework - we do not intend this to be a prescriptive list.

Click here to download the updated version