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CITMA Paralegal Course results 2018

Date: 24/08/2018

We are delighted to announce the 86 candidates who have successfully passed the 2018 CITMA Paralegal Course following June’s exam. 

All those who passed are now eligible to become a CITMA Paralegal member. 

The membership category, introduced in 2017 is a commitment we are making to further support and develop the work of trade mark paralegals, administrators and formalities staff. From 2019 CITMA Paralegal membership will include a continuing professional ...


Lord Smith of Finsbury to be the new Chair of IPReg

Date: 26/07/2018

The Rt Hon Lord Smith of Finsbury (Chris Smith) will be the new Chair of The Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPReg).

Lord Smith was appointed by an independent appointment panel and will take up the post on 7th September, replacing Acting Chair Steve Gregory.

Lord Smith was a Labour MP for Islington South and Finsbury from 1983-2005 and served in Tony Blair's government as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport between 1997 and 2001.

After retiring as a Member of Parliament ...


Government updates position on rights of representation

Date: 24/07/2018

The UK Government is seeking an arrangement whereby UK and EU legal representatives can jointly support clients with cases before EU institutions, including before the EUIPO and the CJEU, it has confirmed.

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) updated its ‘IP and Brexit the Facts’ document yesterday (23rd July 2018), which now states: “As set out in our White Paper, the UK will be seeking to establish a joint practice arrangement whereby UK and EU legal representatives ...


Government gives further reassurance of EU trade marks in the UK

Date: 20/07/2018

The UK Government has given further reassurances to business that EU intellectual property rights will continue to be protected in the UK post-Brexit, and in a further development, at no-cost.

The announcement made it clear that existing EU trade marks, registered designs and unregistered designs will be ‘cloned’ onto the UK register “automatically and for free”.

Robin Walker MP, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, made the ...


Government publishes Brexit White Paper

Date: 12/07/2018

The UK Government has today (12th July 2018) published its 'white paper' on the future relationship between the UK and European Union.

The paper sets out the Government's proposed 'blueprint' for the future relationship between the UK and EU across a wide range of areas. These include intellectual property and mutual recognition of professional qualification. 

Click here to download the full paper

Responding to the paper, Kate O’Rourke, CITMA Immediate Past-President and Chair of ...


Tania Clark sets out her vision

Date: 05/07/2018

Diversity, international cooperation and Brexit were among the key features of our President Tania Clark’s inaugural speech at last night’s Summer Reception.

Tania used the speech at the Refinery Bar in central London to set out her vision for CITMA over the next 20 months. She started her two-year term as President back in April.


On Brexit Tania reiterated that we will continue to fight for our profession in the negotiations leading up to the UK’s departure from ...


UK joins system for international design registrations

Date: 13/06/2018

Today, 13th June 2018, the UK officially joined the Hague System for the international registration of industrial designs.

The Hague System, administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), is a way of filing a design in multiple jurisdictions with one application. It will now enable users to choose design protection in the UK for international applications.

The European Union has been a member since 2008, which has given UK businesses access, but the UK’s ...


CITMA Review and IP Inclusive scoop awards

Date: 17/05/2018

IP Inclusive, the diversity and inclusion initiative which spans the intellectual property (IP) professions, picked up a prestigious MemCom Excellence Award last night.

Our magazine, CITMA Review, was "highly commended" in the small membership magazine category at the same ceremony.

The award for IP Inclusive came in the best equality or diversity campaign category. The judges found "evidence of a clear strategy/defined target audience" and "a practical and uncompromising campaign delivering ...


Chartered Trade Mark Attorney nominated for prestigious award

Date: 09/05/2018

Chartered Trade Mark Attorney Mark Bearfoot has been nominated for a prestigious Global Counsel Award. 

Mark’s nomination comes in the individual section of the intellectual property category. The awards recognise the best in-house lawyers across a number of disciplines.

He is only the second UK trade mark attorney to have been shortlisted for this award, with Katrina Burchell in 2008 being the other. 

Mark is Brand Protection Manager for Harley-Davidson Europe Ltd. He ...


IP Inclusive events to count towards CPD

Date: 27/04/2018

Attending educational events organised by IP Inclusive can now count towards continuing professional development (CPD) hours for trade mark attorneys.

The announcement follows the Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPReg) updating its guidance on which activities qualify for CPD to include events organised by IP Inclusive.

Trade mark attorneys are regulated by the IPReg. To fulfil their CPD requirements they must complete 16 hours of qualifying activity per year.

Leader of IP Inclusive ...


CITMA Review nominated for award

Date: 24/04/2018

Our magazine, CITMA Review, has been nominated for a prestigious MemCom Excellence Award in the best magazine category.

The magazine's content is led and written by CITMA members and is distributed to our 1,500 members, eight times a year. It features recent trade mark and design case reviews and includes latest practice updates from some of the leading figures in the profession.

Publication and editing of the magazine is managed by Think Publishing, which has been delivering CITMA Review ...


New book on contentious trade mark registry proceedings published

Date: 23/04/2018

A new comprehensive guide to contentious trade mark registry proceedings has been published by The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA).

Authored by Michael Edenborough QC, the book is the only guide devoted to the practice and procedure of contentious matters before the United Kingdom Trade Marks Registry.

The work covers contested ex parte applications, inter partes oppositions, revocation and invalidity proceedings, rectification applications and subsequent appeals to the ...


Inspiring a new generation

Date: 13/04/2018

An initiative to inspire the next generation into a career in intellectual property (IP) was officially launched this week.

Careers in Ideas has been created to grow the interest in a career within the IP professions amongst a wider and more diverse audience. It aims to support and inspire anyone who might consider an IP career and those who support them in their choices including careers advisers, teachers and parents

The launch event saw a suite of brand new resources showcased for the ...


Tania Clark elected as CITMA President

Date: 10/04/2018

Tania Clark has been elected as President of The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA) and began her two-year term in the role on 10th April 2018.

Tania, who is a Partner at specialist intellectual property firm Withers & Rogers, succeeds Kate O’Rourke as President. She was voted in unanimously at a meeting of CITMA’s Council.

Elections for First Vice-President and Second Vice-President/ Treasurer were also held this afternoon. Richard Goddard was elected First ...


Spring Conference – drop shipping

Date: 27/03/2018

Drop shipping is a practice that allows designers to apply a design to products, without owning or ever coming into contact with the actual products. The drop shipping company will take a design and only when one is sold will it produce the product and give the original designer a cut.

Mark Bearfoot, Brand Protection Manager at Harley-Davidson, discussed the phenomenon, and the challenges it has presented at our Spring Conference. 

The drop shipping products are often promoted via ...


Pan-European Brexit IP statement published

Date: 27/03/2018

A number of European intellectual property (IP) organisations, including CITMA, have issued a joint statement on Brexit to the European Commission following the publication of its recent draft withdrawal agreement and the ongoing negotiations between the EU and UK.

The statement, signed by AIM, APRAM, BMM, CITMA, ECTA, INTA and MARQUES, sets out proposed solutions to some of the issues posed by IP post-Brexit. It follows a meeting at the European Commission with François Arbault last ...


Spring Conference - emerging markets

Date: 26/03/2018

Turkey, Russia and Brazil are increasingly important markets, we enlisted the help of three experts to provide us with the latest updates to law and practice in their regions at our Spring Conference.

Turkey -  Selma Ünlü, NSN Law Firm

The Industrial Property Law had been pending in Turkey for many years, and when it was finally enacted in January 2017 it brought Turkish trade mark law more in-line with EU practice. 

As part of the change, the Turkish Patent Institute ...


Spring Conference - Cop(e)ing with counterfeiters

Date: 23/03/2018

Airbags, ‘kodi boxes’ and handbags – just some of the counterfeit items the Intellectual Property Office’s (IPO) IP enforcement team has had recent success in stopping, Matt Cope revealed at the CITMA Spring Conference. 

Matt is Deputy Director of IP Enforcement team at the IPO. Matt told delegates: “The team takes intelligence about counterfeiting and piracy and develops that to the point where it can be used by the Police, Border Force, Trading Standards ...


IP features in UK Government’s Brexit speech and note

Date: 06/03/2018

Theresa May, in her Mansion House speech last week, confirmed that intellectual property would need to be covered in the EU-UK withdrawal agreement “to provide further legal certainty and coherence”.

This came just two days after the European Commission published its draft Brexit withdrawal agreement – which included five pages on intellectual property.

In the European Commission’s draft withdrawal agreement it sets out how holders of European Union trade marks ...


Student and paralegal members join CITMA Council

Date: 05/03/2018

A Student member and a CITMA Paralegal have been selected to join our Council as co-opted representatives. The new positions offer both groups a greater voice on the strategic direction of the organisation.

Becky Knott, a trainee trade mark attorney at Barker Brettell and Rebecca McBride, an IP paralegal at Pinsent Masons will both sit on Council to help shape the future of CITMA and the wider IP community.

The positions are designed to offer more diversity and a broader representation of ...


CITMA responds to WIPO fax change

Date: 28/02/2018

CITMA has responded to the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) proposal to no-longer accept communications via fax.

In a letter to WIPO’s Director General Francis Gurry we outline our concerns that if WIPO’s e-systems go down, without fax there is no alternative method for submitting urgent forms and communications.

In the letter we said: “We understand that within the last two weeks the Office’s online ePCT system failed, a technical error having ...

UK tops international index for trade marks

Date: 12/02/2018

The United Kingdom has the best environment for protecting trade marks, a global intellectual property index has revealed.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s annual IP index also placed the UK as second in the world for overall intellectual property environment – behind only the U.S.

In its executive summary, the report says: “The U.S. and the UK rank so closely together in the 2018 Index that it has become clear the countries stand side-by-side as global leaders in IP ...


EUIPO issues Q & A on a 'no-deal' Brexit

Date: 05/02/2018

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has issued a new question and answer document at the recommendation of the European Commission. The question and answer guidance aims to set out what would happen to EU registered trade marks and designs for the remaining EU 27 countries if no deal was reached before the UK leaves the EU.

However, the UK Government is yet to publish its position and guidance on what will happen to EU registered trade marks and designs in the UK ...


CITMA scoops award for Charter campaign

Date: 15/12/2017

CITMA scooped an Association Award for our Royal Charter campaign at a ceremony in Manchester last night.

The award, in the ‘effective voice’ category, recognises our campaign to successfully implement the Royal Charter and our work to shape perceptions and re-position the organisation and profession.

We finished ahead of entries for the British Pest Control Association and Careers at Sea in the category.

About CITMA's entry, the expert judging panel said: “A campaign with ...


Anti-counterfeiting book for trade mark practitioners published

Date: 13/12/2017

A new book for trade mark practitioners, which lifts the lid off anti-counterfeiting practice, has been published by The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys.

Anti-Counterfeiting: Practice and Procedure, authored by Ralph Wehrle from specialist law firm Briffa, provides comprehensive analysis of the various civil and criminal enforcement procedures available to practitioners and intellectual property rights holders.

Click here to purchase the book via our shop

The Police and Crown ...


Top students pick up awards

Date: 11/12/2017

Awards for the top marks across a number of courses were handed out at CITMA’s Christmas lunch in London last week.

The awards recognise high achievement on the courses for those qualifying as Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys at Bournemouth, Nottingham Trent and Queen Mary universities. Prizes were also awarded to the top scorers on the Nottingham Law School litigation and advocacy course, as well as the CITMA Paralegal Course.

Congratulations to all the winners:

Highest mark achieved ...


CITMA celebrates a year of Royal Charter

Date: 24/11/2017

The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA) is celebrating one year of being a Chartered organisation, on 24th November 2017.

CITMA’s Royal Charter was granted by Her Majesty The Queen, following a meeting of the Privy Council at Windsor Castle. The Great Seal of the Realm was then applied to the Charter document in November 2016.

It was formally presented to CITMA by the Windsor Herald at a ceremony on 23rd November 2016 – the day before the official launch.

Since ...


CITMA in China

Date: 21/11/2017

Bad faith and classification were on the agenda when CITMA supported the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) in a recent visit to China. The trip was a chance to engage and collaborate with Chinese intellectual property agencies and trade mark profession.

CITMA’s Second-Vice President Richard Goddard and CITMA Council member Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy were representing the UK trade mark profession on the trip. They were joined by representatives from The Chartered Institute of Patent ...


CITMA shortlisted for awards

Date: 10/11/2017

CITMA has been shortlisted for two Association Awards, for our Royal Charter campaign and our e-newsletter.

The successful nominations have come in the ‘effective voice’ category and ‘best association e-newsletter’ categories.

The ‘effective voice’ entry focused on the campaign to successfully implement the Royal Charter and our work to shape perceptions and re-position the organisation and profession. Also shortlisted are: the British Pest Control ...


When is the right time to act online? - Autumn Conference 2017

Date: 20/10/2017

Social media can increase brand awareness, improve search engine ranking, and provides cost effective marketing. But what action can and should you take when your brand is being infringed online, and when is it right to act?

Catherine Wiseman from Barker Brettell and Azhar Sadique from Keltie were on hand at our Autumn Conference last week to share their social media insights.

With more than 3 million Facebook shares, 280,000 Snaps sent on Snapchat and 56,000 photos posted on Instagram every ...


‘Where’s my brand?’ - Autumn Conference 2017

Date: 12/10/2017

Social media provides plenty of opportunities for brands to promote themselves, but would-be counterfeiters have exactly the same platform and opportunity. How do you know where and when this is happening? Helen Saunders from internet monitoring company INCOPRO shared her insight at our Autumn Conference.

Helen Saunders is Head of Intelligence and Operations at INCOPRO

Social media has become a key part of our day-to-day lives, enabling anyone to publish content and interact with others ...


New CIPA President elected

Date: 09/10/2017

Stephen Jones has been elected as President of The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA), succeeding Tony Rollins.

Stephen, who is also a member of CITMA, has taken over the role following CIPA’s annual general meeting last week. Julia Florence, who is a Senior Patent Counsel at GSK, has been elected as Vice-President.

CITMA President Kate O’Rourke said: “Congratulations to Stephen and Julia on their elections. With challenges on the horizon, collaboration between ...


CITMA Paralegals receive course certificates

Date: 26/09/2017

The first group of graduates to pass the CITMA Paralegal Course have received their certificates at a special event held in London’s Canary Wharf.

All those who passed the Course are now eligible to become a CITMA Paralegal member following the launch of our new membership category earlier this year.

Click here to view the ceremony photo gallery

The new category is a commitment we are making to further support and develop the work of trade mark paralegals, administrators and ...


London to host EUIPO British Day

Date: 12/09/2017

CITMA is delighted to invite the trade mark profession to join senior representatives of the EUIPO and IPO at two events on 27th September in London.

EUIPO British Day offers you the opportunity to hear from senior EUIPO officials on its future challenges, recent progress and 2020 strategic plan. You will also get the latest on the European cooperation project and legal reform.

There will be a networking lunch which will allow for further discussion.

EUIPO British Day (9.30am-1.10pm) - ...


European Commission publishes Brexit paper on intellectual property

Date: 07/09/2017

The European Commission (EC) has today (7th September 2017) published its position on intellectual property (IP) rights post-Brexit.

The paper calls for IP rights such as European Union Trade Marks and Registered Community Designs to automatically cover the UK after Brexit.

The paper stated: “The holder of any intellectual property right having unitary character within the Union and granted before the withdrawal date should, after that date, be recognised as the holder of an ...


CITMA Paralegal Course results

Date: 25/08/2017

We are delighted to announce the 89 candidates who have successfully passed the 2017 CITMA Paralegal Course following July’s exam. 

All those who passed are now eligible to become a CITMA Paralegal member following the launch of our new membership category earlier this year

The new category is a commitment we are making to further support and develop the work of trade mark paralegals, administrators and formalities staff. From 2019 CITMA Paralegal membership will include a ...


CITMA Paralegal category launched

Date: 21/07/2017

CITMA has launched a new membership category, CITMA Paralegal, and all existing Administrator members have been transferred across to the new category.

The change recognises the work of these members and better reflects the important role they play in the trade mark and design legal profession. It also enables members in this category to use the title CITMA Paralegal.

One of the biggest changes is the introduction of a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) element for CITMA ...


Our Brexit position

Date: 20/07/2017

CITMA has published its position paper on post-Brexit registered trade mark and design rights, and rights of representation.

In the eight-page document we have pulled together our work to date on rights of representation and registered trade marks and designs - making clear our position on them and the surrounding issues.

It is likely that we will publish further updates as Brexit talks progress.

Click here to read our Brexit position paper

Rights of representation before the EUIPO is ...


CITMA London Lectures get a new home

Date: 21/06/2017

After many years at the Royal College of Surgeons, from July 2017 our London Lectures are moving to a new temporary home– 58 Victoria Embankment, near Blackfriars Bridge.

Long-standing CITMA venue The Royal College of Surgeons on Lincoln’s Inn Fields is undergoing extensive refurbishment for the next two years, necessitating the move.

58 Victoria Embankment, known as 58VE, is a modern events and office space and we’ll be occupying a 120-capacity room for our London ...


Our response to Article 50 triggering

Date: 29/03/2017

At 12.20pm BST this afternoon Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, received the letter from the Prime Minster of the UK, Theresa May which signals the start of the Article 50 process for the UK to leave the European Union (EU). 

Our message remains the same - it is business as usual and the UK is still a member of the EU.

But now is the time where governmental organisations in the UK and EU will be looking to organisations like CITMA for further guidance and consultation, so ...


Even more important for UK to accede to Hague, says David Stone

Date: 23/03/2017

“Brexit makes it even more important for the UK to accede to the Hague agreement,” David Stone told delegates at our recent Spring Conference in London.

David Stone, a Partner at Allen and Overy, outlined the benefits to the UK of joining the Hague System for registering designs. Without Hague, UK businesses could lose access to file registered community designs directly.

The Hague System, administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), is a way of filing a ...

Co-operation and reassurance – a global perspective on Brexit

Date: 21/03/2017

Offers of co-operation and reassurance were the key messages from the global Brexit panel speaking at our recent Spring Conference in London.

Experts from America, Norway, Germany, former Yugoslavia and the UK provided a worldwide perspective on Brexit, highlighting how other jurisdictions are approaching the topic of the UK’s EU exit.

It was an opportunity to hear perspectives from outside the UK, and learn from the experiences of other jurisdictions.

Co-operation and business ...


How did former Yugoslavian countries handle trade mark re-validation?

Date: 21/03/2017

Djura Mijatovic, who has first-hand experience of how IP rights following the break-up of former Yugoslavia into seven jurisdictions were handled, provided our recent Spring Conference with insight into what happened and the lessons the UK and EU can learn.

One of CITMA’s post-Brexit registered rights scenarios is based on the system used in Montenegro to bring marks over from the Yugoslav trade marks register. Under the system, all existing EU trade mark registrations would be ...


Edinburgh quiz champions

Date: 27/02/2017

The team from Brodies LLP triumphed at our quiz in Edinburgh last week.

With storm Doris blowing a gale outside, eight teams took shelter in the Voodoo Rooms for the quiz. The teams coming from Brodies, Burness Paull, Marks and Clerk, RBS, Pinsent Masons, Creation IP, and Maclay Murray and Spens.

Quizmaster Colin Cruickshank put the teams through their paces with questions covering history, law and geography. As well as a round in which teams had to identify films titles from code derived ...


Taylor Wessing claims London quiz crown

Date: 23/02/2017

A team from Taylor Wessing LLP were crowned our 2017 London charity quiz champions last night.

The team came through the 10 rounds of questions with an impressive score of 176.5 – which included full marks in six of the rounds. They finished just one point ahead of second placed Beck Greener. Dehns finished third on 169 points.

Taylor Wessing picked up the trophy from our President Kate O’Rourke (see pic). They become the first team to claim the new trophy following our ...


New Minister for Intellectual Property announced

Date: 11/01/2017

Jo Johnson MP has been announced as the new Minister for Intellectual Property.

Following the announcement President of The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys Kate O’Rourke said: “We are looking forward to working closely with Jo Johnson MP, and we would like to congratulate him on the new appointment. Collaboration when planning for challenges that lie ahead, including the UK’s exit from the European Union, will be vital.

“CITMA is committed to working with ...


Global Brexit perspectives at Spring Conference

Date: 05/01/2017

Brexit is top of the agenda at our Spring Conference. Guiding you through one of today’s biggest challenges is an expert panel of experienced international attorneys who will share perspectives of Brexit from inside and outside the EU.

Giving the German perspective is ECTA past-president Peter Müller. From outside the EU Hilde Vold Burgess will discuss the Norwegian view and Jess Collen will discuss the ramifications for US trade mark owners.

You will gain valuable insights from ...


High achievers receive awards

Date: 13/12/2016

Awards for the top marks across a number of courses were handed out at CITMA’s Christmas lunch in London last week.

The awards recognise high achievement on the courses for those qualifying as Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys at Bournemouth, Nottingham Trent and Queen Mary universities. Prizes were also awarded to the top scorers on the Nottingham Law School litigation and advocacy course, as well as CITMA’s Trade Mark Administrators’ Course – which was jointly won by ...

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UK set to ratify Unified Patent Court

Date: 29/11/2016

The UK Government has confirmed it is proceeding with preparations to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement.

The announcement is the next step towards realising the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court. The new system would enable businesses to protect and enforce their patent rights across Europe with a single patent and through a single patent court.

UK Minister of State for Intellectual Property, Baroness Neville Rolfe said: "The new system will provide an option for businesses ...

ITMA becomes CITMA after royal recognition

Date: 24/11/2016

The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA) today (24th November 2016) became the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA), following the unveiling of its Royal Charter. 

A landmark achievement for CITMA, the Charter recognises its members’ distinctive and pre-eminent position as legal experts in the trade mark and design community. ITMA was awarded this rare honour by The Queen at a meeting of The Privy Council, for its important role in representing the specialist ...


Promoting intellectual property in India

Date: 07/11/2016

ITMA President Kate O’Rourke is joining leaders in government, industry and research in India this week to promote the UK’s intellectual property profession.

Kate will speak at the TECH Summit in New Delhi on Wednesday about intellectual property rights in a globalised world. She will be joined on the panel by UK Minister for Science Jo Johnson, founder of Cobra beer Lord Bilimoria, and Chief Executive of the Creative Industries Federation John Kampfner.

Also in India this week ...


CITMA launch date set

Date: 28/10/2016

The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA) will be officially launched on 24th November 2016, marking its transition from the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA).

Ordinary members and Fellows of CITMA, who will also be on the Register of Trade Mark Attorneys, will hold the title Chartered Trade Mark Attorney following the launch.

ITMA was granted a Royal Charter by the Privy Council in April 2016, paving the way for the launch of CITMA.

Kate O’Rourke, President of ...


IP Pro Bono scheme launched

Date: 17/10/2016

A scheme to offer free legal advice and support to trade mark and patent holders in legal disputes has been launched.

IP Pro Bono has been designed to help small businesses and individuals involved in disputes about intellectual property including trade marks, protected designs, patents and copyright, who can not reasonably afford to pay for professional advice.

ITMA President Kate O’Rourke, who has been involved in setting up the new scheme, said: “It is important for all small ...


Trade mark administrators collect course certificates

Date: 26/09/2016

The newest group of Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA) qualified trade mark administrators has graduated at a special event held in London’s Canary Wharf. The ceremony marks their successful completion of the ITMA Trade Mark Administrators’ Course

Many of the 95 people who passed the course this year received their certificates from the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys’ President Kate O’Rourke at Thomson Reuters’s office in Canary Wharf.

Click here to ...


ITMA to join government visit to China and Hong Kong

Date: 19/08/2016

ITMA will be joining the Minister for Intellectual Property Baroness Neville-Rolfe and other government officials on a visit to China and Hong Kong between 22-26 August 2016.

Catherine Wolfe, a former ITMA President, will be joined by colleagues from The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys and other intellectual property organisations on the trip, meeting key officials and delivering key presentations promoting the UK’s IP system. The trip includes meetings with ...


ITMA President sets out her plans

Date: 07/07/2016

ITMA President Kate O’Rourke MBE used her inaugural speech at ITMA’s Summer Reception to lay out her plans for the next two years.

The speech focused on the implementation of ITMA’s Royal Charter, the role ITMA will play in EU IP negotiations following the Referendum result, promoting member engagement and launching a new pro bono initiative.

On the Royal Charter Kate said: “I am delighted that we have received this recognition of our pre-eminent role for trade marks ...


EU Referendum statement

Date: 24/06/2016

Following the announcement of the EU Referendum result for the UK to leave the European Union, President of The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys Kate O’Rourke said:

“We would encourage trade mark and registered design owners not to panic – European Union Trade Marks and Registered Community Designs remain valid in the UK and there is no immediate loss of IP protection. There is likely to be no change for at least two years giving intellectual property rights owners plenty ...

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New ‘Administrator Sessions’ launched

Date: 20/05/2016

ITMA has launched a new series of ‘Administrator Sessions’ developed specifically for IP secretaries, administrators and paralegals.

The programme will be headed-up by leading IP professionals and will supplement and develop knowledge and expertise gained from every-day practice.

The series is designed to be as convenient as possible and is split between in-person seminars and webinars. The in-person afternoon sessions encourage discussion and are rounded-off with networking ...


ITMA members named in Top 250 Women in IP list

Date: 04/05/2016

Several ITMA members have been included in Managing Intellectual Property magazine’s IP Stars list of the Top 250 Women in IP.

The list includes a total of 21 female practitioners from the UK including ITMA President Kate O’Rourke, First Vice-President Tania Clark, and former President Catherine Wolfe.

The list, which was published on 3 May 2016, is "dedicated to the recognition of accomplished female IP practitioners". Traditionally focused on the United States, this year it ...


Kate O’Rourke elected as new ITMA President

Date: 19/04/2016

The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA) has elected a new President. Kate O’Rourke MBE was voted into the role earlier today (19 April 2016) and begins her two-year term leading the organisation.

Kate, who is a Registered Trade Mark Attorney and Solicitor at law firm Charles Russell Speechlys LLP where she leads the trade mark and design registration and protection team, succeeds Chris McLeod as ITMA’s President who completed his term of office. She was voted in unanimously ...


The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys is granted a Royal Charter

Date: 13/04/2016

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 ...


Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) independent review feedback opportunity – deadline 15 April 2016

Date: 08/04/2016

Last year ITMA provided comments to ICANN on the Rights Protection Mechanisms introduced for the new generic top-level domains (gTLD) programme. On the TMCH, we reported that the feedback from brand owners – underlined by the relatively low number of trade marks recorded in the TMCH – is that the TMCH has not fulfilled its intended purpose of decreasing the administrative and financial burden on trade mark holders.

ICANN has now appointed Analysis Group to undertake an ...


ITMA’s new Council elected

Date: 29/03/2016

ITMA's governing Council will include four first-time electees and seven re-elected members following a vote of corporate members, the results of which were announced at the Institute’s AGM last week. 

The new members, who will serve a two-year term, will join to make a 20-strong Council, which operates as the Institute’s governing body, overseeing the business of the organisation and setting the strategic direction. 

ITMA’s corporate membership (Ordinary, Fellow ...


Urquhart-Dykes & Lord LLP retains quiz crown

Date: 04/02/2016

The team from Urquhart-Dykes & Lord LLP retained its ITMA charity quiz night title, fending off competition from 21 other firms in a night that raised over a thousand pounds for charity.

‘The Sixth Form Leavers’ took the title at the finishing post with an impressive full-marks score of 20 in the final round. Greenberg Traurig Maher LLP finished in second place, and Beck Greener third.

The evening raised £1,757, including some £650 from a raffle which teams generously ...


ITMA vice president awarded MBE

Date: 05/01/2016

Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA) First Vice President Kate O’Rourke has been recognised for services to further education in the New Year honours list with the award of an MBE.

For 20 years Kate has been a member of City and Islington College’s governing body, and since 1998 has been its vice chair.

A registered trade mark attorney and solicitor at law firm Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, Kate leads the trade mark registration and protection team. Her work includes ...


OHIM Article 28(8) consultation

Date: 09/12/2015

The Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) is consulting its stakeholders on changes brought about by legislative reform and the impact on the implementation of Article 28(8) European Union Trade Mark Regulation (EUTMR) on the classification of goods and services.

Article 28(8) EUTMR introduces a transitional period during which proprietors of EU trade marks applied for before 22/06/2012 and registered for the entire heading of a Nice class may declare that their ...

ITMA Review reader survey

Date: 03/12/2015

The ITMA Review, now in its 422nd edition has been a staple of membership for a number of years. Members receive eight copies of the publication every year, it’s written principally by members and ITMA is seeking feedback about the publication.

We are conducting a reader survey to learn more about how the magazine is read, which parts are most valued by readers, what our readers would like to see more of, anything they like to see less of, and any general comments.

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ITMA welcomes IP fraud judgement

Date: 10/11/2015

ITMA has today (10 November 2015) welcomed the maximum fine handed down by the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) to a prolific scammer. 

The UK Intellectual Property Office has reported that a company trading as ‘Intellectual Property Agency Ltd (IPA)’ and its director Mr Harri Mattias Jonasson were found to have deliberately set out to deceive intellectual property owners by issuing scam renewal notices. 

IPEC found the perpetrators liable ...


Don't be Square, conduct a full trade mark search

Date: 07/10/2015

As reported by BBC, Wiltshire-based Eat Square has come under fire from London business Square Pie over the use of the term 'square pies'. 

Square Pie, which owns the trade mark registration, has asked Eat Square to stop selling its food as 'square pies'. 

President of The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys, Chris McLeod said: “As Eat Square is discovering, conducting a full search of the trade mark register and seeking expert help to analyse the results before starting a ...

Tags: CITMA, General

Trade mark administrators pick up course certificates

Date: 07/09/2015

The new cohort of  Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA) qualified trade mark administrators has graduated at a special ceremony held in London’s Canary Wharf. 

The 75 people who successfully completed the course received their certificates from ITMA’s Chief Executive Keven Bader at Thomson Reuters’s office in Canary Wharf.

ITMA’s Trade Mark Administrators’ Course is the official qualification for trade mark administrators and those ...


Google could be ‘hostage to fortune’ over Alphabet trade mark

Date: 12/08/2015


Following the announcement by Google that it is to restructure some of its business under the name Alphabet Inc, President of The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys, Chris McLeod (pictured) said:

“Google could be making itself a hostage to fortune by not registering Alphabet as a trade mark. If in the future it wants to use Alphabet as a trade mark Google could find itself challenged by owners of existing ‘alphabet’ registrations.

“If it keeps Alphabet ...

Tags: CITMA, General

Start-ups like Sync-box should protect their trade mark, warns ITMA President Chris McLeod

Date: 28/07/2015


The entrepreneurial duo behind Sync-box the ‘world’s only fully-covered recessed power and TV point’ successfully won the backing of Deborah Meaden in the Dragons’ Den, but they were leaving themselves exposed by showcasing an unprotected brand.

Steve Noise and Duncan Summers, whose product intends to tidy up unsightly cables on flat screen TVs, proudly showcased their branding. However President of the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys Chris McLeod recommends ...


Travel advice for ITMA’s summer reception

Date: 08/07/2015

This evening sees the IP profession come together at the ITMA Summer Reception for an evening of networking at the Little Ship Club on the north bank of the Thames.

The much anticipated reception goes ahead despite the planned strike action on the London Underground network due to start this evening. There are plenty of local public transport alternatives to the tube.

National Rail, London Overground, Docklands Light Railway, TFL Rail and local bus services will still be running and all ...


Supermarkets among most prolific trade mark filers

Date: 07/07/2015

UK supermarkets made up three of the top 15 most prolific organisations registering trade marks with the UK Intellectual Property Office in 2014 according to official new figures.

Aldi, Asda and Tesco were among organisations protecting their brands by registering the most trade marks, according to the figures published by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO).

Aldi (5th) was the most prolific supermarket, registering at total of 66 marks including the Sainte Etienne brand of beer and Wood ...


Small businesses lead increased trade mark registrations

Date: 07/07/2015

An increased awareness of the importance of intellectual property for small and medium sized businesses accounts for a large rise in the number of trade marks being filed in the UK, says a leading trade mark attorney.

The comment comes from the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys’ President Chris McLeod following the UK Intellectual Property Office publishing its annual figures on the number of trade marks being filed.

The figures revealed an increase of 37% in the number of trade marks ...


How ITMA delivered against strategic objectives in 2014

Date: 24/06/2015

ITMA reflects on 2014 with the publication of its annual report - representing the chance to look back at the successes and challenges of the year. 

The report showcases the work ITMA has done to deliver against its strategic objectives. It highlights particularly how the Institute has helped educate, promote, protect and support the interests of all persons engaged in the trade mark attorney profession in 2014, focusing on its members.

In 2014 the member base remained strong at some ...


ITMA appoints new head of communications

Date: 18/06/2015

Richard Hayward has been appointed as the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys’ Head of PR & Communications and will lead on all PR, communications and marketing activities for the Institute.

The role will focus on building the reputation and recognition of the trade mark attorney profession to key stakeholders and the general public through external media, digital media and traditional communication channels. The job will also promote the role the Institute plays for members and ...


Lego figures remain community trade mark

Date: 18/06/2015

Lego recently had the decisions to register the shape of Lego figures as a community trade mark upheld in the General Court of the European Union after a challenge from rival Best-Lock. 

President of The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys Chris McLeod said: “This is all about what can and cannot be registered as a trade mark. The shape of Lego figurines does not result from the need for them to be connected with other Lego products. This is why it is possible to register and ...

Baroness Neville-Rolfe retains role as Minister for Intellectual Property

Date: 15/05/2015

Following the recent general election the IP world awaited news on who would be given the position of Minister for Intellectual Property. Here at ITMA we were keen that Baroness Neville-Rolfe would retain the position and we were delighted to note the announcement on 14 May that the Baroness would indeed remain as our Minister. Further information about Baroness Neville-Rolfe and her role as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills ...


Minister for IP addresses delegation at ITMA Spring Conference

Date: 23/03/2015

At the Gala Dinner of the ITMA Spring Conference, Baroness Neville-Rolfe the Minister for Intellectual Property gave a speech to the delegation in which she set out the importance of working together to help businesses recognise and capitalise on the economic benefits of their IP and brand. She highlighted the vital role that IP specialists play stating that:

Businesses would struggle to protect the investment in their IP without the expert guidance provided by IP specialists.



ITMA announce support of LawCare - a dedicated helpline for the profession

Date: 23/03/2015

At the opening of the ITMA Spring Conference event in London last week, ITMA Chief Executive, Keven Bader, announced the organisations support for LawCare, a dedicated helpline for those within the profession who may be experiencing emotional, personal or professional problems.

As a result of our support, the helpline is available to ITMA members, their staff and families who might be in need of help and advice. It is free to call and is completely confidential. The helpline number is 0800 ...

Tags: CITMA, General

IP Minister to announce new designs process at ITMA Spring Conference

Date: 20/03/2015
  • New ‘Designs Opinion Service’ will help SMEs with Intellectual Property (IP) disputes
  • Follows launch of successful Patent Opinions Service ten years ago in 2005
  • Public consultation on changes to start immediately today and run for two months

The Intellectual Property (IP) Minister will tell Trade Mark Attorneys tonight about plans for a new service to help UK companies resolve troublesome disputes over design rights more quickly and easily.

The aesthetic design of any product ...


Diversity in the IP professions

Date: 30/01/2015

Following a round-table meeting of a number of organisations in the Intellectual Property field to discuss diversity in the IP professions, a joint statement of intent has been issued:

Joint statement of intent

We are committed to making the IP professions more inclusive.  We believe that there is value, not only to the professions and their individual members, but also to the IP system as a whole and its users, in ensuring that the IP professionals of the future encourage, ...


‘JE SUIS CHARLIE’ trade mark attempt

Date: 15/01/2015


Application to Benelux Office for Intellectual Property unlikely to be approved
Following recent events in Paris and the resulting popular movement expounded by the phrase “Je suis Charlie”, an individual in Belgium has filed an application with the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property, in an attempt to claim the phrase as an exclusive trade mark.
If successful, such a trade mark would give the applicant sole ...


IPReg letter to all registrants and entities

Date: 11/12/2014

On 10 December 2014, IPReg sent a letter to all registrants and entities. The text of the letter is set out below. At the bottom of this page is a statement from CIPA and ITMA.

Dear Registrant,

In 2010 the profession took on board new regulatory requirements and did so with a positive and constructive outlook. Your professionalism has helped create a regulatory regime which is held in high regard.

Five years on and we now approach a further set of developments: I am delighted to confirm ...

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