ITMA relaunches as CITMA

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Following on from its award of a Royal Charter earlier this year, the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA) is today marking its first day as the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA). Ordinary members and Fellows of CITMA, who will also be on the Register of Trade Mark Attorneys, will now hold the title Chartered Trade Mark Attorney.

This brings the professional status of trade mark attorneys into line with that of patent attorneys whose professional body, the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA), has held its Royal Charter since 1891.

The new chartered status is particularly important because use of the term “trade mark attorney” is not regulated to the same extent as that of “patent attorney”. For example, only persons listed on the Register of Patent Attorneys are entitled to refer to themselves as Patent Agents, Patent Attorneys or Chartered Patent Attorneys. In contrast, while only appropriately qualified trade mark attorneys will now be able to describe themselves as Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys, there is no legal protection for the term “trade mark attorney” on its own. Clients looking for the best advice on trade marks should therefore always check whether their professional adviser holds chartered status.

As Alistair Hindle explains: “Previously, there hasn’t been an easy way to differentiate qualified trade mark attorneys from other trade mark advisers. It offers peace of mind and an assurance that they’re dealing with an expert in trade marks and designs. We’re delighted to congratulate the CITMA on this momentous day.”

Both Alistair Hindle and Rowena Bercow are Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys. For more information, click here.