Royal Recognition for ITMA

The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (known as ITMA), the professional body for Registered Trade Mark Attorneys, has this week been awarded a Royal Charter. The Charter was granted by Her Majesty, the Queen, on Wednesday 12th April during a meeting of the Privy Council at Windsor Castle.

The granting of a Royal Charter is a rare honour, solely reserved for bodies which have a high performing record in terms of the service provided by members, the qualifications required to join, strict regulation and the standard of continuing professional development.

As a result of the award, ITMA will soon be known as the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys.  It will officially receive the Royal Seal later this year. It will also rebrand to CITMA and members of this new, incorporated legal body will be permitted to refer to themselves as Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys.

This is a very positive move forward for all concerned, ITMA joins CIPA (the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys) in holding a Royal Charter, and the award recognises the high standards that ITMA presently, and continuously strives to work towards. The granting of the Charter will also act as an indicator of distinction to assisting with ITMA’s fundamental role of raising the profile of Intellectual Property and the Trade Mark Attorney profession.

What good news to see the weekend in with.


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