Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys gain Royal Charter
Today marks something of a landmark for the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys.
It is 82 years to the day since the organisation was created, but this year’s anniversary is more than just a milestone, it’s the beginning of a new era for Intellectual Property professionals working throughout the UK.
Established in 1934, the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys is responsible for acting as the voice of the trade mark industry. It was launched to provide support and representation to members, as well as helping to promote best practice across the profession.
Earlier this year, following a meeting of the Privy Council, the Queen granted the institute a royal charter, in recognition of the work undertaken by the institute for its role in representing the specialist work of Trade Mark Attorneys within the UK.
What does the Royal Charter mean for practising Trade Mark Attorneys currently working in the UK?
The most important job of a Trade Mark Attorney is to help both individuals and businesses to protect their trade marks by filing applications, dealing with examinations and ensuring a registered marks are renewed.
As a chartered institute, the CITMA will continue to regulate the trademark attorney industry according to bylaws set out in the charter as well as providing representation to members, should a case be brought against them.
Chartered Trade Mark Attorney must participate in a programme of continuous professional development, to help ensure the high professional standards synonymous with the institute are upheld, the designation of a Chartered Status reflects the individual attorney’s commitment towards upholding the highest possible levels of professional standards.
The Chartered status also means members of the institute, who fulfil the criteria can call themselves a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney, illustrating their own commitment to the profession.
Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys will protect your trade marks, brands and logos by filing trade mark applications. They can also This level of strategic advice is valuable to businesses as correctly registered intellectual property increases the value of organisations in a way that is important to banks