In a landmark day for the trade mark profession, the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA) became the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA) on 24 November 2016, following the grant of a Royal Charter earlier this year.
CITMA, founded in 1934, is the professional membership organisation which represents the interests of the trade mark attorney profession in the UK. It has over 1500 members from all over the world and it educates, develops, promotes and supports those within the trade mark profession, as well as helping to shape intellectual property law and practice at home and abroad.
The Royal Charter is “reserved for eminent professional bodies or charities which have a solid record of achievement”. This new status for CITMA is recognition of the high professional standards, expertise, and quality of service which has been continuously provided by CITMA members for more than 80 years. It also acknowledges the wider contribution made by trade mark professionals to the economy, in securing protection of intellectual property rights which are vital for innovation and growth.
Boult Wade Tennant Partner and Past President of CITMA Catherine Wolfe commented:-
“I am delighted that this honour has been conferred on ITMA and all its qualified members: the Trade Mark legal community in the UK is so proud that there are now Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys at last!”
All the qualified attorneys in Boult Wade Tennant’s Trade Mark and Domain Names Group now hold the title of Chartered Trade Mark Attorney, alongside “Registered Trade Mark Attorney” and “European Trade Mark Attorney”. It is expected that Charter status will act as a seal of quality and help signify the status of a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney as a leading brand protection practitioner.
For more information on CITMA, see www.citma.org.uk