The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys granted Royal Charter
10 November 2016, Lynn Harris
We are proud to announce that The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA) has been granted a Royal Charter by Her Majesty the Queen and its new name will be the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA). This prestigious award is reserved for eminent professional bodies, whose members will henceforth be called Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys (CTMA).
The granting of the Royal Charter gives public recognition to UK Registered Trade Mark Attorneys for their high standards in qualification, regulation and continuing professional development.
Consumers will also be protected in that by using a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney, the public and businesses will be assured of the high standard of service and quality of work provided by a CTMA.
Whilst writing, we should like to re-assure you that Dummett Copp will be able to assist with all your intellectual property requirements in the EU once the UK has left the European Union. We will be taking any necessary steps to ensure that our Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys can continue to act before the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EU IPO). The European patent system, including the European Patent Office (EPO), is independent of the EU and the filing and prosecution of European patent applications will be entirely unaffected by the UK’s leaving the EU.
Owners of registered trade marks and designs covering the EU do not need to take any action at present, and all existing rights remain in force. Once we have been informed as to how the UK portion of EU trade mark and design rights are to be transformed into UK rights, we will let you know.
If you have any queries about the Royal Charter, EU Intellectual Property rights or indeed anything else, please do not hesitate to contact us.