The Institute Of Trade Mark Attorneys has now received its Royal Charter and has become the Chartered Institute Of Trade Mark Attorneys as of November 24, 2016.
UK registered trade mark attorneys, being persons who are registered on the list of trade mark attorneys maintained by the UK Patent Office, trading as the UK Intellectual Property Office, qualify by having at least two years’ experience in trade marks, and by passing the qualifying examination to be entered on the official list. Some senior registered trade mark attorneys registered before 1994 may have qualified by virtue of a five-year experience period, without the need for examination.
Persons who are entered on the official list of registered trade mark attorneys kept by the UK patent office are entitled to be members or fellows of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys and call themselves Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys.
There are also other grades of membership of CITMA, such as students, and associates who may be working towards Chartered status, but only those on the official list of registered trade mark attorneys kept by the UK patent office are entitled to use the Chartered Trade Mark Attorney designation.
Persons entered on the list of UK registered trade mark attorneys who also satisfy the nationality requirement, are also eligible to be entered on the list of professional representatives at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and to use the title “European Trade Mark Attorney”, and to act before the European Union Intellectual Property Office.
The following Franks & Co staff members are now Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys. For more information on their qualifications and experience, please follow the links to their profile pages.
• Robert Franks
• Jonathan Banford
• Abigail Welford
The unofficial professional body for European Trade Mark Attorneys is the European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA).
Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys are regulated by the Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPReg) and must adhere to the IPReg code of conduct and hold sufficient professional indemnity insurance.
For more information, visit the website of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys and the IPReg website.
Article Published November 25, 2016