Welcome to ITMA
The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA) is a professional membership organisation which represents the interests of the trade mark and design profession, primarily in the United Kingdom but also internationally. The organisation, which was founded in 1934, has approximately 1500 – 1600 members at any one time. Its membership not only includes Trade Mark Attorneys who are fully qualified and regulated, but also those training to become Trade Mark Attorneys, those working in the field of trade marks and designs e.g. Trade Mark Administrators and foreign Trade Mark Attorneys. Within its membership are also those who provide support services for Trade Mark Attorneys and the profession and other professionals in related areas of the law e.g. Barristers and solicitors who have a Trade Mark/Design interest.
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In representing the membership ITMA acts as the voice for the profession. ITMA is responsible for promoting, educating and supporting those within the profession and seeks high standards of training, qualification and continued learning in order to ensure that the Trade Mark Attorney profession is able to undertake on behalf of clients, large and small, all of the work associated with securing and protecting trade marks, registered designs and other rights, for example domain names, both in the UK and abroad.
In addition to representing the profession, ITMA is the professional body responsible for the regulation of the Trade Mark Attorney profession under the Legal Services Act 2007 (the Act). The Act requires ITMA to separate its representational and regulatory responsibilities and regulation of the profession has been delegated to its independent regulatory arm (the Trade Mark Regulation Board) which operates at arm's length under the Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPReg).
What the Institute does
The Institute has a number of roles centred on working towards its vision and delivering the strategic objectives it has set. In summary the Institute:
- Seeks to influence the authorities (in the UK and overseas) in order that the trade mark and design protection systems – the Laws themselves and the practice adopted to implement these - works for the benefit of owners and users of the systems
- Maintains relationships with the UK Government and other international organisations, such as the European Community Trade Mark Office (OHIM), the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO), which operates the international registration process as well as other professional bodies responsible for Trade Mark Attorneys overseas
- Promotes the importance of intellectual property and the value of trade marks and designs to the well being of businesses, large and small
- Produces an annual programme of high calibre events to provide opportunities for its members to learn, discuss and digest about the latest developments and points of interest relevant to the profession, gain accredited Continuing Professional Development hours, network with peers and interested parties and at the same time enjoy the social activities of an event.
- Monitors the work of its regulatory arm, IPReg, in order that the Institute’s responsibilities under the Legal Services Act are being met and that the Rules and Regulations laid down and the action being taken by IPReg to implement them are working for the mutual benefit of the profession and the public.
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