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Trade Mark and Patent Attorneys Welcome Active Role in Judiciary

28 July, 2006

Trade mark and patent attorneys are delighted to see that they are a step closer to being eligible to apply for some judicial roles under the terms of the draft Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill.



Philip Harris, President of ITMA (the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys) and Barry Treve, President of CIPA (the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys) said:

“The Institutes have always believed that with their specialist qualifications and experience, there should be opportunities for their Members to sit in a judicial capacity in appropriate intellectual property cases, including in Appeals from the Patent Office and Trade Marks Registry.”

“We are delighted to see that the draft Bill recognises this and empowers the Lord Chancellor to extend the list of relevant qualifications for the purpose of judicial-appointment eligibility for specified appointments to registered trade mark and patent attorneys. We hope that the due parliamentary process will result in this coming to pass.”

NOTES FOR EDITORS

1. The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA) was established in 1934 as the professional body representing those persons qualified to act for the owners of trade mark and allied intellectual property rights (in particular, registered designs) both nationally and internationally. It now represents the vast majority of UK registered trade mark agents and all UK Trade Mark & Design Litigators.

2. Currently ITMA has approximately 500 practising members; it also extends associate membership to professionals in related fields of law and overseas membership to foreign trade mark attorneys. Its total membership (all classes) is about 1600 members, primarily located in the United Kingdom and Europe, but also in more than 50 other countries.

3. ITMA is regularly consulted by UK government and by international bodies when questions affecting trade mark and allied intellectual property rights arise. It has regular meetings with the UK Patent Office, the Community Trade Marks Office (OHIM), the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and other sister organisations in Europe and beyond. For more information visit www.itma.org.uk.

4. The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) is a professional body representing Patent Attorneys in the UK. CIPA was founded in 1882 and incorporated by Royal Charter in 1891. For further information contact CIPA, 95 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1DT (Tel: 020 7405 9450)

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