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Press Release: David Lammy receives a warm welcome as third Minister for IP in a year

10 October, 2008

The appointment of David Lammy, Minister of State for Higher Education and Intellectual Property, as the Minister with responsibility for the UK-IPO (UK Intellectual Property Office) was given a warm welcome today by Gillian Deas, President of ITMA – the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys.



Speaking on the news of his appointment Mrs. Deas said:

“I extend a warm welcome to David Lammy as the new Minister. However, it does concern me that this is the third Ministerial change in responsibility for Intellectual Property (IP) in a year, following Lord Triesman’s appointment as Chairman of the FA and Baroness Morgan’s move to the Department for Children, Schools and Family.”

Mrs. Deas said: “There have been significant changes in IP, and especially trade marks, over the last year with new rules on trade mark proceedings designed to speed up the registration process; changes in company name registration to prevent confusion between similar company names and initiatives following on from the Gower’s Review of Intellectual Property which reported less than 2 years ago and which, amongst other things, brought about the change of name from the Patent Office to the UK-IPO.” 

“It is to be hoped that David Lammy’s tenure will be lengthier than his predecessors as he is taking over responsibility for the UK-IPO at a challenging time for the world of IP. Not only are the changes mentioned above under way but the UK trade mark profession is itself facing a new regulatory regime instigated under the new Legal Services Act.”

“ITMA has always endeavoured to work closely with Ministers and officials and we hope that we will shortly meet with David to outline our hopes for the future and explore ways of working together to make the IP system reflect the needs not only of business and industry but of consumers and the general public.”

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-IPO, 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. David Lammy (born 19 July 1972) was elected as MP for Tottenham in June 2000. He has served as a Minister in the Department of Health, the Department for Constitutional Affairs, the Minister for Culture in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and was previously Minister for Skills within the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills. A full biography is available on his website www.davidlammy.co.uk.

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