ITMA now Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA)

Today, 24 November 2016, the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA) has become the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA).

Fully qualified CITMA members are now recognised as Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys, signifying their status as the leading practitioners in their field, providing strategic advice on trade mark and design portfolios to help businesses protect their valuable intellectual property assets.

Working from our London, Munich and Southampton offices, The D Young & Co trade mark group comprises seven Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys, including Trade Mark Partners Jeremy Pennant, Helen Cawley, Jackie Johnson and Gemma Kirkland, Senior Associate Richard Burton, Associate Flora Cook and recently qualified Trade Mark Attorney Wendy Oliver. Brand and trade mark specialist Partner and Solicitor Matthew Dick joined the firm in 2013, broadening the team's trade mark brand-related litigation services.

Jeremy Pennant, Partner and Chartered Trade Mark Attorney comments:

The term 'chartered' is a promise of trust and excellence and is fully deserved for Trade Mark Attorneys and their Institute in the United Kingdom. Clients both at home and around the world know that the CITMA brand for their professional advisors is a mark of both the quality and consistency in the advice we provide.

Commenting on this landmark achievement for the institute, CITMA president Kate O'Rourke MBE:

To be awarded a Royal Charter is due recognition of the great work of our members as intellectual property professionals and of CITMA as an organisation.
This new status provides a seal of quality for the work of our members and the value their work provides to businesses in the UK and across the globe.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Minister of State for Energy and Intellectual Property, said:

The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys fully deserves its Chartered status. I am glad their hard work and commitment to achieving the highest levels of both technical and professional knowledge has been recognised.