The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA) has become The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA), following the unveiling of its Royal Charter.
The charter recognises its members’ position as legal experts in the trademark and design community.
The company was awarded with the honour by the Queen at a meeting with The Privy Council.
“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,” said Kate O’Rourke MBE, president of CITMA.
“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, added: "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.
"Protecting IP rights is important to growth, innovation and creativity. CITMA and its members will continue to help businesses protect their brands here and overseas."