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news of ITMA's Royal Charter
As most readers will know, ITMA is the UK-based professional membership organisation which represents the interests of the trade mark and designs profession. The grant of a Royal Charter paves the way for ITMA to become the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA). The change will take place later this year, once the Charter receives the Great Seal of the Realm. The IPKat thinks ‘Sitma’ sounds silly and hopes that CITMA members will pronounce it ‘Kitma.’
ITMA Chief Executive Keven Bader said: “As an organisation and profession we have been working towards this for some time. I am delighted this hard work has been recognised and that we have been granted a Royal Charter. I’m sure our qualified members will be looking forward to using the title Chartered Trade Mark Attorney to further distinguish themselves as the experts in trade marks and design matters.”
“ITMA has always played a key role in educating, representing and regulating the trade mark attorney profession… the Charter formalises this role.”
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Non UK readers may be confused by some of the above. This Kat will do his best to help:
The Privy Council is a group of advisors to the Queen. Constitutional convention dictates that she follows their advice.
A Royal Charter is a way of turning a body of of individuals into a single legal entity. A body incorporated by Royal Charter has all the powers of a natural person, including the power to sue and be sued. Royal Charters were at one time the only way of incorporating a body, but there are now other more commonly used methods (e.g. registering as a company). New Charters are reserved for bodies that work in the public interest (such as professional institutions and charities) and which demonstrate pre-eminence, stability and permanence in their field.
The University of Cambridge was awarded the first Royal Charter in 1231 - hopefully CITMA is as successful and will still be with us in 785 years, exercising its benevolent influence over trade marks.