Seal of Approval – UK trade mark profession receives Royal Charter

Duncan J Morgan | November 2016

The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA) is the professional membership organisation representing the interests of the trade mark and design profession in the United Kingdom, of which all Beck Greener’s trade mark attorneys are members.  


On 12 April 2016 at a meeting of the Privy Council at Windsor Castle attended by The Rt Honourable Chris Grayling, the Rt Honourable Theresa May, the Rt Honourable Michael Fallon and the Rt Honourable Baroness Stowell of Beesdon, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II granted ITMA a Royal Charter.  As a result, with effect from 24 November 2016, all UK Registered Trade Mark Attorneys, including those at Beck Greener, will become Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys.


The purpose of Royal Charters is to recognise eminent professional bodies and charities which have a strong record of achievement.   Other prominent chartered professions in the UK include architects, surveyors, and indeed patent attorneys.  We are grateful for ITMA’s work in obtaining the Charter in recognition of the work of the UK trade mark profession, and look forward to practising as Chartered Attorneys in future.