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19 April 2016

Kate O’Rourke elected as new ITMA President

Congratulations to Kate O’Rourke MBE who has been unanimously elected as the new President of The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA) on the 19 April 2016. Kate will succeed Chris McLeod as the new leader of the organisation for a two-year term.

The President has responsibility for the policy and direction of ITMA and its liaison with UK legislators and international organisations, including the UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO), European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO). Kate will also oversee the transition of ITMA to becoming a Chartered Institute after it was awarded a Royal Charter by the Privy Council last week.

Kate said: “It is an honour and privilege to be voted into this role. ITMA has been a big part of my professional career for many years and I look forward to building on the exceptional work of my predecessors. I look forward to continuing to promote the high standards of our members and the embedding of our core values of quality, service and respect.

"Over the next two years I aim to increase the profile of the Institute internationally and to work closely with our colleagues at CIPA and IPReg to ensure that our regulation is effective and proportionate and delivers outcomes that align with our ambitions. I also hope to increase the voice of our younger members and students within the Institute and to deliver on our pro bono objectives, which were an important element in our Charter application.

"There's a lot to do, but I know there is a fantastic team of Council members and staff to help!

“This next year will mark a watershed moment for ITMA as it transitions to being a Chartered institute, something I have worked on for the past two years. I am so delighted with the grant of the Royal Charter and what this will mean for members of the Institute and for consumers of our services, who will now be able to distinguish easily those professionals who have attained the highest standards of learning and practice.

"I am also looking forward to organising the official celebrations which will take place when the official Great Seal is applied by the Crown Office and the Charter becomes legal. ”

A Registered Trade Mark Attorney and Solicitor at Charles Russell Speechlys, Kate heads up our trade mark and design registration and protection team. Kate was awarded an MBE for services to further education in the 2016 New Year honours list.