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What does a Trademark Attorney do?

Trademark attorneys, also known as trademark agents, work in the field of trademark registration and protection. They also advise clients on industrial designs and copyright.

A trademark is a unique characteristic which distinguishes a particular product or service from a competitor; a Registered Trademark, is one which is legally protected from copying or association. Trademarks can include: names, slogans, symbols, logos, packaging, letters and numbers.

Trademark attorneys work with clients on:

  • registration
  • researching existing trademarks
  • renewal procedures
  • appropriate use of trademarks in advertising and literature
  • expansion of protection rights
  • transfer of ownership
  • infringement.
Trademark attorneys also support legal teams if litigation is undertaken by a client.

To use the title Trademark Attorney, an agent must be listed on the Register of Trademark Agents.

What's the working environment like working as a Trademark Attorney?

Trademark attorneys usually work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. However, overtime may be necessary depending on workload. Overseas travel may also be required.

What does it take to become a Trademark Attorney?

As a trademark attorney, you should:

  • have a thorough grounding in UK and overseas trademark law
  • have a working knowledge of related issues such as copyright law, patent law and competition laws
  • have excellent communication skills both spoken and written
  • have good analytical skills
  • have good negotiating skills
  • be able to work to a high degree of accuracy.

Trademark Attorney Career Opportunities

Attorneys work for private trademark firms, patent firms and Intellectual Property departments in some larger companies. Some solicitors also employ trademark attorneys.

Most trademark attorneys work in private practice, quite often these are combined with patent offices. With experience and continuing professional development, attorneys can move into senior management positions and partnership within a firm.

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Trademark Attorney that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

The Institute of Trademark Attorneys (ITMA)
Canterbury House
2-6 Sydenham Road
Tel: 0208 686 2052

National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT)

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