Chris McLeod, Squire Sanders’ Director of Trade Marks, has been appointed President of the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA), the professional body responsible for the regulation of the Trade Mark Attorney profession and for representing the interests of the profession, nationally and internationally.

ITMA was founded 80 years ago to promote high standards of training, qualification and continued learning and to ensure the high quality of the trade mark attorney profession. It counts 1,600 members in the UK and around the world.

In his two-year term as President, Chris will be responsible for the policy and direction of ITMA and its liaison with UK legislators and international organisations, including the European Community Trade Mark Office (OHIM) and the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO).

David Elkins, head of Squire Sander’s global Intellectual Property & Technology Practice Group congratulated Chris on his appointment: “This accolade is well-deserved. Chris is not only a highly accomplished lawyer but a thought leader who finds time to give back to the profession by improving its standards and helping protect its interests.”