Welcome to CITMA

Founded in 1934, chartered in 2016, The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA) is a professional membership organisation with the power to shape law and practice - nationally and internationally. Find out more

What is a trade mark? 

Let our experts help you get to grips with trade marks and other intellectual property rights.

Find out how a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney will help you to navigate intellectual property law.

What is a trade mark?

Learn why trade marks are valuable business assets.

Getting a trade mark

How can you get a trade mark - we take you through the process step-by-step.

Find a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney

Use our directory to find intellectual property legal experts.

CITMA blog

Read fascinating and entertaining insight into intellectual property. 

Copyright and designs in fashion

How does intellectual property work in the fashion industry? An IP expert from Chanel talks us through.

21st Oct 2021 | Blog

Can trade marks and cultural significance coexist?

Why do brand owners keep on making the mistake of trying to register trade marks for names with cultural significance? Yoruba is one that millions have a personal connection with.

6th Oct 2021 | Blog

How should charities protect and enforce their intellectual property

Protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights such as trade marks as a charitable organisation is fundamental to the growth of the charity.

23rd Sep 2021 | Blog

Caterpillars, trade marks and social media

How should brand owners approach the legal and reputational impacts of taking action to protect their trade marks?

20th Jul 2021 | Blog
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Upcoming events

Earn CPD and network with the IP profession at our events.

IP Inclusive - The way we work now - promoting inclusivity or leaving some behind

29th Oct 2021 | IP Inclusive

CITMA Seminar for Litigators

3rd Nov 2021 | Seminar

IP Inclusive - Episode 2: What I would tell my younger self with Vanessa Stainthorpe

3rd Nov 2021 | IP Inclusive

CITMA Webinar - Contentious proceedings at the UK IPO

4th Nov 2021 | Webinar
More Events

Case comments

 Read analysis from recent trade mark cases. 

Court offers clear vision

The BoA was fully entitled to its decision on confusion, reports Eleni Mezulanik.

19th Aug 2021 | Case comment

GPC plays it straight

For one polo club, a successful defence proved fairly simple, says Simon Miles.

19th Aug 2021 | Case comment

Confusion is a complex concept

The courts are bound to take in the bigger picture, writes Beverley Potts. [2021] EWCA Civ 425, UK Gymnastics Ltd, UK Gymnastics Affiliation Ltd & Christopher Adams v British Amateur Gymnastics Association, Court of Appeal, 24th March 2021.

18th Jun 2021 | Case comment

Cheesed off

The latest appeal related to Halloumi has amounted to nothing, Ellie Wilson reports. T-282/19, Foundation for the Protection of the Traditional Cheese of Cyprus named Halloumi v EUIPO, General Court, 24th March 2021

18th Jun 2021 | Case comment
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Read the latest updates on what the UK's withdrawal from the European Union means for intellectual property. 

Deadline looms for pending EU rights

Earlier UK filing dates for some 70,000 trade marks are still eligible to claimed with the deadline just six weeks away.

19th Aug 2021 | News

UK IPO's warning about priority filings

Just ten weeks remain until the filing deadline for UK priority applications based on rights that were pending at the EUIPO on 1st January 2021.

21st Jul 2021 | News

May 2021 - post-Brexit Q&A

Five months on from the end of the Brexit transition period we wanted to tie up some of the loose ends and provide as much clarity as possible on some of the technical points we have been raising with the UK IPO on your behalf.

12th May 2021 | Brexit

UK IPO extends bulk change of address service

The UK IPO has announced that it is extending its bulk change of address service until 30th September 2021.

15th Mar 2021 | News
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