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?  

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

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What is a trade mark?

Learn why trade marks are valuable business assets.

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Getting a trade mark

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

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Find a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney

Use our directory to find intellectual property legal experts.

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CITMA blog

Read fascinating and entertaining insight into intellectual property. 

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Reaching for the stars? How merchandising became the film industry’s golden ticket.

In a galaxy far, far, away… in a land also known as Hollywood, George Lucas had a vision: to make a Western called Star Wars which was set in outer-space.

9th Apr 2024 | Blog
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Has Steamboat Willie run out of steam?

As the clock struck midnight and 2023 came to a close, so too did the copyright protection afforded to the earliest version of Mickey Mouse – does that mean anyone can now use and make money from this iconic character?

29th Jan 2024 | Blog
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Adidas vs. Puma: the sibling rivalry and trade mark disputes

The battle between Adidas and Puma goes way beyond the fashion world. 

22nd Jan 2024 | Blog
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Understanding the exponential rise in counterfeit goods

With an estimated 4.48 billion social media users worldwide, it is unsurprising that counterfeiters have found a way to use social media platforms to promote and create additional lucrative sales channels.

22nd Jan 2024 | Blog
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Upcoming events

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

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CITMA Webinar - Strategic approaches to online enforcement

16th Apr 2024 | Webinar
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IP Inclusive - 2024 annual meeting

16th Apr 2024 | IP Inclusive
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CITMA Paralegal Webinar - Mastering trade mark applications and tribunal engagements

17th Apr 2024 | Paralegal event
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AIPLA - Cultivating leaders

18th Apr 2024 | IP Inclusive
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Case comments

 Read analysis from recent trade mark cases. 

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Omega’s missing link

Not all evidence showed sufficient connection, writes Tim Greenwood.

27th Feb 2024 | Case comment
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The party’s over

David Birchall reports on how a business that began proceedings ended up losing its own rights.

27th Feb 2024 | Case comment
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Predator in parts

Amelia Skelding explains the weaknesses in the Opponent’s attack.

27th Feb 2024 | Case comment
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Anno horribilis

Robert Franks reflects on a bad outcome for the Applicant.

27th Feb 2024 | Case comment
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News

Read the latest news and features. 

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The Smiley Company offers a case study on how to raise IP awareness with a simple brand

Kelly Saliger draws on the history of the Smiley Company to demonstrate how brand protection and licensing are integral to brand monetisation using a simple case study to raise awareness of intellectual property.

12th Apr 2024 | Feature
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CITMA Paralegal Representative Review: 2023

With 2024 well underway, newly re-elected CITMA Paralegal Representative Kane Ridley looks back on a packed year.

3rd Apr 2024 | Feature
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“Use it or lose it”: filing declarations of use with the USPTO

What do best practices and considerations for trade mark maintenance in the US entail?

3rd Apr 2024 | Feature
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CITMA Council election results 2024

Congratulations to the members who have been elected to sit on our governing Council following recent elections.

28th Mar 2024 | News
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