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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Tips to make your trade mark filing easier

Filing your trade marks is an important step in the early days of any enterprise or venture, and it doesn’t have to be difficult.

12th Sep 2023 | Blog
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What to do with a cease and desist

If you receive a cease and desist letter or accusation of infringement related to your trade mark or IP, responding efficiently is crucial – we lay out the steps that you should take.

17th Jul 2023 | Blog
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The evolution of the Coca-Cola Logo

In 2022, Coca-Cola’s brand was valued at 97.9 billion U.S. dollars – a long way from its humble beginnings in 1886 in a pharmacy in downtown Atlanta. How did it shoot to global fame?

26th Jun 2023 | Blog
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What does artificial intelligence mean for the future of intellectual property?

Artificial intelligence has the potential to have a seismic impact on intellectual property, and understanding this change is vital.

19th May 2023 | Blog
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Upcoming events

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

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IP Inclusive - Better eating for (peri)menopause

12th Dec 2023 | IP Inclusive
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IP Inclusive - Beyond labels: Challenging the stigma of "disabled"

12th Dec 2023 | IP Inclusive
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CITMA Webinar - Protecting and enforcing IP rights across Africa

23rd Jan 2024 | Webinar
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CITMA Bristol Lecture - Brand x Brand: collaborations on the rise

1st Feb 2024 | 1-hour lecture
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Case comments

 Read analysis from recent trade mark cases. 


Lost in a crowd

Horse and rider motifs yet again reared their heads in court, writes Lucy Singer

13th Nov 2023 | Case comment
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No love lost

Stephanie Taylor shares why a heart-shaped motif was not found to be novel

13th Nov 2023 | Case comment
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Slippery issue

Henry Schlaefli stresses the risks of submitting arguments that could damage your own case

13th Nov 2023 | Case comment

Human hand still holds sway

A US court has ruled autonomous AI output is not protected under copyright law, reports Erika Coccia

13th Nov 2023 | Case comment
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Read the latest news and features. 

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Law and practice snippets: December 2023

An update on the latest practice points of note by our Law and Practice Committee including UK IPO address for service, Nice Classification and the EUIPO GI hub.

6th Dec 2023 | News
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CITMA strategic plan 2024-2026

We are pleased to present our plan for supporting you and our changing profession over the next three years.

5th Dec 2023 | News

EUIPO launches mediation centre

The EUIPO has launched a new mediation centre for alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

5th Dec 2023 | News
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A new publishing milestone

Keith Havelock adds a further perspective on CITMA’s new publication

5th Dec 2023 | News
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