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. 

Copyrights and Christmas ads

Tis the season to be jolly… but not when copyright and trade mark rights come into conflict with Christmas TV ads.

3rd Dec 2021 | Blog

IP essentials for small businesses

For small businesses, it can be easy to overlook the potential value of intellectual property. We solve some common misconceptions.

22nd Nov 2021 | Blog

The importance of considering IP from the outset

How could considering IP at an early stage help you later on?

10th Nov 2021 | Blog

Walking the line between inspiration and imitation in fashion

There is a fine line between inspiration and imitation, which we all too often see crossed.

1st Nov 2021 | Blog
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Upcoming events

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

CITMA Webinar - What UK practitioners need to know about US trade mark law

8th Dec 2021 | Webinar

IP Inclusive - Better decision making (and how diversity can work)

9th Dec 2021 | IP Inclusive

CITMA Webinar - UK case law update

15th Dec 2021 | Webinar

CITMA Webinar - Designs: when trade mark law is not enough

1st Feb 2022 | Webinar
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Case comments

 Read analysis from recent trade mark cases. 

Marked for defeat

This decision was as easy as ABC, says David Yeomans.

8th Nov 2021 | Case comment

Defendant surely feeling its oats

Beverley Robinson shares her unique insights into a topical case.

8th Nov 2021 | Case comment

The secret of a success

Katherine Thompson reveals the reasons behind a failed invalidation attempt.

8th Nov 2021 | Case comment

Hard times for Easy marks

Emilia Petrossian gives her view of the latest case involving a well-known family.

8th Nov 2021 | Case comment
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News

Read the latest news and features. 

Our updated competency framework for Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys

We have updated our advanced competency framework – your guide to the technical and general skills of a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney.

17th Nov 2021 | News

Trade mark protection for the European shoe manufacturing industry

Fashion is inarguably one of Europe’s key exports from both an economic and a cultural perspective, and shoes are among its most distinctive elements. Only by rigorously protecting brand identity and fair competition can this valuable market sustain its success.

16th Nov 2021 | Feature

New law to correct ‘unfair imbalance’

A new route to counter challenge will be made available at the UK IPO to correct an ‘unfair imbalance’ between UK IPO and EUIPO practices.

16th Nov 2021 | News

Our partnership with Raconteur

We are to partner with Raconteur for its intellectual property supplement, read by over 1 million people, again in 2021. 

16th Nov 2021 | News
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