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.

For the IP profession: 

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CITMA blog

Read fascinating and entertaining insight into intellectual property. 

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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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Fashion icons and IP: Examining Christian Dior's impact on the IP landscape

Intellectual property is all about innovation and progress - like a designer who created the ‘New Look’ and moved fashion forwards into a new decade.

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

13th Mar 2024 | Webinar
Spring Conference 2019 Panel and Welcome

CITMA Live Mock CMC & Hearing - Inter partes proceedings with the UK IPO

20th Mar 2024 | Seminar
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CITMA Spring Conference: Navigating the digital frontier

20th Mar 2024 | Conference
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CITMA and CITMA Benevolent Fund AGMs

28th Mar 2024 | AGM
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Case comments

 Read analysis from recent trade mark cases. 


Omega’s missing link

Not all evidence showed sufficient connection, writes Tim Greenwood.

27th Feb 2024 | Case comment

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

Predator in parts

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

27th Feb 2024 | Case comment

Anno horribilis

Robert Franks reflects on a bad outcome for the Applicant.

27th Feb 2024 | Case comment
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Read the latest news and features. 

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Law and practice snippets: February 2024 

An update on this month’s practice points by our Law and Practice Committee. 

14th Feb 2024 | Feature
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Career paths: The route from formalities to Chartered Trade Mark Attorney

“A new Trade Mark Attorney joined the team and asked me one day why I had never considered qualifying as an attorney myself - and I found that I didn’t have a very good answer."

13th Feb 2024 | Feature
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Presenting 2024’s quiz champions 

Our annual charity quiz saw the team from Abel + Imray walk away victorious, with a perfect score of 126 points.

12th Feb 2024 | News
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Council and CITMA Paralegal nominations open

Nominations for CITMA Council and the CITMA Paralegal representative are now open to all eligible CITMA members.

8th Feb 2024 | News
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