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.

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. 

Descriptive dating: balancing trade mark enforcement with PR

Legal and reputational risks associated with enforcing trade mark rights have been a hot topic of conversation these last few years.

15th Jul 2022 | Blog

Non fungible tokens: Between gold-rush fever and sustainable digital investment

In many ways, so-called "non-fungible tokens" or "NFTs" are currently the talk of the town.

20th Jun 2022 | Blog

The Royal relationship with trade marks

With the Royal reputation known worldwide, we explore the relationship between the Royal Family and trade marks.

1st Jun 2022 | Blog

Discover the role of a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney

You could be checking intellectual property on a superstar’s tattoos one day, and pursuing criminal counterfeiters the next – the role of a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney is varied and fascinating.

21st Apr 2022 | Blog
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Upcoming events

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

CITMA Webinar - Anti-money laundering

6th Sep 2022 | Webinar

IP Inclusive & Jonathan's Voice - Darkness to Hope

7th Sep 2022 | IP Inclusive

CITMA Lecture Glasgow - IP litigation in Scotland

8th Sep 2022 | 1-hour lecture

CITMA Paralegal Seminar

22nd Sep 2022 | Paralegal event
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Case comments

 Read analysis from recent trade mark cases. 

Funtime is over

Sarah Jeffery reports on why Funko was successful this time round.

27th Jun 2022 | Case comment

Something to wine about

Joseph Letang warns against claiming rights in descriptive terms.

27th Jun 2022 | Case comment

F&F gains the front foot

This case reiterates fundamental issues of infringement, says John Coldham.

27th Jun 2022 | Case comment

Counted out on clarity

Emilia Petrossian sets out why this Appellant failed to make a dent in the existing decision

27th Jun 2022 | Case comment
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Read the latest news and features. 

Trade mark application numbers drop

New UK IPO statistics show a 19% fall in the number of trade mark applications made during the first half of 2022 compared to 2021, but international applications designating the UK are on the rise.

8th Aug 2022 | News

UK IPO appoints interim Chief Executive

Adam Williams will step up to serve as interim Chief Executive of the UK IPO, following Tim Moss’ departure from the role.

5th Aug 2022 | News

Paralegal course 2022 results

Congratulations to the 85 candidates who successfully passed the 2021/ 2022 CITMA Paralegal Course exam.

28th Jul 2022 | News

CITMA shortlisted for Association Excellence Awards

We have been shortlisted for two prestigious membership sector awards – for our Introduction to Trade Mark Administration and Formalities Course and our recent Spring Conference.

20th Jul 2022 | News
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