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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Fashion fakes and TikTok trends: protecting products in an online age

TikTok must now be one of the most popular, fast-growing social media apps globally. Starting off as a platform mostly used to post dance routines and lip-sync videos, it has turned into a highly influential advertising platform.

23rd Apr 2024 | Blog
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Shake, shake, shake: Taylor Swift’s masterclass in rebranding

Taylor Swift is not only a singer, songwriter, and GRAMMY Award-winning artist; she's also a storyteller, marketer, branding and rebranding genius.

19th Apr 2024 | Blog
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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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Upcoming events

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

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IP Inclusive - Fostering openness: Men's mental wellbeing

5th Jun 2024 | IP Inclusive
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CITMA London Lecture - The impact of artificial intelligence on IP law in the world of fashion

6th Jun 2024 | 1-hour lecture

CITMA Quiz - Edinburgh

11th Jun 2024 | Quiz night
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IP Inclusive: Are you ready for the worker protection act?

11th Jun 2024 | IP Inclusive
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Case comments

 Read analysis from recent trade mark cases. 


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Pandemic-related pleas didn’t derail a Subway win, reports Eve Duggan O/0004/24, Subway IP LLC v NVK Ltd, UK IPO, 4th January 2024

30th Apr 2024 | Case comment

Not on my watch

Platform providers have new reason to be wary, warns Joe Francké [2023] EWCA Civ 1478, Montres Breguet SA & others v Samsung Electronics Co Ltd & another, Court of Appeal, 15th December 2023

29th Apr 2024 | Case comment

Court sees dairy distinction

Jasmine Lalli wonders if this decision will embolden plant-based food companies [2023] EWHC 3204 (Ch), Oatly Ab v Dairy UK Ltd, High Court, 14th December 2023

29th Apr 2024 | Case comment

Watching the clock

This appeal raises a timely issue, writes Flora Hachemi [2023] EWCA Civ 1451, Industrial Cleaning Equipment v Intelligent Cleaning Equipment, Court of Appeal, 6th December 2023

29th Apr 2024 | Case comment
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Read the latest news and features. 

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UK IPO takes more proactive approach to enforcing Address for Service

The UK IPO is using its powers to treat applications as withdrawn if an effective address for service is not provided, and has set out its powers to ban unregulated agents for misconduct.

16th May 2024 | News
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Mental Health Awareness Week: Moving with awareness

LawCare sets out how movement and activity support your brain at a chemical level.

15th May 2024 | Feature
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New report shows strong IP awareness among UK SMEs

The study, which investigated IP awareness across all SME sizes and sectors, found a high level of reported IP awareness and registration.

15th May 2024 | News

CITMA Past President features on careers podcast

Our Immediate Past President, Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy, has shared her experience on getting into the trade mark field.

15th May 2024 | News
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