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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Harry Potter and the IP empire

When it comes to intellectual property, JK Rowling and Warner Bros are definitely sorcerers.

29th May 2024 | Blog
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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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Upcoming events

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

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IP Inclusive - Beyond the lanyard: How can allies do more?

3rd Jul 2024 | IP Inclusive
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CITMA Webinar - AI applications in trade mark watching

3rd Jul 2024 | Webinar
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CITMA Webinar - Brand x Brand: collaborations on the rise

16th Jul 2024 | Webinar
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CITMA Webinar - Summer of IP: Becoming a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney

17th Jul 2024 | Webinar
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Case comments

 Read analysis from recent trade mark cases. 

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Click win collected

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
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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
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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
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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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News

Read the latest news and features. 

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Tracking the evolution of trade marks in the Metaverse

Every new idea has a value, and the idea’s originator (usually) has the right to protect that value in different jurisdictions – though debate continues regarding AI-generated creations.

18th Jun 2024 | Feature
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CITMA Paralegal Course 2024 results

Congratulations to the 109 candidates who successfully passed the 2023/ 2024 CITMA Paralegal Course exam.

18th Jun 2024 | News
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Law and practice snippets: June 2024 

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

17th Jun 2024 | News
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Gail Nicol: Reflecting on two years as CITMA Student Representative

Gail Nicol sets out what she has learned and experienced in her term as CITMA student representative.

10th Jun 2024 | Feature
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