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?

Trade marks are valuable business assets - what are they and how can you get one?

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. 

The battle for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency brands

Radical. Unstable. Unpredictable. Electronic currencies, or crypto, have made a big splash – but who is fighting to own the names to some of the best known, like Bitcoin?

20th Aug 2019 | Blog

What is a certification trade mark?

What do film classification logos, the ‘Red Tractor’ logo, ‘Parma Ham’ logo and ‘ATOL Protected’ logo all have in common? They are a different type of trade mark that tells you a product meets certain standards.

8th Jul 2019 | Blog

Adidas loses its stripes

This week, one of Adidas’s three stripes trade marks was declared invalid by the European General Court – as Chartered Trade Mark Attorney Graeme Murray explains.

20th Jun 2019 | Blog

Charities and trade marks

Why should charities register their brand and logos as trade marks? We asked Stephanie Crouch and Tom Albertini from intellectual property legal specialists J A Kemp to explain more.

18th Jun 2019 | Blog
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Upcoming events

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

IP Inclusive Reception - Allies and intersectionality

19th Sep 2019 | IP Inclusive

IP Inclusive Seminar - Social mobility in IP

24th Sep 2019 | IP Inclusive

IP Inclusive - Unmasking the bisexual identity: fact vs. fiction

25th Sep 2019 | IP Inclusive

IP Inclusive Webinar - Inclusive leadership

1st Oct 2019 | IP Inclusive
More Events

Case comments

 Read analysis from recent trade mark cases. 

War of the whiskies

Dewdney Drew draws out the importance of detail. O/276/19, DOUGLAS OF DRUMLANRIG (Invalidity), UK IPO, 22nd May 2019.

1st Sep 2019 | Case comment

Thalgo gets the go-ahead

Jasmine Sihre confirms that mark variations can have value. T-398/18, Pielczyk v EUIPO – Thalgo TCH, General Court, 13th June 2019.

1st Sep 2019 | Case comment

Association negotiation

The Applicant established the necessary links, reports Eleni Mezulanik. 000027462 C, Mersen France Amiens SAS v AB Dynamoborstfabriken, EUIPO, 22nd May 2019.

1st Sep 2019 | Case comment

Gallivant fails to bridge the gap

Laura Robyn details how a lack of compelling evidence stopped the Opponent’s advance. O/293/19, BROOKLYN (Opposition), UK IPO, 29th June 2019.

1st Sep 2019 | Case comment
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Read the latest updates on what the UK's withdrawal from the European Union means for intellectual property. 

Our response to a new Prime Minister

Following the announcement that Boris Johnson will be the new Prime Minister we have issued the following statement.

23rd Jul 2019 | News

Brexit and designs quick reference guide

We have published a quick reference guide to registered and unregistered EU designs post-Brexit.

16th Jul 2019 | Brexit

EUIPO publishes updated official communication

The EUIPO has published an updated official communication from EUIPO Executive Director Christian Archambeau on Brexit. 

18th Apr 2019 | News

Further Brexit extension granted

On 10th April the EU confirmed that it had granted the UK a further extension to the Brexit process until 31st October 2019. 

10th Apr 2019 | News
Brexit news