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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?

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.

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CITMA blog

Read fascinating and entertaining insight into intellectual property. 

Get creative with your trade marks

How does a creative trade mark strategy help a brand to build a stronger relationship with the consumer?

4th May 2021 | Blog

How your trade mark adds value to your business 

Owning a registered trade mark is like having another key member of your team – constantly working to bring you success.  

8th Mar 2021 | Blog

Cultural (mis)appropriation in trade marks

What do Kim Kardashian West’s fashion line Kimono Solutionwear and the Washington Redskins have in common? They are among the increasing number of brands accused of cultural (mis)appropriation.

22nd Feb 2021 | Blog

What has happened to your EU trade marks?

If you owned an EU trade mark at the end of 2020 you now also own an identical UK one, created automatically and for free – we explore what businesses need to know.

19th Jan 2021 | Blog
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Upcoming events

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

CITMA Paralegal Webinar - Transactions and recordals

10th Jun 2021 | Paralegal event

CITMA Webinar - Domain name disputes

15th Jun 2021 | Webinar

CITMA Webinar - Celebrating Pride

22nd Jun 2021 | Webinar

CITMA Webinar - South American trade mark round up

30th Jun 2021 | Webinar
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Case comments

 Read analysis from recent trade mark cases. 

For Athlon, it figures

Amelia Skelding describes a decision in which a figurative element was a deciding factor. T‑349/19, Decathlon v EUIPO, General Court, 15th October 2020.

22nd Apr 2021 | Case comment

Spot checked

Sophie Soeting considers why a familiar red mark was refused registration. O/587/20, TEFAL (Device Mark), UK IPO, 23rd November 2020.

22nd Apr 2021 | Case comment

Dousing an old flame

Duncan Balloch reports on how the boundaries became blurred for competing fire-protection businesses. [2021] EWHC 11 (IPEC), Cormeton Fire Protection Ltd v Cormeton Electronics Ltd & Another, IPEC, 18th January 2021.

22nd Apr 2021 | Case comment

99 problems

But comparison ain’t one for Ace of Spades, Jon Banford reports. 0T-620/19, Ace of Spades Holdings LLC v EUIPO, Gerhard Ernst Krupp & Elmar Borrmann, General Court, 9th December 2020.

22nd Apr 2021 | Case comment
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Read the latest updates on what the UK's withdrawal from the European Union means for intellectual property. 

May 2021 - post-Brexit Q&A

Five months on from the end of the Brexit transition period we wanted to tie up some of the loose ends and provide as much clarity as possible on some of the technical points we have been raising with the UK IPO on your behalf.

12th May 2021 | Brexit

UK IPO extends bulk change of address service

The UK IPO has announced that it is extending its bulk change of address service until 30th September 2021.

15th Mar 2021 | News

Refiling comparable word marks

We have received an update from the UK IPO about filing dates for refiled UK trade mark applications.

9th Mar 2021 | Brexit

Update on filing dates and international designs

Nearly two months since the re-creation of EU rights and designations as comparable UK rights, we have continued to keep in touch with the UK IPO with the issues and queries you have raised about these. 

1st Mar 2021 | Brexit
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