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?

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. 

It IS me

Selena Gomez filed a $10 million claim against a mobile game for using her image without permission.

29th May 2020 | Blog

What a whopper

Burger King ended up in a sticky situation following a series of misleading advertisements posted on its social media.

25th May 2020 | Blog

The forgotten trade marks: Bona Vacantia

What happens to trade marks when the owner no longer exists?

14th May 2020 | Blog

Logos and social distancing

How are brands like Audi and Coca-Cola using 'fluid' trade marks to promote social distancing?

7th May 2020 | Blog
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Upcoming events

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

IP Inclusive - Webinar - Attract, include and retain

2nd Jun 2020 | IP Inclusive

IP Inclusive - Women in IP coffee morning

3rd Jun 2020 | IP Inclusive

CITMA Webinar - What is a mental health first aider?

11th Jun 2020 | Webinar

IP Inclusive - Diversity in IP breakfast

22nd Jun 2020 | IP Inclusive
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Case comments

 Read analysis from recent trade mark cases. 

A new lease of life for bad faith?

Emmy Hunt and Edwina Fitzhugh summarise the most recent High Court decision. Sky v SkyKick, C-371/18, 29th April 2020

15th May 2020 | Case comment

No smoke without fire

Alexandra Nott discusses the common purpose and overly narrow interpretation of goods, and the value of evidence. Walter Kidde Portable Equipment, Inc. v UAB Fire Experts, EUIPO First Board of Appeal, No. R0780/2019-1, 23rd March 2020.

14th May 2020 | Case comment

N is for no

Eleni Mezulanik puzzles out why a mark received partial registration. B 2 858 879, SSC NAPOLI SpA v Aicha Oucheikh, EUIPO, 28th January 2020

27th Apr 2020 | Case comment

One more Loch Ness mystery

Evidence of use was completely absent, says Paul Hegedus. O/772/19, LOCH NESS (Opposition), UK IPO, 13th December 2019

27th Apr 2020 | Case comment
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Brexit

Read the latest updates on what the UK's withdrawal from the European Union means for intellectual property. 

UK Government sets out negotiation position on IP

The UK Government is open to cooperation with the EU on intellectual property and is seeking to ensure high standards of protection for trade marks and designs.

28th Feb 2020 | News

UK will be part of EU IP system during transition

The UK will continue to be part of the EU trade mark and design system until 31st December 2020, following ratification of the UK’s EU Withdrawal Agreement.

29th Jan 2020 | News

Brexit - what happens next?

What is now likely to happen to registered EU Trade Marks and Registered Community Designs, and rights of representation for UK professional representatives before the EUIPO? (UPDATED 28th January 2020)

9th Jan 2020 | Brexit

Possible ‘No-Deal’ Brexit: Implications on International Applications and Registrations

WIPO has published information about how users rights would be preserved – and how to safeguard those rights – in a no deal scenario.

30th Sep 2019 | Brexit
Brexit news