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. 

A royal headache

Harry and Meghan continue to face challenges protecting their brand.

5th Feb 2020 | Blog

Own goal for Liverpool?

Liverpool scores own goal attempting to register a trade mark.

14th Jan 2020 | Blog

What trade marks do The Apprentice finalists Carina and Scarlett own?

What do the brands and trade marks belonging to this year’s The Apprentice finalists tell us?

23rd Dec 2019 | Blog

Protecting your IP in 2020

Starting the year with a strategy for protecting your intellectual property (IP) can make a big difference.

12th Dec 2019 | Blog
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Upcoming events

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

CITMA Lecture - London - Litigating in the UK courts: Lessons and pointers for trade mark attorneys

25th Feb 2020 | 1-hour lecture

IP Inclusive webinar - Unconscious bias: the basics

26th Feb 2020 | IP Inclusive

IP Inclusive webinar - Inclusivity and the menopause

26th Feb 2020 | IP Inclusive

CITMA Paralegal Webinar - Navigating Madrid applications

27th Feb 2020 | Webinar
More Events

Case comments

 Read analysis from recent trade mark cases. 

In the SkyKick of Time

Emmy and Edwina find there are still significant issues facing all existing and future brand owners. Sky v SkyKick, C-371/18, 29th January 2020

3rd Feb 2020 | Case comment

Halloumi is cheesed off

David Birchall considers contrasting rights. C-766/18 P, Foundation for the Protection of the Traditional Cheese of Cyprus named Halloumi v EUIPO, Advocate General, 17th October 2019

31st Jan 2020 | Case comment

Road to refusal

Adam Kellett finds this decision a useful guide to shape mark obstacles. O/589/19, 3D Marks (Oppositions), UK IPO, 3rd October 2019

31st Jan 2020 | Case comment

Counted out

Claire Sugden explains that evidence should be of public use in order to support a registration under attack. O/563/19, THE LONSDALE BELT (Revocation), UK IPO, 24th September 2019

31st Jan 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 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

New no-deal Brexit guidance on trade marks

The UK Government has published new guidance on trade marks if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

20th Sep 2019 | News
Brexit news