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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.

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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. 

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

Trade marks at Christmas

You may be surprised to know that some companies own trade marks for some well-known Christmas phrases, we explore some of the more famous examples.

18th Dec 2020 | Blog

The story of Santa and Coca-Cola

Learn about the history of Santa and be inspired about Coca-Cola’s bold move to adopt him for its marketing campaign.

9th Dec 2020 | Blog

Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas IP…

Can a Christmas tree be protected as a trade mark? We take a festive look at the intellectual property found in tree shapes.

3rd Dec 2020 | Blog
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Upcoming events

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

CITMA Paralegal Webinar - UK IPO Brexit panel

26th Jan 2021 | Webinar

CITMA Webinar - The perils of co-existence agreements

10th Feb 2021 | Webinar

CITMA Paralegal Webinar - Searching and clearance

24th Feb 2021 | Webinar

CITMA Online Quiz

25th Feb 2021 | Quiz night
More Events

Case comments

 Read analysis from recent trade mark cases. 

Grey area gains ground

Adrian Dykes fills us in on why the idea of descriptiveness was not quite black and white. T-133/19, Off-White LLC v EUIPO, General Court, 25th June 2020

30th Nov 2020 | Case comment

A view to TKIL

Emily Scott outlines a decision that got decidedly personal. [2020] EWHC 2078 (Ch), Turbo-K Ltd v Turbo-K International Ltd & Others, High Court, 5th August 2020

30th Nov 2020 | Case comment

Door closes on butler mark

Presumption of patronage was the problem, reports Robecca Davey. O/404/20, Grant Harrold v The Lord Chamberlain, UK IPO, 24th August 2020

30th Nov 2020 | Case comment

Karma confusion

The consumer would see the connection, explains Gavin Stenton. O/442/20, KARMA (Opposition), UK IPO, 11th September 2020

30th Nov 2020 | Case comment
More case comments

Brexit

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

Exhaustion is main post-Brexit “question mark”

Intellectual Property Magazine’s Brexit podcast panel, including Richard Goddard, returned to discuss future issues for IP following Brexit.

18th Jan 2021 | News

EU trade marks recreated in the UK

More than two million trade marks and designs registered at the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) have been recreated in the UK ensuring continuation of protection.

4th Jan 2021 | News

Post-transition UK IPO practice

Details of the impact new legislation has on practice before the UK IPO has been published. The legal changes come into force on 1st January 2021.

22nd Dec 2020 | News

IPReg clarifies use of European titles

The Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPReg) has confirmed that titles including the term ‘European’ can be used by UK attorneys post-Brexit, but the announcement came with an important caveat.

10th Dec 2020 | News
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