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. 

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

Five reasons to register your trade mark

Add value to your business, protect against counterfeiters and ensure it is unquestionably yours to use – there are many reasons why all businesses should register their trade marks as Sarah De’Ath from HGF explains. 

11th Apr 2019 | Blog
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Upcoming events

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

CITMA Webinar - Why mental health matters

3rd Sep 2019 | Webinar

CITMA Lecture - Scotland - Evidence before UK IPO and EUIPO matters

5th Sep 2019 | 1-hour lecture

IP Inclusive Webinar - Colleagues on the autism spectrum

9th Sep 2019 | IP Inclusive

CITMA Quiz - Leeds

10th Oct 2019 | Quiz night
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Case comments

 Read analysis from recent trade mark cases. 

Bad romance

Any good feeling dies as partnership dissolves, says Eve Brown. O/226/19, MODERN ROMANCE (Invalidity), UK IPO, 1st May 2019.

22nd Jul 2019 | Case comment

Kors case goes off course

Nick Bowie reveals why an invalidity argument was unconvincing. 000015152, Michael Kors (Switzerland) International GmbH v Julong Wang, EUIPO, 30th April 2019.

22nd Jul 2019 | Case comment

Hard day for easyGroup

It wasn’t able to rely on its family of marks, reports Saaira Gill. B 3 002 352, easyGroup Ltd v Anecoop S. Coop, EASY BOUQUET (Opposition), EUIPO, 30th April 2019.

22nd Jul 2019 | Case comment

Appeal has no power

Chris Thomas recounts the reasoning behind the judge’s support of the HO. [2019] EWHC 849 (Ch), Manpower Direct (UK) Ltd v Manpower Group Inc, High Court, 11th April 2019.

22nd Jul 2019 | 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. 

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