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. 

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

AI trade marks: a unique set of problems

AI is posing unique challenges to tech companies. Claire Hutson from Marks & Clerk shares why a strong portfolio of trade marks is essential for any firms involved with AI. 

20th Mar 2019 | Blog

The difference between trade marks, patents, copyright and designs explained

Trade marks, patents, copyright and designs are all different types of intellectual property – what is the difference between them, and which should you be thinking about? Chartered Trade Mark Attorney Adam Kellett has the answers.

26th Feb 2019 | Blog

Why Campbell’s succeeded where McDonald’s failed

The differing recent fortunes of Campbell’s and McDonald’s trade marks highlight the need for businesses to document use of trade marks, as Chartered Trade Mark Attorney Graeme Murray explains.

19th Feb 2019 | Blog
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Upcoming events

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

IP Inclusive - Connected bubbles networking event

27th Jun 2019 | IP Inclusive

CITMA Summer Reception

2nd Jul 2019 | Reception

IP Inclusive & CIPA Webinar - Workplace dress codes

4th Jul 2019 | IP Inclusive

CITMA Lecture - Birmingham - The effect of recent trade mark decisions on registration

10th Jul 2019 | 1-Hour Lecture
More Events

Case comments

 Read analysis from recent trade mark cases. 

IC what you did there

Louise Foster casts an eye over an important clarification. CH-2018-000332, Virgin Enterprises Ltd v Virginic LLC, High Court, 25th March 2019.

5th Jun 2019 | Case comment

Hair tangle tamed

Oliver Tidman sorts out a simple summary. O/097/19, CURL BY CURL (Invalidity), UK IPO, 19th February 2019.

5th Jun 2019 | Case comment

A defining case

Comment on agent-principal was compelling, reports Lana Yahya. T-796/17, Mouldpro v EUIPO – Wenz Kunststoff (MOULDPRO), General Court, 14th February 2019.

5th Jun 2019 | Case comment

Earth Girls has it easy

Its opposition was supported, writes Rebecca O’Kelly-Gillard. O/119/19, Face of Europe & The World Ltd (Application), UK IPO, 1st March 2019.

5th Jun 2019 | Case comment
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Read the latest updates on what the UK's withdrawal from the European Union means for intellectual property. 

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

Numbering for post-Brexit trade marks and designs

The numbering for equivalent UK registrations of Registered Community Designs and international registrations post-Brexit has been announced.

27th Mar 2019 | News

Brexit extension granted

The UK’s proposal to extend the date of its withdrawal from the European Union (EU) has been agreed.

22nd Mar 2019 | News
Brexit news