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. 

The puzzle has been solved …maybe

Earlier this autumn, the General Court of the European Union, confirmed the invalidity of the Rubik’s Cube trade mark because it consists of a functional shape.

4th Dec 2019 | Blog

Black Friday shopping

Given the potential for severe brand abuse and risks to consumers, it is important for brands to match their commercial aspirations with legal resource.

29th Nov 2019 | Blog

The dos and don’ts of advertising wars

Comparative advertising can be a useful tool to undercut competitors, but it must be used with care.

16th Nov 2019 | Blog

Protecting the Rugby World Cup brand

As Rugby World Cup reaches an exciting conclusion, the winner on the field will be crowned – but how do brands win off the field and how do trade marks help.

25th Oct 2019 | Blog
More posts

Upcoming events

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

IP Out presents David Stone in conversation with Stuart Baran

23rd Jan 2020 | IP Inclusive

CITMA Spring Conference 2020 - London

18th Mar 2020 | Conference
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Case comments

 Read analysis from recent trade mark cases. 

Gold bottle battle

Gold bottle battle makes EUIPO position on trade mark colour clear.

10th Dec 2019 | Case comment

Bath time drama

The Intellectual Property Act 2014 removed “aspects” from the definition of a UK unregistered design right. Cue confusion.

9th Dec 2019 | Case comment

Choice words

Bonita Trimmer notes this CJEU clarification on jurisdiction.

9th Dec 2019 | Case comment

No gunk, no confusion

Caroline Phillips points out why the Fast Track is not always the best route.

9th Dec 2019 | Case comment
More case comments

Brexit

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

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

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
Brexit news