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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.

Find out how a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney will help you to navigate intellectual property law.

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. 

Caterpillars, trade marks and social media

How should brand owners approach the legal and reputational impacts of taking action to protect their trade marks?

20th Jul 2021 | Blog

Trade marks in the football industry

Football players, clubs and governing bodies will go to great lengths to protect their brands – from Cristiano Ronaldo to Dulwich Hamlet, Euro 2020 to the UEFA Nations League, we take a look at what they own and why.

12th Jul 2021 | Blog

What to do if your brand is you

Influencers and celebrities have now become 'brands' in their own right, but building a brand around your name and personality does not come without risks, as Chartered Trade Mark Attorney Laura Morrish explains.

28th Jun 2021 | Blog

YouTube stars and trade marks

Being a YouTube star can be a lucrative business – we take a look at the brands some of the biggest influencers own to help them monetise their following.

10th Jun 2021 | Blog
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Upcoming events

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

IP Inclusive: IP OUT - Trans 101 - The trans and non-binary space in 50 (ish) minutes

5th Aug 2021 | IP Inclusive

CITMA Webinar - Ethical considerations in advising clients

8th Sep 2021 | Webinar

CITMA Paralegal Webinar - Oppositions and disputes

22nd Sep 2021 | Paralegal event

CITMA Webinar - Online platforms and bad faith in China

29th Sep 2021 | Webinar
More Events

Case comments

 Read analysis from recent trade mark cases. 

Confusion is a complex concept

The courts are bound to take in the bigger picture, writes Beverley Potts. [2021] EWCA Civ 425, UK Gymnastics Ltd, UK Gymnastics Affiliation Ltd & Christopher Adams v British Amateur Gymnastics Association, Court of Appeal, 24th March 2021.

18th Jun 2021 | Case comment

Cheesed off

The latest appeal related to Halloumi has amounted to nothing, Ellie Wilson reports. T-282/19, Foundation for the Protection of the Traditional Cheese of Cyprus named Halloumi v EUIPO, General Court, 24th March 2021

18th Jun 2021 | Case comment

Safety Bull takes all

For Peter Collie, this case is an interesting illustration of conceptual meaning’s role in finding indirect confusion. O/097/21, BULL (Opposition), UK IPO, 9th February 2021.

18th Jun 2021 | Case comment

Present and corrected

Charlotte Wilding highlights the danger of relying solely on dictum. B 3 017 194, Lululemon Athletica Canada Inc. v Shenzhen Jia Li Fu Kang Logistics Co. Ltd, EUIPO, 23rd March 2021.

18th Jun 2021 | 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 IPO's warning about priority filings

Just ten weeks remain until the filing deadline for UK priority applications based on rights that were pending at the EUIPO on 1st January 2021.

21st Jul 2021 | News

May 2021 - post-Brexit Q&A

Five months on from the end of the Brexit transition period we wanted to tie up some of the loose ends and provide as much clarity as possible on some of the technical points we have been raising with the UK IPO on your behalf.

12th May 2021 | Brexit

UK IPO extends bulk change of address service

The UK IPO has announced that it is extending its bulk change of address service until 30th September 2021.

15th Mar 2021 | News

Refiling comparable word marks

We have received an update from the UK IPO about filing dates for refiled UK trade mark applications.

9th Mar 2021 | Brexit
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