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? 

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.

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. 

Discover the role of a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney

You could be checking intellectual property on a superstar’s tattoos one day, and pursuing criminal counterfeiters the next – the role of a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney is varied and fascinating.

21st Apr 2022 | Blog

Cosmetics and Copyright – Battling the Copycats

Just like the fashion industry, the cosmetic industry is seeing more and more copycat products.

12th Apr 2022 | Blog

Clothing trade marks reach new peaks

In mid-2021, the plight of a small Welsh clothing company was reported on by various news outlets.

23rd Mar 2022 | Blog

Jif, Cif: What if trade marks differ around the world?

With foresight and planning, harmonising your trade marks globally can open up a world of opportunity.

23rd Feb 2022 | Blog
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Upcoming events

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

CITMA Lecture London - How best to manage your business development

7th Jun 2022 | 1-hour lecture

IP Inclusive - The sticking plaster and the stairwell

15th Jun 2022 | IP Inclusive

CITMA Webinar - Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) – The new digital gold rush?

21st Jun 2022 | Webinar

Summer Reception featuring the Sheila Lesley Lecture

5th Jul 2022 | Reception
More Events

Case comments

 Read analysis from recent trade mark cases. 

Unkindest cut

Charlie Bond reports on why a mark didn’t sufficiently stand out

3rd May 2022 | Case comment

eBay is hard to beat

A big reputation paid off, says Gavin Stenton

3rd May 2022 | Case comment

Intimate details

Theresa Castle lays bare the facts in a dispute between two healthcare marks

3rd May 2022 | Case comment

Case for caution

​​​​​​​Post‑Brexit complexity means continuing to tread carefully, suggests Tania Clark

3rd May 2022 | Case comment
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Read the latest news and features. 

UK IPO publicises short and mid term priorities

The UK IPO has asserted their commitment to deliver all trade mark examinations within 10 days, reach net zero and establish themselves as the best IP office in the world.

19th May 2022 | News

The London Legal Walk is returning

Following our fundraising success at last year’s London Legal Walk, the CITMA team will be taking on the 10k challenge once again this June.

18th May 2022 | News

Members raise funds for mental health charity

CITMA members have raised £438 for intellectual property mental health charity Jonathan’s Voice simply by completing our membership survey.

10th May 2022 | News

A view from a single parent - entry into the trade mark profession

For Kathy Wright, Chartered Trade Mark Attorney since 2014, overcoming the challenges of single parenthood was key to allowing her career to thrive.

10th May 2022 | Feature
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