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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

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What is a trade mark?

Learn why trade marks are valuable business assets.

Getting a trade mark

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CITMA blog

Read fascinating and entertaining insight into intellectual property. 

Cultural (mis)appropriation in trade marks

What do Kim Kardashian West’s fashion line Kimono Solutionwear and the Washington Redskins have in common? They are among the increasing number of brands accused of cultural (mis)appropriation.

22nd Feb 2021 | Blog

What has happened to your EU trade marks?

If you owned an EU trade mark at the end of 2020 you now also own an identical UK one, created automatically and for free – we explore what businesses need to know.

19th Jan 2021 | Blog

Trade marks at Christmas

You may be surprised to know that some companies own trade marks for some well-known Christmas phrases, we explore some of the more famous examples.

18th Dec 2020 | Blog

The story of Santa and Coca-Cola

Learn about the history of Santa and be inspired about Coca-Cola’s bold move to adopt him for its marketing campaign.

9th Dec 2020 | Blog
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Upcoming events

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

CITMA Webinar - International Women's Day

8th Mar 2021 | Webinar

CITMA Webinar - Insolvency

9th Mar 2021 | Webinar

IP Inclusive - Building emotional resilience in ourselves and others

10th Mar 2021 | IP Inclusive

IP Inclusive - Reasonable adjustments - what are they and how can we get them right?

12th Mar 2021 | IP Inclusive
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Case comments

 Read analysis from recent trade mark cases. 

Resale value recognised

This preliminary ruling clarifies genuine use principles, says Aaron Hetherington. C-720/18 and C-721/18 (joined), Ferrari SpA v DU, CJEU, 22nd October 2020.

12th Feb 2021 | Case comment

Watch and learn

Leanne Gulliver rounds up the lessons from an unsuccessful appeal on behalf of a famous F1 name. R 351/2020-4, 44IP Ltd v Hamilton International AG, EUIPO, 20th October 2020.

11th Feb 2021 | Case comment

Important finding for fashionistas

The law has developed notably with regards to passing off, writes Khemi Salhan. EWHC 3032 (IPEC), Freddy SpA v Hugz Clothing & Others, IPEC, 19th November 2020.

11th Feb 2021 | Case comment

Searching questions remain

Cameron Malone-Brown looks at how the UK’s exit from the EU may affect future adjudication on online advertising. EWHC 2564 (IPEC), Pliteq Inc & Another v iKoustic Ltd & Another, IPEC, 2nd October 2020.

11th Feb 2021 | Case comment
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Read the latest updates on what the UK's withdrawal from the European Union means for intellectual property. 

Re-registered international designs now available

International designs designating the EU that were registered before 1st January 2021 are now available to view or search on the UK register.

25th Feb 2021 | News

Latest information on UK comparable rights

The UK IPO has provided answers to a number of queries raised on UK comparable rights, created at the end of the Brexit transition period.

28th Jan 2021 | Brexit

Exhaustion is main post-Brexit “question mark”

Intellectual Property Magazine’s Brexit podcast panel, including Richard Goddard, returned to discuss future issues for IP following Brexit.

18th Jan 2021 | News

UK IPO bulk change of address

Representative address details on newly created comparable UK trade marks and designs can be updated in bulk thanks to a new service launched by the UK IPO.

15th Jan 2021 | News
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