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.

CITMA Lecture - Manchester - Trade marks - unfair advantage, bad faith and genuine use

26th Apr 2019 | 1-Hour Lecture

CITMA Paralegal Webinar - GDPR

14th May 2019 | Webinar

CITMA Webinar - Update on EU case law - trade marks, designs and copyright

13th Jun 2019 | Webinar

CITMA Webinar - Canada’s new trade mark laws

16th Jul 2019 | Webinar
More Events

Case comments

 Read analysis from recent trade mark cases. 

Easyjet’s claim fails to take flight

Ben Evans explains the role of targeted marketing in this decision. [2018] EWHC 3155 (Ch), EasyGroup Ltd v Easy Fly Express Ltd & Anor, High Court, 21st November 2018.

5th Mar 2019 | Case comment

Leeds City FC shown red card 

The Court wasn’t disposed to see the Applicant’s side, says Dale Carter. O/755/18, Leeds City Football Club Ltd v Leicester City Football Club Ltd, UK IPO, 26th November 2018.

5th Mar 2019 | Case comment

More is not always the merrier

Evelina Skrudyte explains why some evidence missed the mark. O/805/18, Bisou Beauty (Opposition), UK IPO, 14th December 2018.

5th Mar 2019 | Case comment

Grate expectations

The time isn’t right for tastes to receive copyright protection, confirms Rebecca Campbell. C-310/17, Levola Hengelo BV v Smilde Foods BV, CJEU, 13th November 2018.

5th Mar 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. 

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

EUIPO publishes guidance

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has published new guidance on the impact of Brexit, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 29th March.

11th Mar 2019 | News

Trade mark Brexit guidance for business

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) has published new guidance for business in the event of the UK leaving the European Union (EU) without a deal.

4th Mar 2019 | News
Brexit news