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.

The Diversity in IP Lunch Meeting

3rd Jun 2019 | IP Inclusive

IP Inclusive - Careers in ideas panel and workshop

12th Jun 2019 | IP Inclusive

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

13th Jun 2019 | Webinar

IP Inclusive Webinar - Character traits of legal professionals

13th Jun 2019 | IP Inclusive
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Case comments

 Read analysis from recent trade mark cases. 

Another fine Ness

Beverley Robinson looks into a case where an earlier mark made a difference. O/030/19, (Loch Ness Tonic), UK IPO, 16th January 2019.

23rd Apr 2019 | Case comment

Good vibes gone bad?

David Yeomans wonders whether this mark will ever reach registration. B 3 015 552, Laurent Zentz v Valuestore.it SR, EUIPO, 30th January 2019.

23rd Apr 2019 | Case comment

Earlier dates don't mean earlier rights

Catherine Byfield reports on a failed attempt to beat the clock. T-287/17, Swemac Innovation AB v EUIPO, CJEU, 7th February 2019.

23rd Apr 2019 | Case comment

Ale’s well that ends well

The HO determined HBO’s defence was too weak, explains Dale Carter. O/072/19, Wadworth Game of Stones (Opposition), UK IPO, 5th February 2019.

23rd Apr 2019 | 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. 

EUIPO publishes updated official communication

The EUIPO has published an updated official communication from EUIPO Executive Director Christian Archambeau on Brexit. 

18th Apr 2019 | News

Further Brexit extension granted

On 10th April the EU confirmed that it had granted the UK a further extension to the Brexit process until 31st October 2019. 

10th Apr 2019 | News

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
Brexit news