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. 

The battle for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency brands

Radical. Unstable. Unpredictable. Electronic currencies, or crypto, have made a big splash – but who is fighting to own the names to some of the best known, like Bitcoin?

20th Aug 2019 | Blog

What is a certification trade mark?

What do film classification logos, the ‘Red Tractor’ logo, ‘Parma Ham’ logo and ‘ATOL Protected’ logo all have in common? They are a different type of trade mark that tells you a product meets certain standards.

8th Jul 2019 | Blog

Adidas loses its stripes

This week, one of Adidas’s three stripes trade marks was declared invalid by the European General Court – as Chartered Trade Mark Attorney Graeme Murray explains.

20th Jun 2019 | Blog

Charities and trade marks

Why should charities register their brand and logos as trade marks? We asked Stephanie Crouch and Tom Albertini from intellectual property legal specialists J A Kemp to explain more.

18th Jun 2019 | Blog
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Upcoming events

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

CITMA Lecture - Manchester - Domain name disputes post-GDPR

31st Oct 2019 | 1-hour lecture

CITMA One Day Seminar for Litigators

7th Nov 2019 | Seminar

IP Inclusive Week 2019

11th Nov 2019 | IP Inclusive

CITMA Webinar - UK case law update

14th Nov 2019 | Webinar
More Events

Case comments

 Read analysis from recent trade mark cases. 

#darferdas? drives new discussion on hashtag distinctiveness

There may be good news for hashtags when it comes to proving genuine use of a trade mark.

16th Oct 2019 | Case comment

UK IPO finds some cause for indirect confusion in Jammin CBD

Looking for a masterclass in the case law on confusion and evidence?

16th Oct 2019 | Case comment

A dose of reality

Lizzie Sergeant summarises the circumstances that saw a celebrity lose out. O/345/19, FERNE BEAUTY (Invalidity), UK IPO, 19th June 2019.

14th Oct 2019 | Case comment

Rock on?

This wasn’t the case for the Applicant, explains Louise Foster. O/363/19, ROCK CITY (Opposition), UK IPO, 1st July 2019.

14th Oct 2019 | Case comment
More case comments

Brexit

Read the latest updates on what the UK's withdrawal from the European Union means for intellectual property. 

Possible ‘No-Deal’ Brexit: Implications on International Applications and Registrations

WIPO has published information about how users rights would be preserved – and how to safeguard those rights – in a no deal scenario.

30th Sep 2019 | Brexit

New no-deal Brexit guidance on trade marks

The UK Government has published new guidance on trade marks if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

20th Sep 2019 | News

Our response to a new Prime Minister

Following the announcement that Boris Johnson will be the new Prime Minister we have issued the following statement.

23rd Jul 2019 | News

Brexit and designs quick reference guide

We have published a quick reference guide to registered and unregistered EU designs post-Brexit.

16th Jul 2019 | Brexit
Brexit news