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.

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What is a trade mark?

Learn why trade marks are valuable business assets.

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Getting a trade mark

How can you get a trade mark - we take you through the process step-by-step.

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Find a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney

Use our directory to find intellectual property legal experts.

For the IP profession: 

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CITMA blog

Read fascinating and entertaining insight into intellectual property. 

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Reaching for the stars? How merchandising became the film industry’s golden ticket.

In a galaxy far, far, away… in a land also known as Hollywood, George Lucas had a vision: to make a Western called Star Wars which was set in outer-space.

9th Apr 2024 | Blog
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Has Steamboat Willie run out of steam?

As the clock struck midnight and 2023 came to a close, so too did the copyright protection afforded to the earliest version of Mickey Mouse – does that mean anyone can now use and make money from this iconic character?

29th Jan 2024 | Blog
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Adidas vs. Puma: the sibling rivalry and trade mark disputes

The battle between Adidas and Puma goes way beyond the fashion world. 

22nd Jan 2024 | Blog
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Understanding the exponential rise in counterfeit goods

With an estimated 4.48 billion social media users worldwide, it is unsurprising that counterfeiters have found a way to use social media platforms to promote and create additional lucrative sales channels.

22nd Jan 2024 | Blog
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Upcoming events

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

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AIPLA - Cultivating leaders

18th Apr 2024 | IP Inclusive
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CITMA Webinar - The hidden pitfalls of Geographical Indications

18th Apr 2024 | Webinar
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CITMA Leeds Lecture: Practical guidance for UK IPO Hearings from counsel's perspective

23rd Apr 2024 | 1-hour lecture
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IP Inclusive - A map for better balance and wellbeing

24th Apr 2024 | IP Inclusive
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Case comments

 Read analysis from recent trade mark cases. 

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Omega’s missing link

Not all evidence showed sufficient connection, writes Tim Greenwood.

27th Feb 2024 | Case comment
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The party’s over

David Birchall reports on how a business that began proceedings ended up losing its own rights.

27th Feb 2024 | Case comment
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Predator in parts

Amelia Skelding explains the weaknesses in the Opponent’s attack.

27th Feb 2024 | Case comment
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Anno horribilis

Robert Franks reflects on a bad outcome for the Applicant.

27th Feb 2024 | Case comment
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News

Read the latest news and features. 

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New CITMA President elected

Kelly Saliger has been elected as President of The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys and will make education one of her top priorities.

16th Apr 2024 | News
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The Smiley Company offers a case study on how to raise IP awareness with a simple brand

Kelly Saliger draws on the history of the Smiley Company to demonstrate how brand protection and licensing are integral to brand monetisation using a simple case study to raise awareness of intellectual property.

12th Apr 2024 | Feature
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CITMA Paralegal Representative Review: 2023

With 2024 well underway, newly re-elected CITMA Paralegal Representative Kane Ridley looks back on a packed year.

3rd Apr 2024 | Feature
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“Use it or lose it”: filing declarations of use with the USPTO

What do best practices and considerations for trade mark maintenance in the US entail?

3rd Apr 2024 | Feature
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