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 X Factor name game

Why did trade marks cause Little Mix and other X Factor acts to change their names? Chartered Trade Mark Attorney Clare Mann explains.

29th Nov 2018 | Blog

Can I lose my trade mark?

Chartered Trade Mark Attorney Adam Kellett shares five ways you could actually end up losing your registered trade mark rights, and how you can avoid doing so.

26th Nov 2018 | Blog

How brands are keeping up with consumers

We are used to seeing logos and words used a trade marks, but there is a world of other devices being used by brands in today's connected world to catch our attention.

13th Nov 2018 | Blog

How do supermarkets get away with ‘lookalike’ own-brands?

Supermarket shelves are full of own-brand products that mimic leading brands. Ever wondered just how they get away with it? 

29th Oct 2018 | Blog
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Upcoming events

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

CITMA Spring Conference - London 'Disruption: the world and IP'

13th Mar 2019 | Conference
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Case comments

 Read analysis from recent trade mark cases. 

Swansong for Souvenir

Rachel Garrod looks at the reasons why this appeal was considered unfounded. C-488/16 P, Bundesverband Souvenir – Geschenke – Ehrenpreise eV v EUIPO, CJEU, 6th September 2018.

1st Dec 2018 | Case comment

Classic case

Yet Charlie Bond believes that further guidance could be useful. O/533/18, Royal Christmas Gala (Opposition), UK IPO, 28th August 2018.

1st Dec 2018 | Case comment

Sweet but short?

Adrian Dykes feels that this Apple victory may be short-lived. T-104/17, Apple Inc v EUIPO and Apo International Co Ltd, General Court, 13th September 2018.

1st Dec 2018 | Case comment

On with the game

A childhood staple resisted a recent challenge, writes Charlotte Wilding. O/501/18, MONOPOLY (Opposition), UK IPO, 14th August 2018.

1st Dec 2018 | 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. 

International IP registrations in the event of ‘no deal’ Brexit

International trade mark and design registrations that designate the EU will continue to cover the UK, even in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has confirmed.

7th Dec 2018 | News

UK and EU "should establish a mechanism for cooperation" on IP

A “mechanism for cooperation” should be established between the UK and EU post-Brexit for trade marks, designs and patents a new document released by UK and EU negotiators reveals. 

22nd Nov 2018 | News

New draft Brexit withdrawal agreement published

IP rights and rights of representation feature in the draft withdrawal agreement, published on 14th November 2018.

15th Nov 2018 | News

Parliamentary report calls for UK representation at EUIPO post-Brexit

A new parliamentary report calls for Government to seek continued rights of representation for UK representatives at the EUIPO. 

25th Oct 2018 | News
Brexit news