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. 

A royal headache

Harry and Meghan continue to face challenges protecting their brand.

5th Feb 2020 | Blog

Own goal for Liverpool?

Liverpool scores own goal attempting to register a trade mark.

14th Jan 2020 | Blog

What trade marks do The Apprentice finalists Carina and Scarlett own?

What do the brands and trade marks belonging to this year’s The Apprentice finalists tell us?

23rd Dec 2019 | Blog

Protecting your IP in 2020

Starting the year with a strategy for protecting your intellectual property (IP) can make a big difference.

12th Dec 2019 | Blog
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Upcoming events

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

Global IP Webinar Series – Canada: Trade Marks Act

15th Apr 2020 | Webinar

Global IP Webinar Series – UK: ASA

5th May 2020 | Webinar

CITMA Webinar - Money laundering regulations 2020

21st May 2020 | Webinar

CITMA Webinar - What is a mental health first aider?

11th Jun 2020 | Webinar
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Case comments

 Read analysis from recent trade mark cases. 

Victory is sweet for Mars

Donna Trysburg isn’t surprised by this opposition outcome. B 3 068 345, Mars Incorporated v Star Trek Private Equity LLC, EUIPO, 4th December 2019

4th Mar 2020 | Case comment

Silk case does not go smoothly

Jack Kenny summarises an opposition in which he represented the applicant. O/704/19, JT International SA v P.T. Sumatra Tobacco Trading Company, UK IPO, 21st November 2019

4th Mar 2020 | Case comment

Food for thought

Parties might have considered a coexistence agreement, suggests Serena Totino. O/714/19, Gousto (Opposition), UK IPO, 22nd November 2019

4th Mar 2020 | Case comment

Happy outcome for MySmile

Amy Galloway describes why this opposition had no teeth. O/698/19, MYSMILE (Opposition), UK IPO, 15th November 2019

4th Mar 2020 | Case comment
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Read the latest updates on what the UK's withdrawal from the European Union means for intellectual property. 

UK Government sets out negotiation position on IP

The UK Government is open to cooperation with the EU on intellectual property and is seeking to ensure high standards of protection for trade marks and designs.

28th Feb 2020 | News

UK will be part of EU IP system during transition

The UK will continue to be part of the EU trade mark and design system until 31st December 2020, following ratification of the UK’s EU Withdrawal Agreement.

29th Jan 2020 | News

Brexit - what happens next?

What is now likely to happen to registered EU Trade Marks and Registered Community Designs, and rights of representation for UK professional representatives before the EUIPO? (UPDATED 28th January 2020)

9th Jan 2020 | Brexit

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
Brexit news