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 puzzle has been solved …maybe

Earlier this autumn, the General Court of the European Union, confirmed the invalidity of the Rubik’s Cube trade mark because it consists of a functional shape.

4th Dec 2019 | Blog

Black Friday shopping

Given the potential for severe brand abuse and risks to consumers, it is important for brands to match their commercial aspirations with legal resource.

29th Nov 2019 | Blog

The dos and don’ts of advertising wars

Comparative advertising can be a useful tool to undercut competitors, but it must be used with care.

16th Nov 2019 | Blog

Protecting the Rugby World Cup brand

As Rugby World Cup reaches an exciting conclusion, the winner on the field will be crowned – but how do brands win off the field and how do trade marks help.

25th Oct 2019 | Blog
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Upcoming events

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

IP Out presents David Stone in conversation with Stuart Baran

23rd Jan 2020 | IP Inclusive

CITMA Spring Conference 2020 - London

18th Mar 2020 | Conference
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Case comments

 Read analysis from recent trade mark cases. 

Was it the end of the line for TfL's Metropolitan trade mark?

Could this be an encouragement to keep arguments simple? In Metropolitan Spain v TfL, the Opposition Division exercised its entitlement to focus only on the most effective rights and grounds.

25th Nov 2019 | Case comment

Rubik’s Cube trade mark in puzzling General Court decision

Ruling confirms that the ground for refusal may apply even when a graphic representation does not display all the characteristics that allow the goods to perform their function.

15th Nov 2019 | Case comment

#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
More case comments


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