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.

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CITMA blog

Read fascinating and entertaining insight into intellectual property. 

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

What can Jack Daniels and Metallica teach us about protecting intellectual property?

Jack Daniels, Metallica and Netflix - all have tried to protect their intellectual property by sending letters. But which showed us how it should and which how it shouldn’t be done.

17th Oct 2018 | Blog

Six tips for protecting your brand online

How do you stop counterfeits and copycats online? We give six top tips businesses should follow.

17th Oct 2018 | Blog
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Upcoming events

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

CITMA Lecture - London 'A canter through the cases'

27th Nov 2018 | 1-Hour Lecture

CITMA Lecture - Leeds 'Emerging professional liability risks for IP professionals'

29th Nov 2018 | 1-Hour Lecture

CITMA One Day Seminar for Litigators

30th Nov 2018 | Seminar

EUIPO British Day

6th Dec 2018 | Seminar
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Case comments

 Read analysis from recent trade mark cases. 

No support for decking claim

The Applicant’s evidence was put to the test, writes Dale Carter. O/433/18, G & M Safe Deck Ltd v J. Mac Safety Systems Ltd, UK IPO, 17th July 2018.

12th Oct 2018 | Case comment

Kit Kat closure?

Could this argument go still further? John Coldham considers. C-84/17 P, Société des produits Nestlé v Mondelez UK Holdings & Services, CJEU, 25th July 2018.

12th Oct 2018 | Case comment

Nothing beats a trade mark 

Richard May summarises a case that was fast and flurry-ous. [2018] EWHC 1893 (Ch), Frank Industries Pty Ltd v Nike Retail BV and Ors, IPEC, 25th July 2018.

12th Oct 2018 | Case comment

Promising precedent

Earlier decisions can be evidence of reputation, reports Suzan Ure. C-564/16, EUIPO v Puma SE, CJEU, 28th June 2018.

12th Oct 2018 | Case comment
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