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?

Learn why trade marks are valuable business assets.

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 same but different: how Unilever’s branding lives from the heart

Why does Unilever use different words to accompany the Heartbrand logo when the standard advice is to use trade marks in a consistent and uniform way?

10th Aug 2020 | Blog

Hallou-cination?

Is Halloumi too similar to BBQloumi? The EU court doesn’t think so and has allowed BBQloumi to keep its name.

7th Aug 2020 | Blog

What IP is at your summer garden party?

Brands create trust by protecting themselves against competitors.

5th Aug 2020 | Blog

Trade mark strategies of celebrity chefs

We have an insatiable appetite for celebrity chef’s restaurants, recipes and cookware – we take a look at how, from Jamie to Nadiya, they protect and use their brands.

28th Jul 2020 | Blog
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Upcoming events

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

CITMA Paralegals' coffee morning

14th Aug 2020 | Coffee morning

CITMA Webinar - Why is everyone talking about AI?

18th Aug 2020 | Webinar

CITMA Paralegal Course students' coffee morning

20th Aug 2020 | Coffee morning

Students’ coffee morning

26th Aug 2020 | Coffee morning
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Case comments

 Read analysis from recent trade mark cases. 

See Yoo later

Appeal goes the wrong way for a WeWork competitor, says Laura Robyn. R 1089/2019-2, WeWork Companies Inc v Yoo Holdings Ltd, EUIPO, 17th April 2020

20th Jul 2020 | Case comment

Raw food fight offers real insight

Khemi Salhan believes the Defendant made a dog’s dinner of disclosure. [2020] EWHC 617 (IPEC), Natural Instinct Ltd v Natures Menu Ltd, 20th March 2020

20th Jul 2020 | Case comment

USA not A-OK

Laurie Bray explains why a famous festival failed to prove EU use of its mark. 000030381, Bodegas Vinos de Leon v AEG Presents Ltd, EUIPO, 3rd April 2020

20th Jul 2020 | Case comment

No free ride for FreePrints

A mixed result gives an insight into the mobile context, says Joel Smith. [2020] EWHC 713 (Ch), PlanetArt LLC & Another v Photobox Ltd & Another, 25th March 2020

20th Jul 2020 | 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. 

Brexit Q&A - August 2020

We received a large volume of questions during our recent Brexit webinar, we have published our answers to the key questions.

6th Aug 2020 | Brexit

EUIPO position on employee representatives

The EUIPO plans to interpret EU trade mark regulations (EUTMR) so that employee representatives ‘must be in the EEA’ to represent before the EUIPO.

6th Aug 2020 | News

UK IPO consults on changing address for service rules

The UK IPO has published an ‘informal consultation’ on changes to its address for service rules.

29th Jul 2020 | News

Implementing IP statutory instrument laid

The statutory instrument (SI) to implement the terms of the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement for intellectual property into UK law has been laid.

24th Jul 2020 | News
Brexit news