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. 

Why Campbell’s succeeded where McDonald’s failed

The differing recent fortunes of Campbell’s and McDonald’s trade marks highlight the need for businesses to document use of trade marks, as Chartered Trade Mark Attorney Graeme Murray explains.

19th Feb 2019 | Blog

The vape escape: how brand owners can fight back

Red Bull, Ferrara Candy Co. and Wrigley are amongst the hundreds of food and drink brand names to have been used by vaping companies. These brand owners are fighting back.

6th Feb 2019 | Blog

Copyright in gaming — why is everyone suing Fortnite?

The incredible success of gaming sensation Fortnite has sparked a number of high-profile legal battles over the copyright of elements of the game, as Akber Ahmed explains.

31st Jan 2019 | Blog

How McDonald’s lost its Big Mac trade mark

How did Irish burger chain Supermac’s manage to get the Big Mac trade mark cancelled across the EU? The answer lies in the lack of evidence presented by McDonald’s as Daniel Bailey explains.

22nd Jan 2019 | Blog
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Upcoming events

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

Webinar - Brexit & IP

25th Feb 2019 | Webinar

CITMA Lecture - Trade secrets and confidential information

26th Feb 2019 | 1-Hour Lecture

CITMA Charity Quiz Night - London

5th Mar 2019 | Quiz night

CITMA Paralegal Webinar - When domain names meet trade marks

7th Mar 2019 | Webinar
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Case comments

 Read analysis from recent trade mark cases. 

An absolute (grounds) grilling

Laura Robyn reviews the Applicant’s intelligence arguments. -822/17, Weber-Stephen Products LLC v EUIPO, General Court, 17th October 2018.

21st Jan 2019 | Case comment

No safe space for safe skies

Arguments on the window for evidence went unheeded, says Eleni Mezulanik. C-326/18 P, Safe Skies v EUIPO, CJEU, 4th October 2018.

21st Jan 2019 | Case comment

Food for thought

Gavin Stenton serves up the details of the Examiner’s decision. O/682/18, @PIZZA (Application, Opposition), UK IPO, 31st October 2018.

21st Jan 2019 | Case comment

Poor conduct costs dear

Sarah Williams describes why the Court felt it should lift the costs cap. [2018] EWHC 2728 (IPEC), Link Up Mitaka Ltd (t/a Thebigword) v Language Empire Ltd & Anor, IPEC, 17th October 2018.

21st Jan 2019 | Case comment
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Read the latest updates on what the UK's withdrawal from the European Union means for intellectual property. 

Numbering for cloned EU trade marks in the UK

EU Trade Marks (EUTMs) will be given a short prefix on the UK register when UK leaves the EU, the UK’s Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) has today confirmed.

21st Feb 2019 | News

EUIPO rights of representation – what we know

We have brought together all the information currently available on the future rights of representation for UK professionals before the EUIPO.

18th Feb 2019 | Brexit

Brexit - Q&A February 2019

Our recent guidance on registered rights raised a number of questions from members. As many of the issues raised have wider implications we have pulled these together.

18th Feb 2019 | Brexit

Draft SIs for implementing Brexit changes

The draft statutory instruments (SIs) to implement the necessary changes to legislation resulting from Brexit are available to read.

6th Feb 2019 | News
Brexit news