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. 

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

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
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Upcoming events

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

IP Futures breakfast networking

28th Jan 2020 | IP Inclusive

How to improve access to the IP industry

29th Jan 2020 | IP Inclusive

Be yourself - everyone else is taken

5th Feb 2020 | IP Inclusive

CITMA Lecture - Leeds - The scope of protection available for designs in the UK

5th Feb 2020 | 1-hour lecture
More Events

Case comments

 Read analysis from recent trade mark cases. 

Gold bottle battle

Gold bottle battle makes EUIPO position on trade mark colour clear.

10th Dec 2019 | Case comment

Bath time drama

The Intellectual Property Act 2014 removed “aspects” from the definition of a UK unregistered design right. Cue confusion.

9th Dec 2019 | Case comment

Choice words

Bonita Trimmer notes this CJEU clarification on jurisdiction. C-172/18, AMS Neve v Heritage Audio, CJEU, 5th September 2019.

9th Dec 2019 | Case comment

No gunk, no confusion

Caroline Phillips points out why the Fast Track is not always the best route. O/473/19, NO GUNK NO JUNK (Opposition), UK IPO, 13th August 2019.

9th Dec 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. 

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?

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

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 news