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. 

What you need to register a trade mark

The fundamentals you need to successfully obtain a trade mark.

23rd Nov 2020 | Blog

Eight reasons to register your trade mark now

We explore the benefits of registering your trade mark early in a digital age.

10th Nov 2020 | Blog

Seven tips to get a cost-efficient trade mark

Our top seven tips to registering your trade mark without breaking the bank.

29th Oct 2020 | Blog

Fighting back against the copycats

What are your options when copycats come knocking on your door? We explore the benefits of IPEC.

6th Oct 2020 | Blog
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Upcoming events

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

CITMA Paralegal Seminar - Obstacles to trade mark registration

25th Nov 2020 | Paralegal event

IP Futures - Christmas time

1st Dec 2020 | IP Inclusive

IP Inclusive - Women in IP December Coffee Morning

1st Dec 2020 | IP Inclusive

IP Inclusive - Culture and belief

1st Dec 2020 | IP Inclusive
More Events

Case comments

 Read analysis from recent trade mark cases. 

Scope question is settled

What constitutes use has been given concrete dimensions, writes Amelia Skelding. C-684/19, mk advokaten GbR v MBK Rechtsanwälte GbR, CJEU, 2nd July 2020

19th Oct 2020 | Case comment

Microphone appeal heard

But the final word was given to the Examiner, explains Chris Thomas. R 2630/2019-4, Logitech Europe SA v Fourth Board of Appeal, EUIPO, 3rd July 2020

19th Oct 2020 | Case comment

Closing the retail gap

Trade mark law may be catching up with the digital era, suggests Anousha Vasantha. C-763/18 P, Wallapop SL v EUIPO & Unipreus SL, CJEU (AG), 25th June 2020

19th Oct 2020 | Case comment

KO-CO case shows cracks

Survey evidence did not cement its arguments, notes Sharon Kirby. O/353/20, KO-CO (Opposition), UK IPO, 15th July 2020

19th Oct 2020 | Case comment
More case comments


Read the latest updates on what the UK's withdrawal from the European Union means for intellectual property. 

Changes to address for service set to become law

The legal means to bring in changes to the UK IPO address for service rules has today been laid in Parliament.

23rd Nov 2020 | News

Government confirms change to address for service rules

New trade mark, design and patent applications and oppositions from January 2021 will need a UK address for service the Government has confirmed.

19th Nov 2020 | News

Unregistered design rights – are your clients ready?

There will be a real day-to-day change to the level of coverage unregistered design rights provide businesses post-Brexit, as John Coldham explains.

9th Nov 2020 | News

Latest EUIPO information

With less than two months until the end of the Brexit transition period, we are keen to provide you with the latest information on what the picture will be post December 2020. 

6th Nov 2020 | Brexit
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