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. 

YouTube stars and trade marks

Being a YouTube star can be a lucrative business – we take a look at the brands some of the biggest influencers own to help them monetise their following.

10th Jun 2021 | Blog

Demonstrating true sustainable beauty

How are trade marks helping beauty brands to demonstrate their sustainability? We explore how they are doing more to show their vegan, cruelty free, fair trade and organic credentials.

17th May 2021 | Blog

Get creative with your trade marks

How does a creative trade mark strategy help a brand to build a stronger relationship with the consumer?

4th May 2021 | Blog

How your trade mark adds value to your business 

Owning a registered trade mark is like having another key member of your team – constantly working to bring you success.  

8th Mar 2021 | Blog
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Upcoming events

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

CITMA Webinar - Celebrating Pride

22nd Jun 2021 | Webinar

IP Inclusive - Views from across the pond

22nd Jun 2021 | IP Inclusive

IP Inclusive - AIPLA's making DEI policies 'Systemic' - Global and national approaches

24th Jun 2021 | IP Inclusive

IP Inclusive - What I'd tell my younger self

28th Jun 2021 | IP Inclusive
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Case comments

 Read analysis from recent trade mark cases. 

Confusion is a complex concept

The courts are bound to take in the bigger picture, writes Beverley Potts. [2021] EWCA Civ 425, UK Gymnastics Ltd, UK Gymnastics Affiliation Ltd & Christopher Adams v British Amateur Gymnastics Association, Court of Appeal, 24th March 2021.

18th Jun 2021 | Case comment

Cheesed off

The latest appeal related to Halloumi has amounted to nothing, Ellie Wilson reports. T-282/19, Foundation for the Protection of the Traditional Cheese of Cyprus named Halloumi v EUIPO, General Court, 24th March 2021

18th Jun 2021 | Case comment

Safety Bull takes all

For Peter Collie, this case is an interesting illustration of conceptual meaning’s role in finding indirect confusion. O/097/21, BULL (Opposition), UK IPO, 9th February 2021.

18th Jun 2021 | Case comment

Present and corrected

Charlotte Wilding highlights the danger of relying solely on dictum. B 3 017 194, Lululemon Athletica Canada Inc. v Shenzhen Jia Li Fu Kang Logistics Co. Ltd, EUIPO, 23rd March 2021.

18th Jun 2021 | Case comment
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Read the latest updates on what the UK's withdrawal from the European Union means for intellectual property. 

May 2021 - post-Brexit Q&A

Five months on from the end of the Brexit transition period we wanted to tie up some of the loose ends and provide as much clarity as possible on some of the technical points we have been raising with the UK IPO on your behalf.

12th May 2021 | Brexit

UK IPO extends bulk change of address service

The UK IPO has announced that it is extending its bulk change of address service until 30th September 2021.

15th Mar 2021 | News

Refiling comparable word marks

We have received an update from the UK IPO about filing dates for refiled UK trade mark applications.

9th Mar 2021 | Brexit

Update on filing dates and international designs

Nearly two months since the re-creation of EU rights and designations as comparable UK rights, we have continued to keep in touch with the UK IPO with the issues and queries you have raised about these. 

1st Mar 2021 | Brexit
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