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

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CITMA blog

Read fascinating and entertaining insight into intellectual property. 

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

Cultural (mis)appropriation in trade marks

What do Kim Kardashian West’s fashion line Kimono Solutionwear and the Washington Redskins have in common? They are among the increasing number of brands accused of cultural (mis)appropriation.

22nd Feb 2021 | Blog

What has happened to your EU trade marks?

If you owned an EU trade mark at the end of 2020 you now also own an identical UK one, created automatically and for free – we explore what businesses need to know.

19th Jan 2021 | Blog

Trade marks at Christmas

You may be surprised to know that some companies own trade marks for some well-known Christmas phrases, we explore some of the more famous examples.

18th Dec 2020 | Blog
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Upcoming events

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

CITMA Paralegal Webinar - How to make your soft skills work hard for you

20th Apr 2021 | Paralegal event

CITMA Webinar - Unjustified threats: managing the risk

22nd Apr 2021 | Webinar

CITMA Webinar - There's more to law than IP

28th Apr 2021 | Webinar

CITMA Webinar - Implementing better mental health support in the workplace

12th May 2021 | Webinar
More Events

Case comments

 Read analysis from recent trade mark cases. 

Resale value recognised

This preliminary ruling clarifies genuine use principles, says Aaron Hetherington. C-720/18 and C-721/18 (joined), Ferrari SpA v DU, CJEU, 22nd October 2020.

12th Feb 2021 | Case comment

Watch and learn

Leanne Gulliver rounds up the lessons from an unsuccessful appeal on behalf of a famous F1 name. R 351/2020-4, 44IP Ltd v Hamilton International AG, EUIPO, 20th October 2020.

11th Feb 2021 | Case comment

Important finding for fashionistas

The law has developed notably with regards to passing off, writes Khemi Salhan. EWHC 3032 (IPEC), Freddy SpA v Hugz Clothing & Others, IPEC, 19th November 2020.

11th Feb 2021 | Case comment

Searching questions remain

Cameron Malone-Brown looks at how the UK’s exit from the EU may affect future adjudication on online advertising. EWHC 2564 (IPEC), Pliteq Inc & Another v iKoustic Ltd & Another, IPEC, 2nd October 2020.

11th Feb 2021 | 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. 

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

Re-registered international designs now available

International designs designating the EU that were registered before 1st January 2021 are now available to view or search on the UK register.

25th Feb 2021 | News
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