Trademark law is usually the domain of lawyers, artists, and publishers - organizations with a vested interest in protecting their intellectual property. But as it turns out, trademarks are sometimes used in more ... creative ways. Like the Southern California biker gang that registered a trademark for their signature jacket patch last year.
According to an FBI memo, the Vagos Motorcyle Club tried to use trademark law to evade investigators. The club has been under scrutiny by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which may involve sending undercover officers in to infiltrate the organization. The club's solution? They decided to trademark their unique jacket patch, which features an image of Loki, the god of mischief, hoping that the FBI would be unwilling to break trademark laws by faking the patch for undercover officers.
The FBI memo's exact words are, "By doing this, the Vagos believe they will have exclusive rights to the Vagos patch and no one, including undercover officers, would be able to wear the patch without the consent of the International Vagos OMG (Outlaw Motorcycle Gang) leadership". According to Wired Magazine, however, "the FBI isn't going to blink at a little trademark infringement" - at least not where a major criminal investigation is concerned.
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