Everyone knows that it’s long been the stated mission of the Los Angeles Police Department “to protect and to serve.” Some think it’s time to add “and to profit” to the mandate for L.A.’s finest.

That’s precisely what could happen if the LAPD succeeds in obtaining federal trademark protection for its slogan, the familiar design of its badges and other forms of what it claims as its intellectual property. Securing trademark protection, of course, would mean that anyone else who wants to use LAPD images would have to pay licensing fees.

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