Julian Assange has applied to trademark his name, according to MediaGuardian, to protect it for use in “public speaking” and “entertainment” services.
The WikiLeaks founder, who faces extradition to Sweden on charges of sexual assault, made the move two weeks ago through his London-based law firm Finers Stephens Innocent.
If granted, he will own the trademark to his name for the purposes of “news reporter services”, “journalism”, “publication of texts other than publicity texts” and “education services”.
It means he has something in common with one of his fiercest critics. Sarah Palin, who has likened Assange to an al-Qaida operative, is one of a number of other high-profile figures seeking to trademark their names.