A number of senior MPs have today confirmed that they are seeking trademark protection, inspired by footballer Gareth Bale's recent protection of his heart shaped goal celebration.
'I'm seeking protection for the wanker signs that people seem to enjoy making towards me whenever I'm out and about' announced David Cameron. 'I think an image of that would look nice on the sort of merchandise I know the average man in the street likes to wear, like a cummerbund, salopettes or a top hat.'
George Osborne told reporters he was disappointed that the Prime Minister had beaten him to protecting the wanker sign, but is now considering an application to protect a throttling image. 'To represent what I'm doing to the economy' he explained.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said he had had no problems thinking of something to trademark. 'It's a big thumb with a little man being squashed underneath it' he said. 'I'm sure you can guess why!'
Ed Miliband however is not seeking protection for anything as there's nothing remotely significant or interesting about him worth protecting.