Ohio State University applied to trademark the word ‘The’ when used in apparel

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • The word “The” is perhaps the most common word in the English language — but Ohio State University has applied to trademark the word.
  • The school submitted their application last week to trademark the word when used in retail merchandise such as T-shirts and baseball caps.
  • The school had previously applied to trademark “OSU” on apparel back in 2017, but Oklahoma State University, which also goes by the OSU acronym, objected.

Ohio State University has applied to trademark perhaps the most common word in the English language — the word “The”.

The school submitted their application last week to the federal Patent and Trademark Office to trademark the word when used in retail merchandise.

The application stated that the trademark would cover items and apparel such as T-shirts, baseball caps, and hats. The request was for “The Ohio State University.” Apparently, the Ohio State has already trademarked “Ohio.”

University spokesman Chris Davey told Fox News, “Like other institutions, Ohio State works to vigorously protect the university’s brand and trademarks. These assets hold significant value, which benefits our students and faculty and the broader community by supporting our core academic mission of teaching and research.”

The school had previously secured trademarks of football coaches such as coaches Urban Meyer and Woody Hayes. According to a university spokesperson, the school had a total of 150 trademarks in 17 countries last fall.

The school stated in its application that it had applied to trademark “OSU” on apparel back in 2017, but Oklahoma State University, which also goes by the OSU acronym, objected. According to a report from The Columbus Dispatch, the two universities have since signed an agreement that allowed both to use the OSU acronym.

 

Source: FOX News

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