OSU Gets 'The' Trademark From USPTO

By Adam Lidgett (June 23, 2022, 7:15 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has decided to let Ohio State University register the word "The" as a trademark, about three years after it shot down an initial attempt.

USPTO records indicate that on Tuesday it granted a trademark for "The" on things such as T-shirts and hats relating to the school's athletics programs.

OSU said in a statement to Law360 on Thursday that the word "'The' has been a rallying cry in the Ohio State community for many years, and Buckeye fans who purchase official Ohio State gear support student scholarships, libraries and other university initiatives."

"Like other institutions,...

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