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Ohio State University Is Trying to Trademark the Word 'The' — and Other Colleges Have Thoughts

Ohio State College is getting ridiculed by another faculties and universities — however this time, it’s not over a sports activities rivalry.

In line with The Columbus Dispatch, the Large 10 faculty just lately filed for a trademark on one of the vital generally used phrases within the English dictionary: “The.”

The submitting, which was made on August 8, is pursuing a trademark on the phrase “The” in order that the college can apply it to new merchandise — which would come with T-shirts, baseball caps and hats.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Workplace didn’t instantly reply to PEOPLE’s request for affirmation.

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“Like other institutions, Ohio State works to vigorously protect the university’s brand and trademarks,” a college spokesman, Chris Davey, informed The Columbus Dispatch in a press release. “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.”

Some rival faculties have been fast to poke enjoyable on the college for his or her request.

The College of Michigan had a hilarious response to the information on Twitter, sharing a photograph the place the phrase “OF” was bolded and middle stage, whereas captioning the tweet with the trademark image, “TM.”

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Ohio College additionally referred to as out the varsity with its personal Tweet.

“Good morning from THE first university in the state of Ohio. ,” they wrote whereas sharing a photograph of their plaque.

Ohio State beforehand obtained right into a dispute in 2017 with Oklahoma State College after they needed to trademark the acronym “OSU.” The 2 faculties later got here to an settlement that allowed each to apply it to a nationwide foundation, in line with the Dispatch.

It has additionally beforehand trademarked the names of a few of its soccer coaches, together with City Meyer in 2015, and Woody Hayes in 2016, in addition to phrases comparable to “Script Ohio” and “The Shoe.”


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