‘The’ Ohio State University Successfully Registers Trademark On Commonly-Used English Word

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  • Ohio State saw a big legal win come to fruition on Wednesday.
  • The school received a trademark on the word “The.
  • The approval comes more than three years after its first attempt failed.

Ohio State’s persistence has paid off. Commonly referred to by alumni and current and former athletes as “THE Ohio State University,” the school has successfully filed a trademark for the word “The.”

This decision comes after Ohio State failed to receive a trademark for the word in 2019. It did not go through.

The initial rejection came because of two reasons: Marc Jacobs also wanted a trademark on the same word and the USPTO found Ohio State’s request to be mostly for show.

To get things figured out, the disagreement with March Jacobs was settled and Ohio State proved that its request had purpose and meaning.

The trademark is under Class 25. It allows the school to use “The” on “clothing, namely, T-shirts, baseball caps and hats; all of the foregoing being promoted, distributed, and sold through channels customary to the field of sports and college athletics.” And according to the application, the “mark consists of standard characters without claim to any particular font style, size or color.”

The Ohio State is officially a real thing.