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Ohio State University is seeking to trademark the word "The" when used in association with retail merchandise.

 

The school submitted an application last week to the federal Patent and Trademark Office to trademark perhaps the most common word in the English language.

 

The request was for "The Ohio State University" and would cover items such as T-shirts, baseball caps and hats, according to the application. Ohio State already has trademarked "Ohio."

 

“Like other institutions, Ohio State works to vigorously protect the university’s brand and trademarks,” Chris Davey, a spokesman for the university, said in a statement to Fox News. "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 has secured trademarks of football coaches in the past, including coaches Woody Hayes and Urban Meyer. Last fall, a university spokesperson said the school had 150 trademarks in 17 countries.

 

In 2017, the school applied to trademark "OSU" on apparel, according to its application.

 

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Made me smile!   Maybe the university of Alabama will want to get exclusive rights to: "We're going to beat the hell out of you!"...😂

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Here's absolute proof that education is nothing more than another big business. The integrity of educating the youth of the world has degraded to a greedy quest for money. 

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Really? Utterly stupid idea. School director should be fired for proposing this.

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Always annoying when that game's NFL Buckeye starters introduce themselves (pre-game, done on tape with name, uni) with the emphasis on The.

 

But funny when others use it for other schools to throw shade.

 

Apparel licensing is fine, no problem even though income probably doesn't go to endowed chairs, but trademarking "The". Uhm, no.

 

 

 

 

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