The Ohio State University Told It Can't Trademark 'The' OSU, short for The Ohio State University, proposed trademarking hats and shirts that drop most of the school's name and just read "the." But the U.S. Patent and Trademark office said "no."
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The Ohio State University Told It Can't Trademark 'The'

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The Ohio State University Told It Can't Trademark 'The'

The Ohio State University Told It Can't Trademark 'The'

The Ohio State University Told It Can't Trademark 'The'

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OSU, short for The Ohio State University, proposed trademarking hats and shirts that drop most of the school's name and just read "the." But the U.S. Patent and Trademark office said "no."

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. The government declined to endorse the pride of Ohio State University - or rather The Ohio State University. The Ohio State University insists on 'the.' If it annoys Ohio University, even better. The Ohio State University proposed to trademark hats and shirts that dropped the rest of the name and just say The. But the Columbus Dispatch reports the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office said no.

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