Ohio State University has won its fight to trademark the word "The" The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office approved the request. Ohio State may control use of "The" on branded products associated with and sold through athletics and collegiate channels, such as T-shirts.

Ohio State University has won its fight to trademark the word "The"

Ohio State University has won its fight to trademark the word "The"

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office approved the request. Ohio State may control use of "The" on branded products associated with and sold through athletics and collegiate channels, such as T-shirts.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. The Ohio State University - you know how they emphasize that the? Anyway, the Ohio State University had a victory at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. It received a patent on the most common word in the English language. It can use the article the on Ohio State clothing. It's a big item in the news.

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: That's $5 for the the, please.

INSKEEP: Luckily, the trademark applies to clothing, not conversation. It's Morning the Edition.

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