Ohio State to trademark the word ‘The’ for university apparel

Ohio State to trademark the word ‘The’ for university apparel
In this Nov. 4, 2017, photo, Ohio State players and coaches wave to children in the University of Iowa's children's hospital at the end of the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. In the new tradition, known as The Wave, at the end of the first quarter fans and players in the 70,585-seat Kinnick Stadium turn to wave to the pediatric patients watching from the hospital, a 12-story building that overlooks the stadium from across the street. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) (Source: Charlie Neibergall)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOIO) - Ohio State University is seeking to trademark the word ‘the’ for use on clothing and hats.

According to ESPN, the filing was made Thursday, August 8, at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The story was first reported by Josh Gerben, the founder of Gerben Law Firm.

“Like other institutions, Ohio State works to vigorously protect the university’s brand and trademarks,” Chris Davey, a spokesman for the university, told the Columbus Dispatch in a statement.

In the past the university has trademarked the names of former football coaches Urban Meyer and Woody Hayes.

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