Ohio State files trademark application for word 'The'

The Detroit News
Ohio State's mascot Brutus Buckeye

Ohio State has long insisted it be called The Ohio State University.

Now, the university is seeking to trademark the word “The” so it can be used on school apparel and other merchandise.

According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Ohio State filed a trademark application (No. 88571984) on Aug. 8 and the request is for “clothing, namely T-shirts, baseball caps and hats.”

The request included examples of an Ohio State shirt and hat with the word “The” on the front.

Ohio State spokesman Chris Davey confirmed the school’s trademark submission for the title “The Ohio State University” to The Columbus Dispatch.

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

“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.”

Ohio State has previously secured other trademarks, including names of well-known football coaches Urban Meyer and Woody Hayes in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

An Ohio State spokesman said last fall that the university had 150 trademarks in 17 countries and other applications pending.

According to Ohio State’s university archives FAQ, the school changed its name from Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College to The Ohio State University in 1878.

Example of T-shirt provided by Ohio State in its trademark application.
Example of hat provided by Ohio State in its trademark application.