Ohio State University, home of Buckeyes, applies to trademark the word ‘the’

  • College was originally known as The Ohio State University
  • Move likely to be related to school’s popular football team

Ohio State University wants to trademark the word “the” when used as part of the school’s name on university merchandise. The Columbus Dispatch reports the school submitted a trademark application this month to the US Patent and Trademark Office.

“Like other institutions, Ohio State works to vigorously protect the university’s brand and trademarks,” Davey told the 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.”

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