Federal officials say The Ohio State University can not trademark “The.”
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has turned down the university’s request to trademark “The” in conjunction with the university’s name on items marketed for sale such as t-shirts, baseball caps and hats.
Ohio State acknowledged the patent office’s decision and said, “we are reviewing our options and have six months to respond.”
Ohio State submitted the application for the trademark in August.
Lebron James’ ‘Taco Tuesday’ trademark application was also denied.