Ohio State University’s request to trademark “The” denied

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CHICAGO — Ohio State University lost its bid to trademark the word “The.”

The university filed the application last month and specified that the trademark was for a brand of clothing.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office found a prior application for the word “The” by clothing company Marc Jacobs, and it’s not clear if that company will get it either.

The university has six months to make corrections and respond to the refusal.


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