The Ohio State University filed a trademark for the word “The” earlier this month.
Josh Gerben was quoted by NBC News discussing the filing and chances of whether it gets registered:
Application No. 88571984, filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, was discovered and publicized Tuesday by Josh Gerben, a prominent trademark lawyer in Washington.
“For a trademark to be registered for a brand of clothing, the trademark “must be used in a trademarked fashion,”