Ohio State's request to trademark the word 'THE' initially denied

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The Ohio State University’s attempt to trademark the word “THE” has been denied.

The US Patent and Trademark Office has initially denied the application according to a filing posted on Wednesday.

The school submitted the application in August "that would cover various items including T-shirts, baseball caps and hats.”

The school has previously secured other trademarks, including names of football coaches Woody Hayes and Urban Meyer.

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

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