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A least one Buckeye fan has—at least what I consider to be—a solid opinion.

 

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what about the music group The The? what if they get back together...again? i think they might have something to say about the whole thing.
 

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Ohio State is upset because Ohio University in Athens, identified as 'The' for years.
 

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So if The get a TM on it. Does this mean we can't use it anymore?
 

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"THE Ohio State University", not just "The". And you can use it all you want, just can't sell apparel with that on there.
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..just can't sell Ohio State apparel with that on there.

Alabama can still use The University of Alabama.
 

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As one who has been involved in many trademark filings and unfortunately have been in court to protect them.. I think they can trade mark a logo or design with the word the but you cannot trademark the word “the”

I had a similar battle with a much less used word and while I could trademark my design the word was not allowed.

Just my 2 cents
 

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