Ohio State University loses its attempt to trademark the word "The"

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office denied Ohio State University's trademark filing on the word "The." The AP reports:

OSU submitted the trademark application last month.

The patent office cited the trademark appears to be used for "merely decorative manner" and as an "ornamental feature" that doesn't appear to function as a trademark that would differentiate the items from others.

Ohio State University files for a trademark on "THE"