Ohio State files trademark infringement suit over O-H-I-O T-shirt image

The school says Teespring ignored multiple requests to stop selling the apparel

Any Big Ten football fan can tell you how strongly THE Ohio State University protects its brand image. As Rhode Island-based apparel maker Teespring Inc. found out, however, the university’s counsel protects its intellectual property as well.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that Ohio State slapped Teespring with a trademark infringement suit over a T-shirt the company was selling featuring generic fans forming the letters O-H-I-O. A common sight at Ohio State athletic events, the university trademarked the image in 2012.

Zach Warrren

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