When discussing Ohio State and Oklahoma State, the debate was always somewhat confusing: which school gets the “OSU” acronym?
According to the Columbus Dispatch, they both do.
The Dispatch reported early Thursday morning that the two universities reached an agreement concerning the acronym, allowing both schools to use “OSU” regularly with a few caveats.
Those caveats being: Ohio State cannot use the nickname “Cowboys” or “Pistol Pete” on merchandise, and Oklahoma State cannot use “Brutus Buckeye” or “Buckeyes’ on its merchandise, and neither school can use the acronym in a way to belittle each other (e.g., “fake OSU”).
This debate of who owns the “OSU” acronym was started back in February, when Ohio State filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, requesting to trademark “OSU” on all clothing and apparel. Oklahoma State then interjected as they also used “OSU” on a majority of its clothing and apparel.
The two schools, avoiding taking the matter to court, signed an agreement earlier this month.
According to The Dispatch, that agreement states: “The parties believe that there is no likelihood of confusion, mistake, or deception between the continued use and registration of Ohio State OSU Marks and Oklahoma State OSU Marks.”
Both schools were extremely civil in the matter, as The Dispatch noted both schools will try and resolve future matters in a similar way.