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Trademark Saga Continues For The Vegas Golden Knights
Las Vegas–The United States Army has opted to challenge the Vegas Golden Knights with the sole purpose that the moniker is connected with that department of the military.
This story broke on Wednesday and was first reported Sportslogo.net Chris Creamer. In that report, the U.S. Army exercised their right to officially file with the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office in opposition of the Golden Knights hockey team in using the name.
The U.S. Army is taking a stand against the NHL’s Golden Knights characterizing the team as using a similar “black+gold/yellow+white color configuration” in its sweaters, apparel, signage, other forms of merchandise associated with the franchise. They also have a parachute demonstration team called the “Golden Knights” that performs worldwide.
Back on November 2016 when the franchise unveiled its name and logo to the public for the first time, the Golden Knights declared they initially filed for trademarking their logo well ahead of the teams inaugural season in the NHL.
It was until September 2017, 10 months later, when the U.S. Army finally decided to act and oppose the use of the name “Golden Knights” by Bill Foley’s hockey team.
Foley is a former West Point Military Academy Graduate and he was set in using the word “Knights” in the team’s name somehow.
For the Golden Knights, they released the following statement regarding the U.S. Army challenge.
“We strongly dispute the Army’s allegations that confusion is likely between the Army Golden Knights parachute team and the Vegas Golden Knights major-league hockey team. Indeed, the two entities have been coexisting without any issues for over a year (along with several other Golden Knights trademark owners) and we are not aware of a single complaint from anyone attending our games that they were expecting to see the parachute team and not a professional hockey game. That said, in light of the pending trademark opposition proceedings, we will have no further comment at this time and will address the Army’s opposition in the relevant legal forums.”
For Foley and the Golden Knights franchise, they have until February 19 to file paperwork to the appeals board with the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office.