USA army files dispute with Vegas Golden Knights' name

USA army files dispute with Vegas Golden Knights' name

The hockey team, which started play this season, has until February 19 to respond to this notice or risk having to forfeit the trademark. The Army filed a notice of opposition to the Vegas Golden Knights' name, claiming the name is associated with their military branch.

As first reported by SportsLogos.net, the Army has filed a challenge with the United States Trademark and Patent Office, claiming the Golden Knights' moniker, combined with the team's color scheme, is too similar to that of West Point's sports teams. Five months later, the franchise announced its nickname as the Golden Knights.

It's called the Golden Knights, a name that has been in use since 1969, says the army.

The Vegas Golden Knights responded on Thursday with a statement in which it denied the allegations.

Bill Foley, the owner of the Vegas Golden Knights and a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, reportedly considered naming the franchise the "Black Knights", which is Army's nickname for athletic teams at West Point.

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In September 2017, the Army made its opposition clear to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The report says there are three grounds within the Trademark Act upon which the Army is arguing Vegas is in violation of that trademark: "priority and likelihood of confusion", "dilution by blurring", and "false suggestion of a connection with persons, living or dead, institutions, beliefs, or national symbols, or brings them into contempt, or disrepute".

On Thursday, the NHL team released a statement "strongly disputing" the complaint, that read, in part: "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".

This combination photo shows the logos of the Vegas Golden Knights hockey team and the U.S. Army's Golden Knights parachute team.

ESPN points out that the Golden Knights have never tried to hide their martial inspiration. "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".

"Bill told us this story about the origins of the Black Knight mascot for West Point which are sort of grounded in this first true knight of valor", Adidas Design Director Jeff Eagles added in the video. You know about the classmates he had lost serving this country. Despite being an expansion team, the Golden Knights have somehow managed to climb to the top of their division and position themselves for a run in the playoffs. "So, those colors mean a lot to us ..." The team's response is not treating this matter with the dignity that the aforementioned attorney seems to think it deserves.

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