Published: Mon, January 15, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

US Army Files Copyright Challenge to Vegas Golden Knights Name

US Army Files Copyright Challenge to Vegas Golden Knights Name

As evidence, it listed an appearance by Vegas General Manager George McPhee on a sports radio show, in which he said that his expansion franchise wanted to use the name "Black Knights" but were deterred "because we already had the Blackhawks in the league", so they went with Golden Knights while knowing it was the name of the parachute team.

"Sometimes, you need to step back and put aside what the cases and rules say, and ask yourself - would someone mistakenly buy a ticket to a Vegas Golden Knights hockey game, thinking that they are buying a ticket to an Army Golden Knights parachute event?"

Wednesday,'s Chris Creamer reported that the US Army had officially filed a notice of opposition to the Vegas Golden Knights trademark.

Photo The shoulder patch recognizing the Golden Knights parachute team.

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It's hard to predict where this will end up, Army seems pretty upset about the whole thing and they appear to have ample evidence that the hockey club intentionally built their brand around theirs even using the same name as one of their sports clubs. 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.

At the time, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted 30 days to anyone to oppose and the Army received an extension until Wednesday. However, when Army officials expressed "concern" about that, he made a decision to name them the Golden Knights, after the U.S. Army's parachute squad.

The NHL team's owner, Bill Foley, graduated from the?United States Military Academy at West Point in 1967 and was said to be strongly considering naming the team the Black Knights, which is Army's nickname. Karlsson leads the Knights with 22 goals, Marchessault leads the team with 40 points and Perron has a team-high 25 assists. You know about the classmates he had lost serving this country.

A panel of administrative trademark judges from the USPTO's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board is set to eventually rule on the dispute, but that could take some time.

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The Golden Knights have until February 19 to respond to the notice of opposition and according to, the process can take up to 2 years to reach a conclusion.

He says this is an attempt for the Army to draw a legal line in the sand about each party's trademark rights. "So, those colors mean a lot to us ..."

The off-ice dispute disrupts what has otherwise been a smooth and surprisingly hot start to the hockey team's inaugural season. However, on Thursday the team issued an informal statement on the matter, and it was snide AF.

For their part, the Army's Golden Knights say they have earned 2,148 gold, 1,117 silver, and 693 bronze medals in national and worldwide competition.

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