U.S. army files dispute with Vegas Golden Knights' name


Team owner Bill Foley is a US army graduate and the filing notes a 2017 Washington Post article where general manager George McPhee speaks of the connection between the franchise name and owner's history. The Army, it seems, is more of a credible hockey opponent than most of the Western Conference.

On Wednesday, the Department of the Army filed a formal opposition against the Vegas Golden Knights' ownership group, Black Knight Sports and Entertainment, with the United States Trademark and Patent Office for the use of the Golden Knights' moniker.

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.

"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?"

In the complaint, the Army takes issue with the logo, color scheme, and name.

Per ESPN's Darren Rovell, the United States Army filed a challenge to the appeal board, arguing the Golden Knights' nickname is associated with the Army.

Foley originally wanted to call the team "Black Knights" the same name used by Army's athletic teams, according to this hard-to-defend quote attributed to McPhee posted by a TSN Radio Station in Vancouver: "We were going to be the Black Knights but there's already a Blackhawks in the league ... so another name used at West Point is "Golden Knights" for the parachute team". Their owner, Bill Foley, is a West Point Military Academy graduate.

Its contention? That the name "Golden Knights" belongs to its parachute hockey team. After that, they'll have a long, arduous process in which they'll have to prove that their brand is not built around West Point. That said, in light of the pending trademark opposition proceedings, we will have no further comment at this time and will address the the Army's opposition in the relevant legal forums. You know about the classmates he had lost serving this country. Some have speculated that the Golden Knights have been aided there by the "Vegas flu" - a malady that infects opposing players who stay out later than they would in other cities, gambling or seeing a show. "So, those colors mean a lot to us". The similar colour scheme is also noted in the notice of opposition, claiming the Army owns "common law" rights to "black+gold/yellow+white".

The NHL team has until February 19 to respond to the notice or risk having to forfeit any trademarks related to the name. "He even tried to get the parachute team to make an appearance at last week's ceremony 'but we couldn't make it work, ' he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Tuesday". There are two schools that have trademarked "Golden Knights", UCF and The College of St.