NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights & US Army in Dispute Over Trademark

The Las Vegas Golden Knights haven’t even played a game yet. But the NHL’s newest franchise has already found a tough opponent: the United States Army. The US Army isn’t happy about how closely the Golden Knights’ logo resembles their parachute team’s likeness. And the Army is taking this very seriously, filing a challenge with […]

The Las Vegas Golden Knights haven’t even played a game yet. But the NHL’s newest franchise has already found a tough opponent: the United States Army.

The US Army isn’t happy about how closely the Golden Knights’ logo resembles their parachute team’s likeness. And the Army is taking this very seriously, filing a challenge with the US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

According to ESPN, the Army contends that their parachute team has “common law rights in color scheme black+gold/yellow+white.” This is very similar to the Vegas Golden Knights uniforms, which feature the same color scheme.

Golden Knights are Inspired by Army’s Likeness

The Golden Knights aren’t trying to hide the fact that the US Army’s parachute division inspired their name and color scheme. In fact, team owner Bill Foley is a West Point Military Academy graduate and proud to be associated with the Army.

“Bill Foley is a West Point guy, sort of using those colors,” said general manager George McPhee. “You know his history at West Point. You know about the classmates he had lost serving this country. So, those colors mean a lot to us.”

Foley wanted to call his Vegas hockey team the Black Knights, because of the Army’s NCAA athletics. But the franchise decided against this, based on the possible clash with the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks.

Golden Knights Poke Fun at the Dispute

The Vegas Golden Knights issued a humorous response to the situation they’re in.

“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,” said a team official.

The Golden Knights franchise must respond to the Army’s trademark dispute by February 19, or risk losing their logo and color scheme.

 

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