The Vegas Golden Knights have been an amazing story on the ice as they sit atop the Western Conference, but they have had some issues to deal with outside the rink during the first season.

Back in October, both the United States Army and The College of Saint Rose filed disputes against the name Golden Knights.  While The College of Saint Rose filed for an extension, the Army is officially challenging the name Golden Knights with the United States Trademark and Patent Office.

According to Chris Creamer of “The filing claims that the Army “believes it will be damaged” by the registration of the mark, that they have long used the mark (since “at least 1969”) in connection with its U.S. Army Parachute team, as well as for recruiting efforts, and public relations for the U.S. Military. 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 Golden Knights released this official state regarding the Army’s filing on Thursday:

“In the Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. Army filed its opposition to the Vegas Golden Knights’ applications to register the trademark VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS used in connection with the sport of hockey.  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.”

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