Army files challenge over Vegas Golden Knights' name


Most Army programs use the nickname "Black Knights", but the parachute team goes by "Golden Knights", and the school's official colors are black and gold.

Back in October we had reported that both Army and The College of Saint Rose had requested an extension to the deadline to oppose the trademark, that deadline came today; Saint Rose requested another extension, the Army declared war.

"Army says it has used the Golden Knights name since 1969 in connection with its parachute team and with recruiting", Rovell wrote, "and that it owns 'common law rights in color scheme black+gold/yellow+white'". Five months later, the franchise announced its nickname as the Golden Knights.

The Vegas Golden Knights have given the NHL a nice boost, and not only because they lead the NHL's Pacific Division and have the second-best record in the 31-team league.

"Our use of the Golden Knights is distinctive from the Army Golden Knights just as the N.Y. Rangers are distinctive from the Texas Rangers or the Arizona Cardinals are distinctive from the St. Louis Cardinals".

As part of their grounds of opposition the Army references numerous quotes made to the media by Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley as well as General Manager George McPhee including those published in the Washington Post following the unveiling of the Golden Knights uniforms in June of 2017.

In a statement, the hockey organization said: "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". 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.

This is not the first time the Golden Knights have faced a trademark battle.

"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 that he lost serving this country.

You can read the full notice of opposition from the Army here.

In the complaint, the Army takes issue with the logo, color scheme, and name. "So, those colors mean a lot to us ..." And we're really proud of the logo.

The team said it would have no further comment until the matter is resolved.

The Golden Knights had until February 18 in order to officially respond to the complaints, per a schedule of deadlines included in the filing.

Creamer says it's unclear how this could pan out, but it's clear the Army isn't simply backing off at this point.

The dispute arose a year ago, when the newly franchised National Hockey League team unveiled its name and logos after filing to trademark other options, ESPN noted.