LAS VEGAS (KXNT) – The NHL and the new Vegas Golden Knights may have to do some last-minute scrambling after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office denied the franchise’s application for rights to the Golden Knights name and trademark.
In a 164-page document issued Wednesday denying the team’s petition, the Patent and Trademark Office cited the team’s name and logo similarity with the Golden Knights of The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York as a point of “likelihood of confusion.”
The team has until June 7, 2017 to present its case against the Office’s refusal.
In a statement late Wednesday sent to Sports Illustrated, the Golden Knights affirmed their intention to fight the ruling and said they would work with College of St. Rose to find a workable solution.
“Office actions like this are not at all unusual, and we will proceed with the help of outside counsel in preparing a response to this one,” the team statement read. “There are countless examples of college sports teams with coexisting names, including Vegas Golden Knights and Clarkson Golden Knights, UCLA Bruins and Boston Bruins, U. of Miami Hurricanes and Carolina Hurricanes, etc. We will plan on making these arguments and others in our detailed written response to the office action which must be filed by June 7, 2017.”
The Golden Knights nickname and logo were unveiled at a gala event outside T-Mobile Arena on Nov. 22. But within days of the announcement, the U.S. Army said it was “reviewing” the possibility of contesting the name, citing trademark issues around their elite Golden Knights parachute team.
Team owner Bill Foley admitted the franchise sought permission to use the Golden Knights name from the Clarkson University Golden Knights, but did not seek similar acceptance from the Army or the College of St. Rose.