Hockey’s Golden Knights, Named to Avoid Trademark Dispute, Face Trademark Dispute

The lawyer wrote that the hockey team’s name and mark are “confusingly similar in sound, meaning and appearance” to its own, that the team’s similar color scheme adds to the “likelihood of confusion,” and that the Army would be damaged if the mark is registered because it would “falsely suggest a connection” between the Army and the hockey team.


The shoulder patch recognizing the Golden Knights parachute team.

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.”

“Indeed, the two entities have been coexisting without any issues for over a year,” the statement continued, “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.”

The hockey team noted in its statement that other Golden Knights trademark owners had also coexisted with the Army without problems. (Reports say that the hockey team cleared its name with Clarkson…

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