Army chal­leng­ing nick­name of Ve­gas NHL team

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ALEXAN­DRIA, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Army has filed a chal­lenge op­pos­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion of the NHL’s new­est fran­chise to reg­is­ter the trade­mark “Ve­gas Golden Knights.”

In a claim filed Wed­nes­day with the U.S. Trade­mark Trial and Ap­peal Board in sub­ur­ban Wash­ing­ton, the Army claims it will be dam­aged if the trade­mark is reg­is­tered and says it has ac­quired exclusive rights to it that pre­date any rights claimed by the NHL team.

The Army says it has used the Golden Knights nick­name since the late 1960s for its para­chute team, public re­la­tions and re­cruit­ing, and claims it owns “com­mon law rights” for the color schemes that com­bine black and gold and yel­low and white.

The chal­lenge by the U.S. Army was first re­ported by Sport­sl­o­

The ac­tion by the Army is not associated with West Point. Ve­gas owner Bill Fo­ley is a grad­u­ate of the acad­emy and a sig­nif­i­cant donor.

The team is­sued a state­ment Thursday in re­sponse.

“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,” the team said. “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.”

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