Vegas Golden Knights denied trademark for nickname
LAS VEGAS | The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has denied the Vegas Golden Knights’ trademark application a little more than two weeks after the new NHL franchise unveiled its name and logo.
The office cites potential confusion with the team name for the College of Saint Rose in New York, which is also the Golden Knights.
In a statement, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the league will formally respond by a June 7 deadline outlining why it believes the name should be registered “in coexistence” with that of Saint Rose “just as a number of other nicknames currently coexist in professional and college sports (particularly where there is no overlap as to the sport for which the nickname is being used).”
The Las Vegas franchise is set to take the ice next season.
The patent office said the similarities were too many to overlook.