Ve­gas Golden Knights de­nied trade­mark for nick­name

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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.

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