A report from the Fayetteville Observer in North Carolina claims the Army Golden Knights Parachute team was not aware of the Vegas hockey team using the same name.
Alison Bettencourt, a spokeswoman for the Army Marketing and Research Group in Arlington, Virginia, said the group learned of the NHL team’s name through media accounts Wednesday. “We’re reviewing the situation and figuring out what the way ahead would be,” she said. -Steve DeVane, FayObserver.com
This has led to a firestorm on social media wondering if the Vegas Golden Knights may have to change their name within a week of unveiling it to the world.
The Creator confirmed they never checked in with the parachute team, but insists there are no problems with the team name.
We have no issue with co-use of the name. West Point was aware of the Black Knight idea but I never communicated to anyone about Golden Knights as I wanted to keep the circle small of insiders. I just focused on clearing the name for Trademark and Trade Name purposes. -The Creator
The hockey organization acquired a trademark for the name on August 23, 2016 for both entertainment and clothing use (IC025 and IC041 trademarks). The team also checked in with both the UCF (Golden) Knights and the Clarkson College Golden Knights.
The NHL handled it for us. They had their lawyers talk to Clarkson and Central Florida, and both schools were great about it. They didn’t ask for any money or anything in return. –The Creator to LVRJ
There is not a trademark on file with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the Army Golden Knights Parachute team however it is not necessary to challenge the trademark. Nonetheless legal recourse is incredibly unlikely.
Any party who may be damaged by an actual or proposed registration of a mark is entitled to challenge the registration. –Nolo.com
The key word is damaged. If anything, the Vegas Golden Knights have brought nothing but publicity to the parachute team and the Army itself and if The Creator has it has way, the Golden Knights Parachute team will fly in on Opening Night.
So, fear not folks who like the name, it’s not going anywhere. And for those who still hate the name,
get over it start looking for another angle, cause this one’s got no chance.