Vegas Golden Knights Issue Smart-Ass Response to U.S. Army Trademark Lawsuit

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Vegas Golden Knights owner William Foley has made it no secret that the team’s name and look is inspired by the United States Army. Foley is a graduate of West Point and actually wanted to name the team the Black Knights, just like the Army football team. However, when Army officials expressed “concern” about that, he decided to name them the Golden Knights, after the U.S. Army’s parachute squad.

Unfortunately, it seems Army officials don’t like that one, either. After months of threatening to file a trademark lawsuit against the Vegas Golden Knights, on Thursday they actually did it. They filed a formal “Notice of Opposition” with the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

In the complaint, the Army takes issue with the logo, color scheme, and name. Specifically they express concern about a “false suggestion of a connection” with the government that could bring “institutions, beliefs, or national symbols” into “contempt or disrepute.”

The Vegas Golden Knights have until February 19 to formally respond to the lawsuit. However, on Thursday the team issued an informal statement on the matter, and it was snide AF.

Take a look:

“In the Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. Army filed its opposition to the Vegas Golden Knights’ applications to register the trademark VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS used in connection with the sport of hockey. 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 (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. That said, in light of the pending trademark opposition proceedings, we will have no further comment at this time and will address the Army’s opposition in the relevant legal forums.”

If I could put emojis into the body of this post, I would insert three flame emojis right here, because that part about nobody showing up to Golden Knights games expecting to see a parachute team is straight fire.

William Foley may be an Army man, but he’s also salty as hell.

Hat Tip – [FTW]

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