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Golden Knights Name Change?

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  1. Mike A. S.

    Mike A. S. Active Member

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    Sounds like the Vegas Golden Knights might have to make a name change soon already. Because of a trademark issue.
     



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    forty_three 3 time pickleball champion

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    Again?

    The name "Golden" Knights was chosen due to a conflict with a Junior hockey team.

    They were also told they couldn't use another variation of Knights because of the Army or something. Black Knights maybe?
     
  3. Mike A. S.

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    Yeah, I think this is correct. And even the "Golden" Knights is something related to the Army as well. It's the name of their parachute team or something. I hear that the Golden Knights' owner has also trademarked a website name for SandKnights.com as a "just in case". So it sounds like if they had to change their name it would be to the "Sand Knights", which wouldn't even require a change of colors or logos or anything if they didn't want to.
     
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    I'm still holding out for "Knights in White Satin" or "Knights are Forever Without You"
     
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    "Knights Who Say Ni!"

    Even already got an updated logo ready:

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    mattola'ed ... plus mattola liked my original post on this :thumb: lol
     
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    I rarely go into that thread because, well, I don't really care about Vegas. :thumb:


    But yeah, I saw that after I commented here.
     
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    "Sand Knights" would be a bad idea. A turrible idea.

    Far too close to a racial epithet.
     
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    How about the Templar Knights? Murdering the opposition in the desert for nearly three centuries.



    Plus they can be pretty sure none of the originals will be around to contest trademark issues.
     
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    What about the Golden Leafs?
     
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    I still think they should be called the Vegas Chlamydia. After all, they have been a scourge on the league and it STILL represents the character of Las Vegas.
     
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    I want Vegas Whores just for this moment...

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    Plus think about all the the great puns and innuendos with phrases like going 5-hope and “stick” infractions, etc
     
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    Golden Knights was always a ? name anyway. Should have been the Knights all along.
     
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    Vegas Buffets

    /the food spread, not the Oracle of Omaha
     
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    Legal corner with Judge Eloco

    In trademark law, "consumer confusion" drives most suits brought against entities accused of trademark infringement. Unlike copyright law where ownership is somewhat intrinsic, trademark applies only if you put the mark into business practice and the protection is not absolute. For example, I could register the Golden Knight Buffet as a restaurant in Washington DC. If I never open it up, a judge would toss out a suit I would bring against the Vegas Golden Knights because I haven't put the trademark to use. Even if I did open up the buffet, a judge would likely think a restaurant across the country is unlikely to be assumed by consumers to have any connection with a professional hockey team. Survey data of consumers is often a key piece of evidence in these types of cases.

    You will note the Vegas response includes "dispute... confusion is likely." This is not an accident and the tongue and cheek nature of parachute team comment is meant to drive home this point.

    A quick look at the USPTO Office site shows 29 trademarks registered with the term "Golden Knight" in them. Trademarks often coexist, especially since most businesses are local or regional and register their marks with the Secretary of State.

    Legal Forecast: Vegas ain't changing their name b/c the Army will find proving consumer confusion very difficult. If Vegas is smart, they are already having a survey group craft and execute a survey to prove this.

    Verdict:

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