The Wall Street Journal: Hockey fight! Patent office rejects newest NHL team’s trademark

The NHL’s new team in Las Vegas is dropping the gloves before it even begins play in 2017.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office denied the Vegas Golden Knights’ trademark application, citing possible confusion with the Golden Knights of the College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y.

The Las Vegas franchise had a ceremony on Nov. 22 to unveil the name, colors and logos and has already been selling team merchandise.

“We are currently reviewing the Trademark Office’s letter and will prepare a detailed response demonstrating why we continue strongly to believe the Vegas Golden Knights mark should be registered in co-existence with the college registration, just as a number of other nicknames currently co-exist in professional and college sports,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement. The team has until June 7 to formally respond to the trademark denial.

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