VGK and US Army settle trademark case
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Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley announced on Thursday that the trademark case with the U.S. Army has ended.

Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley announced on Thursday that they have ended their trademark case with the U.S. Army.

The two sides have entered into a trademark coexistence agreement where the U.S. Army will continue using the Golden Knights’ marks and names with its parachute exhibition team. The Golden Knights will continue to use Vegas Golden Knights and Golden Knights in regards to the hockey team, as announced by numerous sources.

This has been an ongoing discussion for the VGK and the U.S. Army since Black Knights Sports Entertainment announced the name of the expansion Las Vegas team would be the Vegas Golden Knights. The U.S. Army had issues with the naming of the teams since it already used the name for their parachute team. In January 2018, the U.S. Army filed a notice of opposition against Black Knight Sports and Entertainment over the use of the name.

“We are pleased that we have agreed to coexist regarding the use of the ‘Golden Knights’ mark and name,” said Foley in a statement as per Sean Leahy of

Foley, a graduate of West Point, initially wanted to name the team the Black Knights after his alma mater but resisted the name since Chicago already used the Blackhawks in their name. He then went with the Vegas Golden Knights, which is how the trademark battle began with the U.S. Army.

The Vegas Golden Knights are coming off of the best season ever by an expansion team in the NHL. With a 51-24-7 season, the Knights took first place in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference. The VGK took their winning ways all the way to the Stanley Cup Final, where they lost to the Washington Capitals in five games.

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