NHL Teams trademark denied due to concerns of confusion

Albany, New York (WHDH) — The U.S. Patent and Trademark office has denied the Vegas Golden Knights’ trademark application due to concerns it might create confusion with the team name for a college in New York.

The athletic teams at the College of Saint Rose are also known as the Golden Knights.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said the league believes the name should be registered in “co-existence” with each other.

He added that a number of other professional and college teams share nicknames.

While officials at the College of Saint Rose say their logo looks very similar to the one the new hockey team unveiled last month.

“There are certainly similarities between the two logos,” said Assistant Athletics Director for Communications at College of Saint Rose. “The wording Golden Knights is very prominent feature of our logo. We made sure that we had this trademarked back in 2004. So we’ve had ownership of this for over a decade and we’re certainly glad we did in case something like this came up.”

The Vegas Golden Knights are set to begin play next season.