Wednesday, December 7, 2011

This is the text of a message I sent to Thread Bears before they started the blog..  They did not respond..and I noticed they did NOT post this one publicly.

  • You are right that most of the bear world has moved on, please allow the rest of us to do so by releasing your design on Berta's trademark. Nobody is using Thread Bears any more and it all yours...but as long as you are going after Berta there are still a few who feel that you need to be stopped. If you could allow your compassion to let her operate without constant fear maybe it really could end.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Why the issue is still an issue

If you have been following the "discussion" on "" you know I disagree with the assertion that the term "thread bear" is trademarked.  I believe that they do own the trademark "Thread Bears" that they obtained after using it descriptively for many years.
If using the term "thread bear" descriptively  is violating a trademark, than they themselves violated said trademark before they obtained it. 

I recently was accused by them of violating the trademark in just such a way, so I asked them to please tell me where.  As far as I knew I wasn't using the term, even descriptively, anywhere on the web.

Well a few days later I received this notice.  It is referencing a page on ravelry that I put up over two years ago and completely forgot about.  The pattern is free and I used to sell it on ebay under the term "thread bear" before this whole issue started.

Ironically..the week that this occured, there were three other auctions on ebay using the term "thread bear" which were apparently left alone.

Friday, October 21, 2011

This blog is the personal opinion of Debbie Nicholas. It is meant to explain my opinion on the evolution of the issue revolving around the trademark "Thread Bears". I do not claim to represent them in any way, shape or form. My bears are sold under the name of deBBittybears and I do not use the term "Thread Bears" in any form when selling my product.
In this blog I am expressing my deep feelings and concern over the way that this issue was handled and my opinion on what I witnessed happening. I am no a trademark attorney and make no claims to complete understanding. Please do your own research for further information.
Thanks for reading.
-Debbie Nicholas