It is finished.

Our contest is over and we’ve had opportunity to put our side of the story out there in doing so. Now that it is finished, we will not be allowing Bobbie, Berta, or any of their friends to give their misinformation and lies on here anymore. We will only allow the truth from now on.

To Berta: Anything you pay your lawyers to say to us is irrelevant. If you are going to share what your lawyers say, why not forward on what they have said to you. We want to see that your lawyer(s) gave you permission to use our marks. Clearly, they haven’t given you permission.

And, to all of Berta’s friends: how does it feel knowing that you donated for her to initiate litigation with us when she apparently couldn’t afford to, though she was somehow able to do all of the of travelling from her country to ours at that time?

How do you feel knowing that know she can afford two lawyers right now?

So, this is our summary of the discrepancies which were pointed out in the contest, in addition to a few other points we want to make very clear.

  • We have shown you that I never went after Berta, she did all of the attacking. After my first contact with her, which was a complimentary email (as they stated), she had done nothing but attack my character and maligned me all of these years with collectors, artists, and even the USPTO.
  • We have shown that we were in business a lot longer before Berta was. In their statements, Berta’s implied that she was the first to offer these products, and her friends tried to argue that we weren’t creating these items before her, but they never included any evidence to support their arguments, even though we gave them opportunity to do so on our blog.
  • We have shown you that Berta has attempted to take credit for our accomplishments, because being the first in collectibles is important. We are not claiming to be the first to crochet or even crochet bears. However, the idea of miniatures that are jointed and crocheted out of thread, we were the first to bring these out on the internet and in magazines that we know of.
  • The contest also shows that Berta wasn’t the first to call her crocheted bears “thread bears,” though for some reason she feels entitled to it. And it has never really been about “thread teds,” it has always been about “thread bears.”
  • Berta has copied me and has made it look like she did it first with any idea I had. For example, the contest shows that I sold patterns for these items many years before Berta was even making them, and I even gave many patterns away, though I have been called greedy. And though Berta was aware of my prior pattern sale, she has claimed to be the first to create and sell patterns. She even had people buy my patterns, and one person even asked me to not list another and she put me off, just so Berta could have time to list her pattern.
  • As far as disclaimers and our trademarks are concerned…the contest shows that Berta and her friends had four different lawyers tell them that they are infringing on our rights if they use “thread bears” in any way because it IS registered, whether or not it’s disclaimed in another trademark. Berta and her friends argue that those aren’t really lawyers, but we’ve provided links for you to go to those websites and check their credentials. Even though those lawyers told Berta that legally she can’t use the phrase, she has relied on Bobbie’s interpretations, even though Bobbie has no credentials or experience with ownership. We have yet to hear whether or not HER lawyer(s) gave her permission to use OUR trademark(s). These lawyers had confirmed everything we’ve said, including that anyone can use “thread teds” because it is not registered. This also shows that we were not trying to absorb Berta’s business, as she has accused us of. We applied for this mark to prevent her from using “thread bears” because she would then be infringing on two marks.
  • Everything done in this contest was done in defense. I hadn’t said anything about these issues for years because I thought that these women would stop if I just ignored them. We fought back in litigation, and even gave Bobbie opportunity on our blog to tell everyone the truth about her misinformation and misunderstandings about trademark law. But, I realized they would only stop if they were made to stop. Hence, our contest began.

God lead us to have this contest to get the truth out there in a very creative way, using their own words, which lead people here to finally read the truth for themselves. And we hope that from this, people would take into consideration the things they say (even on the internet), and learn to read things for themselves. To not just take others’ words for it. To do the research yourselves. And, because we had faith that this was all in God’s hands, that He was the one leading us in this, we believe he is going to continue to bless our business. We are thankful of what we have learned in this, learning to stand firm on doing what’s right and that’s never wrong to present the truth. We are also thankful for the friends that we have made in this who have also shared their experiences with us.

We hope that people will move on and everybody get back to business and ignore the nastiness that’s been brought on by these women.  They’ve attempted to destroy our business and make us look like we didn’t want competition when we know that competition builds business. It makes people want what we are making. And as we’ve said before, we can’t meet the demands for these items by ourselves. We are going to continue to add more snippets of their public comments to all of the contest sections (which can be found on the previous posts in the archive) and to the Gossipers page, just to clarify other things that we’ve been accused of, if anyone is interested in knowing the whole truth. Those who don’t care about knowing the truth, well that’s their problem. If everyone would have stopped willfully infringing and giving false information about trademark law, this would’ve ended.

We are going to continue to do business as usual and make new items, and we will also continue to police all of our trademarks. Anyone using them will be removed because we will protect what is ours.

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9 thoughts on “It is finished.

  1. Berta, you obsessively try to post what your lawyer had apparently told you. As we told you, we don't want it in your words. Don't interpret it. If your lawyer gave you a letter permitting you to use our business name/trademark, you can scan the whole letter and post it–name, address…everything. We want it in his handwriting/typing, not yours. As for your own words of what he said, we will not accept it since you have been proven to not be honest. You know this. If you don't show the entire letter, it's not true.

  2. The USPTO Law says that you are wrong and a licensed U.S. IP attorney says you are wrong.
    You now have what you required in her/his own words to me, the letter of a licensed U.S. IP attorney.
    You MUST now stop taking action against artists using thread and bear/s together!

  3. Your words: “We post the truth for everyone to read, with links so people can verify the information themselves. But, since it is Berta`s friends, they don`t want the truth and have it removed. So, maybe if it comes from her and her lawyer that she cannot use our trademark, maybe then all of her friends will finally believe it.”

    but, my Lawyer came to another conclusion.. read my Lawyers letter (above link) the letter YOU ASKED FOR!! YOU should finally believe that we can use the words “thread bears” and that YOU don`t own the exclusive rights to these descriptive and generic words.

    You are using those very words to keep me and the others from doing business. STOP IT!!

  4. You wrote on October 17; To Berta: Anything you pay your lawyers to say to us is irrelevant. If you are going to share what your lawyers say, why not forward on what they have said to you. We want to see that your lawyer(s) gave you permission to use our marks. Clearly, they haven't given you permission.
    And on November 4; If your lawyer gave you a letter permitting you to use our business name/trademark, you can scan the whole letter and post it–name, address…everything. We want it in his handwriting/typing, not yours.

    Copy and past the next link to read the entire letter you asked for yourself!!

    http://hesenl.home.xs4all.nl/LegalRights.pdf

    You got the letter, the name, address, everything.. his writing/typing.. not mine.. In spite of this letter, your daughter Rhonda Potteet is continue filing counter claims to have me removed from on-line sites? How much can YOU be trusted..asking for my Lawyers letter and then ignore the facts about your NON-EXCLUSIVE rights for the use off descriptive words “thread bears”.

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