Including the post above, three different lawyers (yes, lawyers, check their credentials) told her that she would be infringing on our mark. Here are the other two responses.
And might we point out that Debbie Gibbons Nicholas has devoted FOUR blogs to bashing us or our business, or has devoted them to infringing or encouraging others to do so. So if you come across any of these blogs, be aware that this person is certainly not affiliated with our business.
Contest Extra Credit
This extra for the contest has already been announced. The winner of the contest has been awarded their prize. Thanks to those who participated!
Gossiper Extra Credit 3:
In post 1 Bobbie says that changing one little thing about someone else's idea doesn't mean it's not an infringement, but in post 2 she tells threadanimals group that they can use thread bears after it is part of a registered trademark. How is that not infringement?
Post 1: A comment made by Bobbie on a public knitting forum
Gossiper Extra Credit 2:
We have this first comment made by Debbie posted on our blog, but felt that it needed to be addressed on the Gossipers Page along with some of her other statements so, you know, she doesn't feel left out.
In post 2 Debbie commented that all she said was that you think Berta copied you. That's not all she said in post 1, she also says that she doesn't know how her copying could've been prevented, and that if not her, someone else would've done it.
In post 3 she says that she doesn't believe that you are within your rights to police your trademark because of disclaimers. In post 1she says that disclaimers don't invalidate trademarks and that she doesn't want anyone getting into trouble for accidently using the term.
Post 1: A message Debbie had sent to us
Post 2: A post on one of Debbie's blogs dedicated to us.
Gossiper Extra Credit 1:
We've shown you our email contact with Joanne Noel for the extra credit below--which you can even compare with this post. This a comment she made on a Facebook group about that same email discussion. She states that this was an email reply she had sent to me (Sue), which I never did receive. However, we would like you to just pick out the discrepancies you find in this one comment alone. EDITED: Joanne has posted the second image below in our comments as her supposed email response to me (which we still never received). Pick out the discrepancies between Post 1 and Post 2.
If this is supposed to be Joanne's email response to Sue, then why is Sue's name in the SUBJECT line of her comment in post 2? The email was sent to threadteds, not threadbears. Also, the email date is 9/18, but she commented on 7/15 that she had already sent the email.
In this email her discrepancies: -Why would she apologize if she had nothing to apologize for?
-She says she's not contacting or directing people to misinformation, but she contacted the one girl to send her to Berta's blog.
-She says that you have no information that people can see, but she comment on your blog, so she knows it is all the info about your trademarks.
Post 1: Joanne Noel's facebook comment
This part of the contest has ended.
"Gossiper" 2 ANSWERS:
Post 1: An item on Facebook that was relisted after being removed for trademark infringement
Post 2: Our 1st email to Joanne Noel (A.K.A. Cajun Cuties, Weebears, String Bean Bears, and now Bayou Bears, etc.)
Post 3: Response from Joanne Noel
Post 4: Comments on one of Berta Hesen-Minten's Facebook Posts
"Gossiper" 1 (Contest I) ANSWERS:
Post 1: Debbittybears' Facebook posting, sharing a crocheting video