I am the moderator/owner of a large yahoo group called Thread animals. All of it's members either create or have an interest in creating or owning Bears made of Thread.
Currently there is someone who wants to have a monopoly on all ways these bears can be described, including
Thread Teds by Thread Bears.
They claim that using the term thread bear to describe a bear of thread is abusing the trademark they recently acquired of Thread Bears, but if that is true than they were abusing the trademark themselves before they acquired it in 2005. They consistently used the term "thread bear" descriptively before obtaining the trademark and now seek retribution on some who use the term, even accidentally.