Sadly, we are no longer allowed to
bring you the 1980s Family Circle Paddington Bear Knitting pattern.
A copyright notice
has been served to all of us who have been able to offer this
much loved knitting pattern.
The pattern was very
easy to knit and was representative of a most true likeness to
the original bear. The bear that we all know and love from childhood
It's a sad day and
a sad reflection of the 'big business' times in which we live,
when a 30 year old child's character teddy bear knitting pattern
should be taken out of circulation in this way. The pattern was
knitted for charity events, for hospital shops to sell as fund
raisers for hospital wards, along with countless mums and granmothers
lovingly creating the bear for young family members.
The knitting pattern
went a long way to keep the cherished memory of the original Paddington
Bear alive and well. In fact, it promoted the character and took
our British Paddington Teddy all over the world.
It seemed reasonable
to explain why this pattern has vanished from circulation.
We are legally entitled
to 30 days notice to remove any item infringing copyright but
have chosen to act sooner. There seemed little point in waiting.
For anyone still selling
this pattern please be aware of the copyright issues that now
A copy of the email
received is shown here for you to read: I have blanked the name
of the sender for privacy.
To whom it may concern,
Let me introduce myself. My name is ........ and
I work for a company called Surelock (www.surelock.org). We assist
a client of ours, Paddington and Company Limited (P&Co Ltd),
in investigations of intellectual property infringements. Our
client is the legal and/or beneficial owner of copyright in images
of the well-known children's character "Paddington"/
"Paddington Bear", originally created by Michael Bond.
In addition, our client is the proprietor of a suite of internationally
registered trademarks for the words "Paddington " /
"Paddington Bear" and for various depictions of Paddington
The Paddington Bear knitting pattern (PDF) listed
on your website https://www.cabbagepatchtreasures.co.uk at:
is not authorised by Paddington and Company Limited
(P&Co Ltd) and infringes the P&Co Ltd copyright of the
"Family Circle" knitting pattern.
I would appreciate if you would remove this item
from your website and other selling/social media websites and
stop marketing and selling this item and any others that infringe
the intellectual property of P&Co Ltd with immediate effect.
Please could you acknowledge when you have complied
with our request?