Mr. Whisker’s Online Store Exclusive “Marko Bear”

Yesterday, international designer and illustrator Natasha Pankina’s “Marko Bear” was taken down from RedBubble. Apparently, Ralph Lauren claimed copyright infringement.

EXHIBIT A

Ralph Lauren’s “Polo Bear” was created in 1991. See history.

EXHIBIT B

Clearly anyone with eyes can see that “Polo bear” is both uglier and and lack any creative effort. Fact is, “Marko bear” is a completely different creative work which bears no similarity to “Polo bear” aside from its a bear with clothes. Customers of the above over priced sweater are likely purchasing the red “RL” in the bottom right hand corner.

Just one of many examples of a bear in “clothing” prior to 1991 is Yogi Bear (and all his friends) from 1958.

EXHIBIT C

Extensive list of other fictional bears, likely in clothing, can be found here.

Marko bear clothing relaunched!