25 January 2018
Reporter: Barney Dixon

Grumpy Cat wins copyright lawsuit

The owner of internet sensation ‘Grumpy Cat’ has won a copyright infringement lawsuit against Grenade Beverage.

An eight-member jury delivered the verdict on 22 January, but the court is still to decide Grumpy Cat Limited’s outstanding claims of cybersquatting and accounting, as well as Grenade’s counterclaims seeking declaratory relief for ownership of the trademark, copyright and domain name.

Grenade also seeks declaratory relief for non-infringement of the Grumpy Cat trademark and copyright.

Grumpy Cat filed its complaint in August 2016, asking that Grenade be automatically found to have infringed Grumpy Cat’s copyright and trademarks by selling an unauthorised line of roast coffee products, named Grumpy Cat Roasted Coffee.

Grumpy Cat entered into a licensing agreement with Grenade in 2015, allowing it to produce an iced-coffee product line, Grumppuccino, but claimed that Grenade had breached the contract and exceeded the limited scope of the agreement by using the Grumpy Cat brand for a hot beverage.

Grumpy Cat was reportedly awarded $710,000 in damages

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