Grumpy Cat Denied Attys' Fees In 'Grumppuccinos' IP Claim

Law360 (August 22, 2018, 4:15 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Tuesday said holders of the rights to "Grumpy Cat" copyrights and trademarks were not entitled to attorneys' fees on infringement claims against a company marketing "Grumppuccinos" and other coffee products, as the defendants had not acted in bad faith when selling merchandise featuring the cat-turned-meme.  

U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter said Grenade Beverage LLC and its co-owner, Paul Sandford, had not acted frivolously or in bad faith when they allegedly breached a license agreement by selling non-iced coffee products featuring the internet famous cat. Such a finding is necessary when awarding fees under the...

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