But Grumpy Cat Limited ended up suing Grenade due to it overusing the image by putting it on other products.
Though coffee bosses filed a countersuit, claiming Grumpy Cat didn't hold up its end of the deal, the jury found in favour of the vehicle and awarded it $701,000 (£500,000).More news: Snapchat now allows stories to be read by people without the app
Bundsen's company, Grumpy Cat Limited, sued.
Grumpy Cat has also made cameos in films and TV shows, appeared at Comicon and red carpet premiers and featured in a host of lucrative merchandise deals.
That was the plan, anyway, per the owners of a beverage company who say they teamed up with the famous feline's owners to start the brand, then say they were let down by the Grumpy Cat team's efforts to promote it. "The jury followed the law and facts and reached a verdict that was justified based on the law and the facts", Grumpy Cat's lawyer David Jonelis said while speaking with The Wrap.More news: ATC grants police 14-day physical remand of Zainab murder suspect
The cat's perpetually sad and unique expression is said to be caused by feline dwarfism and an underbite - when the lower jaw extends forward. And the cat's handler's didn't mention the coffee during an interview with Fox News, either, The Washington Post reported. The movie was rumored to have actors such as Will Ferrell and Jack Black but it never happened. The Post reports that the company earned between $1 million and $100 million during the first few years after its creation.
The complaint went on to state that Grenade's T-shirt line "blatantly infringe on the Grumpy Cat copyrights and Grumpy Cat trademarks".
Two years after the original suit was filed, a California jury sided with the owner of the cat behind what might be the world's most universally recognized meme.More news: Milwaukee Bucks: 5 reasons Jason Kidd was sacked