Richard Conway and Julian Nicholson had specialised in registering domain names such as "ladbrokes.com", "marksandspencer.com" - and even "spice- girls.net" and "buckinghampalace.org" - without the consent of the owners of the trademarks. They then wrote to the owners offering them for sale. But Deputy Judge Jonathan Sumption QC ordered them to pay pounds 65,000 of legal costs after BT, Marks & Spencer, Ladbrokes, J Sainsbury and Virgin Enterprises brought an action against the duo, who had claimed that their activity was like collecting novelty postcards.
The judge also instructed the men to take steps to have the disputed names assigned to the companies. He said the men's activities "followed over a substantial period of time... are plainly intended to deceive."Reuse content