Time Computers has been found guilty of copying and passing off an integrated PC desk designed by a rival.
An injunction has been granted to computer manufacturer i-desk Solutions, which prevents Time from selling or supplying an integrated PC desk based on i-desk's product.
The ruling also orders Time to pay an interim costs payment of £200,000 to i-desk by 12 January, and provide i-desk with the names and addresses of all customers who bought Time's product believing it to be the i-desk.
Summing up the case, presiding judge Mr Justice Patten said that Time had "deliberately" copied from the design of the i-desk and acted "disgracefully" in passing off its product known as the 'ice-desk'.
The i-desk - a desk with a PC embedded in it - was created by Steve Brooks, who started a company called Millennium Workshops to manufacture the product.
Time Group acted as a reseller for the i-desk, but this relationship got into difficulties and Millennium Workshops went into liquidation.
It was then bought by UK company Data Direct and resurrected as i-desk Solutions. But Time had already launched its own ice-desk product to sell to schools, and i-desk launched its lawsuit in January this year.
The court found that Time Group's decision to copy the i-desk was a "calculated risk by the then chairman of Time Group, [Tahir] Mohsan, that Mr Brooks would [not] have the ability seriously to contest any infringement".
Patrick Winterbotham, i-desk's managing director, told vnunet.com: "We knew we had right on our side and risked everything to prove this.
"It cost us over half a million pounds to take to court, but it was copying by Time.
"We can now eliminate once and for all the confusion in the marketplace that Time Computers has caused, and we will contact these organisations to offer them the genuine item.
"We also expect the subsequent damages, which will be looked at next year, to be quite substantial."
Despite repeated requests for comment, Time did not respond to vnunet.com by the time of going to press.
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