|Former type Computer hardware|
Ceased operations 2009
|Industry Computer hardware|
|Products deskBOOK series, sohoNOTE series, dataPOD|
Headquarters Nottingham, United Kingdom
Acorn Computers Ltd was a company based in Nottingham, England in the United Kingdom. It licensed, in early 2006, the dormant Acorn Computers trademark from French company Aristide & Co Antiquaire De Marques. This company sold IBM PC compatible computers and had no connection to ARM.
In April 2006, internet news portals claimed that the company was to relaunch. The new company announced its range before the 2006 Computer Trade Show, held at the NEC near Birmingham, UK. At the show, the company distributed leaflets inviting people to "be part of one of the most exciting brand re-launches in UK history" by joining its reseller program.
The company sold a range of laptop computers. The systems used Microsoft Windows rather than the RISC OS operating system developed by the original Acorn Computers and this incarnation of Acorn did not support or license any technologies or products of the original, apart from the name and trademark.
The reuse of the Acorn Computers Ltd name caused an amount of confusion and controversy, particularly amongst users of the original company's products.
acorncomputers.co.uk Domain dispute
On 24 July 2006, Nominet's Dispute Resolution Service (DRS) ruled that the domain name acorncomputers.co.uk should be transferred to the new Acorn from computer enthusiast Roy Johnson. The company made a complaint to the DRS contending that the "use of [Acorn Computers'] company name is illegal and has caused much confusion and continues to do so which is detrimental to [Acorn] and extremely misleading". Despite the fact that Johnson appeared to have been operating the website since at least 2001, five years before the new Acorn was registered as a company, Nominet ruled in favour of Acorn, as Johnson had not maintained an accurate record of his postal address, and mail to Johnson's registered address was returned by Royal Mail marked 'addressee has gone away'.
Acorn Computers Ltd failed to file any accounts at Companies House, and so was struck off the limited companies register and dissolved in December 2009.