digitLeo - 5:06 pm on Nov 21, 2012 (gmt 0)
Bill - yes I assumed the email was automation. (Unfortunate that they couldn't automate another email to let us know that it hadn't been renewed!)
HuskyPup - thanks for your suggestion. No it's not a registered trademark but it is a company name. My limited understanding of trademark law is that they don't necessarily grant a claim on a domain name, especially when dealing with parties in different countries as is the case here - he's in the UK, the current domain registrant is in the US. And of course there's the issue of lawyers fees to weigh up, which could well exceed what it would cost to buy the domain at the premium price. But with the name in this instance not being a trademark, these are moot points I guess.