When Polaroid first unveiled their Android-powered interchangeable lens camera, the IM1836 back in January of this year, many camera aficionados pointed to its physical similarities to Nikon’s own mirrorless ILC, the J1. In fact, aside from their different specifications and feature sets, one would be inclined to believe that both camera’s are carbon copies of each other.
Well, it seems Nikon doesn’t believe in imitation being the best form of flattery as the firm has officially filed suit against Sakar International, Inc. for the infringement of trade dress and design patents. Sakar, the company responsible for launching and distributing the Polaroid-branded camera in question, reportedly could not come to an amicable agreement with Nikon behind closed doors. Therefore, Nikon is asking the courts to halt the manufacturing and selling of the IM1836 from here on out.
In case you were wondering, here’s how the two cameras look side by side, courtesy of Engadget – PR below:
Nikon filed a lawsuit in the U.S. for design patent and trade dress infringement
October 15, 2013
On October 11, 2013 (US Eastern Time), Nikon Corporation (having its principal place of business in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, President: Makoto Kimura) and Nikon Inc. (having its principal place of business in New York, President & CEO: Nobuyoshi Gokyu) (collectively, hereafter referred to as “Nikon”) filed a lawsuit with the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against Sakar International, Inc. (having its principal place of business in New Jersey) (hereafter referred to as “Sakar”) for the alleged infringement of the design patent and trade dress right owned by Nikon. Nikon seeks injunctive relief against Sakar in the lawsuit to prevent them from manufacturing and selling their Polaroid brand digital still camera, “Polaroid iM1836″.
Nikon makes a great effort to create designs that can be differentiated from other companies’ products, as well as to strongly deter the imitation of its designs. Although Nikon has negotiated with Sakar to amicably solve this problem, we could not reach an agreement. Consequently, Nikon decided to initiate the lawsuit by necessity.
The abovementioned design patent and trade dress right are related to the Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lenses “Nikon 1″.