In the Nikon 1 vs. Polaroid Android Camera Case, Court Rules in Favor of Nikon

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer CES 2013 Fujifilm first impressions polaroid mirrorless camera (4 of 10)ISO 32001-80 sec at f - 4.0

When Sakar first presented its Polaroid-branded Android-powered interchangeable lens camera, everyone’s first thought was, “haven’t I seen this somewhere before?” And indeed, it seemed as if the design team responsible for the camera’s styling had simply copied-and-pasted the design of Nikon’s 1 series camera–or, more precisely, the J1 model of that series. As was inevitable, Nikon eventually sued Sakar for copying the J1’s styling in October of this year.

On December 4th now, both parties agreed on an injunction before court, with the effect that Sakar may no longer “manufacture, import, advertise, promote, offer for sale, sell, or ship the Polaroid iM1836 digital camera in its present configuration.” Which, if we’re honest, doesn’t seem to be a huge loss. After all, the camera had little to offer that isn’t already available: a Nikon 1 J1-styled body, interchangeable lens+sensor modules à la Ricoh GXR, and an Android system just like the Samsung Galaxy NX.

Whether or not Sakar will reintroduce the camera with a different styling remains to be seen.

Via Nikon Rumors

Nikon Sued Sakar for Infringement Regarding the iM1836 Android Camera

Polaroid iM1836

Around CES 2013, journalists thought something was a bit fishy when we saw Polaroid’s iM1836 camera. It looked strikingly like a Nikon 1 series camera but was different in that the sensor was built into the lens unit. Additionally, it was supposed to run on an Android operating system.

However, Nikon wasn’t too thrilled about this and is now suing Sakar (the company currently responsible for working with the Polaroid name) for copyright infringement involving the design of the camera. The lawsuit is trying to block both the production and sale of the product.

Apparently, the companies tried settling the issue out of court but Nikon wasn’t happy with the outcome.  Given how many patents Nikon has to their name, they could easily win this case. To that end too, Sakar/Polaroid are notorious for announcing loads of products that never see the light of day.

Via DPReview