It must be tricky to design a camera body in this day and age, with the market so saturated you can’t help but have similar looking cameras pop up here and there. There is a big difference though between looking similar and being a knock off.


That is the issue at the heart of a new lawsuit being put forth by Nikon against Polaroid (or its owner, Sakar, to get technical). Polaroid’s iM1836 , according to Nikon, infringes on Nikon’s “trade dress and design language” on the Nikon 1 camera line.

Just take a look at each design, it is pretty apparent that the Polaroid camera is very similar to the design and look of the Nikon 1. But is it close enough that it is infringement on Polaroids part? Not really in my opinion, but Nikon disagrees and after trying & failing to resolve the issue behind closed doors they are now seeking an injunction on production and sales of the Polaroid camera.

What are your thoughts on this? Is the Polaroid so similar that it is infringing on the Nikon design? Let us know your thoughts in a comment below!

[via Engadget]