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Nikon Sues Polaroid Over iM1836 Camera Design

By Anthony Thurston on October 15th 2013

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]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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  1. Mike

    Don’t all cameras look a bit like this?

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