Court ruling bans Sakar’s Polaroid-branded Nikon J1 lookalike camera

by Felix Esser

posted Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 10:13 AM EDT


At this year's CES in Las Vegas, the American manufacturer Sakar presented a Polaroid-branded interchangeable lens camera running on the Android operating system. But apparently, the design team responsible for the camera's styling were a lazy bunch, so they just copied the design of Nikon's 1-series J1 model. Nikon apparently didn't like this at all, as they sued Sakar in October of this year.


Three days ago, on December 4th, the two parties met before court, and the case was ruled in favor of Nikon. Which doesn't come as a surprise, as the Polaroid iM1836 really does look like the Nikon J1 at first glance. And even at second glance. As a result of the court ruling, Sakar may no longer "manufacture, import, advertise, promote, offer for sale, sell, or ship the Polaroid iM1836 digital camera in its present configuration."

While Nikon is probably going to throw a big party, the officials at Sakar might now be considering to lay off their whole design team and hire Marc Newson instead. However, they should make sure he isn't just re-using his Pentax K-01 design ...


(via Nikon Rumors)