Nikon has accused US firm Sakar International of patent infringement and launched legal action to stop it manufacturing and selling the Polaroid iM1836, an interchangeable-lens camera.

Nikon filed the lawsuit against Sakar on 11 October, in the US.

In a statement, released today, Nikon’s Japanese headquarters claimed: ‘Although Nikon has negotiated with Sakar to amicably resolve this problem, we could not reach an agreement.

‘Consequently, Nikon has decided to initiate the lawsuit by necessity.’

Sakar, which is based in New Jersey, had yet to respond to a request for comment at the time of writing.

Earlier this year, industry watchers likened the looks of the Polaroid iM1836 to the Nikon 1 J1/J2 cameras.

The Polaroid iM1836 was first announced at the CES show in January.

More to follow…

Industry observers have compared the design of the Polaroid camera to Nikon’s J1 and J2 models

  • Mike Elek

    Well, it comes full circle. Didn’t Nikon make a name by copying the Zeiss Ikon Contax look and then copying most of the Zeiss lenses?

    And didn’t most Japanese camera makers copy the Tessar and then Planar the first chance that they got?

    And don’t most digital P&S cameras look alike?

    I guess this is a slightly different situation. Or is it?

    Well, plagiarism is the sincerest form of if-you-can’t-beat-them, then copy them.

  • Derek Heeps

    Why should Nikon be suing another maker because their camera bears some resemblance to one of theirs ?

    That’s a bit like saying Pentax should sue every other maker who followed after they made the first SLR , since the rest presumably ‘looked similar’ ?