The Polaroid iM1836 was introduced at CES 2013 and promised a lot of features including interchangeable lenses as well as being powered by Android. Unfortunately most consumers who have tried the device say that they don’t recommend anyone else using it due to its poor performance. Right now the device may finally be put out of its misery as a preliminary sales ban has been imposed on it courtesy of Nikon.
Those who are familiar with cameras will immediately notice that the Polaroid iM1836 Android camera is quite similar in design to the Nikon J1. Similarities exist in body shape, color, and even button placement which clearly indicates that the iM1836 is a rip off of the J1.
Nikon filed a patent infringement and trade dress infringement against Sakar International, Inc. (the company that makes the Polaroid iM1836). After both companies appeared at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York they agreed on a preliminary injunction.
According to a press release made by Nikon “On October 11, 2013, Nikon Corporation and Nikon Inc. (“Nikon”) sued Sakar International, Inc. (“Sakar”) in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York for design patent infringement and trade dress infringement arising from Sakar’s “Polaroid iM1836” digital camera (Case No. 13-Civ-7228 (S.D.N.Y)).”
“Shortly thereafter, Nikon moved for a preliminary injunction to stop the sales and advertising of the Polaroid iM1836 digital camera. After appearing before the Court, Sakar and Nikon agreed on the terms of a preliminary injunction. The Court thus issued a Preliminary Injunction Order on December 4, 2013 (Eastern Standard Time).”
“As part of the injunction, Sakar will no longer manufacture, import, advertise, promote, offer for sale, sell, or ship the Polaroid iM1836 digital camera in its present configuration.”
“The abovementioned design patent and trade dress rights are related to the “Nikon 1” Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lenses.”