Polaroid Android camera

Less than two months after it finally went on sale, a court ruling in a legal battle has scuppered Polaroid's iM1836 mirrorless Android camera. Plaintiff Nikon and iM1836 manufacturer Sakar have reached an agreement whereby the latter may "no longer manufacture, import, advertise, promote, offer for sale, sell, or ship the Polaroid iM1836 digital camera in its present configuration." The agreement comes after the device was found to infringe upon Nikon patents and trade dress relating to the camera manufacturer's 1 series.

The iM1836, first shown at CES 2013 in January, was one of a few Android-powered "smart cameras" to emerge in the wake of the Samsung Galaxy Camera, and the device eventually went on sale in late October. It's actually still available on Amazon.com at the time of writing, though given today's news that might not be the case for much longer.

Source: Nikon Rumors; via: The Verge

 
There are 24 comments

bkosh84 says:

Yay for stifling innovation!

ronnypoo says:

Years of development and they are forced to stop production. Sadly one of the dangers of capitalism.

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heathroi says:

How is falling foul of patent law one of the dangers of capitalism?

poglad says:

Patent law is designed to protect the (financial) value of inventions. In some non-capitalist systems, that would be a meaningless concept, and inventions would be considered the property of all (or of the state on behalf of all). So Nikon would not have been able to do this.

heathroi says:

not at all. In a free market economy, value is determined by the the buyer. If a producer comes up with something that people will part with money for then that there reward and in that other will see the originator making money and will seek to edge on that product so to stay in business the original producer must innovate to keep that level of revenue coming in, There is no need for any rules.

dchawk81 says:

In theory.

RETG says:

Well guess what; we are in a capitalistic society. Or at least until the current government kills it.

RETG says:

Well guess what; we are in a capitalistic society. Or at least until the current government kills it.

KrautHammer says:

Oh, great!! Another person who doesn't understand Capitalism!! Good for you!! Stay ignorant.

It is not a danger, it is a protection. Innovation is stifled if companies can leech off the R&D of others. This happens all too often in the photo industry, especially with the Chinese third party flash market.

Gear gets reverse engineered by some other company and sold for under the production cost of the "original" item.

You keep this cycle up and no one will innovate because they never see a return on investment. Then you are stuck with the same item for years and nothing new.

brendilon says:

This is simply not true. Patents don't protect innovation, they protect profit and make lawyers a buttload of cash. Patent law is a relatively new concept in human history, there was no shortage of innovation before patent law and the world would keep right on spinning (and innovating) without it.

Winter is coming. She's quite the screamer.

MERCDROID says:

This.

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prlundberg says:

This isn't about innovation, it's about design. It's a blatent copy.

Ironic that it is Polaroid. That name wouldn't exist at all without the protections afforded to it for decades by patent law. In fact, it was their relience on patents that ultimately killed the company and made them just another name for sale.

MeCampbell30 says:

Yeah not true. Intellectual property protection has been around since even before the birth of modern capitalism. Copyright protection even dates back to ancient Greece.

Intellectual property rules are just as important to orderly economic relations as the protection of real property.

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bergeronjc says:

They are not stifling innovation. That Polaroid camera looks exactly like the Nikon. So similar that just about every consumer would confuse the two even side by side.
It's okay to imitate but it's not okay to photocopy.

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No, it doesn't look "exactly" like the Nikon. It shares many similarities, but go to a camera store and tell me there aren't hundreds of cameras that share as many similarities.

prlundberg says:

How about you show us another camera that looks so much like the Nikon.

Ah, but that is not the point. The point is that there is a long history of cameras having similar colors, shapes, and features. Suddenly, one company wants to own particular combinations of these things whereas historically, manufacturers were free to use them without fear of reprisal. That is why I said go to a camera store and look around.

Obvious parallel to what has happened in the phone industry, and it is just sad.

Companies are now using the courts to secure ownership to particular shapes and appearance of product categories and by doing so, claiming ownership of more than they should have any right to claim. They are in essence, not protecting their IP, but instead stealing these forms from the rest of society.

way2broke says:

I do agree with your comment... Exactly correct! But I wish oem's would use some courtesy and Common sense. So everyone could enjoy selection and product. My 3 cents!

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jayochs says:

won't lie, I really enjoy my nikon 1 series. lol

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If i want to use this cyber monday deal 's moto x here in india, which carrier shall i opt for. Cus i dont want to get into unlocking issues and all

i like to move it move it

Um this article is about cameras and patents - did you mean to post in the article about the Moto X sale or in the Moto X Android Central forum by any chance? I think it might fit in a little better there and someone who will be able to advise you is more likely to see your question.

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way2broke says:

I am so glad to know that toilet paper oem's don't fool around with all this infringement issues.. I do think we'd have to find some leaves to wipe our ass. I sure do wish more innovation and tech discovery would be the issue .... Only so many ways to make a camera/phone look before it's not a camera/phone any more. My 3 cents!

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heathroi says:

and clothing producers!

Jax184 says:

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