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Nikon sues Polaroid/Sakar for mirrorless camera design patent and trade dress infringement


Do you remember the Android based Polaroid IM1836 interchangeable lens camera that looked very much like the Nikon 1 J1/J2 models? Even the 30-110mm lens looked identical to the Nikkor 1 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6. Nikon also thinks that Sakar/Polaroid ripped their Nikon 1 camera design and filed today a lawsuit in the U.S. for design patent and trade dress infringement. Here […]

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Nikon files a patent for a camera with interchangeable sensor

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Nikon filed a patent application in Japan (2013-187834) for a camera with interchangeable sensor. The patent describes a way to achieve the mounting of the sensor unit with higher accuracy. Here is some of the translated text taken from the Japanese Patent Office:

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Are those the new Nikon 1 mirrorless cameras?

Nikon 1 mirrorless camera desing patent

      I guess this week will be dominated by patents and guests posts… First, few patents (USD682338, USD684203 and USD683779) that show different Nikon 1 camera designs. Could those be the new set of Nikon 1 cameras that will be announced in the next few months? All three patents were filed on March 6th, 2012. Maybe the […]

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Another Nikon patent for a 300mm f/4 lens with diffractive optical element (DOE)

Nikon 300mm DOE lens patent

Nikon filed a patent in Japan for a 300mm lens with a diffractive optical element  (Canon has a good DOE explanation on their website). The exact aperture was not specified, but I am pretty sure it’s f/4 (see this patent from last year). This is an interesting development because I expect Nikon to announce a new […]

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The latest Nikon patents (100mm f/2.5 medium format lens, RGBW AE array)

Nikon 100mm f:2.5 medium format lens patent

The first patent application is rather unusual – it describes a Nikon 100mm f/2.5 medium format lens. As far as I can remember, this is the first medium format lens patent from Nikon.

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Nikon’s patent for electrically controlled optical low-pass filter


Nikon filed a patent in Japan (2013-156379) for electrically turning ON or OFF the optical low-pass (OLPF) a.k.a. anti-aliasing (AA) filter. Currently the Nikon D800E and D7100 do not have AA filters on their sensors. Nikon filed a similar patent back in 2011 which offered a mechanical ON/OFF solution. Another patent from last year suggested adding the OLPF inside the lens. Detailed description […]

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New Nikon patents for 50mm f/1.2 and 60mm f/1.2 lenses

Nikon 50mm f/1.2 lens patent

Nikon filed another patent in Japan for a 50mm f/1.2 and 60mm f/1.2 lenses. The 50mm f/1.2 lens (and different variations of it) has been the most patented Nikkor lens in the past few years – here are some of the related patents filed in the past: 58mm f/1.2 (and another one) 50mm f/1.2 (and another one) 58mm […]

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