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Fujifilm Instax: Possible Trademark Lawsuit in US from Polaroid

- 7 years ago

Fujifilm has filed a legal complaint in the US, accusing the newly reformed Polaroid of demanding millions of dollars in royalty payments per year for the use of the white borders on their relatively new Instax Square instant film

PhotoBite has heard that Polaroid has threatened Fujifilm with trademark litigation if they don’t agree to pay millions in royalties for use of their iconic frame on the Fujifilm Square range of instant films.

Fujifilm’s announcement of the Instax Square format

Furthermore, it seems apparent that if Fujifilm does not comply, there’s a threat of a lawsuit aimed at forcing them to withdraw the product range entirely from the market.

This appears to be a fight that’s been somewhat of an inevitability and we had our suspicions on the matter when Fujifilm announced the Square format some time ago. Whilst the product in question is significantly smaller in its physical format, the aspect ratios and proportions of image/border are actually identical.

Could it be that the formerly named Impossible Project has been keeping their powder dry during the process of the acquisition of the Polaroid brand? Nonetheless, these are interesting times, which we will continue to report upon as further developments transpire.

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Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.