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Nikon Signs Microsoft IP Licensing Agreement

Redmond, Wash. — Microsoft and Nikon have entered a patent licensing agreement that provides broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for certain Nikon cameras running the Android platform.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but Microsoft said it will receive royalties from Nikon.

“Microsoft and Nikon have a long history of collaboration, and this agreement further demonstrates the value that both companies place on responsible IP licensing,” said David Kaefer, Microsoft intellectual property licensing general manager. “Microsoft is proud to align with a leader in the digital camera industry to license Android technology for the benefit of Nikon’s customers.”

Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing program in December 2003, the company has entered into more than 1,100 licensing agreements.

The program was developed to open access to Microsoft’s R&D and patent and IP portfolio. Microsoft’s specific patent licensing program for Android device makers has resulted in signed license agreements with numerous companies including Samsung, LG, HTC, Acer and Barnes & Noble, the company said.