Microsoft and Nikon Sign Android Patent Agreement

              Microsoft and Nikon Sign Android Patent Agreement

Agreement covers certain Nikon cameras running the Android platform.

PR Newswire

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 21, 2013

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Corp. and Nikon
Corporation have signed a patent licensing agreement that provides broad
coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio for certain Nikon cameras running
the Android platform. While the contents of the agreement will not be
disclosed, Microsoft will receive royalties from Nikon.

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"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, general manager of Intellectual Property (IP)
Licensing at Microsoft. "Microsoft is proud to align with a leader in the
digital camera industry to license Android technology for the benefit of
Nikon's customers."

Microsoft's Commitment to Licensing Intellectual Property

The patent agreement is another example of the important role intellectual
property (IP) plays in ensuring a healthy and vibrant IT ecosystem. Since
Microsoft launched its IP licensing program in December 2003, the company has
entered into more than 1,100 licensing agreements and continues to develop
programs that make it possible for customers, partners and competitors to
access its IP portfolio. The program was developed to open access to
Microsoft's significant R&D investments and its growing, broad 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.

More information about Microsoft's licensing programs is available at
http://www.microsoft.com/iplicensing.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in
software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their
full potential.

SOURCE Microsoft Corp.

Website: http://www.microsoft.com
Contact: Rapid Response Team, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, (503) 443-7070,
rrt@waggeneredstrom.com
 
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