Microsoft Corp. /zigman2/quotes/207732364/composite MSFT +0.70% and Nikon Corp. have signed a patent licensing agreement that covers certain Nikon cameras running Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Android operating platform.
Microsoft will receive royalties from Nikon, but further details of the agreement were not disclosed
"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 Microsoft's general manager of intellectual property David Kaefer.
The deal is the latest in a string of licensing agreement Microsoft has struck with makers of Android devices, including South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. (SSNHY, 005930.SE) and Taiwan's HTC Corp. (HTCXF, 2498.TW). Microsoft has sued hardware companies that haven't licensed its patents because the Android operating system uses communication standards for displaying icons and synchronizing content among devices that are part of the software giant's technology portfolio.
Last month, Microsoft reported its fiscal second-quarter earnings slipped 3.7% as the software company reported weaker sales in its business and entertainment divisions, though revenue in its core Windows business strengthened.
Microsoft shares were up by four cents to $27.53 after hours. The stock is up 2% over the past three months.
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