Companies enter into patent agreements from time to time. After all sometimes it is necessary that you use another company’s technology, and unless you want to be hit with a lawsuit and have your products banned from being sold, entering into a licensing agreement is probably a smart way to go about doing business.
Interestingly enough recently both Microsoft and Canon have entered into a patent agreement. While the details of the agreement are scarce, what caught the eye of many was this particular line, which claims that the agreement “covers a broad range of products and services each company offers, including certain digital imaging and mobile consumer products.”
Now Microsoft does not make cameras of their own, but they do have mobile devices especially in the face of the company officially acquiring the cellphone division of Nokia, so perhaps the patents both companies have agreed to share with each other could pertain to that. As it stands Nokia has Windows Phone smartphones with pretty impressive cameras, especially when we talk about devices like the Lumia 1020.