Microsoft shuts German distribution on patent row

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Posted: Apr 02, 2012 9:34 AM
Microsoft shuts German distribution on patent row

MUNICH (Reuters) - Microsoft <MSFT.O> is moving its European software distribution to the Netherlands from Germany after being caught up in legal disputes over patents with Motorola Mobility Inc <MMI.N> in Europe's biggest economy.

A spokesman for Microsoft said on Monday that the move was already in progress. So far, the U.S. software maker's distribution has been handled out of Germany by Bertelsmann's <BERT.UL> services unit Arvato.

The news comes ahead of a German court decision expected on April 17 after Motorola, which is being bought by Google <GOOG.O>, sued Microsoft for infringing a video technology patent.

(Reporting by Jens Hack; Writing by Maria Sheahan)