At the moment, arvato, owned by Bertelsmann, distributes software in Europe for Microsoft.
“We have a great relationship with arvato and we are pleased with the quality of their service,” said Microsoft spokesman in an emailed statement. “But Motorola’s refusal to live up to its patent promises has left us no choice. We would have preferred to keep our European distribution center with arvato in Germany as it has been for many years, but unfortunately the risk of disruption from Motorola’s patent litigation is simply too high.”
The company’s decision has highlighted the differences in patent law practices between Germany and some of its neighbours. The country’s judges have a reputation for being more willing to grant injunctions than colleagues in courts outside Germany.
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