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Microsoft to move distribution centre to the Netherlands

Apr 03
 
Tags: Germany, Microsoft
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by Aurelia Blass

Microsoft has announced that it will be moving its European distribution centre to the Netherlands from its current location in Germany.

The switch is designed to safeguard against any potential seizures should the company lose its court case against Motorola Mobility,which is suing Microsoft over an alleged infringement on patents for Windows 7, Media Player and Xbox.

Germany currently has strict patent laws, and it is first time the computing company has decided to move out of the country. The firm recently announced that the Xbox console would be hosting BBC's iPlayer, boosting the on-demand TV resource it currently provides.

A decision on the patent case is expected to be delivered at the Mannheim regional court of April 17th.

Microsoft said: "We would have preferred to keep our European distribution centre in Germany, as it has been for many years, but unfortunately the risk of disruption from Motorola’s patent litigation is simply too high."

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