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The U.S. International Trade Commission is the wrong referee in the high-tech patent wars. It is supposed to stop foreign infringers. But speedy procedures and a fuzzy remit are turning it into a hot spot for suing U.S. firms. This benefits patent trolls – firms that collect rights to inventions but don’t make them – and companies seeking to block rivals in a hurry. The losers may be investors and innovation.

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