One of the largest verdicts ever in a dispute over trade secrets came last year when a Texas jury awarded $706 million to HouseCanary, a housing data analytics startup that alleged that its intellectual property had been stolen by a rival. The case is on appeal after new revelations seem to have exposed an elaborate effort on the part of HouseCanary to distort facts and mislead jurors. Though final ruling is still uncertain, the case speaks volumes about the dysfunctional state of intellectual property disputes in the United States.

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