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Imagine this scenario: Dozens of competitors are thrown into an arena where they need to vie for a cornucopia of weapons which they then use to eliminate their competition to survive, with little or no help from the outside world. This scenario, which summarizes the popular book and movie “The Hunger Games”, equally describes the situation in which dozens of technology companies currently find themselves with respect to patents. Just as in the popular series, good decisions by competitors are often rewarded with success while ill-advised moves are potentially fatal.