SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to send President Barack Obama a bill that will funnel more trade secrets litigation into federal court.

The bill, approved by the Senate without opposition earlier this month, amends the Economic Espionage Act to allow a federal civil lawsuit to be brought over alleged trade secrets misappropriation. The new uniform federal statute would overlay a patchwork of state laws on trade secrets theft that have slightly differing standards and remedies.

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