The opinion of the court was delivered by: Hon. Andrew J. Wistrich United States Magistrate Judge
WHEREAS, certain documents, information (including electronically stored information), tangible objects, and things may be produced in discovery in this proceeding and may include product designs, product development histories, engineering drawings, research, manufacturing records, assembly plans, product testing, bills of materials, CAD/CAM drawings, customer lists, marketing surveys competition analysis, product sales, and financial information such as prices, profit margins, gross margins, and costs.
WHEREAS, these materials and information may comprise sensitive and highly confidential business information, trade secrets*fn1, know how, business strategies, financial, technological, commercial, and proprietary information
WHEREAS, disclosure of parties confidential information of any party to another party, or to the public, may irreparably harm that party's business interests.
WHEREAS, protection of this information benefits not only the parties, but also the public.
NOW, THEREFORE, subject to the approval of this Court, the parties hereby stipulate through their respective counsel of record to the following protective order:
This Protective Order is issued to facilitate document disclosure and production under the Local Rules of this Court and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Unless modified pursuant to the terms contained in this Order or by further Order of the Court, this Order shall remain in effect both through and after the conclusion of this litigation.
The parties herein anticipate that documents, testimony, and information containing or reflecting confidential, proprietary, trade secret, or commercially sensitive information are likely to be disclosed in this litigation, and request that the Court enter this Order setting forth the conditions for the disclosure, treatment, and use of such information. Therefore, pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(c), the Court finds good cause for and enters this Protective Order ("Order").
(a) "Confidential Information" means any Discovery Material that is designated as "CONFIDENTIAL" as provided for in this Order. Confidential Information may be incorporated within or include documents, tangible things, and witness testimony.
(b) "Discovery Material" means all information, including from any non-party to this action, regardless of the medium or manner generated, stored, or maintained (including, among other things, testimony, transcripts, or tangible things) that is produced, disclosed, or generated in connection with discovery in this matter.
(c) "Party" means any party to this action, including all of its officers, directors, and employees.
(d) "Producing Party" means any Party or third party who discloses or produces any Discovery Material in this action.
(e) "Receiving Party" means any Party who receives Discovery Material from a Producing Party.
(a) The protections conferred by this Order cover and govern the designation of, use, and disclosure of Confidential Information and related Discovery Material, including any information copied or extracted therefrom, and all copies, excerpts, summaries, or compilations thereof, including testimony, conversations, or presentations by Producing Parties or Receiving Parties or their counsel in Court or in other settings that might reveal Confidential Information.
(b) Confidential Information shall be used solely for this litigation, and not for any other purpose whatsoever, including without limitation any other litigation, patent prosecution or acquisition, or any business or competitive purpose or function. Confidential Information shall not be distributed, disclosed or made available to anyone except as expressly provided in this Order.
(c) Any Producing Party who designates Confidential Information under this Order shall do so only with a good faith belief that the designated material is Confidential Information that is protectable under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(c) and the terms of this Order. If it comes to a Producing Party's attention that designated material does not qualify for protection at all, or does not qualify for the level of protection asserted, the Producing Party must promptly notify all other parties that it is withdrawing or changing the designation.
(d) Any person challenging a Producing Party's designation of Confidential Information under this Order shall do so only with a good faith belief that designated material is not protectable Confidential Information under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(c) and the terms of this Order.
3. LIMITATIONS AND PRESERVATION OF RIGHTS
(a) Nothing in this Order shall prevent or restrict a Producing Party's own disclosure or use of its own Confidential Information for any purpose.
(b) Nothing in this Order shall preclude any person or party from disclosing Confidential Information to an individual who prepared the Confidential Information or is already in possession of the Confidential Information.
(c) Nothing in this Order shall restrict in any way the use or disclosure of Confidential Information by a Receiving Party: (a) that is or has become publicly known through no fault of the Receiving Party; (b) that is lawfully acquired by or known to the Receiving Party independent of the Producing Party; (c) that has been previously produced, disclosed or provided by the Producing Party to any other party without an obligation of confidentiality and not by inadvertence or mistake; (d) with the consent of the Producing Party; or (e) pursuant to order of the Court.
(d) Nothing in this Order shall be construed to prejudice any Party's right to use any Confidential Information in Court or in any Court filing with consent of the Producing Party or Order of the Court.
(e) This Order is without prejudice to the right of any Party or non-party to seek further or additional protection of any Confidential Information, to dedesignate Confidential Information, or to modify this Order in any way, including, without limitation, seeking: (1) a protective order that certain Confidential Information or Discovery Material not be produced at all; (2) to compel the disclosure of or de-designate Confidential Information or Discovery Material; or (3) to modify, add to, or remove provisions set forth in this Order.
4. ACCESS TO AND USE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION
(a) Secure Storage. Confidential Information must be stored and maintained by a Receiving Party at a location and in a secure manner that reasonably ensures that access is ...