The opinion of the court was delivered by: Honorable Robert N. Block United States Magistrate Judge
[PROPOSED] STIPULATEDPROTECTIVEORDER STATEMENT OF GOOD CAUSE FOR ORDER FOR THE PROTECTION OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION
This is a patent infringement action. Discovery and trial of this case will involve the exchange of highly sensitive information. Such information may include confidential business strategies, financial data, product design and manufacturing details, blueprints, customer lists, confidential research, development, or commercial information, and other information that is not available to the public. The parties are competitors and agree that the disclosure of such highly sensitive information to the public may be detrimental to their respective commercial interests. Therefore, in agreement with the principles laid out in Foltz v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 331 F.3d 1122, (9th Cir. 2003), the parties have agreed to this protective order. WHEREAS, in connection with the above-captioned matter, certain information, documents and things containing trade secrets (as defined by California Civil Code § 3426.1), and other confidential business or commercial information within the meaning of Rule 26(c) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, may be disclosed by the parties and/or nonparties voluntarily and/or in response to discovery demands;
WHEREAS, it would serve the interests of the parties to conduct discovery relating to this proceeding under a Protective Order pursuant to Rule 26(c) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure; and
WHEREAS, the parties have agreed to be bound by the terms of this Stipulation and to present the same for entry as an Order of the Court;
IT IS HEREBY STIPULATED TO AND ORDERED AS FOLLOWS:
1. This Protective Order shall apply to all information, documents, testimony and things designated CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL -ATTORNEY'S EYES ONLY (collectively "Confidential Information") by the parties or nonparties as provided in this Order. As used herein, "Confidential Information" means any information, documents, testimony and things so designated as more fully described in paragraphs 3a and b below.
2. All Confidential Information is provided solely for the purpose of this litigation between the parties and may not be used for any other purposes.
3. Each affidavit or portion thereof, each deposition transcript or portion thereof, each interrogatory answer or portion thereof, each document or portion thereof, each premise or thing or portion thereof, which is deemed by a party or by a nonparty producing same that discloses Confidential Information will be so identified and labeled CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - ATTORNEY'S EYES ONLY as follows:
a. A party or nonparty may designate material CONFIDENTIAL only if it, in concurrence with its counsel and in good faith, deems that a reasonable basis exists for limiting dissemination of the material under the standards of FRCP 26 and contains confidential and/or proprietary commercial information that is not generally available to the public.
b. A party or nonparty may designate material HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - ATTORNEY'S EYES ONLY if it, in concurrence with its counsel and in good faith, deems that disclosure of such material to another person or party would be injurious to the commercial interests of the designating entity under the standards of FRCP 26 and contains highly propriety technical or trade secret or business information so that the risk of improper use or disclosure to another party outweighs the right of that party to review such information.
c. In the case of information voluntarily disclosed in these proceedings or disclosed as a result of discovery, the producing party or nonparty may identify and mark Confidential Information at the time when an affidavit, pleading or memoranda is served, when the answer to the interrogatory or request for admission is served, when a copy of a document is provided or at the time of the inspection of the premises or thing.
d. In the case of a depositions and deposition transcripts, the designating party or nonparty shall advise opposing counsel and the Court Reporter of the specific pages and exhibits to be maintained as Confidential Information at the deposition or within thirty (30) days after receipt of the transcript. The Court Reporter shall conform all materials in his or her possession to reflect such confidentiality designation and bind (or re-bind if necessary) separately those portions of the testimony and/or exhibits designated as Confidential Information and shall mark the face of the separately bound transcript containing such confidential testimony and/or exhibits CONFIDENTIAL PURSUANT TO COURT ORDER or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL PURSUANT TO COURT ORDER - ATTORNEY'S EYES ONLY, as appropriate. Until the expiration of the 30 day period, the entire transcript shall be deemed confidential absent an agreement by the parties on the record.
4. Inadvertent failure to designate Confidential Information as such prior to disclosure, production, or response, will not prevent a subsequent confidentiality designation by letter promptly sent after discovery of such inadvertent failure, provided that any disclosure made by the receiving party prior to receipt of the letter shall not be a violation of this Order, nor shall the receiving party incur liability for use or disclosure of the information prior to the receipt of such letter.
5. Unless and until the Court rules that any material so identified as CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - ATTORNEY'S EYES ONLY is not, in fact, worthy of treatment as such and should be disclosed beyond the limits permitted by this Order, access, copying ...