United States District Court, D. Nebraska
F.A. GOSSETT, Magistrate Judge.
WHEREAS, discovery in the above entitled litigation will involve the disclosure of confidential trade secrets, technical know-how, or other confidential or proprietary research, development, commercial, personal, financial information or information furnished in confidence by a non-party (hereinafter individually and collectively referred to as "Designated Material") relating to the subject matter of the above-captioned litigation (hereinafter "the Litigation"), regardless of how generated;
WHEREAS, the named entities of the Litigation (hereinafter the "Parties" or "Party") desire to limit the extent of disclosure and use of such Designated Material, and to protect such Designated Material from unauthorized use and further disclosure, and wish to insure that no advantage is gained by any Party through the use of such Designated Material, which could not have been learned without the discovery in the Litigation.
NOW, THEREFORE, HAVING BEEN STIPULATED AND AGREED by and between the Parties, through their respective counsel, subject to the approval of the Court, the Parties request that the following Stipulated Protective Order pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(c) be entered.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT:
1. This Stipulated Protective Order shall apply to all information, including but not limited to documents, electronic documents, electronically stored information, things, exhibits, discovery responses and testimony designated in good faith as constituting or containing Designated Material by Parties and non-parties in the Litigation. Any Designated Material produced by a Party or non-party during the course of the Litigation may be designated by such Party or non-party as (1) CONFIDENTIAL or (2) HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY under the terms of this Stipulated Protective Order.
2. For the purposes of this Stipulated Protective Order, Designated Material designated as CONFIDENTIAL shall be information or tangible things that the producing Party believes in good faith qualifies for protection under standards developed under Rule 26(c) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure as non-public confidential and/or proprietary information, whether personal or business related. Absent a specific order by this Court, once designated as CONFIDENTIAL, such Designated Material shall be used by the Parties only in connection with the Litigation or appeal therefrom, and not for any other purpose, including business, competitive, or governmental purposes or functions, and such information shall not be disclosed to anyone except as provided herein.
3. Designated Material designated as HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY shall be information that the producing Party believes in good faith is extremely sensitive confidential information that if disclosed to another Party or non-party would create a substantial adverse impact on the producing Party's business, financial condition, ability to compete, standing in the industry, or any other risk of injury that could not be avoided by less restrictive means. Such material includes, without limitation, technical or product information not released to the public; confidential business information, including but not limited to market studies and analyses, future projections, strategies, forecasts, business plans, and information concerning business decisions or negotiations; company financial information and projections in any form that have not been made available to the public; license agreements and other contractual relationships with third parties; identification of current, former, or potential customers and vendors; materials relating to ongoing research and development efforts and future products; technical materials used solely for internal purposes in connection with development, production information, engineering information, or sales training information; source code; and non-public correspondence and documents relating to the prosecution of any patent applications or any other proceeding before the United States Patent and Trademark Office or any foreign patent office. Absent a specific order by this Court, once designated as HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY, such Designated Material shall be used by the Parties only in connection with the Litigation or appeal therefrom, and not for any other purpose, including business, competitive, or governmental purposes or functions, and such material shall not be disclosed to anyone except as provided herein.
4. The scope of this Stipulated Protective Order shall be understood to encompass not only those items or things which encompass CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY information, but also any information derived therefrom and all excerpts and summaries thereof, as well as testimony and oral conversation related thereto.
5. Each Party or non-party that designates Designated Material for protection under this Stipulated Protective Order must limit any such designation to specific material that qualifies under the appropriate standards. The designation of Designated Material as CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY for purposes of this Stipulated Protective Order shall be made in the following manner by the Party or nonparty seeking protection:
a. In the case of documents, electronic documents, exhibits, briefs, memoranda, interrogatory responses, responses to requests for admission, things or other materials (apart from documents and things made available for inspection, depositions, pretrial or trial testimony) by affixing the legend CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY, as appropriate, to every page of any document containing Designated Material at the time such documents are produced or such information is disclosed, or as soon thereafter as the Party or non-party seeking protection becomes aware of the confidential nature of the material disclosed and sought to be protected;
b. For documents and things made available for inspection only, such documents and things shall be considered HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY. Upon request for copying and production by the inspecting Party, the producing Party shall designate such documents with the appropriate confidentiality marking;
c. In the case of depositions, pretrial and trial testimony: (i) by a statement by counsel on the record during such deposition, pretrial or trial proceeding that the entire transcript or a portion thereof shall be designated as CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY, as appropriate, hereunder; or (ii) by written notice of such designation sent by counsel to all Parties within twentyone (21) calendar days after receipt of the final transcript of the testimony. The Parties shall treat all deposition, pretrial and trial testimony as HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY hereunder until the expiration of twenty-one (21) calendar days after the receipt of the final transcript. Until designated otherwise thereinafter, any confidentiality is waived after the expiration of the twenty-one (21) days unless otherwise stipulated or ordered. The Parties may modify this procedure for any particular deposition or proceeding through agreement on the record at such deposition or proceeding or otherwise by written stipulation, without further order of the Court;
d. In the case of Designated Material designated as CONFIDENTIAL or HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL - ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY used during the course of a deposition as a deposition exhibit or otherwise, that portion of the deposition record reflecting such Designated Material shall be designated pursuant to Subparagraph 5(c) above, and access thereto shall be limited pursuant to the other terms of this Stipulated Protective Order; and
e. Each Party retains the right to subsequently re-designate documents and to require such documents to be treated in accord with such designations from the date of the re-designation forward.
6. Designated Material designated as CONFIDENTIAL, copies of or extracts therefrom, and compilations and summaries thereof, may be disclosed, summarized, described, characterized, otherwise communicated, or made available in whole or in part only to the following persons:
a. Outside counsel for the Parties. As used herein, "outside counsel" shall mean attorneys for the respective firms, including supporting personnel employed by the attorneys, such as patent agents, paralegals, legal secretaries, legal clerks, and litigation support employees.
b. No more than three officers, directors or employees of Plaintiff, on the one hand, and Defendants collectively, on the other, whose assistance is needed by outside counsel of record;
c. Consultants and experts as defined in and pursuant to the provisions of Paragraph 8 herein;
d. The Court, jury and court personnel, pursuant to Paragraph 10 herein;
e. Court reporters, videographers, outside copying, interpreters or translators, employed in connection with the Litigation;
f. Graphics or design services retained by counsel for a Party for purposes of preparing demonstrative or other exhibits for deposition, trial, or ...