Inteum Company, LLC v. National University of Singapore

Filing 15

STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER signed by U.S. District Judge John C Coughenour. (TH)

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THE HONORABLE JOHN C. COUGHENOUR 1 2 3 4 5 6 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT SEATTLE 7 8 9 INTEUM COMPANY, LLC, 10 Plaintiff, 11 CASE NO. C17-1252-JCC STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER v. 12 NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE, 13 14 Defendant. 15 16 Pursuant to the parties’ Stipulated Motion for Protective Order (Dkt. No. 14), the Court ORDERS as follows: 17 1. 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 PURPOSES AND LIMITATIONS Discovery in this action is likely to involve production of confidential, proprietary, or private information for which special protection may be warranted. Accordingly, the parties hereby stipulate to and petition the Court to enter the following Stipulated Protective Order. The parties acknowledge that this agreement is consistent with LCR 26(c). It does not confer blanket protection on all disclosures or responses to discovery. The protection it affords from public disclosure and use extends only to the limited information or items that are entitled to confidential treatment under the applicable legal principles, and it does not presumptively entitle parties to file confidential information under seal. The parties to this action stipulate that the 26 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER-1 1 following Protective Order applies to documents and information produced or disclosed in this 2 case. 3 2. “CONFIDENTIAL” MATERIAL 4 “Confidential” material shall include the following documents and tangible things 5 produced or otherwise exchanged: 6 7 8 9 10 (a) Trade secret or otherwise proprietary material, including but not limited to software and source code; (b) Other confidential information regarding the parties’ intellectual property, or that of third parties, including but not limited to reports that summarize such intellectual property and management of the same; 11 (c) Sensitive financial information that is not otherwise publicly available; 12 (d) Confidential personal information for current and former employees of the 13 parties, or of third parties; 14 (e) Confidential and sensitive investigative files; 15 (f) Accounting or audit information, including but not limited to any financial 16 17 account number, access code, or password; (g) Documents that otherwise describe, contain or disclose internal company or 18 organizational information, including student, faculty, or customer information, 19 internal policy discussions, competitive or strategic initiatives, business plans and 20 other business-related information; where such information is not readily 21 ascertainable and with respect to which the party asserting confidentiality has 22 taken reasonable steps to maintain its confidentiality; and 23 (h) Any other information that a party in good faith believes constitutes or includes 24 sensitive business or organizational information, or personal information or 25 information furnished in confidence by any third party, which information is not 26 known or freely accessible to the general public. STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER-2 1 3. SCOPE The protections conferred by this agreement cover not only confidential material (as 2 defined above), but also (1) any information copied or extracted from confidential material; 3 (2) all copies, excerpts, summaries, or compilations of confidential material; and (3) any 4 testimony, conversations, or presentations by parties or their counsel that might reveal 5 confidential material. However, the protections conferred by this agreement do not cover 6 information that is in the public domain or becomes part of the public domain through trial or 7 otherwise. 8 9 4. ACCESS TO AND USE OF CONFIDENTIAL MATERIAL 4.1 Basic Principles. A receiving party may use confidential material that is 10 disclosed or produced by another party or by a non-party in connection with this case only for 11 prosecuting, defending, or attempting to settle this litigation. Confidential material may be 12 disclosed only to the categories of persons and under the conditions described in this agreement. 13 Confidential material must be stored and maintained by a receiving party at a location and in a 14 secure manner that ensures that access is limited to the persons authorized under this agreement. 15 4.2 Disclosure of “CONFIDENTIAL” Information or Items. Unless otherwise 16 ordered by the court or permitted in writing by the designating party, a receiving party may 17 disclose any confidential material only to: 18 (a) the receiving party’s counsel of record in this action, as well as employees of 19 counsel to whom it is reasonably necessary to disclose the information for this litigation; 20 (b) the officers, directors, and employees (including in-house counsel) of the 21 receiving party to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this litigation, unless a particular 22 document or material produced is designated “Attorney’s Eyes Only” (“AEO”) 1 ; 23 24 25 1 All references herein to “confidential” material shall include material designated as 26 “Attorneys’ Eyes Only,” and all rights and protections accorded to confidential material apply to “Attorneys’ Eyes Only” material. STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER-3 1 (c) experts and consultants to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for this 2 litigation and who have signed the “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be Bound” (Exhibit A); 3 (d) the Court, court personnel, and court reporters and their staff; 4 (e) copy or imaging services (including any e-discovery vendors) retained by counsel 5 to assist in the duplication and production of confidential material, provided that counsel for the 6 party retaining the copy or imaging service instructs the service not to disclose any confidential 7 material to third parties and to immediately return all originals and copies of any confidential 8 material; 9 (f) during their depositions, witnesses in the action to whom disclosure is reasonably 10 necessary and who have signed the “Acknowledgment and Agreement to Be Bound” (Exhibit 11 A), unless otherwise agreed by the designating party or ordered by the Court. Pages of 12 transcribed deposition testimony or exhibits to depositions that reveal confidential material must 13 be separately bound by the court reporter and may not be disclosed to anyone except as permitted 14 under this agreement; 15 (g) the author or recipient of a document containing the information or a custodian or 16 other person who otherwise possessed or knew the information; 17 (h) 18 Notwithstanding the foregoing or any other provision of this Stipulation, a designating a mediator, or similar alternative dispute resolution neutral, and his or her staff. 19 party may disclose or make use of its own confidential or AEO material in any manner it deems 20 appropriate. 21 4.3 Filing Confidential Material. Before filing confidential material or discussing 22 or referencing such material in court filings, the filing party shall confer with the designating 23 party to determine whether the designating party will remove the confidential designation, 24 whether the document can be redacted, or whether a motion to seal or stipulation and proposed 25 order is warranted. Local Civil Rule 5(g) sets forth the procedures that must be followed and the 26 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER-4 1 standards that will be applied when a party seeks permission from the Court to file material 2 under seal. 3 5. DESIGNATING PROTECTED MATERIAL 4 5.1 Exercise of Restraint and Care in Designating Material for Protection. Each 5 party or non-party that designates information or items for protection under this agreement must 6 take care to limit any such designation to specific material that qualifies under the appropriate 7 standards. The designating party must designate for protection only those parts of material, 8 documents, items, or oral or written communications that qualify, so that other portions of the 9 material, documents, items, or communications for which protection is not warranted are not 10 swept unjustifiably within the ambit of this agreement. 11 Mass, indiscriminate, or routinized designations are prohibited. Designations that are 12 shown to be clearly unjustified or that have been made for an improper purpose (e.g., to 13 unnecessarily encumber or delay the case development process or to impose unnecessary 14 expenses and burdens on other parties) expose the designating party to sanctions. 15 If it comes to a designating party’s attention that information or items that it designated 16 for protection do not qualify for protection, the designating party must promptly notify all other 17 parties that it is withdrawing the mistaken designation. 18 5.2 Manner and Timing of Designations. Except as otherwise provided in this 19 agreement (see, e.g., second paragraph of section 5.2(a) below), or as otherwise stipulated or 20 ordered, disclosure or discovery material that qualifies for protection under this agreement must 21 be clearly so designated before or when the material is disclosed or produced. 22 (a) Information in documentary form (e.g., paper or electronic documents and 23 deposition exhibits, but excluding transcripts of depositions or other pretrial or trial 24 proceedings): The designating party must affix the word “CONFIDENTIAL” or 25 “ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY” to each page that contains confidential material. If only a 26 portion or portions of the material on a page qualifies for protection, the producing party also STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER-5 1 must clearly identify the protected portion(s) (e.g., by making appropriate markings in the 2 margins). 3 (b) Testimony given in deposition or in other pretrial or trial proceedings: The 4 parties and any participating non-parties must identify on the record, during the deposition or 5 other pretrial proceeding, all protected testimony, without prejudice to their right to so designate 6 other testimony after reviewing the transcript. Any party or non-party may, within fifteen days 7 after receiving the transcript of the deposition or other pretrial proceeding, designate portions of 8 the transcript, or exhibits thereto, as confidential. If a party or non-party desires to protect 9 confidential information at trial, the issue should be addressed during the pre-trial conference. 10 (c) Other tangible items: The producing party must affix in a prominent place on the 11 exterior of the container or containers in which the information or item is stored the word 12 “CONFIDENTIAL” or “ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY.” If only a portion or portions of the 13 information or item warrant protection, the producing party, to the extent practicable, shall 14 identify the protected portion(s). 15 5.3 Inadvertent Failures to Designate. If timely corrected, an inadvertent failure to 16 designate qualified information or items does not, standing alone, waive the designating party’s 17 right to secure protection under this agreement for such material. Upon timely correction of a 18 designation, the receiving party must make reasonable efforts to ensure that the material is 19 treated in accordance with the provisions of this agreement. 20 6. CHALLENGING CONFIDENTIALITY DESIGNATIONS 21 6.1 Timing of Challenges. Any party or non-party may challenge a designation of 22 confidentiality at any time. Unless a prompt challenge to a designating party’s confidentiality 23 designation is necessary to avoid foreseeable, substantial unfairness, unnecessary economic 24 burdens, or a significant disruption or delay of the litigation, a party does not waive its right to 25 challenge a confidentiality designation by electing not to mount a challenge promptly after the 26 original designation is disclosed. STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER-6 1 6.2 Meet and Confer. The parties must make every attempt to resolve any dispute 2 regarding confidential designations without Court involvement. Any motion regarding 3 confidential designations or for a protective order must include a certification, in the motion or in 4 a declaration or affidavit, that the movant has engaged in a good faith meet and confer 5 conference with other affected parties in an effort to resolve the dispute without Court action. 6 The certification must list the date, manner, and participants to the conference. A good faith 7 effort to confer requires a face-to-face meeting or a telephone conference. 8 6.3 Judicial Intervention. If the parties cannot resolve a challenge without Court 9 intervention, the designating party may file and serve a motion to retain confidentiality under 10 Local Civil Rule 7 (and in compliance with Local Civil Rule 5(g), if applicable). The burden of 11 persuasion in any such motion shall be on the designating party. Frivolous challenges, and those 12 made for an improper purpose (e.g., to harass or impose unnecessary expenses and burdens on 13 other parties) may expose the challenging party to sanctions. All parties shall continue to 14 maintain the material in question as confidential until the Court rules on the challenge. 15 7. 16 PROTECTED MATERIAL SUBPOENAED OR ORDERED PRODUCED IN OTHER LITIGATION If a party is served with a subpoena or a court order issued in other litigation that compels 17 disclosure of any information or items designated in this action as “CONFIDENTIAL” or 18 “ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY,” that party must: 19 (a) promptly notify the designating party in writing and include a copy of the 20 subpoena or court order; 21 (b) promptly notify in writing the party who caused the subpoena or order to issue in 22 the other litigation that some or all of the material covered by the subpoena or order is subject to 23 this agreement. Such notification shall include a copy of this agreement; and 24 (c) cooperate with respect to all reasonable procedures sought to be pursued by the 25 designating party whose confidential material may be affected. 26 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER-7 1 8. UNAUTHORIZED DISCLOSURE OF PROTECTED MATERIAL If a receiving party learns that, by inadvertence or otherwise, it has disclosed confidential 2 material to any person or in any circumstance not authorized under this agreement, the receiving 3 party must immediately (a) notify in writing the designating party of the unauthorized 4 disclosures, (b) use its best efforts to retrieve all unauthorized copies of the protected material, 5 (c) inform the person or persons to whom unauthorized disclosures were made of all the terms of 6 this agreement, and (d) request that such person or persons execute the “Acknowledgment and 7 Agreement to Be Bound” that is attached hereto as Exhibit A. 8 9 9. 10 INADVERTENT PRODUCTION OF PRIVILEGED OR OTHERWISE PROTECTED MATERIAL When a producing party gives notice to receiving parties that certain inadvertently 11 produced material is subject to a claim of privilege or other protection, the obligations of the 12 receiving parties are those set forth in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(b)(5)(B). This 13 provision is not intended to modify whatever procedure may be established in an e-discovery 14 order or agreement that provides for production without prior privilege review. The parties agree 15 to the entry of a non-waiver order under Fed. R. Evid. 502(d) as set forth herein. 16 10. NON TERMINATION AND RETURN OF DOCUMENTS 17 Within 60 days after the termination of this action, including all appeals, each receiving 18 party must return all confidential material to the producing party, including all copies, extracts 19 and summaries thereof. Alternatively, the parties may agree upon appropriate methods of 20 destruction. 21 Notwithstanding this provision, counsel are entitled to retain one archival copy of all 22 documents filed with the court, trial, deposition, and hearing transcripts, correspondence, 23 deposition and trial exhibits, expert reports, attorney work product, and consultant and expert 24 work product, even if such materials contain confidential material. 25 The confidentiality obligations imposed by this agreement shall remain in effect until a 26 designating party agrees otherwise in writing or a court orders otherwise. STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER-8 1 2 IT IS SO STIPULATED, THROUGH COUNSEL OF RECORD. 3 DATED this 25th day of September, 2017. 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 s/ Joe McMillan, WSBA No. 26527 Ulrike B. Connelly, WSBA No. 42478 Ian D. Rogers, WSBA No. 46584 Perkins Coie LLP 1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900 Seattle, WA 98101-3099 Telephone: 206.359.8000 Facsimile: 206.359.9000 E-mail: E-mail: E-mail: Attorneys for Defendant National University of Singapore 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER-9 s/ Paul R. Taylor, WSBA No. 14851 Nicholas Ryan-Lang, WSBA No. 45826 Byrnes Keller Cromwell LLP 1000 Second Avenue, 38th Floor Seattle, WA 98104 Telephone: 206-622-200 Facsimile: 206-622-2522 E-mail: E-mail: Attorneys for Plaintiff Inteum Company, LLC 1 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that pursuant to Fed. R. Evid. 502(d), the production of any 2 documents in this proceeding shall not, for the purposes of this proceeding or any other 3 proceeding in any other court, constitute a waiver by the producing party of any privilege 4 applicable to those documents, including the attorney-client privilege, attorney work-product 5 protection, or any other privilege or protection recognized by law. 6 7 DATED this 25th day of October, 2017. 8 A 9 10 11 John C. Coughenour UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER-10 1 EXHIBIT A ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND AGREEMENT TO BE BOUND 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 I, ________________ [FULL NAME], of __________________________________ [FULL ADDRESS], declare under penalty of perjury that I have read in its entirety and understand the Stipulated Protective Order that was issued by the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington on __________, 2017, in the case of Inteum Company, LLC v. National University of Singapore, No. 2:17-cv-01252-JCC. I agree to comply with and to be bound by all the terms of this Stipulated Protective Order and I understand and acknowledge that failure to so comply could expose me to sanctions and punishment in the nature of contempt. I solemnly promise that I will not disclose in any manner any information or item that is subject to this Stipulated Protective Order to any person or entity except in strict compliance with the provisions of this Order. I further agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington for the purpose of enforcing the terms of this Stipulated Protective Order, even if such enforcement proceedings occur after termination of this action. Date: _____________________, 20__. City and State where sworn and signed: _________________________________ Printed Name: ______________________________ 19 20 Signature: __________________________________ 21 22 23 24 25 26 STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER-11

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