United States District Court - Northern District Court of California

Phyllis J. Hamilton, Chief Judge

Susan Y. Soong, Clerk of Court

Model Protective Orders

The protective orders on this page are court-approved model forms. For patent cases, Patent Local Rule 2-2 provides that the "Protective Order authorized by the Northern District of California shall govern discovery unless the Court enters a different protective order." That interim protective order is below. The below "Stipulated Protective Order for Litigation Involving Patents, Highly Sensitive Confidential Information and/or Trade Secrets" offers other options to which counsel may stipulate. With the exception of Patent Local Rule 2-2, the Local Rules do not require the parties to use any of the model protective orders and counsel may stipulate to or move for another form of protective order.

Patent Cases

Standard Cases

Criminal Cases