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.