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Violation of Court's Protective Order by Party in Parallel IPR Results in Sanctions

Parties to a district court litigation frequently engage in parallel Patent Office post-grant proceedings, such as inter partes review, post-grant review, and covered business method patent review.  Confidential information may arise in either case, but since discovery is typically more detailed in district court litigation than discovery in post-grant proceedings, confidential information from the district court case can flow to the post-grant proceeding.  If that does occur, that information must be protected in accordance with the protective order.

In Lunareye, Inc. v. Gordon Howard Associates, Inc., 9-13-CV-91

 

that engage in inter partes review

Parties have to be careful to avoid disclosure of information in violation of a protective order.

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