Icon-IP Pty Ltd., v. Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc., No. 12-cv-03844-JST (MEJ), 2014 WL 6788182 (N.D. Cal. Dec. 2, 2014)

Key Insight: Plaintiff sought to compel Defendant to produce additional documents relevant to their design infringement claims by searching Defendant?s emails and electronic design documents. Defendant argued that this comprehensive search of electronic design documents would be ?overly burdensome, oppressive, and not reasonably calculated to lead to discovery of admissible evidence,? and conducted a reasonable search responsive to Plaintiffs request, but did not explain why and how the comprehensive search would be burdensome. Defendant complied with a stipulation agreeing to specific email search terms and custodians, subject to objections which Plaintiff did not respond to. The court ordered that Plaintiff was entitled to additional discovery of electronic design documents because Defendant did not meet the burden of showing the request was unduly burdensome. However, since Defendant did comply with the stipulation, further email searches were not needed.

Nature of Case: Patent Litigation

Electronic Data Involved: ESI

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