(a) Scheduling Conference/Discovery Plan

In the absence of exceptional circumstances, not later than thirty (30) days after service of the last filed answer, the court will hold a patent case scheduling conference. Pursuant to the process set forth in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(f), the parties shall meet and confer in advance of this conference. The parties' Rule 26(f) "Discovery Plan" shall address the following sections contained in the Civil Form 2, Sample Discovery Plan: Date/Place of Conference; Counsel Present/Representing; Case Summary; Jurisdictional Questions; Type of Trial; Discovery Needed; Electronic Information Disclosures; Stipulation Regarding Claims of Privilege/Protection of Trial Preparation Materials; Interrogatories; Requests for Admission; Depositions; Disclosures of Claims Against Unnamed Parties; Joinder of Additional Parties; Amendment of Pleadings; Settlement Possibilities; Joint Statement Re Mediation; Trial Estimate; and Trial Date.