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The Sedona Conference® is a nonprofit research and educational institute, dedicated to the advancement of law and policy in the areas of antitrust, complex litigation and intellectual property.

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The Sedona Conference® is a nonprofit research and educational institute that brings together jurists, lawyers, experts and academics in order to discuss how the law should go forward on cutting edge issues in the areas of antitrust law, complex litigation, and intellectual property rights.  Working groups are created and produce principles, best practices and guidelines for these specific areas of law.

On December 1, 2006, new amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, concerning the discovery of “electronically stored information” (ESI) in civil litigation at federal courts, took effect. Amendments and additions were made to Rules 16, 26, 33, 34, 37, and 45, as well as Form 35.[1] These new rules on electronic discovery for ESI were based on the Sedona Conference®'s Sedona Principles,[2] now in its second edition, which sought to apply the principles of discovery to the new medium of ESI.

Working Group Series

The Sedona Conference® Working Group Series[3] are legal professionals that come together to discuss challenging issues that are found in the U.S. legal system. There are 7 Working Groups in this series, they include:

  • WG1: Electronic Document Retention and Production
  • WG2: Protective Orders, Confidentiality & Public Access
  • WG3: The Role of Economics in Antitrust
  • WG4: Working Group on the Intersection of the Patent and Antitrust Laws
  • WG5: The Markman Process and Claim Construction
  • WG6: International Electronic Information Management, Discovery and Disclosure
  • WG7: Sedona Canada

Each Working Group publishes various papers on their individual topics.[4] These publications include principles, best practices, frameworks, etc.


  1. http://www.ediscoverylaw.com/2006/12/articles/news-updates/ediscovery-amendments-to-the-federal-rules-of-civil-procedure-go-into-effect-today/
  2. http://www.thesedonaconference.org/content/miscFiles/TSC_PRINCP_2nd_ed_607.pdf
  3. http://www.thesedonaconference.org/wgs
  4. http://www.thesedonaconference.org/content/miscFiles/publications_html

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