I am often asked if declaratory judgment counterclaims delay the Local Patent Rule ("LPR") initial disclosure and contention obligations — generally two weeks after a defendant’s answer or other response to the complaint. LPR 2.1 is clear that initial disclosures are due two weeks after the answer unless "another" patent is asserted in counterclaims. "Me too" declaratory judgment claims focused only upon the asserted patents, therefore, do not delay the initial disclosure deadline. Initial disclosures are due two weeks after defendant’s answer or response, unless defendant adds a new patent to the case in its counterclaims.