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Relevant Trademark Issues for Naming DLCs, Makerspaces & Student Groups

May 2019

Consistent with the Institute’s continual growth, evolution and commitment toward helping to solve the world’s greatest challenges, new groups are being formed on campus at breakneck pace. Whether these are new centers, consortiums, makerspaces or student groups, one of the most fun parts to getting a new group off the ground is choosing a name.  This article is intended to provide a few pointers, and some background considerations, if you find yourself in the position of helping to choose a name for a new group here at MIT.

MIT Joins Amicus Brief Concerning the Department of Homeland Security’s August 2018 “Unlawful Presence” Memorandum regarding F, J, and M Visa Holders

April 2019

On December 21, 2018, MIT joined an amicus brief with 64 other institutions of higher education supporting Plaintiffs in the case captioned Guilford College, et al. v. Kirstjen Nielsen, et al. in the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina.

International Activities Basics: Export Controls and Economic Sanctions in the University Context

March 2019

All U.S. individuals and institutions must comply with federal export control and sanctions laws. These laws restrict the sharing of certain controlled materials and information outside the U.S., and prohibit doing business with certain specified persons or countries, or persons resident in certain countries.  It is important to keep these laws and regulations in mind whenever you are engaging in international activities or with international visitors.  MIT maintains a website with detailed...

The Unique Role and Value of FFRDCs like MIT Lincoln Laboratory in the Government-Industry Innovation Ecosystem

February 2019

In 1951, MIT began operating what is today known as the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC).  FFRDCs like MIT Lincoln Laboratory are unique entities that have a deep and long term record of making meaningful contributions to the national defense. These contributions derive directly from two distinguishing characteristics of FFRDCs:  1) they have a long term special relationship with the U.S. government; and 2) they operate free from conflicts of interest and commercial profit motive.  The combination of these characteristics...

Highest Court in Massachusetts Sides with MIT in Student Suicide Lawsuit

September 2018

In a significant ruling for MIT and all of higher education, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) ruled in May that MIT, two of its professors, and a student support dean were not responsible for the 2009 suicide of a Sloan graduate student, Han Nguyen.  In ruling for MIT, the SJC recognized a very limited legal duty of universities and their non-clinician employees to take measures to protect against student self-harm, but found that the duty was not triggered in this case.