On 31 March 2020, the U.S. Air Force unilaterally exercised the five-year option on the MIT contract for the operation of MIT Lincoln Laboratory, a Department of Defense Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) located in Lexington, Massachusetts. The option exercise extends the period under which the U.S. Government may place orders for research projects through 31 March 2025.
Government Access to Technologies During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Practical Realities for Patent Owners
Given the COVID-19 pandemic affecting every facet of daily life, many questions have arisen as to (1) the scope of the government’s rights relating to intellectual property owned and exclusively licensed by MIT; (2) how such governmental rights may be exercised; and (3) other, related issues faced by all patent owners, including MIT.
As reported by Provost Martin Schmidt in February 2020, MIT recently settled a lawsuit brought by the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and several deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals relating to the captioning of MIT’s public video and audio content. This settlement was reached after nearly five years of litigation and negotiation with the plaintiffs. This article linked below contains a summary of the key settlement terms. ...
On November 21, 2019, MIT joined together with over 110 other colleges and universities, to file an amicus brief in support of Optional Practical Training (“OPT”) and STEM OPT in a case pending in federal court in Washington, D.C., Washington Alliance of Technology Workers Union v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
On September 20, 2019, a federal judge in Boston ruled that Harvard’s admissions policies and practices do not discriminate against Asian American applicants. The ruling followed after years of litigation leading up to a three-week bench trial in the fall of 2018.
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