OGC Guidance Regarding International Travel Preparation

October 2020

The Office of the General Counsel has prepared a bulletin to help MIT community members minimize the likelihood of travel disruption through proper preparation for international travel, as well as to provide information on interactions with immigration and law enforcement agents when entering or leaving the U.S. The bulletin provides practical guidance, including an example of documentation to procure if it is necessary to travel with MIT data or materials.  The bulletin also contains links to other useful resources. The bulletin can be accessed by using an MIT...

MIT and Harvard Lawsuit against ICE and DHS Results in Government Reversal

September 2020

On July 6, 2020, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued guidance that would have prevented international students on F-1 visas from taking entirely online courses while studying in the United States.

MIT’s Legal, Ethical, Equity (LEE) Committee

July 2020

In April 2020 MIT convened the Legal, Ethical, Equity (LEE) Committee, co-chaired by Vice President and General Counsel, Mark DiVincenzo. 

U.S. Air Force Continues the Contract for the Operation of MIT Lincoln Laboratory

June 2020

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

May 2020

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.