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Law and Legal Issues

Employment Regulations for F-1 Students
Maria Brennan, International Student Advisor
Fri Jan 16, 12-01:30pm, 3-133

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

The focus of this seminar will be on- and off-campus work and employment for practical training allowed by current immigration regulations for F-1 visa holders.
Contact: Anita Di Marco, 5-133, x3-3795, nita@MIT.EDU
Sponsor: International Students Office

Intellectual Property at MIT: Copyright Issues and MIT Policy.
Carol Robinson, Tracy Gabridge
Thu Jan 29, 03-04:30pm, 56-114

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

How does copyright law impact MIT policies and you? Ann Hammersla from MIT's Intellectual Property Office and Ellen Duranceau from the MIT Libraries will discuss topics germane to the MIT community. Get answers to questions such as: Who owns the copyright at a university? Does MIT own copyright of student work? What are the important issues for licensing electronic materials and content? Who owns the copyright to course materials? What about software copyright? What copyright issues should web authors think about for electronic materials? Related activities include: "Everything You Want to Know about Patents: The Patent Process" on January 15 and "Everything You Want to Know about Patents: Patent Searching Fundamentals" on January 22.
Contact: Carol Robinson, 10-500, x3-7749, csrobins@mit.edu
Sponsor: Libraries

Intellectual Property at MIT: The Patent Process
Carol Robinson, Tracy Gabridge
Thu Jan 15, 03-04:30pm, 56-114

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

Come and hear patent attorney Sam Pasternak of Choate, Hall and Stewart, and Jack Turner from the MIT Technology Licensing Office discuss the ins and outs of obtaining patents. This popular session covers a bit of patent history and a lot about the current practice, processes, and issues surrounding obtaining a patent. A portion of the session is devoted to your questions and answers. If you think you will ever invent something, you need to be here. See also the related IAP activity: "Everything You Wanted to Know about Patents: Patent Searching Fundamentals" on January 22 and "Copyright and MIT Policy" on January 29.
Contact: Carol Robinson, 10-500, x3-7749, csrobins@mit.edu
Sponsor: Libraries

J-1 Student Visa Workshop
Maria Brennan, Assistant Director
Wed Jan 21, 12-01:30pm, 4-270

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

The International Students Office will present a workshop focusing on employment regulations, medical insurance, and the two-year home residency requirement for J-1 students as outlined by the Exchange Visitor Program of the Department of State.
Contact: Anita De Marco, 5-133, x3-3795, nita@MIT.EDU
Sponsor: International Students Office

The Goodridge Decision: Everything You've Always Wanted to Know about Same-Sex Marriage But Hadn't Even Thought to Ask
Christopher Capozzola, Jo Ann Citron
Thu Jan 15, 04-06:00pm, 14N-417, Reception to follow

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

In November 2003, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court made an unprecedented move toward the legal recognition of same-sex unions in Massachusetts. But many questions remain. Join us for an open discussion of the legal, political, historical, and personal implications of the SJC's decision. How did this case come about, and what are the social and historical contexts out of which the freedom to marry movement has emerged? What, in plain English, does the Court decision say? What are the options for the people of Massachusetts? What might be the effect of the decision on the presidential election of 2004?
Contact: Emily Morgan Morrow Howe, 14E-316, x3-8844, emmh@mit.edu
Sponsor: Division of Student Life

Trademark Basics
Karin Rivard and Marija Jankovich
Thu Jan 15, 01:30-03:00pm, 56-180

No limit but advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 15-Jan-2004
Limited to 45 participants.

What is a trademark? How does one protect a trademark? Join us for a session on the basics of trademark law. The discussion will focus on what constitutes a trademark, different types of marks and their significance, issues related to licensing trademarks, the dos and doníts of using trademarks, common misconceptions related to trademarks, trademark infringement vs. permissible use and several other topics related to the essentials of trademark law. During our session we will try to address many issues important to the MIT community. Anyone who has already dealt with or will be dealing with other areas of intellectual property law may find this course particularly beneficial.
Web: http://web.mit.edu/tlo/www
Contact: Marija Jankovich, NE 25-230, x3-6966, marija@mit.edu
Sponsor: Technology Licensing Office

Working After Graduation: Immigration Concerns
Boston Attorney
Fri Jan 23, 12-01:30pm, 26-100

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

This seminar will focus on rules regulating employment opportunities after graduation (beyond Practical and Academic Training) for international graduates.
Contact: Anita Di Marco, 5-133, x3-3795, nita@MIT.EDU
Sponsor: International Students Office


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