Nicki Minaj hit with copyright infringement claim over shirt design
World IP Review - 2018-05-03
US rap star Nicki Minaj has been hit with a copyright infringement claim (pdf) over her t-shirt design. Isiah Eugene Simon filed the claim, which is also against Universal Music Group and "1-10 John Does", at the US District Court for the Central ...

Group asks Supreme Court to strip Pagcor of powers over online gaming
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-05-03
A cause-oriented group asked the Supreme Court to issue an order restoring the right to grant online gaming franchises to economic zones and hold state-run Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. in contempt for alleged usurpation of judicial powers.

VP poll recount: Robredo lead narrows by 21,000 votes
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-05-03
A MONTH after the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal began its official recount for the contested 2016 vice presidential race, the lead of Vice President Leni Robredo over her closest rival, former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr ...

A big challenge for Tourism head
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-05-03
The problem is that under the Labor Code, employers have the right to hire and dismiss workers and employees. As a result, there is a need to amend the Labor Code, which is outdated anyway. The President was right when he said it is up to Congress to do ...

Robredo calls out Philippine Star reporter for 'fake news' on VP protest
Rappler - 2018-05-03
Punay covers the judiciary for the Philippine Star. Robredo accused the journalist of preempting the final recount tally of the Supreme Court, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET). (READ: TIMELINE: Marcos-Robredo election case ...

SC asked to junk ouster case vs Sereno
philstar.com - 2018-05-03
Lourdes Sereno and called on the Supreme Court (SC) to dismiss the quo warranto petition filed against her by Solicitor General Jose Calida. The Coalition for Justice (CFJ), composed of opposition lawmakers and leaders of civil society groups and other ...

Investment pledges soar 53% to P182.8 B in Q1
philstar.com - 2018-05-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Committed investments approved in the first quarter surged by 53.2 percent as bullish local investors more than offset the shrinking pledges from their foreign counterparts and a continued slump in ecozone projects. Combined figures ...

Protecting Trade or Trade Secrets: How Intellectual Property Issues Impact Trade Dispute Between United States and China
Lexology - 2018-05-03
Ongoing trade tensions between the United States and China have both dominated mainstream news headlines and thrust debates about intellectual property laws squarely into public focus. The recent developments involving tariffs on certain goods from China ...

Monkeys Lack Standing to Sue for Copyright Infringement
JD Supra - 2018-05-02
lacks statutory standing under the US Copyright Act to sue for copyright infringement. As we had previously reported to you in earlier blogs, a controversy erupted several years ago over who, if anyone, owns the copyright in "selfie" photographs that ...

Tom to heed closure order
Sun Star - 2018-05-02
Garganera, who filed the petition for the issuance of a Writ of Kalikasan before the Court of Appeals (CA), said the development should serve as a reminder that no one is above the law and the City should comply with it. "The decision of the SC means two ...

Duterte: There is basis for move to deport Australian nun
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-02
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 2) -- President Rodrigo Duterte said there is legal ground to deport an Australian nun accused of participating in political exercises in the country. Speaking at an event in Mulanay, Quezon province Wednesday, the ...

Bello: List of companies engaged in illegal contracting out by May 26
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-02
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 2) -- President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Labor Department to release a list of companies engaged in illegal labor contracting, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said Wednesday. "We just received an administrative ...

Lawmakers want stiffer fines for labor contractors
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-02
Its members are comprised by business heads and labor leaders appointed by the President. Labor Undersecretary Joel B. Maglunsod said the current members of the NTIPC will be able to implement the provisions of EO 51. Matula, however, contradicted ...

New DENR list reveals more Boracay businesses violated environment laws
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-02
THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is now consolidating the list of business establishments operating on Boracay Island that face severe penalties and fines for violation of various environmental laws. As of April 26, a consolidated ...

The Top Five Intellectual Property Inquiries From Consumer Product Businesses At The ASD Market Week And Sourcedirect Trade Shows
JD Supra - 2018-05-02
I recently had the opportunity to speak about intellectual property (IP) issues at ASD Market Week, a twice-yearly B2B trade show featuring a wide range of retail merchandise, and SourceDirect, a wholesale trade show for global sourcing professionals such ...

Stopping the TRAIN
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-02
which prescribes that taxation must be equitable and progressive. The group added that Republic Act 10963, or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion law, "negatively affects millions of Filipino consumers, particularly those from the low-income ...

Bello sets Kuwait trip for signing of new OFW deployment pact
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-02
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), meanwhile, has imposed a new set of deployment restrictions to Qatar, amid a reported hike of an OFW who suffered employment contract violations. In its Advisory 21, series of 2018, POEA ...

Validity period of LOA
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-02
SECTION 6 of the Tax Code, as amended, authorizes the commissioner of Internal Revenue or his duly authorized representative to delegate the examination of any taxpayer for the assessment of the correct amount of tax. On the other hand, Section 13 of the ...

PESO-Iloilo to conduct Job Expo 2018
Sun Star - 2018-05-02
Heler said there will be help desks that will be manned by personnel of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and Overseas Workers ...

Technology and tax
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-02
Over the years, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has been gradually issuing tax rulings, revenue regulations, and memorandum circulars to clarify the tax treatment of persons engaged in online transactions and e-commerce, as follows: In at least one ...

Ruffled feathers
philstar.com - 2018-05-02
The politician, upon his appointment, is said to have ordered the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to conduct CSR projects in the Visayas where he comes from. But this was thwarted when the President appointed another undersecretary to ...

TiVo Renews Intellectual Property License Agreement With VIZIO
Yahoo Finance - 2018-05-02
TiVo Corporation (TIVO), a global leader in entertainment technology and audience insights, today announced that TiVo has renewed its patent license agreement with leading TV manufacturer VIZIO. Under the terms of the agreement, the multi-year license ...

Calls to drop Sereno quo warranto intensify as supporters fast at SC
Rappler - 2018-05-02
(READ: Experts agree: Supreme Court will have last say on Sereno) Her position that the quo warranto petition is unconstitutional has the support of retired SC Justice Vicente Mendoza. Mendoza said the one-year time limit has passed, and that an ...

SC orders permanent closure of Inawayan landfill in Cebu City
Rappler - 2018-05-02
The SC en banc upheld the earlier closure order of the Court of Appeals (CA), which granted the writ of kalikasan filed by City Councilor Joel Capili Garganera. "The Court is convinced from the evidence on record that the respondent has sufficiently ...

The many unrealized attempts to change the Constitution
InterAksyon - 2018-05-02
First attempt under Arroyo The administration of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo also saw the discussion on charter change come to life anew, with the former chief ... and therefore could not be allowed. Former University of the Philippines president and political ...

Senate President vows to speed up passage of bill vs. contractualization, 'endo'
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-02
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 2) -- Senate President Koko Pimentel ... One of the set-ups under "endo" is known as "555," where workers are released on their fifth month of service so they are not entitled to regular benefits when they enter their ...

The unsurprising aftermath of the Labor Union Festival
InterAksyon - 2018-05-02
Litter were everywhere around the small coast of San Juan, La Union after tourists turned the beach-going scene into a big party last weekend. The annual Labor Union Festival from April 27 to April 29 drew more crowds this year as the popular LaBoracay ...

The origins of Labor Day and what it means to Filipino workers
InterAksyon - 2018-05-02
As several groups take to the street to sound their battle cry, stories from the struggles of Labor Day have surfaced into public consciousness once more. A photograph meanwhile has circulated of an elderly activist who joined demonstrations. According to ...

DOF assures TRAIN 2 will not nix incentives
philstar.com - 2018-05-02
This was the assurance made by Department of Finance (DOF) director Euvimil Nina Asuncion to the Cebu business community amid the impression that the second tranche of the tax reform will threaten the fiscal incentives given to businesses. "We are not ...

Gasataya commends Simondo for ranking 1st in Bar exam
Sun Star - 2018-05-02
The Philippine Bar Examination is the professional licensure examination for lawyers in the Philippines exclusively administered by the Supreme Court through the Supreme Court Bar Examination Committee. A total of 1,724 law graduates, constituting 25.55 ...

LOOK: Duterte's executive order on contractualization
Rappler - 2018-05-02
MalacaƱang hailed the EO as the fulfillment of Duterte's promise to end "endo," but many labor groups called the issuance "useless" as it is largely reiteration of the Labor Code which already prohibits certain forms of contractualization, such as the ...

Chinese media giant cites '24/7' copyright infringement in site-block hearing
ZDNet - 2018-05-02
The world's largest producers of Chinese media content, TVBO Productions and Television Broadcasts (TVB), have told the Australian Federal Court that despite scepticism from Justice Nicholas, there is actually more evidence of piracy in this case because ...

IN PHOTOS: Chaos and color in Labor Day rallies across the globe
Rappler - 2018-05-02
PARIS, France - Traditional Labor Day rallies turned violent in some parts of the world on Tuesday, May 1, as workers gathered to defend labour rights. There was looting in Paris and dozens of arrests in Turkey, in contrast to Cuba with its colorful ...

Monkey See, Monkey Sue: Ninth Circuit Finds Naruto Cannot Sue Under Copyright Act
JD Supra - 2018-05-01
Last week, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel affirmed dismissal of copyright infringement claims brought on behalf of a macaque monkey, Naruto, against a wildlife photographer. The Court found that Naruto had Constitutional standing to file suit ...

SC orders OsmeƱa: Stop dumping wastes in Inayawan for good
Sun Star - 2018-05-01
THE Supreme Court (SC) ordered the Cebu City Government to permanently stop dumping garbage in the Inayawan Sanitary Landfill. The SC en banc affirmed the resolution of the Court of Appeals-Cebu Station, which had granted the Writ of Kalikasan directing ...

India's top court slams govt over Taj Mahal decay
News Philippines Yahoo - 2018-05-01
The colour of the marble "was first becoming yellow. Now it seems to be green and black," a Supreme Court bench said after reviewing recent photos of the monument. The Taj Mahal has been slowly yellowing because of smog in the region. Insects also leave ...

Not for love of labor
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-05-01
Sensing a growing social upheaval, President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday signed an Executive Order ending contractualization. While the signing of the EO seemed like a fitting gift on the occasion of Labor Day yesterday, workers were still unhappy about the ...

P151 billion
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-05-01
Given the nature of the business and the seeming inability of Filipino companies to undertake the implementation this contract at the time from exploration to production, it took the Supreme Court to come out with safeguards and other legardemaine such as ...

Artist Sues for Infringement of "Moral Rights"
JD Supra - 2018-05-01
A professional photographer sued the gallery that sold his works, and won a damage award for copyright infringement, infringement of moral rights, and punitive damages. In this case (Collett v. Northland Art Company Canada Inc., 2018 FC 269 (CanLII)), Mr ...

Experts appeal to ADB: Help nations wipe out inequality
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-01
Financing skills training and education are also among the priority areas that University of Asia and the Pacific School of Economics Dean Cid Terosa recommended that ADB also focus on. Terosa said ADB should contribute to reforms that can improve ...

Duterte orders end to illegal contracting and subcontracting of workers
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-01
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 1) -- President Rodrigo Duterte signed ... labor-only contractualization has been continiously circumvented and abused by business owners. He added the EO does not address the concerns of workers. "What the workers ...

Australian nun's camp: We'll go to Supreme Court if necessary
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-01
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 1) -- The legal counsel of Australian missionary Sister Patricia Fox is ready to take her case all the way to the Supreme Court. Her camp will exhaust all remedies to let her exercise her missionary duties in the ...

DOF warns of rise in cigarette smuggling after TRAIN law
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-01
supposedly in violation of Section 16 (2), Article VI of the 1987 Constitution and Section 75 of Rule XI of the House Rules that require a quorum of the representatives before they can do any legislative business. But Calida denied the claim as he cited ...

Group wants Pagcor stripped of powers over online gaming
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-01
A cause-oriented group is urging the Supreme Court (SC) to issue an order restoring the right to grant online gaming franchises to economic zones and, at the same time, hold the state-run Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) in contempt for ...

Lawmaker petitions SC to stop sale of P61-B reclaimed Manila property
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-01
Aveteran lawmaker has filed a supplemental motion reiterating his plea to the Supreme Court (SC) for the immediate issuance of an injunction order enjoining the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) and the Register of Deeds of ParaƱaque City from ...

What brought workers, students to Labor Day 2018 rally
Rappler - 2018-05-01
This is too much already - we have to speak up," she added. According to Philippine Statistics ... Medical student Leonel Javier, who just got off his shift at the Philippine General Hospital, joined the waiving of flags around the burning effigy ...

Mike Pence blasts 'weak' immigration laws in speech at U.S.-Mexico border
Rappler - 2018-05-01
CALEXICO, USA - US Vice President Mike Pence blasted "weak" and "ineffective" immigration laws Monday, April 30, during a trip to the border with Mexico, as a caravan of immigrants two hours to the west prepared to claim asylum in America. Pence's ...

Velez: May Day united
Sun Star - 2018-05-01
They said 80 percent of the companies are hiring contractual workers, and mostly through an agency. Major companies in the city such as Holcim Philippines only have 30 percent regular workers, Coca-Cola 40 percent. The multinational Dole Philippines ...

DoF warns cigarette smuggling may be helping finance terrorism
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-01
Dominguez said Thursday, without providing details of a definite link to terrorist groups. He added that the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Bureau of Customs (BoC) have formed a team to streamline the sharing of information and strengthen ...

Calida defends tax reform: Poor 'shielded' by gov't cash handouts
Rappler - 2018-05-01
Calida made the argument in a in a 74-page comment submitted to the Supreme Court (SC) on April 19, a copy of which was released on Tuesday, May 1. This was in response to the petition seeking to declare the taf "The Tax Reform for Acceleration and ...

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