Sereno seeks 'faith-shaming' Martires' inhibition from ouster case
philstar.com - 2018-05-05
MANILA, Philippines -- Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Friday asked "faith-shaming" Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Martires to inhibit from proceedings regarding the ouster petition filed against her, saying the magistrate has shown ...

DILG serves suspension to 4 department heads in Sipalay City
Sun Star - 2018-05-05
He also said that a temporary restraining order is already moot and academic and the only legal remedy left for the respondents is to bring the case to the Court of Appeals. Orbista said it's already up to Mayor Oscar Montilla Jr. to decide on the ...

Sister Patricia Fox hits Bureau of Immigration's definition of 'missionary work'
Rappler - 2018-05-05
Not confined in church Students of the Loyola School of Theology, a Jesuit-run school based in the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City, also said they "disagree that the work of Sister Pat among those in the peripheries of society is 'politically ...

Intellectual Property - Copyrights - The World in US Courts: Spring 2018
JD Supra - 2018-05-05
Spanski Enters., Inc. v. Telewizja Polska, S.A., US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, March 2, 2018 The Carsey-Werner Co., LLC v. British Broadcasting Corp., US District Court for the Central District of California, February 23, 2018 ...

Monkey See, Monkey Do: Ninth Circuit Declines to Go Bananas over "Monkey Selfie" Copyrights
Lexology - 2018-05-05
After the photographer published the photos, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sued on the monkey's behalf, claiming copyright infringement because the monkey authored the photos. The photographer acknowledged that Naruto clicked the ...

BIR 13 exceeds collection target by 16 percent in Q1
philstar.com - 2018-05-04
CEBU, Philippines -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue-Cebu collected P6.17 billion in the first three months of 2018, 16 percent above its target for the quarter, but the agency expects a challenging task to hit its overall goal as it expects the TRAIN law ...

ASU School of Music welcomes expert in intellectual property law, music of Middle East, Central Asia
asu.edu - 2018-05-04
The Arizona State University School of Music in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts welcomes Dave Fossum as assistant professor in the musicology program, beginning in January 2019. "We are thrilled to have attracted Dave Fossum to our ...

When private sector employees run for public office
philstar.com - 2018-05-04
The Supreme Court has already settled these issues in at least two cases that I know about and teach in various Law schools in Metro Manila. In the case of ABS-CBN (GR 184865 decided on 07 March 2012) and also in another case of Manila Broadcasting Company ...

Intellectual property in the age of Trump
Managingip.com - 2018-05-04
President Trump has already made his mark by appointing a USPTO director and taking a stand against China. Panellists at the Fordham IP Conference, including David Kappos and James Pooley, assessed the impact Trump could have on IP Making predictions about ...

FACT CHECK: Duterte did not end contractualization
Rappler - 2018-05-04
During the signing at a Labor Day event in Cebu City, Duterte said the order itself would not ... Despite this, Cid Terosa, dean of the Economics Program at the University of Asia and the Pacific, in a previous Rappler interview said that it was former ...

Ninth Circuit Makes Monkey Out Of PETA In Copyright Suit
JD Supra - 2018-05-04
against wildlife photographer David Slater in the infamous "Monkey Selfie" case by declaring that monkeys do not have standing to sue for copyright infringement. In 2011, Slater left his camera unattended on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia when a ...

Proposed rehab projects for Marawi to cost around P55 billion -- NEDA
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-04
Damaged houses, buildings, and a mosque are seen inside the war-torn in Marawi City on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. -- KJ ROSALES/PHILIPPINE STAR NATIONAL Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Undersecretary Adoracion M. Navarro reported close to 900 ...

Commodity prices continue to rise in April
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-04
Prices of most commodities spiked after the tax reform law kicked in beginning January 1. READ: Philippine inflation rate hits 3-year high The PSA pointed to higher prices in the following commodity groups: alcoholic beverages and tobacco; clothing and ...

Manila through the eyes of Cole Sprouse and other international stars
InterAksyon - 2018-05-04
He noted that it was a joke but the Bureau of Immigration banned him from visiting the Philippines, citing him an "undesirable alien." In 2017, South East Asia Backpacker described Manila as the "worst place in South East Asia." It was a poll in ...

Local firm to invest P1-B for cacao production in ARRM
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-05-04
Just recently, the Regional Board of Investments in Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (RBOI-ARMM) approved the registration of ChocoInvest Corporation which is set ... with fiscal incentives such as Income Tax Holidays for six years as well as other ...

8 recent woes in the Philippines that affect jobs and labor
InterAksyon - 2018-05-04
The Asian Development Bank stated in a report that Philippine universities are not producing graduates who are competitive enough for higher positions in the business process outsourcing sector. There are also lingering fears over fleeing BPO investments ...

74 hired on the spot in Labor Day job fair
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-05-04
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, May 3 (PIA) -- At least 74 job seekers, among the 468 registered applicants, were hired on the spot during the Labor Day jobs fair conducted in Santiago City, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported. Atty.

PH Labor attache did not know of Kuwait rescue mission - DOLE official
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 3) -- Philippine Labor officials in Kuwait did not know about the rescue mission which caused the souring of the relationship between the two countries. This was revealed by Labor Undersecretary Jing Paras to CNN ...

Wanda woman and the superdeal
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-05-03
The Chinese chef, Bureau of Immigration investigators found out, was an undocumented alien who was working without the necessary papers. Deportation is too easy for this cruel SOB. He should be cooked in boiling oil and made into chicharon. If he likes ...

Editorial: For an issue-based campaign
Sun Star - 2018-05-03
THE recent Supreme Court decision upholding the Writ of Kalikasan issued by the Court of Appeals on the operation of the former Inayawan sanitary landfill has allowed Cebu City Mayor Tomas OsmeƱa to train his guns on Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella ...

Aboitiz Equity Ventures income rises 3% in Q1
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-03
ABOITIZ Equity Ventures, Inc. (AEV) reported a 3% increase in first quarter consolidated net income to P4.8 billion despite its power business, the biggest contributor to the holding firm, reporting lower profit during the period. AEV told the stock ...

How the quo warranto petition vs Sereno could affect the judiciary
philstar.com - 2018-05-03
"What was designed as a procedure to remove impeachable officers that would be used sparingly only by Congress, because it is so difficult and cumbersome to undertake, can now be undertaken before this Court, the Court of Appeals, or even the Regional ...

China's theft of intellectual property is a huge issue: Ed Rensi
Yahoo Finance - 2018-05-03
Former McDonald's USA CEO Ed Rensi on U.S. trade talks with China and the outlook for McDonald's.

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 ...

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