La Salle-Bacolod graduate tops 2017 Bar exam
Journal - 2018-04-26
Balili, (University of San Carlos), 90.8%; Camille B. Remoroza( Ateneo de Davao University), 90.7%; Ivanne D'Laureil I. Hisoler (University of San Carlos), 89.55%; Monica Anne T. Yap (San Beda College-Manila), 89.45%; Lorenzo Luigi T. Gayya (University of Sto.

DOLE eyes OFW deployment to Russia
Rappler - 2018-04-26
The technical working group includes officials from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, the International Labor Affair Bureau and the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA). The group is tasked to set a series of policy consultations between ...

Gov't fast tracks Boracay West Cove demolition; owner cries harassment
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-26
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 26) -- The demolition of controversial Boracay West Cove resort on the western side of Boracay island has begun -- and it will only pick up pace from here, an official said Thursday. "West Cove is already half-demolished.

No TRO yet for Boracay workers who wanted to stop closure
Rappler - 2018-04-26
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court (SC) included in its special en banc session on Thursday, April 26, the petition to stop the closure of Boracay island, but it did not grant the requested immediate injunction. "It was raffled and as of this ...

FULL LIST: Bacolod student tops 2017 Bar examinations
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-26
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 25 ... Tomas (UST), while two came from San Beda College in Manila. Also among the top scorers were Camille Remoroza of Ateneo de Davao, and Krizza Fe Alcantara-Bagni from St. Mary's University in Bayombong ...

Passing the torch: Justice Leonen, other law veterans welcome new blood
InterAksyon - 2018-04-26
Leonen prior to his appointment to the high court was involved in legal education, having sat as the dean of the University of the Philippines College of Law. Former solicitor general Florin Hilbay also sent words of guidance and wisdom to bar examinees.

Intellectual property crimes often 'hidden'
ECNS - 2018-04-26
Intellectual property thieves are resorting more to internet technology, including external servers and cloud platforms, to commit their crimes, which makes them harder to stop, a prosecutor at the Supreme People's Procuratorate said on Wednesday.

Answering Frequently Asked Questions About Intellectual Property
Liberian Observer - 2018-04-26
Intellectual property protection is critical in fostering innovation. Without protection of ideas, businesses and individuals would not reap the full benefits of their inventions and would focus less on research and development. Similarly, artists would ...

Roderick Paulate charged over ghost employees
philstar.com - 2018-04-26
MANILA, Philippines -- Actor and Quezon City Councilor Roderick Paulate has been charged before the Sandiganbayan for allegedly hiring ghost employees in 2010. Filed by the Office of the Ombudsman on April 20, Paulate was charged with one count of ...

Symantec: A hacking group is targeting health sector to steal intellectual property -- 6 things to know
Becker's Hospital Review - 2018-04-26
Symantec identified a hacker group known as Orangeworm that is breaking into U.S. healthcare organizations' X-Ray, MRI and other medical machines as part of an ongoing corporate espionage operation, according to a Symantec report released April 23.

The CASE Act - A Noble but Toothless Gesture Toward Fair Copyright Enforcement
Lexology - 2018-04-26
The cost of litigating copyright infringement claims in federal court can be immense, taxing the resources of even a well-heeled content creator. For many authors, artists, photographers, and others, this immensity become overwhelming. And at some point ...

SAS lauds US Supreme Court rulings in landmark patent and intellectual property cases
SAS - 2018-04-26
The US Supreme Court ruled in favor of analytics company SAS in a major patent and intellectual property case, SAS Institute v. Iancu. The Court found that the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) must issue complete final decisions in a patent review ...

Threat to sovereignty
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-04-25
She was held briefly by the Bureau of Immigration last week, and for a while it seemed an apology was coming. Soon, however, no less than President Rodrigo Duterte said it was he who had ordered Sister Patricia Fox investigated for disorderly conduct and ...

Senate may vote on validity of SC quo warranto decision vs Serreno
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 25) -- The Senate may still vote on the validity of the quo warranto decision of the Supreme Court against Serreno if the high court nullifies her appointment, Senate President Koko Pimentel said Wednesday. He sees a ...

Power problems
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-04-25
This consortium is the privately-owned, National Grid Corporation of the Philippines ... Another cause of high power rates is the value-added tax on system loss. System loss pertains to the electricity bought but is not paid due to technical and non ...

IC to roll out e-payment system with LANDBANK
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-25
The state-owned lender launched the LANDBANK Link.BiPortal in 2017 with the Bureau of Internal Revenue as its pilot client for tax payment. "The implementation of this e-payment is another milestone in line with the thrust of the government to promote ...

Wider income inequality seen prevailing in federal Philippines
BusinessMirror - 2018-04-25
Poorly designed federal and national tax systems under "PHederalism" could widen income inequality in the country, according to the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS). In a hearing at the consultative committee tasked to review the ...

BI orders Aussie nun Fox to leave Manila
BusinessMirror - 2018-04-25
THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) has ordered Australian missionary Patricia Fox to leave the country within 30 days, after the bureau has been established that she violated the conditions of her visa when she participated in political activities while in the ...

Supreme Court TRO sought vs Boracay closure
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-25
Mr. Duterte ordered the closure of the island on April 4 to allow for the correction of alleged violations of environmental law. According to the petition, "the 1987 Constitution does not grant the President the power to close Boracay island to tourists ...

Budget deficit widens in Q1
philstar.com - 2018-04-25
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines posted a wider budget gap in the first three months of the year, as public spending outpaced revenue performance, treasury data released on Tuesday show. Fiscal deficit in the first quarter reached P162.2 billion ...

Labor groups to stage May 1 rally vs contractualization
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 25) --Two major labor groups are preparing for an indignation rally on Labor Day to protest against President Rodrigo Duterte's supposed failure to end contractualization. Kilusang Mayo Uno and Nagkaisa Labor coalition ...

Taxes and labor inspections drive investors away
philstar.com - 2018-04-25
Businessmen are being pushed into the cliff between heavy taxation and too much labor regulations. In a labor excess economy where more than five million are unemployed and 15 million are underemployed, the government should be mindful of the need to ...

Morales wins SC ruling on 7-year tenure
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-04-25
Morales is the older sister of lawyer Lucas Carpio, Jr., husband of retired Court of Appeals Associate Justice Agnes Reyes-Carpio and father-in-law of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, and first cousin of senior SC associate justice Antonio Carpio.

Sister Patricia Fox: 'Whatever happens, I will be forever grateful'
Rappler - 2018-04-25
MANILA, Philippines - Sister Patricia Fox said she is "very sad" that the Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Wednesday, April 25, announced it was ordering her to leave the Philippines after 27 years as a missionary here. Fox, 71, who is accused of engaging ...

Actor-politician Roderick Paulate faces graft, falsification charges
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 25) -- Actor and Quezon City Councilor Roderick Paulate faces graft and falsification charges at the Sandiganbayan for allegedly hiring ghost employees. Paulate is accused of hiring around 30 fictitious job contractors ...

Supreme Court asked to stop Boracay closure
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-25
They said the right to travel may be restricted only if there is a law restricting it and the restriction is based on national security, public safety, or public health. The document named President Rodrigo Duterte, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea ...

Jesus Our Victory Church denies tax evasion report
Sun Star - 2018-04-25
Pastor Samuel Cole D. Nicolas told Sunstar Pampanga that the resort and Paras were charged with unlawful pursuit of business and failure to issue receipts or commercial invoices by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) 4. Nicolas admitted that the Kurdan ...

Australian nun Sr. Patricia Fox ordered to leave PH after visa forfeiture
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 25) -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) ordered Australian nun Sr. Patricia Fox to leave the country following its decision to forfeit her missionary visa. In a statement, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said ...

Historical Fact or Creative Expression? Anastasia Copyright Dispute Proceeds to Trial
JD Supra - 2018-04-24
The rights holders in the Play sued McNally and commercial partner Anastasia Musical LLC for copyright infringement, alleging that the Musical had copied creative elements from the Play going beyond the historical record. Jean-Etienne de Becdelievre et al.

Bzzzzz: Would Gadon fall on his mid-finger?
Sun Star - 2018-04-24
FOURTH COMPLAINT. Complaints for disbarment against Lorenzo Gadon, known famously (or in-) as the lawyer who set off the impeachment of Supreme Court Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno, seem to rely more on his alleged "immoral conduct" than ignorance of the ...

Rappler's Maria Ressa seeks more time to address tax case
Rappler - 2018-04-24
MANILA, Philippines - Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, through her lawyers on Tuesday, April 24, requested the Department of Justice (DOJ) for more time to submit her counter-affidavit in the tax evasion complaint against Rappler Holdings Corporation (RHC).

Dole-Western Visayas conducts walk for a cause vs child labor
Sun Star - 2018-04-24
THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole)-Western Visayas will conduct a walk for a cause mainly to campaign against child labor during the Labor Day Celebration on May 1. The activity will be held at the Jaro Cathedral at 6 a.m. However, some of the ...

SC junks plea to remove Morales
Sun Star - 2018-04-24
THE Supreme Court (SC) has junked the consolidated petition seeking to declare vacant the position of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales and declare void the decisions she issued from December 1, 2012 up to present. The SC, in its ruling, said that Article ...

Group tells SC: Clarify scope of TRO on RCOA
BusinessMirror - 2018-04-24
The petitioner recounted that on December 27, 2016, the PCCI filed a petition seeking to declare null and void the DOE order and ERC resolutions implementing the mandatory migration of contestable customers from Meralco to other electricity suppliers.

Bayan Muna asks SC to clarify TRO on retail electricity suppliers
Rappler - 2018-04-24
MANILA, Philippines - The Bayan Muna party asked the Supreme Court (SC) to exclude anti-monopoly provisions from the blanket temporary restraining order (TRO) it imposed on the Retail Competition and Open Access (RCOA) policy. Bayan Muna chairman Neri ...

SC upholds divorce with foreign spouse outside PH
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-24
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 24) -- The country now recognizes a divorce obtained by a Filipino with a foreign spouse outside the country, according to a Supreme Court (SC) ruling. The high court affirmed the September 18, 2014 ruling of the Court ...

Russia and China are new OFW destinations-POEA
BusinessMirror - 2018-04-24
The Czech Republic and San Marino are also negotiating labor deals, he added. For decades the Philippines has relied on money sent home by millions of overseas workers to boost the economy and support the currency. The funds--estimated by the World Bank ...

Government tax-reform program to level playing field-DOF
BusinessMirror - 2018-04-24
The government needs to rationalize the tax system for businesses in the country to level the playing field for the benefit of over 800,000 local corporations that have been paying regular taxes, according to the Department of Finance (DOF). DOF Assistant ...

JCCI warns tax reform will drive out investors
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-24
It also called "unattractive" the preferential corporate income tax (CIT) rate of 15% based on net income. "For potential investors, the CIT rate of 15%... is unattractive compared to Vietnam and neighboring countries," the JCCI said in a March 19 ...

TiVo Enters Intellectual Property License Agreement with Telstra
Yahoo Finance - 2018-04-24
TiVo Corporation (TIVO), a global leader in entertainment technology and audience insights, today announced that the company has entered a multi-year intellectual property (IP) license agreement with Telstra, a leading telecommunications and technology ...

Amicrobe, Inc., Developer Of Novel Technology For Antibiotic Resistance, Adds Safety Application To Intellectual Property Portfolio
Yahoo Finance - 2018-04-24
The company announces filing of a PCT application focused on safety in the treatment of antibiotic resistant infections, as well as multiple international acceptances of its two foundational patents. CARLSBAD, Calif., April 24, 2018 /PRNewswire ...

Theme park finds inadvertent ally
Sun Star - 2018-04-24
VICE Governor Jose Mari Pelaez is questioning why the Provincial Assessor's Office reclassified five parcels of land registered under the UC-1 Corporation for taxation purposes without the approval of the Provincial Board (PB). During the regular session ...

Stocks sink; Jollibee, Ayala Land fall
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-04-24
The peso closed at 52.30 against the US dollar Tuesday, down from 52.24 Monday. Major property developer Ayala Land Inc. fell 2.9 percent to P40.05, while Jollibee Foods Corp., the biggest fastfood chain, slumped 3.1 percent to P285. SM Prime Holdings Inc ...

SC: Philippine courts now recognize divorce obtained by Filipino from foreign spouse
philstar.com - 2018-04-24
MANILA, Philippines -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that a divorce obtained by a Filipino from a foreign spouse is deemed valid in the Philippines. SC spokesperson Theodore Te said that 10 justices ruled that "a foreign divorce secured by a ...

Jack Daniel's sues Texas competitors, calls out bad customer reviews
The Business Journals - 2018-04-24
Jack Daniel's Properties Inc. has filed a lawsuit against two Texas-based competitors alleging copyright infringement, dilution of trademarks, false advertising and other grievances. The suit was filed against Dallas-based Dynasty Spirits Inc. and Houston ...

In landmark ruling, SC recognizes divorce in marriage with foreigners
Rappler - 2018-04-24
BAGUIO, Philippines - The Supreme Court (SC) en banc issued a landmark ruling on Tuesday, April 24, recognizing divorce in marriages with foreigners. Voting 10-3-1, the SC en banc ruled "that a foreign divorce secured by a Filipino against a foreign ...

LeBron James, Uninterrupted sends letter to Alabama over copyright infringement
Yahoo Sports - 2018-04-24
LeBron James and his multimedia company UNINTERRUPTED have called out Alabama over copyright infringement. The Crimson Tide football program released a trailer for "Shop Talk," which features former player Julio Jones and coach Nick Saban at a barber shop ...

Court says monkey can't sue over selfie
The Salem News - 2018-04-24
Copyright infringement can only be claimed on behalf of humans, the court said. The unanimous, three-judge panel upheld a lower court ruling that dismissed the lawsuit by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals against a photographer whose camera ...

The Government reforms the Intellectual Property Law via a Royal Decree-Law in order to come into line with European legislation
Lexology - 2018-04-24
The Government approves Royal Decree-Law 2/2018 amending the Intellectual Property Law in order to include the directives on collective management of copyright and permitted uses of works by the blind In view of the imminent risk of a penalty due to the ...

Monkey can't sue for copyright infringement of selfies, 9th Circuit rules
Los Angeles Times - 2018-04-23
A federal appeals court decided unanimously Monday that animals may not sue for copyright protection. The ruling came in the case of a monkey that took selfies with a wildlife photographer's camera. The photographer later published the photos. An animal ...

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