FinTech Fast Track Initiative Announced by Intellectual Property Office of Singapore
Lexology - 2018-05-23
The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) has announced an initiative under which the examination of patent applications relating to FinTech can be accelerated. The initiative was launched on 26 April 2018 and will be effective for 12 months.

The rise of intellectual property (IP) in China
Lexology - 2018-05-23
China has once again become a major world economic force to be reckoned with after playing an unprecedented game of economic catch-up since 1978. Its booming ecommerce market and a shift from primary products and manufacturing to more of a consumer economy ...

Chick-Fil-A, ESPN Want Out Of TV Commercial Copyright Suit
Law360 - 2018-05-22
Law360 (May 22, 2018, 7:47 PM EDT) -- Chick-fil-A Inc. and ESPN Inc. on Tuesday asked a Texas federal court to toss a copyright infringement suit alleging they stole music from a little-known Dallas rock band to fill out two commercials, saying Platinum ...

Copyright Being Used To Prevent Actress From Showing Her Own Demo Reel
Techdirt - 2018-05-22
You may recall that Doniger was the lawyer behind Playboy suing Boing Boing for copyright infringement for linking to an Imgur collection of Playboy centerfolds. That case went so poorly that the judge tossed it out in just two months. Before that ...

St-Georges Eco-Mining Announces Spin-Out of Subsidiary ZeU Crypto Networks & Intellectual Property Acquisition Agreement Amendment with Tiande
Best Junior Mining Stocks - 2018-05-22
Montreal, QC / TheNewswire / May 22, 2018 - St-Georges Eco-Mining Corp. (CSE: SX) (OTC: SXOOF) (FSE: 85G1) announces that it intends to spin-out its subsidiary ZeU Crypto Networks Inc., with the intent of listing ZeU on the Canadian Securities Exchange.

Tucson businesswoman Lisa Frank settles copyright lawsuit
Arizona Daily Star - 2018-05-22
The copyright infringement lawsuit filed by Tucson business legend Lisa Frank was settled Monday, court records show. Lisa Frank, Inc. and Canada-based Orb Factory agreed to a confidential settlement on the fifth day of the civil jury trial, with each ...

Tax perks reform may still change -- DoF exec
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-22
Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III THE DEPARTMENT of Finance (DoF) said it is open to changes in its corporate tax reform proposal, but maintained that the overall objective of streamlining incentives should not be compromised. "We have to ...

Dominguez seeks congressional OK of 2nd tax reform package
Sun Star - 2018-05-22
Rep. Dakila Carlo Cua, the committee chairman, along with Deputy Speaker Raneo Abu and Deputy Majority Leader Aurelio Gonzales Jr., filed HB 7458 that aims to lower the corporate income tax (CIT) and reform the investment incentives system. This measure ...

Moreno camp to consolidate cases before Sandiganbayan
Sun Star - 2018-05-22
AFTER successfully consolidating Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno's 24 administrative cases before the Court of Appeals, the mayor's camp is yet again aiming to consolidate the 24 criminal cases before anti-graft court Sandiganbayan. In an interview ...

Duterte yet to lift total deployment ban to Kuwait
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-22
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 21) -- Has President Rodrigo Duterte really ordered the lifting of the total ban on worker's deployment to Kuwait? Just last week, MalacaƱang announced the ban's lifting. "Upon recommendation of the Special Envoy to ...

Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-22
Among the observers are the Asian Development Bank, the International Monetary Fund ... Internal Revenue Service financial transactions of US persons. Accordingly, the Philippines adopted Republic Act 10021 on March 8, 2010, otherwise known as the ...

Finance official clears TRAIN law in basic goods price spike
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-22
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 22) -- The Finance Department on Tuesday maintained the tax reform law is not the cause of higher prices of basic goods, as it contributed less than half a percent to the inflation rate in April. Finance Undersecretary ...

Dominguez asks Congress to pass second Train package
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-05-22
He said the Train law also allowed the Bureaus of Internal Revenue and of Customs to exceed their respective collection targets in the first quarter this year. Dominguez said the biggest impact of Train was not on the prices of basic goods but on non ...

Court judges unite vs Sereno
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-05-22
Judges and court employees on Monday rallied behind the May 11 decision of the Supreme Court to boot Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno out of office, even as the ousted magistrate clung to the hope of a reversal of the ruling against her. Again wearing ...

Sotto says Senate 'cannot intervene' in SC decision on Sereno ouster
Rappler - 2018-05-22
MANILA, Philippines - New Senate President Vicente Sotto III said the chamber has no jurisdiction over the Supreme Court decision ousting former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Sotto said the Senate has sole jurisdiction only on an impeachment trial ...

Supreme Court upholds CA ruling to give protection to human rights lawyer
Rappler - 2018-05-22
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court (SC) has affirmed a Court of Appeals (CA) decision to grant the petition of a human rights lawyer for the issuance of the writs of amparo and habeas data. In a 21-page ruling issued penned by Associate Justice ...

Supreme Court upholds CA ruling to give protection to human rights lawyer
Rappler - 2018-05-22
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court (SC) has affirmed a Court of Appeals (CA) decision to grant the petition of a human rights lawyer for the issuance of the writs of amparo and habeas data. In a 21-page ruling issued penned by Associate Justice ...

Revenge Of Shinobi and its cheerful copyright infringement
Den of Geek - 2018-05-22
From the output of Cannon Films to the cartoons and comics of those Teenage Turtles, ninjas were all over the place in the 1980s. And while there were lots of other pretenders to the crown, few ninja-themed videogame franchises were as consistently ...

Higher electricity bills for Filipino consumers starting June
Rappler - 2018-05-22
Manila Electric Company (Meralco), the Philippines' largest power distributor, has already been advised of the adjustment in the FIT-All rate. "[W]e need to implement it," said Meralco utility economics head Lawrence Fernandez. The new FIT-All rate is seen ...

'Gone Girl' Copyright Infringement Suit Gets The Boot
Law360 - 2018-05-22
Law360 (May 21, 2018, 9:33 PM EDT) -- An Illinois federal judge on Monday tossed copyright infringement claims lobbed by a woman who claimed "Gone Girl" author Gillian Flynn wrongly stole from a screenplay she wrote years before, saying her alleged ...

Nike Closes Out Series with Win in Ninth Circuit Forum
Lexology - 2018-05-22
Nike Inc. ("Nike") hit a big fourth quarter three when a split Ninth Circuit panel blocked the "Jumpman" logo copyright infringement lawsuit brought by renowned photographer Jacobus Rentmeester ("Rentmeester" or "Plaintiff") (Rentmeester v.

James Arthur's 'Say You Won't Let Go' Sued for Copyright Infringement by The Script
Billboard - 2018-05-22
The former 'X Factor' winner's 2016 comeback single is too similar to The Script's "The Man Who Can't Be Moved," according to attorney Richard Busch's filing on behalf of the British band. Since "Say You Won't Let Go" first debuted in 2016, fans have ...

Justices need not inhibit in quo warranto case (Part 2)
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-05-21
To continue, there are many other precedents which ought to be cited. Before he was appointed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1967, Chief Justice Enrique M. Fernando was the legal counsel of President Ferdinand Marcos. Despite his obviously close ...

ConCom proposes new impeachment process under federal gov't
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 21) -- The Constitutional Committee (ConCom) tasked to recommend changes to the country's charter is proposing a new impeachment process under a federal form of government that would allow both the Supreme Court and ...

House leaders told: Review TRAIN 1 before approving part 2 of tax reform
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-21
Zarate of Bayan Muna issued the statement as members of the House Committee on Ways and Means, the Department of Finance (DOF) and other stakeholders will meet on Tuesday to start discussing several bills, which aim to reduce corporate-income tax and ...

Con-com seeks overhaul of Judiciary in new Charter
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-21
"In other words, if the process is purely political, the members of Congress would not be answerable to the Judiciary but they will be answerable to the people, and this means that the respondent cannot go to the Supreme Court for any judicial remedy ...

Prima facie correctness of a tax assessment: When does it not apply?
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-21
This presumption has to do with the established rule in taxation that assessments for alleged tax deficiencies are prima facie presumed correct and made in good faith or accepted as correct until disproved. This essentially signifies that, once a tax ...

ConCom proposes three supreme courts
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-21
ConCom Senior Technical and Media Officer Conrado I. Generoso cited the three proposed high courts as follows: the Federal Supreme Court, the Federal Administrative Court, and the Federal Constitution Court. "The highest court of the land will no longer ...

A stab in the back of Philippine democracy
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-21
The recent ouster of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes A. Sereno by eight members of the Supreme Court (SC), six of whom should have inhibited themselves from the quo warranto proceedings but chose to act as witness, prosecutor, judge and virtual executioner all ...

Immigration to deport 3 Hong Kong residents for illegal entry
philstar.com - 2018-05-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration is set to deport three Hong Kong residents for allegedly entering the country illegally, the bureau announced on Monday. The arrested foreigners were identified by BI Anti-Terrorist Group chief Fortunato ...

Singapore ISPs Block 53 Pirate Sites Following MPAA Legal Action
TorrentFreak - 2018-05-21
The action, which covers platforms including The Pirate Bay plus KickassTorrents and Solarmovie variants, follows a successful application from the MPAA, which accuses the platforms of flagrant copyright infringement. Under increasing pressure from ...

Demand rising again for PH nurses, caregivers
Sun Star - 2018-05-21
Fenita Berdon, labor officer at the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), said in a press conference that tremendous opportunities are also in store for Filipinos who wish to work abroad. "Germany is in need of nurses. Japan, on the other ...

Sereno to appeal Supreme Court ouster ruling by May 30
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 21) -- Former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is filing an appeal for the Supreme Court to reconsider the decision to unseat her. Sereno told CNN Philippines' "The Source" on Monday she will file the motion for ...

Second worker in fatal Hanjin shipyard accident dies
Rappler - 2018-05-21
Alegre suffered a head injury while Bayuta had a fracture on his lower back after the fall. Both the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) issued suspension orders to Binictican I-Tech. Song Suk Bae ...

After labor deal, Govt focuses on violators
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-20
Paras. Paras is the newly appointed cluster head of DOLE overseeing the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA). "There must...be a review of the licenses of manpower agencies and ...

Con-com eyes 3 high courts
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-20
The creation of three high courts is also meant to "ease the caseloads of the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court and make the wheels of justice grind faster," Generoso said. The judicial system in the Philippines has been criticized for being too slow.

ERC okays Transco bid to hike FiT-All rate
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-20
Distribution utilities, and not Transco, will collect the new FiT-All rate from consumers. When sought for comment, Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) said it has already been advised by Transco that the new FiT-All rate will take effect in June. "Therefore ...

Philippines, US reaffirm alliance for regional stability
philstar.com - 2018-05-20
"I will not call on America. I have lost trust in the Americans," Duterte said. The president made the statement after shrugging off the warning of Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio that Chinese are operating on a sandbar near Philippines ...

Another EDSA 2
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-20
Last May 11, the Supreme Court, voting 8-6, ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on the basis of the quo warranto case filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida. The SC decision effectively pre-empted the impeachment proceedings against her started by ...

Sereno warns Ombudsman post could be used for 'political vendetta'
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-20
Also vying for the post are Duterte's former legal counsel Edna Batacan, and Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Martires, the President's first appointee to the High Court. The JBC has yet to announce the schedule of the public interviews. Duterte has ...

Kapuso stars heat up Independence Day celebrations in Dubai and Jeddah
GMA Network - 2018-05-20
The Kapuso stars also had the chance to explore the city and visit the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) at the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in Dubai. Afterwards, they paid a courtesy visit to the Philippine Consulate General in ...

TIMELINE: The many times Duterte and Sereno clashed
Rappler - 2018-05-20
Duterte also apologizes to Sereno for his "harsh words." In a 10-5 vote, the Supreme Court (SC) allows a hero's burial for Marcos. Sereno dissents, saying she cannot support "such an expedient and shortsighted view of Philippine history." On May 23 ...

JBC decision hinges on SC final ruling
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-05-19
THE Judicial and Bar Council will wait for the final ruling of the Supreme Court on the ouster of erstwhile Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno before starting the application and nomination process for aspirants to the top judiciary post. "The JBC will ...

Who is Ronnie Albao of the Tourism Promotions Board?
Rappler - 2018-05-19
MANILA, Philippines - Cesar Montano's most trusted man in the Tourism Promotions Board (TBP) is not new to national government, having started out two decades ago as an executive assistant in the office of then-Vice President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

More Filipino nurses seek jobs in U.S. in 2017
Rappler - 2018-05-19
Bertiz also said that Nigerians and Cubans compete with Filipinos in the US nursing labor market. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay of registered nurses in America in 2017 amounts to $70,000 (P3.66 million) per year ...

Impact of air pollution in human health, environment
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-05-19
For big industries, they are required to have a workplace environment monitoring (WEM) to determine concentrations of PM10 and PM2.5 based on the Department of Labor and Employment standards. The regional impact otherwise known as transboundary air ...

Remittance dampener
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-05-19
The labor row worsened when Mr. Duterte declared on April 30 that the ban on Filipino workers leaving for the Gulf nation was permanent and urged Filipinos there to come home if they were being mistreated. Bangko Sentral Deputy Governor Diwa Guinigundo ...

Are the UK's intellectual property laws ready for AI?
Lexology - 2018-05-19
"AI doesn't just belong to a few tech giants in Silicon Valley": these were the words of Google Cloud's chief scientist for AI, Fei-Fei Li, speaking in March 2018 at a panel discussion on the impact of AI. Whilst companies such as IBM, Microsoft and Google ...

Contract Corner: US Intellectual Property Ownership - Default Laws
JD Supra - 2018-05-18
Protecting intellectual property rights is a critical component to the success of a technology company. In order for a tech company to determine how to protect its intellectual property, the company should understand how the key intellectual property ...

Justices need not inhibit in quo warranto case
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-05-18
Anybody following the developments in the petition for quo warranto which Solicitor General Jose Calida lodged in the Supreme Court against its own helmsman, Mme. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, knows that earlier on, the latter had demanded that six ...

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