Supreme Court unseats Chief Justice Sereno
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 11) -- The Supreme Court justices voted to unseat Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. In a precedent-setting case, eight justices voted to grant Solicitor General Jose Calida's petition to oust Sereno, while six voted ...

Supreme Court votes to oust Sereno in landmark ruling
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-11
Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno speaks during an interview with BusinessWorld in this photo taken on February 16, 2018. The Supreme Court (SC) en banc, in a landmark ruling made on Friday, May 11, voted 8-6 favoring Solicitor General ...

Commission on Audit: P6B properties unaccounted for
Sun Star - 2018-05-11
The COA also said that the provincial government "institute control measures by requiring ... who enrolled in the post-graduate courses at the University of St. La Salle-Bacolod City "which is not among the allowable chargeable against the fund, contrary ...

Negross Occidental industries reminded of environmental law compliance
Sun Star - 2018-05-11
THE Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (Penro) has reminded industries in Negros Occidental to ensure compliance with environmental measures set by the government amid the fishkill incident that hit anew in Pontevedra town. Penro head ...

UN votes to take first step toward a global environment pact
Sun Star - 2018-05-11
The resolution asks Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to produce a report for the next General Assembly session starting in September that identifies and assesses possible gaps in international environmental law and related legal instruments. It also ...

Former Chief Justice: Granting quo warranto marks 'doomsday for the judiciary'
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 11) -- Former Chief Justice Hilario Davide believes the Supreme Court should vote against the quo warranto petition against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno -- for its own good. "That would be the doomsday for ...

Price spikes dampen first quarter economic growth
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 10) -- The government today announced that the Philippine economy grew by 6.8 percent for the first quarter of 2018 -- the 10th consecutive quarter of expansion of 6.5 percent or better. The Philippines almost hit the ...

Palace sees partial lifting of Kuwait OFW ban
philstar.com - 2018-05-11
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) will incorporate the agreement in the contracts for deployment. The partial lifting of the deployment ban will be implemented "as soon as the President announces it," Roque added. Based on the MOA ...

Despite inflation spike, GDP grows by 6.8% in Q1 2018
philstar.com - 2018-05-11
"We expect fiscal spending, business and household spending to continue to drive growth in 2018 and 2019," he said. "These drivers of growth can easily withstand measured monetary tightening this year and next. Market interest rates have reflected ...

Damocles and Thanos
philstar.com - 2018-05-10
Today, 14 Justices of the Supreme Court, the Guardians of the Judiciary (not the Galaxy) will decide on the Quo Warranto case filed against their Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. In doing so they will also decide on their future. Will they now strip ...

4 warehouses in Cebu City padlocked
Sun Star - 2018-05-10
FOUR warehouses in Cebu City were padlocked by members of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Region 13 yesterday. Atty. Bernardino Paul Somera Jr, chief of the Regional Investigation Division of BIR 13, said they temporarily closed the warehouses of ...

Makabayan bloc seeks TRAIN law repeal
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-10
Meanwhile, in the same bill, the bloc has introduced new provisions, which seek to: Restore the old National Internal Revenue Code (NIRC) levels of excise tax on petroleum products and oil, specifically zero tax for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), diesel ...

Solon moves to amend TRAIN law, internal revenue code
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-10
The Senate, when it resumes plenary sessions next week, is poised to consider a bill amending the National Internal Revenue Code to allow the automatic suspension of the excise tax on fuel provided for in the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion ...

Palawan town eyes 100,000 tourists in 2018 as San Vicente Airport opens
Rappler - 2018-05-10
PALAWAN, Philippines - The emerging tourism town in San Vicente in northern Palawan expects to welcome 100,000 tourists in 2018 as its airport was finally inaugurated on Thursday, May 10. "San Vicente projects to log up to 100,000 tourists for 2018 ...

Item 9 Labs Corp. Announces Sale of AirWare Intellectual Property to Health Defense, LLC for $1.3 Million
GlobeNewswire - 2018-05-10
Item 9 Maintains 10% Ownership Interest in New IP Company While Focusing on New Growth Opportunities for its Nasal Technology Delivery Platform within the Medical Cannabis Market SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., May 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Item 9 Labs Corp. (OTC ...

Zecotek Imaging China Retains China-Based Law Firm to Protect Intellectual Property
GlobeNewswire - 2018-05-10
With ten offices around the world including Hong Kong and Shanghai, the Lexinter Law Group are experts at protecting intellectual property in any jurisdiction. "We have retained the Lexinter Law Group to ensure the manufacturing facility for our LFS ...

Japan aims to gain international protection for the intellectual property
FreshPlaza - 2018-05-10
The agriculture ministry is ramping up efforts to prevent unintended outflows of domestically developed fruit varieties after the unauthorized production of cherished types was found in South Korea and China. The ministry aims to gain international ...

10 companies and proprietors face tax raps
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-10
Florendo and treasurer James L. Tiu, and Cavite-based company Drillcorp Philippines, Inc. (Drillcorps) and its responsible corporate officers Kenneth Wilkes, Maricris Saniel, Ip Swee Bin, and Edward Bacus. Huile "is being sued for a total deficiency tax ...

Apple shelves plans for Ireland data center over trees
Rappler - 2018-05-10
But the European Commission said Apple paid an effective corporate tax rate of just 0.005 per cent on its European profits in 2014 -- equivalent to just 50 euros for every million. 'Very angry and upset' Paul Keane, founder of Facebook group "Athenry for ...

Flying to BIMP-EAGA? Travel tax waived for certain travelers
Rappler - 2018-05-10
MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte renewed the travel tax exemption for travelers from Mindanao and Palawan who will fly to the regional grouping called BIMP-EAGA. BIMP-EAGA refers to the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ...

33,120 jobs up for grabs in Peso job expo
Sun Star - 2018-05-10
Person with disabilities, solo parents, indigenous group, Tesda graduates ... Philippine Statistics Authority, PhilHealth, Social Security System, Professional Regulation Commission, and Employees' Compensation Commission will likewise set up help desk ...

PH, Kuwait to sign labor deal on Friday
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 10) -- Philippine and Kuwaiti officials will sign on Friday the proposed labor deal protecting the welfare of Filipino workers. In a media briefing Thursday, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque confirmed the agreement ...

Dr Dre loses trademark dispute
Independent Record - 2018-05-10
Dr. Dre has lost a copyright infringement case against a doctor. The 53-year-old rapper - whose real name is Andre Young - had taken legal action when gynaecologist Dr. Draion M. Burch used a play on words and applied to trademark his name as Dr. Drai ...

Nigeria: Henry Knight Accuses Peter Okoye of Intellectual Property Theft
AllAfrica.com - 2018-05-10
With growing cases of intellectual theft in the music industry, a Nigerian singer, Henry Knight, has accused Peter Okoye (Mr P) of lifting content from his song without proper credit. Henry Knight on Wednesday shared his grievances on his Instagram page ...

BPOs remain bullish despite TRAIN 2 passage -- Colliers
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-10
Business process outsourcing (BPO) firms remain bullish on expanding in the Philippines despite the removal of tax perks under the proposed second package of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN), according to real estate consulting ...

OFWs, seafarers can now avail of loans anytime, anywhere via Lendr
newsbytes.ph - 2018-05-10
Other requirements include: a copy of their latest contract of employment with POEA validation; passport; visa; proof of remittances for the last three months; authorization letter to borrow; and an exit stamp and arrival stamp or a copy of their plane ...

Prayers for Sereno set
The Visayan Daily Star - 2018-05-10
The activity is being held on the eve of the special en banc session of the Supreme Court on the quo warranto petition against Sereno, she added. Sereno returned to the SC yesterday after taking an indefinite leave in March. Carlo Cruz, one of her ...

Candy-Coated Copyright Infringement
The Austin Chronicle - 2018-05-10
The Museum of Human Achievement is a lot of things, according to director Zac Traeger, but it's not a marketing agency. Traeger founded the nonprofit seven years ago in an Eastside warehouse with the decidedly anti-capitalist mission of cultivating arts ...

Editorial: Is it time to worry?
Sun Star - 2018-05-10
THE fate of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno will be known tomorrow when the Supreme Court (SC) holds a special en banc session to vote on the quo warranto case against the embattled chief justice . Sereno returned to work Wednesday after she went on an ...

Mercedes-AMG G63 6√ó6 Clone Debuts in Beijing Auto Show
BenzInsider - 2018-05-10
Many Chinese companies are known for their blatant copyright infringement. Mercedes-Benz vehicles are no exception. Recently, another rip-off came out in the Chinese market that copied the looks of the Mercedes-AMG G63 6√ó6. The Mercedes-AMG G63 6√ó6 clone ...

Who owns the Intellectual Property Rights in your startup?
Lexology - 2018-05-10
One of the key issues an investor or buyer will look at is whether a company owns the intellectual property rights used in the course of its business. Securing this right at the beginning will save you money and time in the long run but may be more ...

Sean R. Heavey Challenges Netflix for Alleged Copyright Infringement
The Glasgow Courier - 2018-05-09
When Sean R. Heavey watched an episode of Netflix's Stranger Things some months back, he couldn't help but feel a sense of familiarity about the storm in the scene he was watching. To hear Heavey tell it, he had to go back multiple times to freeze the ...

Courts Split On How To Determine Statutory Damages For Copyright Infringement
Breaking Energy - 2018-05-09
The recent decision in Energy Intelligence Group, Inc. v. CHS McPherson Refinery, Inc. highlights a circuit split regarding how courts determine the statutory damages available for copyright infringement where multiple copyrighted expressions are at issue.

Sereno returns to work, faces SC ouster decision
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-05-09
and Net worth for several years from 1986 to 2006 when she was a professor at the UP College of Law. It was found out that aside from her SALNS for the years 2006, 2009, 2010, and 2011, which she submitted in her applications for associate justice and ...

SILTECTRA Fortifies Market Position by Adding New Patents to Global Intellectual Property Portfolio
GlobeNewswire - 2018-05-09
Wafering technology innovations covered by additional patents aim to further reduce costs for manufacturers of silicon carbide-based ICs and other devices DRESDEN, Germany, May 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SILTECTRA GmbH, a leader in advanced wafering ...

No More Monkey Business: The Ninth Circuit Finds Monkeys Cannot Sue For Copyright Infringement
JD Supra - 2018-05-09
The Ninth Circuit was recently faced with a novel issue: Does a crested macaque, or generally speaking, a monkey, have the right to sue humans, corporations, and companies for damages and injunctive relief arising from claims of copyright infringement?

Can Artificial Intelligence (AI) finally protect artists from getting their designs ripped off?
graphicartsmag.com - 2018-05-09
Currently, artist copyright infringement is especially widespread in apparel - from corporations that mass-produce t-shirts, to ordinary people printing a design on a coffee mug. But could AI change the prevailing tide by stopping copyright infringement ...

Inflation data could force Senate to temporarily suspend TRAIN Act
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-09
The Senate Economic Affairs Committee hinted broadly of suspending later this year the excise tax levied under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law to help keep runaway inflation in check, Sen. Sherwin T. Gatchalian, panel chairman ...

Palace shrugs off Sereno's return to Supreme Court
Sun Star - 2018-05-09
MALACA√ĎANG on Wednesday, May 9, shrugged off the decision of embattled Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to resume work after a two-month leave amid attempts to unseat her. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said the executive ...

Tabuk City allots P26.8M for environmental programs
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-05-09
Maricel Kiley, City Planning and Development Coordinator, bared that P222.3M was appropriated by the city LGU for development fund from its P901M total internal revenue allotment for this year. She said P187M will go to infrastructure development ...

The options of Chief Justice Sereno
Rappler - 2018-05-09
There must be no doubt about that, and that is why the Constitution gave the sole power of determining this to the Senate which is expected to consider that national interest. That is also why the Constitution requires a high bar, a two-thirds majority of ...

Chief Justice Sereno goes back to work, to stay 'to the bitter end'
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-09
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 9) -- Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno was all smiles as she went back to work Wednesday, two months after taking an indefinite leave at the request of her fellow magistrates. Sereno's camp shared a photo of the ...

Suspending TRAIN law amid higher prices 'more harm than good' - Diokno
Rappler - 2018-05-09
"It will create a lot of chaos because BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue) is already geared in collecting these taxes so it will upset the revenue projection," he added. On Tuesday, May 8, Senators Bam Aquino and JV Ejercito urged economic managers to ...

Dr. Dre loses copyright infringement case against gynecologist named Dr. Drai
Consequence of Sound - 2018-05-09
In 2015, Dr. Dre entered into a copyright infringement battle with a gynecologist named Draion M. Burch. The Pennsylvania-based doctor sought to trademark his name as Dr. Drai, but was met with objections from the hip-hop mogul, who feared the similarities ...

Copyright infringement lawsuits make Indy skyline photo worth a lot more than 1,000 words
The Indianapolis Star - 2018-05-09
Copyright infringement lawsuits make Indy skyline photo worth a lot more than 1,000 words Rich Bell is a retired lawyer who has filed or threatened hundreds of copyright infringement lawsuits over a photo he shot of the Indy skyline in 2000 Check out this ...

Special Prosecutor Sandoval applies for Ombudsman post
Rappler - 2018-05-09
He is the first one to confirm his interest in the post. Supreme Court Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo de Castro has been nominated to the post but she has to agree to the nomination before she would be considered. Sandoval said he refused offers from ...

Sereno returns to Supreme Court, ends indefinite leave
Rappler - 2018-05-09
MANILA, Philippines - Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno ended her indefinite leave and returned to the Supreme Court on Wednesday, May 9, informed sources confirmed to Rappler. Sereno returns days ahead of the voting on her quo warranto petition.

Tax Deductions for Costs relating to Intellectual Property in Singapore
Lexology - 2018-05-09
Tax deductions are available for costs incurred in the registration, acquisition and licensing of intellectual property. In an effort to support innovation and the secure commercialisation of intellectual property, the Singapore Budget 2018 ("2018 Budget ...

Resignation is nonsense: Sereno mulls ending leave
philstar.com - 2018-05-08
MANILA, Philippines -- Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno has rejected calls for her resignation, probably for the last time, before the Supreme Court (SC) decides on her fate and rules on the petition of Solicitor General Jose Calida seeking her ouster ...

Courts Split on How to Determine Statutory Damages for Copyright Infringement
JD Supra - 2018-05-08
The recent decision in Energy Intelligence Group, Inc. v. CHS McPherson Refinery, Inc. highlights a circuit split regarding how courts determine the statutory damages available for copyright infringement where multiple copyrighted expressions are at issue.

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