Significant Intellectual Property Trademark Decisions
JD Supra - 2018-03-27
2017 was a year filled with significant developments in case law for trademarks. The below rulings highlight some successes and obstacles faced by companies in the protection of their trademarks and their brand as a whole. Following is an overview of a few ...

Congress expected to meet 2018 tax reform timetable
BusinessWorld - 2018-03-27
It gives a definite timeline and schedule of reduction of the business tax rate," the legislator said in a mobile phone message. "This sends a strong signal to the world that the Philippines is and will continue to be a top investment destination ...

Cyber libel investigation vs Rappler starts rolling at DOJ
Rappler - 2018-03-27
The DOJ is hearing an entirely separate complaint of tax evasion filed against Rappler by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). The NBI has an ongoing investigation into Rappler for alleged corporate foreign control, a charge that the company has denied.

Landmark human rights hearings against fossil fuel companies begin in the Philippines
Greenpeace International - 2018-03-27
Director of the Energy and Climate Program of the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and one of the expert witnesses. The petitioners are demanding that representatives of the companies attend the public hearings and present their plans for ...

Feature: Federalism and its challenges and opportunities to higher education
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-03-26
The control that must remain to the hands of the Federal Government includes currency, national defense, foreign affairs, customs, immigration, civil political human rights and citizenship. "These are the powers that can only remain with the Federal ...

Mayor Osme├▒a drug protector, Aguirre claims
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-03-26
JUSTICE Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Monday lashed out at Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osme├▒a for threatening to file graft and disbarment cases against him for interfering in cases filed by the local government against SM and BDO, the mall giant and bank ...

Resorts World Manila operator says revenues hit P21B in 2017
BusinessWorld - 2018-03-26
In a statement, Travellers International Hotel Group, Inc. said revenues translated to an EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation, and amortization) of P3.5 billion. The 2017 revenues are 23% lower than the P27.49 billion the company ...

SC rules in favor of PAL in retrenchment case vs. FASAP
CNN Philippines - 2018-03-26
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 26) -- The Supreme Court en banc voted in favor of the Philippine Airlines (PAL) in its two decades-old controversial labor case against the Flight Attendants and Stewards Association of the Philippines (FASAP).

Withholding taxes made easier?
BusinessWorld - 2018-03-26
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) finally issued Revenue Regulations (RR) No. 11-2018, discussing some amendments to withholding tax regulations (i.e., RR No. 2-98, as amended) effective Jan. 1, 2018. Among the main objectives of the TRAIN law are to ...

Clark airport opens office for interagency task force to fight human trafficking
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-26
Bureau of Immigration; the National Bureau of Investigation; the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency Regional Office 3; and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-3. Also signed during the event was the iFight Trafficking Movement that will ...

SC upholds termination of 1,400 PAL flight staff in 1998 lawsuit
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-26
THE Supreme Court (SC), voting 7-2, affirmed the decision issued by the Court of Appeals in 2006, which held that the retrenchment in 1998 of 1,400 flight attendants and stewards of Lucio Tan-owned Philippine Airlines (PAL) was legal. In a 55-page decision ...

Reducing wealth inequality by taxing land and bequest
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-26
or start a business," said Ottmar Edenhofer, coauthor of the study, emphasizing further that: "Smart taxing of bequests and land can, thus, help to reduce both intra- and intergenerational wealth inequality." "We see a widening gap between rich and ...

GMA Network shows to be seen in OWWA branches
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-03-26
Kapuso programs can now be enjoyed in all branches of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) nationwide as GMA Network recently inked an exclusive partnership with the agency. Under the partnership, GMA will provide LED TVs at the waiting areas ...

DOLE order to recall labor attach├ę from HK making human traffickers happy: OFW groups
InterAksyon - 2018-03-26
Labor attach├ę Jalilo dela Torre, seen here in file photo from PASEI newsletter, has drawn support from many OFW groups who denounced the DOLE order recalling him from HK. ORIGINAL IMAGE FROM SUNWEBHK.COM MANILA - Various OFW groups including victims of ...

Advocates in Canada call for an end to violence against women migrant workers
Bulatlat - 2018-03-25
However, Anakbayan-Toronto said it is no less than the Philippine Court of Appeals that is failing Veloso after it denied her request to provide a recorded testimony in the case against her recruiters. In Canada, caregivers, who are mostly women ...

SSS to go after 7,000 delinquent employers under WDLG program
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-25
THE Social Security System (SSS) said it would go after 7,000 delinquent ... the case will be referred to the Legal Enforcement Group of the SSS for filing of criminal charges, he said.

DENR task force eyes eviction of El Nido environment law violators, beach squatters
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-25
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has started to conduct a resort-to-resort inspection in El Nido, Palawan, to identify violators of environmental laws. In particular, the DENR is in search of establishments that directly discharge ...

Is growth sustainable?
BusinessWorld - 2018-03-25
Second, increased agricultural productivity will free up labor that can be shifted toward higher productivity manufacturing. Third, increased agricultural productivity will mean wider and lower-costing inputs to agro-industrialization, i.e. manufacturing ...

How an 'outdated' law is preventing PH drug war victory
Rappler - 2018-03-25
(LIST: Minors, college students killed in Duterte's drug war ... More and more problems have accumulated from not updating the law since then. Congress has so far approved only one amendment to the law, and it involves the witnesses required for the ...

Millennial job-matching may help solve US labor-market puzzle
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-24
"Matching up smart kids, but maybe with fewer technical skills, with businesses that need those ... down from 6.6 just after the last recession ended in mid-2009, according to Labor Department data compiled by Bloomberg. Employers added a greater-than ...

SolGen's petition to oust Sereno faces another challenge
CNN Philippines - 2018-03-24
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 23) -- A group of lawyers joins two other groups in seeking the dismissal of the petition to remove Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno from office. The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) on Friday filed an ...

Ombudsman upholds plunder, graft charges against ex-Immigration officials Argosino, Robles
CNN Philippines - 2018-03-24
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 23 ... The embattled public officials are both members of the San Beda College of Law's Lex Talionis Fraternitas Inc., the same fraternity group of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre and President Rodrigo Duterte.

Law360's Intellectual Property Editorial Advisory Board
Law360 - 2018-03-23
Law360 (March 23, 2018, 4:43 PM EDT) -- Law360 is pleased to announce the formation of its 2018 Intellectual Property editorial advisory board. The purpose of the editorial advisory board is to get feedback on Law360's coverage and gain insight from ...

NUSI rescues seafarers duped by shipping agent
Moneylife - 2018-03-23
Besides Indian seafarers, there were 9 Chinese cooks. The story came to the light when during the recent visit of NUSI team to Uttar Pradesh, father of one of the seafarer Syed Amiq Ashab (21) complained and narrated to the team, the ordeal of his son ...

Budget surplus widens in January as revenues surge
BusinessWorld - 2018-03-23
The Bureau of Internal Revenue collected P175.6 billion for the month, nearly a fifth higher than the P147.4 billion raised the previous year. The Bureau of Customs also generated more funds worth P40.8 billion, up 14% from P35.9 billion during the ...

2017 tax take at 10-year peak sans new law
Journal - 2018-03-23
Revenue from tax collections of P2.251 trillion in 2017, which is 14.25 percent as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP), represents the highest tax effort in 10 years without any new legislation introduced to prop up collections, according to the ...

Ex-immigration officials in bribery scandal charged with plunder
Rappler - 2018-03-23
MANILA, Philippines - Ombudsman prosecutors on Friday, March 23, filed plunder charges against former immigration deputy commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles and alleged middleman Wally Sombero before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan.

OWWA needs 500 additional personnel for overseas offices
News Philippines Yahoo - 2018-03-23
Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Deputy Administrator Arnel Ignacio admitted in the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon that the agency is undermanned. MANILA, Philippines -- Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Deputy ...

Early christmas gift for EV workers
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-03-23
The last leg of the public consultation in Region 8 will be held in Maasin City, Southern Leyte on March 22 after finishing same public consultations in Catarman, Northern Samar March 14 ... rates of the following: non-agriculture (including sugar mills ...

Intellectual Property Law Update: Part one
Lexology - 2018-03-23
Tweet tweet! Not so fast! Copyright Issues Ahead! In a case involving reuse by a number of media outlets of a link to a photo of Tom Brady taken and posted to Snapchat by a private plaintiff and reposted to Twitter, the District Court for the Southern ...

Experts: Sereno ouster via quo warranto valid
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-03-22
The professor in De La Salle University College of Law added that such petition is a civil action filed to remove a usurper or an unqualified person from an important government post. Even former solicitor general Florin Hilbay and Integrated Bar of the ...

Copyright Year In Review - 2017
Mondaq - 2018-03-22
The Federal Court awarded Nintendo $12.76 million in statutory and punitive damages against Go Cyber Shopping for circumvention of technological protection measures ("TPMs") and copyright infringement. The case was notable not only for its heightened ...

Makabayan bloc, IBP want to intervene in quo warranto case vs Sereno
InterAksyon - 2018-03-22
MANILA - Several groups have asked the Supreme Court to allow them to weigh in on the quo warranto petition filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida to against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. The Makabayan bloc of lawmakers led by ACT Teacher party ...

Trillanes to file petition vs. PH withdrawal from ICC
CNN Philippines - 2018-03-22
More than 4,000 suspects were killed in anti-drug operations since the start of the bloody drug war in July 2016, government data show. Local and international human rights groups said Duterte in his public pronouncements ordered or encouraged policemen to ...

Trump eyes $50B in China tariffs as payback for intellectual property theft
New York Daily News - 2018-03-22
President Trump plans to levy $50 billion worth of tariffs on China to penalize the country for intellectual property theft, according to a report Wednesday. The aggressive measure is aimed at preventing China from undermining U.S. businesses, The New York ...

NAIA ranks 10th on 'world's most improved airports' list
Rappler - 2018-03-22
The travelers answered questions on their airport experiences, "from check-in, arrivals, transfers, shopping, security and immigration through to departure at the gate." Skytrax said the survey, "operated as an independent study," was conducted from August ...

Intellectual property theft nearly killed this American company
CNN Money - 2018-03-22
The Trump administration's investigation into Chinese intellectual property practices is personal for one American company. 01:17 Zuckerberg: 'I'm really sorry that this happened'

Musical Artists Having A "Party and Bulls***" After Copyright Infringement Suit Dismissed
JD Supra - 2018-03-22
Several musical artists, producers, publishers and songwriters, including the estate of the Notorious B.I.G and Rita Ora, are celebrating after a U.S. District judge for the Southern District of New York dismissed a copyright infringement lawsuit against them.

OWWA allots P25-million aid for OFWs affected by Kuwait deployment ban
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-21
In Photo: A group of homeward bound overseas Filipino workers repatriated from Kuwait completes their documentation upon their return to the country at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. President Duterte outlined some of his demands to the Kuwaiti ...

Supreme Court limits reach of tax crime statute
News Philippines Yahoo - 2018-03-21
The government had interpreted a section of the tax code to give it a broad ability to charge someone with obstructing or impeding the work of the Internal Revenue Service. It argued that someone could violate the statute by doing something intended to ...

BDO defends request to DOJ over tax cases in Cebu
Rappler - 2018-03-21
MANILA, Philippines - BDO Unibank Incorporated, the Philippines' largest lender, denied allegations by Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osme├▒a that it bribed Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II. Osme├▒a had accused Aguirre of interfering in the tax cases filed ...

Where are the rights for the most numerous?
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-21
In particular, the following reason is deemed sufficient: proof that the agency has no substantial capital or proof that the agency had no control over the work process or proof that the work outsourced is directly related to the business of the employer.

Digging deeper into the global mining context | 4 ominous trends in global mining
Bulatlat - 2018-03-21
as it affects the export-oriented and foreign-dominated local mining industry. Powerful economic interests in the mining industry, in turn, influence the mining-related policies and programs of the current government of the Duterte regime. 1. Metal prices ...

Napoles lawyer Stephen David once presented at Cabinet meeting
Rappler - 2018-03-21
San Miguel Corporation, led by businessman Ramon Ang, is also keen on joining the public bidding for the development of an airport in Sangley Point. David has other ties to Duterte and the administration, particularly in the realm of government finance.

BIR watch up against more firms
The Visayan Daily Star - 2018-03-21
Director Eduardo Pagulayan Jr. of the Bureau of Internal Revenue Region 12 said yesterday that they are monitoring more establishments that under-declare their sales to ensure compliance by paying the right taxes. He said this after the closure order given ...

The numbers
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-03-20
Sobra ang layo sa tiyan ng Supreme Court; sobra din ang layo sa isipan. Except of course, for the legal practitioners, students, and media. Will there be an upheaval? Of course not. Note how the audiences that CJ Sereno bring her case to in order to elicit ...

OFW ban to Kuwait, Oman unlikely to trigger remittance drop
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-20
According to an advisory from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), the measure aims to provide 25,000 jobs to Omani nationals. Likewise, a lower deployment of OFWs is also projected in Kuwait after the Department of Labor and ...

Pagcor seen earning P6 billion from online gaming operations
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-20
The third-party audit system will adopt mirrored applications both for operators and for the respective business-process outsourcing (BPOs) centers to enable Pagcor to monitor revenues and operations simultaneously. "This means we will have an ...

Blue Ribbon panel to seek quarterly BIR, Customs progress reports
BusinessWorld - 2018-03-20
THE Senate committee on accountability of public officers and investigations (also known as Blue Ribbon) plans to summon the Bureau of Customs (BoC) and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) for quarterly sessions to monitor their collection of taxes.

Industrial Park to rise in Davao Oriental
Davao Today - 2018-03-20
Various agencies such as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will also provide and facilitate livelihood and skills training for locals to ...

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