Tax raps vs Mighty dismissed after BIR agreed to a settlement
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-10-06
(Updated 6:01 p.m., Oct. 6) The Department of Justice (DOJ) has dismissed the three tax evasion complaints worth a total of P37.9 billion against tobacco company, Mighty Corp., after the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) decided to withdraw its charges.

On World Teachers Day, public school educators amplify call for wage hike
Bulatlat - 2017-10-06
He said at least P30 billion ($586 million) was deducted from the Department of Education to augment funds for the implementation of the free college education law. "Hindi dapat pagbanggain ang dalawang ito. Budget for war against the people could be ...

Members Of Congress: Court Was Wrong To Say That Posting The Law Is Copyright Infringement
Tech Dirt - 2017-10-05
Back in February, we wrote about a disturbing court decision that said that standards that are "incorporated by reference" into law, could still be copyright infringing if posted to the internet. In that earlier post I go into much more background, but the ...

Publishers take ResearchGate to court, alleging massive copyright infringement
Science Magazine - 2017-10-05
Scholarly publishing giants Elsevier and the American Chemical Society (ACS) have filed a lawsuit in Germany against ResearchGate, a popular academic networking site, alleging copyright infringement on a mass scale. The move comes after a larger group of ...

Sci-Hub: 'Pirate Bay of science' faces landmark ISP block over mass copyright infringement charges
International Business Times - 2017-10-05
Sci-Hub is facing a possible ISP block in the US.Screenshot Embattled academic paper-sharing website Sci-Hub, commonly referred to as the "Pirate Bay of science", could soon be blocked in search results in the US after a magistrate judge agreed that the ...

Columbia Sportswear wins $3m for patent infringement
Just-style - 2017-10-05
In 2016 it won a ruling against Seirus for copyright infringement. On 29 September a jury in the federal district court of San Diego awarded US$3.018m in damages to Columbia Sportswear, the amount representing Seirus's total profits from the sale of its ...

The Importance of Intellectual Property Management Technology
Forbes - 2017-10-05
Over the past seven years, I have written about the importance of protecting intellectual property (IP), mainly with small businesses. Of course, with over 300 billion in IP theft annually in the United States, IP protection is critical. However, from ...

Copyright office to DMCA service providers: Designate agents by year end or lose safe harbor protection
Lexology - 2017-10-05
One of the best-known benefits of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is the safe harbor from copyright infringement liability that it provides "online service providers", broadly defined in the statute as any "provider of online services or ...

Two content providers accuse TStv of copyright infringement
The Nation - 2017-10-04
Two international content providers, Turner Broadcasting System Europe Limited and belN, have accused TELCOMM SATELLITE TV (TStv) of infringing their exclusive distribution rights to certain television programmes. They said TStv did not have the rights to ...

Slow infrastructure rollout worries WB
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-10-04
The second package, slated to be submitted to both chambers of Congress in January, will gradually cut the corporate income tax rate to as low as 25% by 2021 from 30% currently in order to align the system with those of many of the Philippines ...

White House Cyber Chief Rob Joyce Raises Concerns on US Intellectual Property Theft
Executive Gov - 2017-10-04
Rob Joyce, White House cybersecurity coordinator, has said U.S. companies could fall victim to intellectual property theft when revealing their source code to foreign governments in order to do business in other countries, FCW reported Tuesday. Joyce said ...

Intellectual Property Development Corporation Pty v Fermentum Pty Ltd [2017] ATMO 68
Lexology - 2017-10-04
Intellectual Property Development Corporation opposed the registration of the trade mark PACIFIC ALE applied for by Fermentum in connection with a range of beers in Class 32. By way of background, it is useful to note that the applicant is the owner of the ...

Two labor centenaries
BusinessMirror. - 2017-10-04
In 2019, or less than two years from now, the International Labor Organization (ILO) shall turn 100. The ILO was established by the war-weary Europeans and Americans as part of the Treaty of Versailles that formally ended World War I (1914-1918).

How much does it cost to work abroad?
Rappler - 2017-10-04
(READ: Are zero placement fees for OFWs scam or solution?) The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration's (POEA) pre-employment orientation seminar lists appropriate fees for various employment requirements. It also provides extensive information to ...

Blocking Coke out
Visayan Daily Star - 2017-10-04
Is the company telling the truth? I supposed it would not lie because this claim can easily be factually proven with a check from their sugar supplier Victorias Milling Co. or even an audit of the sugar they used. Pepsi Cola claimed it is also using ...

Intellectual Property Rights Post-Brexit - An EU Perspective
Lexology - 2017-10-04
On 21 September last, the European Commission published a position paper to the EU-27 outlining the proposed starting point for future negotiations with the UK on its withdrawal from the EU in the area of protection of intellectual property rights ("IPR").

Scandal-plagued Equifax wins $7.25 million contract from IRS
News Philippines Yahoo - 2017-10-03
The Internal Revenue Service signed a $7.25 million contract with Equifax last month. The no-bid contract, first reported by Politico, is for Equifax to provide the IRS with taxpayer and personal identity verification services. The contract stated that ...

Palace warns Senate not to derail TRAIN
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-10-03
MalacaƱang yesterday warned the Senate that derailing the administration ... of the Philippines (AmCham) for throwing its support behind the proposed tax reform program. "We hope as we believe the American chamber and other business groups will ...

BPO: how much longer?
Inquirer Opinion - 2017-10-03
Moreover, our sheer large number of college-level young people suitable for such jobs ... In the nearer term, the apprehension is about tax reform proposals pending in Congress that would eliminate or reduce tax incentives currently enjoyed by the sector.

Philippines remains resilient as businesses firmly upbeat -- Sy-Coson
Philstar - 2017-10-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Despite the challenges, the Philippines remains resilient and the economy continues to catch up with the rest of the growth in the Asian region, SM Investments Corp. vice chairman ... the interagency Development Budget Coordination ...

TiVo & Sony Renew Intellectual Property Licensing Agreement
investing.com - 2017-10-03
Digital home entertainment services and solutions provider, TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ:TIVO) recently renewed a multi-year intellectual property (IP) agreement with Sony Corporation (NYSE:SNE) . However, the financial terms of the deal were kept under wraps.

King's College Football Coach Sued For Copyright Infringement For Retweeting A Book Page 2 Years Ago
Tech Dirt - 2017-10-03
We cover many petty intellectual property lawsuits here at Techdirt. After a while, you kind of become somewhat numb to them and the only mildly ridiculous lawsuits seem sort of... meh. But every once in a while you run into a real doozy, the sort of ...

What you need to know about your overseas employment contract
Rappler - 2017-10-03
(READ: What you need to know about overseas Filipino workers) An employment contract must be approved by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to ensure that the rights of migrant workers are protected while working overseas ...

World Habitat Day | Urban poor group protests homelessness, war vs. the poor
Bulatlat - 2017-10-03
Citing the 2018 National Expenditure Program, independent research group Ibon Foundation said the combined budget of ... the comprehensive tax reform bill in Congress is passed into law. Ibon said the bill seeks to lift value-added tax exemptions on ...

Attacks vs Left: 49th victim dead under Duterte
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-10-03
DAVAO CITY -- A leftist labor and peasant organizer was shot dead in a town in Compostela Valley, becoming the 49th victim in southern Mindanao alone of suspected assassinations of leftist leaders linked to the counterinsurgency campaign under the ...

Blue and Gold awardees
Visayan Daily Star - 2017-10-03
The awardees are Richelle Hofilena (Allied Health Sciences), Ma. Amita Nunez (Sports and Physical Therapy), Commodore Joel Garcia (Government Service), Patrick Jacob Ancheta (Special Education), Engr. Mark Santiago (Electrical Engineering); Yasmin Pascual ...

Getting to the heart of database right and copyright
Lexology - 2017-10-03
Technomed Ltd and another v Bluecrest Health Screening Ltd and another [2017] EWHC 2142 (Ch), 24 August 2017 It's not often that a case features successful claims for both copyright infringement and database right infringement but this is one of those cases.

Pick the Right Intellectual Property Law Program
U.S. News & World Report - 2017-10-02
Intellectual property plays a critical role in American life. According to a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office report, IP industries account for more than 38 percent of the gross domestic product. It's no surprise then that intellectual property law ...

Fashion Design Copyright Infringement Victory - BB&K Partner Henry Welles Wins Fashion Industry Clothing IP Case
JD Supra - 2017-10-02
A fashion clothing industry copyright infringement appeal was won by Best Best & Krieger LLP Partner Henry Welles, who represented Natural Fashions, Inc., which does business as Anu. The case was originally brought in federal court in Sacramento, Calif.

Justices Refuse Slew Of Copyright Cases
Law 360 - 2017-10-02
sued a hair and beauty website called HairTalk for direct copyright infringement for posting three images of celebrities to the site without permission. In March, the Fifth Circuit rejected those claims, formally adopting the stance that web companies like ...

Will Singapore be the next Intellectual Property Hub?
Forbes - 2017-10-02
Singapore had much to celebrate. The island nation launched its 2017 Intellectual Property Week by signing a Memoranda of Understanding with Deloitte to assist 100 promising enterprises turn their ideas in to assets. The investment speaks to The Lion City ...

The Latest: Coast Guard: Ship captain 'misjudged' hurricane
Chron - 2017-10-01
5, 2015, as he stops to answer questions on his way to the Seafarer's International Union hall, in Jacksonville, Fla., to show support for the family and crew of the El Faro. The Coast Guard said Monday that the El Faro, a U.S. cargo ship carrying 33 ...

LGU-Imus upholds rights and security of Cavite OFWs
Philippine Information Agency - 2017-10-01
The event was made possible with the cooperation of the Public Employment Service Office (PESO), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Department of Labor and Employment IV-A(DOLE IV-A), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA ...

DENR mulls arming forest rangers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-09-30
"Apart from this, the Wescom will train our forest rangers and foresters on basic security measures, including the use of firearms for self-defense," Bernardino ... "Unfortunately, the [Philippine National Police] as well as the AFP have for the ...

Copyright Troll Carl Crowell Ups The Ante: Now Demands Accused Pirates Hand Over Their Hard Drives
Tech Dirt - 2017-09-29
So Sheldon, a 55-year-old Portlander, was surprised in early April when he was sued for copyright infringement for allegedly using BitTorrent software to illegally download a movie called Mechanic: Resurrection--a Jason Statham flick he says he'd never ...

Action Program on Protection of Intellectual Property Rights of Foreign-invested Enterprises
Lexology - 2017-09-29
In order to implement Notice on a Number of Measures on the Promotion of Foreign Investment Growth issued by the State Council, construct a market environment with fair competition and an excellent investment environment, further promote foreign investment ...

"Uptown Funk" Facing Copyright Allegation by 80s Funk Band
JD Supra - 2017-09-29
Later that year, in October 2016, Minneapolis band, Collage, filed a lawsuit accusing Ronson, and singer-songwriter Bruno Mars of copyright infringement, claiming the song was "an obvious, strikingly and/or substantially similar copy" of their 1983 ...

Recordal of Intellectual Property Rights in Kenya
Lexology - 2017-09-29
The principal legislation governing counterfeit goods in Kenya is the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008. Kenya is one of the few jurisdictions in Africa to have legislation dedicated to anti-counterfeiting. Section 34 of the Act read with the Regulations of ...

Reforming Myanmar's Intellectual Property Laws
Lexology - 2017-09-29
Myanmar's new IP laws are under deliberation by the legislative committee of Myanmar's parliament and are expected to be promulgated by the end of 2017. Presently, IP protection in Myanmar is inadequate for foreign investors. The Myanmar government is ...

Remark Holdings Announces Multimillion-Dollar Artificial Intelligence Contract to Help Companies Fight Intellectual-Property Piracy in China
Yahoo Finance - 2017-09-28
LAS VEGAS, Sept. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Remark Holdings, Inc. (MARK), a global digital media technology company, announced that Sefon, a Big Data services company headquartered in Chengdu, China, awarded a multimillion-dollar contract to Remark Holdings ...

Unpublished EU study casts doubt on displacement of sales by online infringement, but the reality is nuanced
Lexology - 2017-09-28
The research measures the relationship between online piracy and sales of copyrighted materials by estimating the rate at which copyright infringement displaces legitimate purchases. It also gauges what proportion of people who consume pirated materials ...

IP Cases To Watch At The Supreme Court
Law 360 - 2017-09-27
Law360, New York (September 27, 2017, 4:22 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme will soon hear two patent cases, including a potential game-changer that could abolish America Invents Act reviews, and might take up several other intellectual property cases this term ...

Intellectual Property Law Firm Brinks Gilson & Lione Announces Incoming ClassImpact of Proactive Diversity Initiatives
marketsinsider.com - 2017-09-27
CHICAGO, Sept. 27, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, announced its incoming class of recent law school graduates: Erik M. Bokar, Sarah M. Goodman, Judy K. He, Dan Liu ...

Nearly 10 million employed Pinoys unskilled, only laborers-data
BusinessMirror. - 2017-09-27
Meanwhile, the PSA said seven in 10 persons who were not in the labor force were women. This means that around 69.5 percent or 18.97 million of persons who were not in the labor force were females. In January the PSA said there were a total of 27.3 million ...

Intellectual Property Lawyer Slams New York Times for Stealing Tabard Logo
The Daily Pennsylvanian - 2017-09-27
In a decisive victory on Tuesday night, Tabard's intellectual property lawyer, Robert Pear, successfully forced The New York Times to pay $1 billion in fees as a reparations for stealing the Tabard logo. The similarity between the logos of The New York ...

Miguel Malvar: the general who fought US imperialism
Bulatlat - 2017-09-27
The main researchers for the book were retired professors of the University of the Philippines Manila Dr. Edberto Villegas and Doroteo Abaya. Villegas is a direct descendant, a grandson of Malvar. "Like Malvar, we should not be beguiled by sugarcoated ...

Two Democrats announce campaigns to unseat Assemblywoman Baker
Pleasanton Weekly - 2017-09-26
Bauer-Kahan's specialties as an attorney have ranged from ensuring major corporations comply with environmental regulations, working with tech companies on intellectual property cases and expanding her office's pro bono program to include civil rights ...

U.S. Floats Nafta Proposal That Could Erode Copyright-Liability Protection
Fox Business - 2017-09-26
... known as "notice and take down," outlining a process for copyright holders to notify internet companies about copyright infringement and ask the internet firms to take the content down. But for the Nafta revision the Motion Picture Association of ...

Protection of women employees
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-09-26
The GGG Index ranks 144 countries on the gap between women and men based on indicators such as economic leadership, work force participation, education, political leadership, and health-related factors. This may be attributed to the principle embodied in t ...

Tax reform is never easy
BusinessMirror. - 2017-09-26
IN his new book, A Fine Mess, author T.R. Reid discusses how the United States can and should reform its complex tax system, by comparing it with other taxation systems from all over the world. Mostly, he writes about stories and lessons that the US could ...

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