Ireland - A Leading Location for Holding and Managing Intellectual Property
Lexology - 2018-01-29
Ireland is a leading location for the development, exploitation and management of intellectual property ("IP"). According to IDA Ireland, the number of global companies centralising their IP management in Ireland has made Ireland one of the largest ...

ECOP bucks passage of Security of Tenure Bill
Philstar - 2018-01-28
MANILA, Philippines -- Employers have expressed grave concern over House Bill 6908 or the Security of Tenure Bill on becoming a law, warning of its detrimental impact to the economy and job creation. Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP ...

Economists say hawkish-tilting Fed could move rates quicker
BusinessWorld Online - 2018-01-28
But changing economic conditions -- the massive tax cuts approved last month, recovering energy prices, a weaker US dollar, new trade tariffs and stronger global growth -- could combine with a widespread US labor shortage to spur wage gains and cause a ...

What's contingency plan if PH stops deploying OFWs to Kuwait? - Villanueva
Rappler - 2018-01-27
MANILA, Philippines - Following the government's decision to suspend the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Kuwait, Senator Joel Villanueva on Saturday, January 27, called on the labor department to prepare a contingency plan for the ...

SEC stops cryptocurrency offering
Inquirer - 2018-01-27
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has declared as "illegal" an initial coin offering (ICO) or sale of tokens being undertaken by Krops, an online marketplace for farm products led by controversial young businessman Joseph Calata. Citing an ...

Villanueva wants solid plan for OFWs in Kuwait if deployment ban happens
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-01-27
Senator Joel Villanueva has urged the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to put in place a contingency plan for overseas Filipino workers (OFW) who may be affected by an impending deployment ban of Filipino workers to Kuwait. Villanueva ...

Duterte appoints De Vera CHED OIC; Paras is DOLE Usec
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-01-26
The President also named Arnell Ignacio, one of his most ardent supporters during the presidential campaign, to a post at the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa). Ignacio was appointed deputy executive director V on Jan. 23. Prior to getting ...

Proposed 800 OJT hours for Grade 12 students slammed
Journal Online - 2018-01-26
In a statement, the Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan (Spark) criticized the business group, calling their proposal "an outright attempt to siphon more free labor from K to 12 students for them to profit from." In 2015, the PCCI collaborated with the ...

RPT case propaganda stunt
Visayan Daily Star - 2018-01-26
asking the court to set aside the new RPT ordinance and declare it unconstitutional for being violative of the equal protection clause and R.A. 7160 or the Local Government Code. Puentevella, in earlier reports, said that he is not against taxation but C.O ...

The law on concealment of material facts in intellectual property cases
Lexology - 2018-01-26
Just like any other area of law, the law of concealment of material facts has a huge impact on interim decisions and final outcome of any case. In this post, we shall examine some of the important facets of law on concealment as revealed in several ...

Government ready for return of OFWs from Kuwait
Philstar - 2018-01-25
Describing the system as decking, Arenas called on the government to order an investigation and for the Department of Health (DOH) to immediately stop its implementation. Decking, according to her, prevents a worker from choosing which provider they can ...

Duterte names Prospero de Vera III CHED officer-in-charge
Philstar - 2018-01-25
Meanwhile, the President has appointed former Negros Oriental representative Jacinto Paras as undersecretary of the Department of Labor and Employment and Bernard Olalia as administrator of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration. Paras earlier ...

Immigration consultant ventures into beauty biz
Philstar - 2018-01-25
CEBU, Philippines -- Armed with a goal to help more Filipino women to earn and at the same time take care of themselves, Cebuana entrepreneur Prisca NiƱa O. Mabatid ventures into the highly competitive skin care and beauty business. Mabatid, who owns an ...

Strides made in efforts to amend 1987 Charter
Business Mirror - 2018-01-25
For instance, he cited the testimony of retired Supreme Court (SC) Justice Adolfo Azcuna, a member of the 1986 constitutional convention, who labeled the present Constitution as "the longest-running Constitution of the Philippines unamended; not a single ...

Joblessness at 13-year low, but more people go hungry
Inquirer - 2018-01-25
This excludes those not looking for a job, such as housewives, students and retired or disabled persons. The government uses unemployment in the Labor Force Survey to refer to persons 15 years and over and who are not working, looking for work and ...

with Ninfa Leonardia
Visayan Daily Star - 2018-01-25
At last! The Supreme Court has allowed the release of 700,000 license plates for vehicles. For almost two years now, we have not seen any new plates on vehicles, both public and private ones roaming around the province. My own vehicle marked its first ...

On the cusp of illiberal success
Inquirer Opinion - 2018-01-24
By next year, Congress and local government officials are up for election, with the Senate race being a bellwether of two things: traditionally, it serves as a referendum on the sitting administration, and a kind of primary race for the 2022 presidential ...

Deployment of house helps to Beijing still under study
Business Mirror - 2018-01-24
Not so fast. Even with Beijing opening its doors to more foreign household service workers (HSW), the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said it may take some time before Filipino HSWs could be deployed to the Chinese metropolis.

IUD pregnancy complications uncovered in new research from Israel
TechnoChops - 2018-01-24
The research findings were presented by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheva ... Based on the information disseminated by the UK Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, there may be imminent ...

A month after fatal NCCC mall fire| Still no investigation results, no accountability
Bulatlat - 2018-01-24
Survey Sampling International (SSI), Bureau of Fire and Protection, Local Government, Philippine Economic Zone Authority, and Department ... and Health Standards for the "workplace infernos" in NCCC Davao, Ayala Mall-Cebu and House Technology ...

Fast craft fare up
Visayan Daily Star - 2018-01-24
The Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN ... Carbon said they imposed a P10 fare hike for their economy or low budget seats, and P30 for both tourist and business class passenger seats. This increase is due to the hike in prices of fuel ...

The Firms Filing The Most Copyright Suits
Law360 - 2018-01-24
According to data compiled by Lex Machina, the Philadelphia-based firm filed a whopping 141 new copyright infringement cases from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, all but two of which were on behalf of an adult film studio called Strike 3 Holdings LLC over illegal ...

The Five Ws of Intellectual Property Assets in Healthcare Business Transactions
Lexology - 2018-01-24
Intellectual Property ("IP") assets are important in several types of business transactions, including healthcare business transactions. This article provides an overview of how one can best protect, transfer, and preserve IP rights pursuant to such a ...

Employers buck bills on additional paid leaves
Philstar - 2018-01-23
MANILA, Philippines -- Employers have expressed opposition to 10 Senate bills proposing new employee leaves and increase of existing ones that will be tackled by the labor, employment and human resources development committee chaired by Sen. Joel ...

Court orders government to answer petitions against TRAIN law implementation
Business Mirror - 2018-01-23
"The increase and/or imposition of excise taxes on coal, liquefied petroleum gas [LPG], diesel and kerosene are clearly violative of the basic principles and inherent limitations on Philippine taxation," the petitioners said. The group further argued ...

U.S. senators strike deal reopening government
Business Mirror - 2018-01-23
But by relenting, the Democrats prompted a backlash from immigration activists and liberal-base supporters who wanted them to fight longer and harder for legislation to protect from deportation the 700,000 or so younger immigrants who were brought to the ...

Tax reform program's 'Package 2 plus' to be submitted to Congress by end-January
Philstar - 2018-01-23
How Duterte's new tax law or TRAIN can affect you The DOF earlier said that the other tax reform packages -- which the government hopes to submit to Congress ahead of the 2019 senatorial and local mid-term elections -- will involve property taxation ...

Court of Appeals asked to stop coal plant construction in Subic
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-01-23
An anti-coal group on Tuesday asked the Court of Appeals to stop the construction activities of a coal plant which will cause aviation hazard and negative effect to the environment. In its 38-page petition, the group Subic Bay Freeport Chamber for Health ...

BIR clarifies deadlines for the filing of income tax returns
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-01-23
MANILA, Jan. 23 - The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is reminding all taxpayers that the deadline for the filing of the individual Annual Income Tax Return (ITR) and the payment of the tax due thereon, if any, is still April 15 following the close of ...

Intellectual Property for the Construction Industry
JD Supra - 2018-01-22
Whether you realize it or not, contractors, subcontractors, owners and material suppliers face a myriad of issues related to intellectual property during a complex construction project, including patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets.

Why is rural underemployment so high?
Inquirer - 2018-01-22
In early 2017, some 6.4 million Filipinos were underemployed, or 16.3 percent of the labor force. Rural regions had high underemployment rates (over 20 percent) such as Bicol, Eastern Visayas, and Soccsksargen, but lower in urbanized regions, i.e.: NCR ...

TRAIN-induced price hikes to peter out-Pernia
Business Mirror - 2018-01-22
In its latest market call report, First Metro Investment Corp.-University of Asia and the Pacific (FMIC-UA&P) Capital Market Research estimated inflation to be closer to 4 percent in 2018. The local think tank said higher headline inflation is expected due ...

Makati moves tax payment deadline to Jan. 31
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-01-22
To let residents and establishments in Makati City pay their taxes without penalties, the local government has extended until the end of the month the deadline for payment of business and realty taxes. Mayor Abby Binay said on Saturday that the deadline ...

Consumer group files 2nd petition vs Train at Supreme Court
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-01-22
"The increase and/or imposition of excise taxes on coal, LPG, diesel, and kerosene are clearly violative of the basic principles and inherent limitations on Philippine taxation," the petitioners said. According to them, provisions of the Train Law also ...

POEA warns vs. use of fake documents
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-01-22
MANILA, Jan. 22 - The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) renewed its warning against the use of falsified documents to support applications for overseas jobs by Filipino workers. In an advisory, POEA reiterated its concern over reports ...

POEA warns vs. use of fake documents
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-01-22
MANILA, Jan. 22 - The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) renewed its warning against the use of falsified documents to support applications for overseas jobs by Filipino workers. In an advisory, POEA reiterated its concern over reports ...

Over 6-M compensation earners to enjoy zero tax starting January
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-01-22
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) issued on Dec. 28, 2017 an updated withholding tax table reflecting the new PIT provisions under TRAIN. BIR Commissioner Caesar Dulay directed all internal revenue officers to ensure that come Jan. 1, "everyone making ...

House starts Charter amendment
Business Mirror - 2018-01-22
Disagreement over this procedure may be brought before the Supreme Court (SC) for resolution, Alvarez admitted. "Anyone could question it before the Supreme Court. Now let the Supreme Court decide," he said. Last Sunday Rep. Vicente SE.Veloso of the ...

DOLE urged to exempt skilled workers from OFW deployment ban to Kuwait
Business Mirror - 2018-01-22
In Photo: In photo, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) process their documents at the office of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration in Mandaluyong City. Local recruitment agencies asked the government to reconsider its ban on the deployment of ...

Tax stamps for alcoholic drinks implemented in 1st quarter -- BIR
Inquirer - 2018-01-22
The Bureau of Internal Revenue will finally implement the long-delayed tax stamps on alcoholic drinks within the first quarter as part of its priority programs to shore up revenues this year. Revenue Memorandum Circular No. 6-2018 issued by Internal ...

Beijing drop in population first for 17 yrs
China Daily - 2018-01-22
She added that Beijing is moving out nonessential functions, including manufacturing, logistics and wholesale markets. Moving such labor-intensive industries to other places has affected the population. According to data from the bureau, among the 21.7 ...

Japan: More entrepreneurs from overseas eyed
Inquirer - 2018-01-22
The government is aiming to extend the status of residence period for foreigners who are preparing to set up businesses in Japan from the current six months to one year in the hope of attracting more foreign entrepreneurs. This specific six-month status of ...

Makati extends business, realty tax deadline
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-01-22
MAKATI CITY, Jan. 22 (PIA) -- The local government will extend the deadline of assessment of business permits without penalty to January 25, and the payment of business and realty taxes to January 31, following the approval by the City Council of City ...

Misconception on PDRs
Inquirer - 2018-01-21
Mercifully, the Court of Appeals or Supreme Court can prevent this from happening. Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Philippines in good position to enjoy GSP+ with EU
Philstar - 2018-01-21
"The report essentially supports retention of GSP and lauded good progress areas of fighting corruption, labor rights, gender equality, and protection of the environment," Lopez said. "They recognized that we continue to adhere to international ...

Biz groups: Con-con for federalism shift
Philstar - 2018-01-21
Under the draft federal constitution that Leyte Rep. Vicente Veloso - an ally of President Duterte and a former justice of the Court of Appeals - is proposing, the lawmaking powers of the Senate will be removed while its mandate to confirm appointments ...

Ease foreign-ownership limits first, Congress told
Business Mirror - 2018-01-21
[But] they could focus on confirmation of appointed government officials, including in the Judiciary and treaty ratification," added Veloso, a former Court of Appeals associate justice. Veloso also said the 1987 Constitution was very clear and not silent ...

Need for truthfulness and transparency
Inquirer Opinion - 2018-01-20
I could not comprehend why the government would have to withdraw this application ... a community-managed road maintenance program to maintain good road quality while providing local employment opportunities to poor communities; planting of 969,178 ...

China allays 'security threats' fear over entry of Chinese telecom to Philippines
Philstar - 2018-01-20
The acquisition was the country's biggest corporate transaction in nearly three years. The Court of Appeals, in a decision dated October 18, ordered the Philippine Competition Commission to permanently stop its review of the deal and recognize its validity.

TURNING POINT: A Train that Needs Derailing
Mindanews - 2018-01-20
The TRAIN needs to stop or be derailed. (MindaViews is the opinion section of MindaNews. William R. Adan, Ph.D., is retired professor and former chancellor of Mindanao State University at Naawan, Misamis Oriental)

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