BOC, BIR ordered to step up drive against big-time smugglers
Inquirer - 2017-10-30
Specifically, Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III ordered Customs Commissioner Isidro S. LapeƱa and Internal Revenue Commissioner Caesar R. Dulay to "focus on rice, fuel, steel, cigarettes and food and agricultural products such as chicken ...

Alvarez to Sereno: Face impeachment hearing
Philstar - 2017-10-30
The 57-year-old Sereno, who was neither a prosecutor nor a judge or Court of Appeals justice, was a private lawyer when she was appointed SC justice by former president Benigno Aquino III in 2010. She was later appointed as chief magistrate, replacing her ...

Longer wait for internet relief
Inquirer - 2017-10-29
The two executives of Globe Telecom and PLDT Inc.--Ernest Cu and Eric Alberto, respectively--who attended a forum organized by De La Salle University last week that had Chinese billionaire Jack Ma as speaker-- deserve medals for forbearance. In an ...

Quezon government employees conduct 2-day study tour on biodiversity
BusinessMirror. - 2017-10-29
The event, dubbed as "Knowledge networking, and learning exchange on renewable energy, biodiversity and wildlife management," was spearheaded by Tanggol Kalikasan (TK), a public-interest environmental law organization, backstopped by the United Nations ...

Taxmen hone focus on select goods amid anti-smuggling drive
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-10-29
The press release said Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III ordered Customs Commissioner Isidro S. LapeƱa and Internal Revenue Commissioner Caesar R. Dulay to "focus on rice, fuel, steel, cigarettes and other food and agricultural product such as ...

Two steps forward, one step back
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-10-29
In December last year, I wrote a column "One Step Forward, Two Steps Back," describing the uneven progress six months into the Duterte administration. While I noted some progressive changes or positive initiatives, President Duterte had a tendency for ...

Tax Court denies Petron excise tax refund claim
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-10-29
Petron Corp., on June 5, 2015, filed an administrative claim for refund of excise tax with the Bureau of Internal Revenue. "Petitioner asserts in both its administrative and judicial claim for refund that its alkylate importations are not subject to ...

DILG: Implement Oplan Rody
Visayan Daily Star - 2017-10-28
An official of the Department of Interior and Local Government yesterday reminded local government officials in Western Visayas to intensify the implementation of "OplanRody" immediately. Local Government Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya ...

Zillow Appeals $4M Award In Copyright Row with Photo Co.
Law 360 - 2017-10-28
Law360, Los Angeles (October 27, 2017, 10:04 PM EDT) -- The Zillow Group on Thursday asked the Ninth Circuit to undo a $4 million award to real estate photography company VHT Inc. for copyright infringement., arguing that the jury should not have awarded ...

Zillow Appeals $4M Award In Copyright Row with Photo Co.
Law 360 - 2017-10-28
Law360, Los Angeles (October 27, 2017, 10:04 PM EDT) -- The Zillow Group on Thursday asked the Ninth Circuit to undo a $4 million award to real estate photography company VHT Inc. for copyright infringement., arguing that the jury should not have awarded ...

SMC Develops Intellectual Property Curriculum for Community Colleges to Promote Entrepreneurship
Press Release Point - 2017-10-27
Santa Monica, CA. The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), and the Michelson 20MM Foundation have launched an innovative program to provide intellectual property (IP) curriculum through community colleges across the country.

The impact of migration
Inquirer - 2017-10-27
A recent World Economic Forum report had identified Davao City as one of the 22 cities most affected by the migration phenomenon. What this simply means is that as Davao attracts a growing volume of migrants year after year, it is also feeling an undue ...

Bad news, good news on jobs
Inquirer Opinion - 2017-10-27
Last year, 1.7 million Filipinos turned 15. Even so, it helped that the total labor force--or those of working age who want to work--actually shrank by 743,000. Most of those new 15-year-olds did not really enter the labor force to begin with ...

Ombudsman sees basis to indict BI execs Argosino, Robles
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-10-27
The Office of the Ombudsman has found sufficient basis to charge resigned Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles with plunder and bribery cases over the attempt to extort P50 million from a gaming tycoon in November last year.

Office of the Ombudsman confirms dismissal of Iloilo Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog
News Philippines Yahoo - 2017-10-27
"We will just explore or avail whatever legal remedies that we have. We might probably ask for TRO from the court of appeals or we might appeal the decision of the Ombudsman or we might follow petition before the court of appeals," said the legal counse

BRIEF-Hunan Er-kang Pharmaceutical receives patent license from Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Reuters - 2017-10-27
* Says it received a patent license (No. 2872353), for the manufacturing method of membrane compound of soft capsule, from Canadian Intellectual Property Office

The suitability of going public
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-10-27
"Business owners believe that by conducting an IPO ... It will also be critical to know if the organizational tax structure is optimized for an IPO and life as a public company. Ms. Divinagracia recommends prioritizing tax strategy and tax planning ...

Nun wrote diary on drug killings
Inquirer Opinion - 2017-10-26
With residents of San Andres Bukid filing for a writ of amparo from the Supreme Court against the Philippine National Police to protect their community from more drug-related extrajudicial killings and deadly police operations, focus is now trained on that ...

SC justice denies hand in Sereno impeachment bid
Philstar - 2017-10-26
The magistrate likewise belied the reported allegation of AGG that he has been announcing in the SC that he would be the next chief justice and his wife, Court of Appeals Justice Fernanda Lampas-Peralta, will be the next presiding justice of the appellate ...

Trump names Treasury official to be acting IRS commissioner
News Philippines Yahoo - 2017-10-26
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House is naming a Treasury official to serve as acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, succeeding an IRS commissioner who has drawn the ire of congressional Republicans. The White House says David Kautter will be ...

Wichita supplier awarded additional $2.1 million from intellectual property case
The Business Journal - 2017-10-26
The Sedgwick County District Court has awarded Cobham AvComm $2.1 million in punitive damages stemming from an intellectual property case for which it was previously this year awarded $3.3 million in compensatory damages. That jury in May found that two ...

Health care, science and technology jobs among fastest-growing US occupations
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-10-26
HOME HEALTH aides, statisticians, solar-panel installers and software developers are among the 15 fastest-growing occupations in the US and reflect the needs of an aging population, a shift to clean energy and employer demand for science, technology and ...

DOLE revives campaign vs child labor in Eastern Visayas
BusinessMirror. - 2017-10-26
In Photo: Most child laborers in Eastern Visayas have been found working in deep sea fishing, mining, quarrying and agriculture, the Department of Labor and Employment said. TACLOBAN CITY--After five years of hiatus, the Department of Labor and Employment ...

The antidote to smuggling
BusinessMirror. - 2017-10-26
To link up (in real time), the recording system of both the BOC and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) should be synchronized. This would enable the government to compare the declared values of imported goods at the time of their importation vis-Ć -vis ...

What business really needs
Philstar - 2017-10-26
BIZLINKS By Rey Gamboa (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 26, 2017 - 12:00am Reading between the lines of the 10-point resolution passed by members of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) at the plenary session of the recently ...

Copyright Office Will Renew Previous DMCA Exemptions Without Much Fuss -- But Why Is This Even Necessary?
Tech Dirt - 2017-10-26
If you don't recall, Section 1201 of the DMCA is the "anti-circumvention" part of the law, saying that anything that gets around DRM is, itself, copyright infringement. This was so obviously stupid and counterproductive when it passed, and Congress knew it ...

In defense of IBP
Inquirer Opinion - 2017-10-25
Having been a commissioner of the Commission on Bar Discipline for 12 years and past Integrated Bar of the Philippines governor in Central Luzon ... DE LA RAMA JR., dean, Tarlac State University College of Law Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access ...

Jobs mismatch, not labor shortage, affecting local construction sector
Philstar - 2017-10-25
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine construction sector is experiencing a mismatch between available jobs and the required skill set as 10 million Filipinos remain unemployed, a trade official said. On the sidelines of the ASEAN+6 Construction Forum ...

BIR 13 tax collection up 13% at P20.3 billion
Philstar - 2017-10-25
The agency had recorded the highest collection in the second quarter of this year I time for the filing and paying deadline for income tax returns (ITR). "We have many delinquent accounts to settle (that could help in our collections)," the revenue ...

Using Your Intellectual Property to Escape the 9-to-5
Entrepreneur - 2017-10-25
But, you're still not sure about one thing: What is that crucial first step when starting up? In my experience, the thing stopping you from launching your product is that you're most likely scared to tell someone about your idea, thinking that it's going ...

Eminem Wins New Zealand Copyright Lawsuit; Awarded Over 400K In Damages - 2017-10-25
You can hear some of the sonic similarities in the video below. RELATED: Eminem Nearly Made A Rock Record With Black Sabbath Guitarist Tony Iommi The copyright infringement was felt to be unmissable, but the defense for the National Party put forth the ...

Conference highlights results of 3-year OWWA and AIM study on OFWs
BusinessMirror. - 2017-10-25
From 2014 to 2017 a research team from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and Asian Institute of Management (AIM) followed 2,000 first-time Filipino domestic workers (DWs) who went to work in Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia, and the families ...

Opportunity amid adversity: Claiming disallowed input VAT as deductions from taxable income
BusinessMirror. - 2017-10-25
Further, CTA decisions, as the CTA itself will admit, do not create binding legal precedent upon itself. Only decisions of the Supreme Court (SC) create binding legal precedent that obliges other courts to follow. As such, until the SC affirms the said ...

Eminem and company win 'Lose Yourself' copyright suit in New Zealand
USA Today - 2017-10-25
Eight Mile Style, the Ferndale company that oversees licensing of Eminem's music, sued the party for copyright infringement. The Eminem publisher has been awarded $700,00 New Zealand dollars -- or about $482,000 U.S. -- plus court and travel fees.

Driverless truck does delivery route on Singapore island
Inquirer Technology - 2017-10-25
Last December, Nanyang Technological University announced plans to launch a driverless ... Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am ...

EDITORIAL - Pro bono
Philstar - 2017-10-25
Medical school graduates are required to render free service to indigent patients. Now the Supreme Court has required new lawyers to provide pro bono service to the needy. The SC order is commendable, even if the requirement is for new lawyers to render ...

Shady deal: NZ party loses Eminem copyright case
Yahoo News - 2017-10-25
The party insisted it bought the music in good faith from a recognised supplier and was assured there was no risk of copyright infringement. In a statement issued after the ruling, National Party president Peter Goodfellow said they were considering the ...

MIAA told to pay P22-M to state firm over extra cost of terminal repairs
Inquirer - 2017-10-25
The Commission on Audit has ordered the operator of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) to pay P22.37 million in additional costs incurred in emergency repairs implemented by the state-run Philippine National Construction Corp. (PNCC ...

Ending child labor
Visayan Daily Star - 2017-10-25
The International Labor Organization is urging businesses to avoid hiring minors as plans to eliminate child labor in the country gain ground. In a recent forum on child labor in Cagayan De Oro City attended by industry players, child protection advocates ...

DOLE requires 5-minute standing break for workers
Philstar - 2017-10-24
CEBU, Philippines -- Employees who spend long hours sitting while performing their job should be given a five-minute standing break every two hours according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III issued ...

BIR files charges vs 9 over P757-M in unpaid taxes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-10-24
filed on Tuesday tax evasion complaints amounting to P757.7 million before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against seven corporations and two individuals. In separate complaints, the BIR slapped charges against Enviroking Corporation and its officials ...

Fiat Chrysler asks for new trial after $40M Jeep fire award
News Philippines Yahoo - 2017-10-24
A jury in 2015 awarded the family $150 million, which a judge reduced to $40 million. The Georgia Court of Appeals upheld the verdict. Fiat Chrysler appealed to the state Supreme Court, which heard arguments Tuesday.

Tangoe Continues to Strengthen Its Extensive Intellectual Property Portfolio with Two New Patents
Press Release Point - 2017-10-24
PARSIPPANY, N.J.-( )-Tangoe, Inc., a leading global provider of Telecom Expense Management (TEM) software and services, today announced it has added two new U.S. patents to its intellectual property portfolio. On September 26, 2017 the United States ...

Why poverty prevails despite robust growth
BusinessMirror. - 2017-10-24
More so with prevailing oligarchic control and presence of rentiers and rent-seekers in society, or those enjoying benefits from the labor and ideas of others, without investing anything except the privilege of connections. Marxist-Lefts carp about the pie ...

Can Duterte declare a revolutionary government?
Philstar - 2017-10-24
"The Supreme Court can declare it so, if he has not abolished it. Eventually, [it would have to happen] through a plebiscite of a new constitution," he explained. The leadership at the Commission on Elections, the government body tasked with holding ...

Plug the revenue leaks
Inquirer Opinion - 2017-10-23
Earlier this year, the University of Asia and the Pacific conducted a study on illicit trade, which confirms the prevalence of smuggling in our country. The study was commissioned by the Federation of Philippine Industries, which launched the Fight Illicit ...

Classixx file copyright infringement lawsuit against H&M - 2017-10-23
Electronic music duo Classixx are launching a copyright infringement lawsuit against bosses at retailer H&M over the design on a sweater. Classixx claim executives at the company did not seek permission before they reportedly started selling a sweater ...

ILO urges businesses to avoid child labor
Philstar - 2017-10-23
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines --The International Labor Organization (ILO) has urged businesses to avoid hiring minors in their work force as plans to eliminate child labor practice in the country gains ground. ILO country director Khalid Hassan said ...

Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal set for Premier League punishment for copyright infringement over social media post
The Sun - 2017-10-23
ARSENAL defender Nacho Monreal is facing a Premier League rap after sharing a video of his goal on social media. The 31-year-old scored the equaliser in the 5-2 thrashing of Everton on Sunday. But on Monday morning, he shared a video of his goal on ...

Government spending slowed in September
BusinessMirror. - 2017-10-23
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) collected P141.4 billion in September, an increase of 25 percent over the same month in 2016. In total, BIR collections grew by 11 percent year-on-year to P1.3 trillion in the first nine months of 2017. BIR revenue ...

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