Whiff of Corruption?
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-04-10
The "whiff of corruption" has led to the removal of Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael SueƱo, National Irrigation Authority head Peter LaviƱa, Bureau of Immigration Assistant Commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles, and 92 officials ...

Simplify tax filing, Angara tells BIR
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-04-10
The Taxpayer Assistance Service is mandated, under the bill, "to prepare, publicize and circulate policies, programs, standards, guidelines and procedures relative to public information and education programs on taxation." "Tax collection would ...

Ed Sheeran settles Photograph copyright infringement claim
BBC - 2017-04-10
Ed Sheeran has struck a deal to end a $20m (Ā£13.8m) copyright infringement legal claim over his hit song Photograph. Songwriters Thomas Leonard and Martin Harrington sued the singer last June, claiming his hit ballad had a similar structure to their song ...

Trump scraps tax plan, timetable threatened
BusinessMirror. - 2017-04-10
to raise $1 trillion over 10 years that could fund lower corporate tax rates. But that possibility has rankled retailers who say it would lead to higher prices and threaten millions of jobs, while some lawmakers have worried that the system would violate ...

Snyder County business files copyright infringement suit
Daily Item - 2017-04-07
WILLIAMSPORT -- A Snyder County company that creates, markets and sells camouflage designs and patterns used to decorate a variety of goods including apparel, firearms and cutlery accuses two Ohio firms of copyright infringement. Moon Shine in Mount ...

Pennsylvania software company alleges ZeoBIT, others facilitated copyright infringement
Pennsylvania Record - 2017-04-07
PHILADELPHIA - A Southampton software company is suing ZeoBIT LLC, Kromtech Alliance Corp., Kromtech of USA LLC and CloudMcCloud Corp., citing alleged copyright infringement. Live Face on Web LLC filed a complaint March 21 in the U.S. District Court for ...

The Fabric of Copyright Infringement: Obtaining Summary Judgment on Copying Element
JD Supra - 2017-04-07
Generally, the issue of copyright infringement presents issues of fact to be decided by a jury. However, when evidence that a design is so "substantially similar" to a copyrighted design, the trial court can find infringement as a matter of law and ...

Work opportunities at KSA open
news.pia.gov.ph - 2017-04-07
The recruitment agency is licensed under the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). The positions that are available include product centrifugal operators, powerhouse technician, electrical and instrument foreman, mechanical foreman ...

Airport staffers to ease immigration lines
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-04-06
With the expected influx of people to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport during Holy Week, the airport authority has cancelled the leaves of absence of all its employees to ensure there will be sufficient personnel to handle passenger concerns.

Jeffree Star and Manny MUA are Being Sued by Black Moon Cosmetics for Alleged Copyright Infringement
Allure - 2017-04-06
It seems Jeffree Star just can't get away from controversy. According to a lawsuit filed by the McArthur Law Firm, Black Moon Cosmetics is suing Jeffree Starr Cosmetics, as well as Manny MUA, alleging copyright and trademark infringement. The offending ...

Italian Court Says Due Process Isn't Necessary For Blocking Sites Over Copyright Infringement
Tech Dirt - 2017-04-06
A years-long fight in Italy between copyright rightsholders (chiefly Hollywood) and consumer groups looking to protect Italian citizens, took a dark turn recently. If you aren't already aware, the Italian government put in place a delightful regulation in ...

Contractualization and security of tenure: Truths and falsities
BusinessMirror. - 2017-04-06
WORKERS, young and old, organized and unorganized, woke up on March 16 and found out that Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III finally issued Department Order (DO) 174, which totally bans labor-only contracting, halting "end of contract regimes" and ...

WTF! Passengers Of International Flights Advised To Be At NAIA 5 Hours Before Departure
fhm.com.ph - 2017-04-06
If you've got any upcoming overseas trips, be warned. "On Tuesday, April 4, Philippine Airlines (PAL) advised passengers of international flights to be at the airport up to five hours before departure in anticipation of long lines at immigration counters ...

Williams & Lake, LLC Files Complaint Against Genesis Systems, LLC, George Jameson and Randy Burchett to Protect their Intellectual Property Rights
Wards Auto - 2017-04-06
CHANDLER, Ariz., April 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its continuing efforts to protect its proprietary and intellectual property rights, Williams & Lake, LLC filed a complaint on March 14, 2017 in the United States District Court for the District of ...

DA must encourage rice farmers to plant other crops-experts
BusinessMirror. - 2017-04-06
which are more profitable," Cororaton told the BusinessMirror on the sidelines of a forum on Philippine rice policy held recently at the De La Salle University in Manila. In their paper, titled Poverty and Distributional Impact of Alternative Policies in ...

Pryor Cashman Successfully Defends The Big Bang Theory Against "Soft Kitty" Copyright Suit
Mondaq - 2017-04-05
Pryor Cashman successfully represented Warner Bros. Entertainment, CBS, Fox Broadcasting, Turner Broadcasting and Chuck Lorre Productions in a copyright infringement action brought by the daughters of Edith Newlin, a pre-school teacher and nursery-rhyme ...

Jeffree Star and Manny MUA Are Being Sued for Copyright Infringement
Cosmopolitan Magazine - 2017-04-05
Those counting down the days until the launch of Jeffree Star and Manny MUA's highly-anticipated cosmetics collaboration might have to wait just a little bit longer. According to Refinery29, the duo of makeup mavens are being sued for copyright and ...

Panel formed to conduct preliminary probe of Mighty Corp tax case
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-04-05
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has created a three-man panel to conduct a preliminary investigation on the P9-billion tax evasion complaint filed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) against cigarette maker Mighty Corporation. In a Department ...

Laches no longer a defense to patent infringement
JD Supra - 2017-04-04
No. 15-927 (U.S. Mar. 21, 2017). Relying largely on analogous copyright law, the Supreme Court held that a claim for damages for patent infringement committed within the six-year statute of limitations cannot be opposed using a laches defense. This case ...

NDF: CASER first, then ceasefire, or sign both simultaneously
Mindanews - 2017-04-04
This is not a case of one party giving in or giving up," he said. Giving all for peace Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, chair of the GRP peace negotiating panel, said "negotiations, as in other peace process elsewhere, is all about finding common g ...

Harnessing the Filipino potential
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-04-04
While endo has always been cast in a negative light, a survey on endo workers conducted by the Institute of Labor Studies reveals that 90% of employees are satisfied with their jobs, while 93% receive the benefits due to them. Although the Philippines has ...

Balancing business and promise to labor
beta.philstar.com - 2017-04-04
Unfulfilled promise Despite the release of Department Order (DO) 174, or the Rules Implementing Articles 106-109 of the Labor Code that allows employers to forge an agreement with contractors to do jobs that are not core to the business operations ...

SC to hold special en banc on 2016 bar exam results
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-04-03
In 2015, 1,731 (26.21 percent) out of 6,605 passed. The bar exams cover eight subjects -- Political Law, Civil Law, Taxation, Labor Law, Criminal Law, Remedial Law, Mercantile Law and Legal and Judicial Ethics. JE/rga

Make it work
BusinessMirror. - 2017-04-03
We remember, not too long ago, the number of yearly entrants to the labor force was only about 500,000. How it had doubled in such a short time is no wonder. Each year about 2 million more Filipinos are added to the Philippine population. Government ...

Three Threads LLC home decor company accuses individual of copyright infringement
The Louisiana Record - 2017-04-03
BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge home decor company claims a St. Tammany Parish individual is using its marks and creating similar products. Three Threads LLC filed a complaint on March 23 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana ...

Ushio America and Necsel Intellectual Property Announce Integration
Broadway World - 2017-04-03
Ushio America, Inc., a leading manufacturer in specialty and general illumination lighting solutions, and Necsel Intellectual Property, Inc., a leader in visible laser system solutions, today announced the integration of both companies to offer a full ...

Blockchain Intellectual Property Council Meets to Combat Patent Trolls
NASDAQ - 2017-04-03
More than 70 participants from corporations like Microsoft and IBM, financial institutions, technology companies, startups, academia and legal experts met recently with the Chamber of Digital Commerce ( CDC) to hash out a strategy going forward to deal ...

Blizzard Beats "Cheat" Maker, Wins $8.5 Million Copyright Damages
TorrentFreak - 2017-04-03
Blizzard Entertainment has won a copyright infringement case against the developer of several popular game cheats and hacks. In a default judgment, the court ordered the German company Bossland to pay over $8.5 million in damages. In addition, the cheat ...

Duterte renews conditions as GRP-NDF peace panels begin 4th round in The Netherlands
Mindanews - 2017-04-03
In a press conference here, Duterte said he relayed the four conditions to Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza and Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, concurrent chair of the government peace panel in the peace negotiations with the NDF.

Economic Development: Intellectual property must be protected from theft
Billings Gazette - 2017-04-02
Rising "intellectual property crime in the United States and abroad threatens our public safety and economic well being." US Department of Justice. What does this mean for Main Street businesses? Are they at risk? Or is intellectual property ("IP ...

10 tips for Life Insurance Companies and AML
SAS - 2017-04-01
Regulatory oversights are increasing, focus on taxation (FATCA, CRS), challenges with shell companies (Panama papers) ... all this definitely impacts AML programs for life insurance companies. How will this impact AML programs for life insurance companies?

Overseas work eyed for displaced workers due to new 'endo' order
Rappler - 2017-04-01
Say, who also serves as the acting chief of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, said displaced workers may opt to apply for at least 35,000 jobs that will be generated by the Philippines' partnership with Japan in their Technical Internship ...

Political advisors discuss improving e-commerce regulation
ECNS - 2017-03-31
However, they added, some problems remain, including sale of counterfeit products, infringement of intellectual property rights, false advertising and security of personal information. Some political advisors have called for speeding up legislation ...

What's Really at Stake in the Adidas V. Asics Fitness Tracker Lawsuit?
Outside - 2017-03-31
Adidas, which owns the training platform Runtastic, claims that RunKeeper, the fitness app maker founded in 2008 that Asics acquired last year, infringes on ten of its intellectual property patents. The German sports apparel company is demanding that Asics ...

"Fearless Girl" Sculpture Near Wall Street Prompts Copyright Allegation That is More Bull than Bear
JD Supra - 2017-03-31
Now, a defender of Charging Bull has leveled an accusation of copyright infringement against the sculptor of The Fearless Girl, an allegation that misapprehends how copyright law affects the interplay between works of visual art. In short, the recent ...

"For Us, Our Attempt Has to be either Life Changing or Life Saving"
Entrepreneur - 2017-03-31
Jyoti Sagar, an advocate who has spent 42 years fighting corporate and intellectual property cases, is not only an idol to thousands of aspiring lawyers, he is their hero. His partner for more than five decades, Prema Sagar launched a public relations ...

DOLE to repatriate 5,000 Saudi OFWs
Philippine Information Agency - 2017-03-31
Following the amnesty given by Saudi Arabia, Bello directed Undersecretary Dominador Say, who is also the OIC of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to lead the repatriation mission team in Saudi and bring home the stranded OFWs safely.

Australian Intellectual Property Journal update: Vol 27 Pt 3
Thomson Reuters Communities - 2017-03-30
*Please note that the links to the content in this Part will direct you to Westlaw AU. To purchase an article, please email: LTA.Service@thomsonreuters.com or contact us on 1300 304 195 (Australian customers) or +61 2 8587 7980 (international customers ...

Fair Play, Fair Pay Act Reintroduced By Congress Members
musicrow.com - 2017-03-30
Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, and Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Chair of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and ...

Poet files copyright lawsuit against Insane Clown Posse
Times Colonist - 2017-03-30
Stanley Gebhardt filed the copyright infringement suit Tuesday in federal court in Detroit. It seeks monetary damages and asks a judge to force Bruce and the group to stop using Gebhardt's "But You Didn't." The suit says the poem, about a father-son ...

DOLE-10 conducts LEGS to 884 graduating students
news.pia.gov.ph - 2017-03-30
March 30 - A total of 884 graduating students of Southern Philippines College (SPC) were educated on what to expect in the workplace through Labor Education for Graduating Students or LEGS by the Department of Labor and Employment, Regional Office No. 10 ...

UP profs, students buck unprecedented cuts in liberal units
Bulatlat - 2017-03-30
MANILA - A debate over the number of subjects in General ... adding that a sad consequence of it is the ongoing division among colleges, students and faculty in UP. That division (induced by competition), in fact, also lies at the core of neoliberal ...

A Big Week for Intellectual Property: Supreme Court Decides Patent and Copyright Cases
JD Supra - 2017-03-30
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued two opinions on intellectual property issues. On March 21, 2017, the Court decided in a 7-1 opinion that laches is no longer a valid defense to a claim of patent infringement occurring during the six-year statute of ...

DOLE earmarks more funds for summer jobs
Philstar - 2017-03-30
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is allocating additional funds for low-income local government units (LGUs) to hire more student workers this summer. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said low-income LGUs just need to ...

Apartment Hunters Held Liable for Publishing Stolen Listings from CoStar Groups Apartments.com
Press Release Point - 2017-03-30
per photograph if further copyright infringement occurs. On top of the judgment, Apartment Hunters will also immediately pay CoStar $10,000 per stolen listing and $10,000 per infringed image. "CoStar creates thousands of valuable U.S. jobs for ...

Anushka Sharma's Phillauri Entangled In Copyright Infringement, Petitioner Incurs Hefty Fin
Ci News - 2017-03-29
Anushka Sharma's latest film Phillauri, which released to average reviews on March 24, Friday, earned Rs 2.02 crore on Monday, tweeted trade analyst Taran Adarsh. On the success of the film, the very popular Diljit Dosanjh, who is a household name in ...

Unique stories of 'breaking barriers' told
news.pia.gov.ph - 2017-03-29
Ramillie graduated in 2001 and for the next 12 years, she went from tanker to tanker and cargo vessels, doing the job of a real seafarer, always the only female, with promotion after promotion, making her the youngest officer in every ship she was on board.

CSO leaders join SP debates
Visayan Daily Star - 2017-03-29
Labor and Employment Federation of Dumaguete Urban Poor represented by Marivic Real, Global Filipino Movement represented by Billy Linao, Human Rights Tuburan for Rural Women Empowerment and Development Inc. represented by Mary Cindy Uy, Visayan Forum ...

People & Events
Visayan Daily Star - 2017-03-29
Experts from the Department of Labor and Employment, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Department of Foreign Affairs, Social Security Services, Pag-IBIG, Philippine Statistics Authority, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Maritime ...

Aussie businesses hit with $589,000 in damages over pirated software use
ARN - 2017-03-29
Each business caught using unlicensed software was forced to purchase genuine software licenses for its ongoing use, in addition to paying the copyright infringement damages. However, in a positive light, 2016 also saw record reporting of unlicensed ...

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