Dole wants travel tax removed from OFW tickets
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-03-03
The Dole secretary also ordered the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration to coordinate with the CAAP and Manila International Airport Authority to come up with a mechanism for the automatic exemption ...

Intellectual property rights: Patent grants jump by nearly half
Financial Express - 2017-03-03
The easing of the procedures for appraisal/grant of intellectual property rights (IPRs), announced in May 2016, has resulted in far quicker disposal of applications and reduced the backlog substantially.

SAE Institute Nashvilles Music Business Chair Weighs in on U2 Copyright Infringement Allegations
IT Business Net - 2017-03-03
British guitarist and songwriter Paul Rose filed a lawsuit on Monday, February 27, 2017 accusing the superstar band U2 of borrowing elements from his demo tape for the band's song, ?The Fly." 26 years after the song's debut, Mr. Rose is seeking a $5 ...

DOLE helps construction workers claim their unpaid 13th-month pay
Philippine Information Agency - 2017-03-03
Moreover, DOLE has also reminded employers to pay 13-month pay on time as it is a labor standard provision in the Labor Code. The 13th-month pay is defined to mean one-twelfth (1/12) of the basic salary of an employee within a calendar year. The basic ...

The integrity of the foreign secretary
Philstar - 2017-03-02
20, 1993 against debtors Perfecto Yasay and Sherida Yasay by Citicorp Mortgage Inc.; on June 23, 1993 the NY State Dept. of Taxation & Finance for the amount of $5,332.41; on Jan. 25, 1993, the NY State Tax Commission filed for $589. I merely copied the ...

Intellectual Property Update: Review 2016
Lexology - 2017-03-02
Sony Music, as holder of the rights in a particular musical work, issued proceedings for copyright infringement against a retailer who provided use of a Wi-Fi connection free of charge to the public. The musical work was unlawfully offered for downloading ...

Indian Institute Of Technology Kharagpur, Rajiv Gandhi School Of Intellectual Property Law: Admission Notification
livelaw.in - 2017-03-02
Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law (RGSOIPL) is the first of its kind law school to impart legal education with IP specialization within the IIT System bringing synergy among science, technology, management and law. The School offers a Six ...

Workers call for independent probe on HTI factory fire tragedy
Bulatlat - 2017-03-02
Salamat / Bulatlat.com) "Our fellow workers have died, and will continue dying in factories found violating labor standards and occupational and safety standards if accountability and justice continue to be elusive." MANILA -- A month after the ...

Main stock price index falls below 7,200 on renewed rate hike fears
Inquirer - 2017-03-01
ICTSI and Metrobank both slipped by over 1 percent. AGI, SMIC, GT Capital and Ayala Corp. also declined. On the other hand, Semirara gained 2.88 percent. Metro Pacific rose by 1.47 percent after announcing a 17-percent growth in consolidated core net ...

Crafting job creation strategies in a segmented globalizing economy
BusinessMirror. - 2017-03-01
The downside for the telecom workers: less and less job security and fewer and fewer number of workers, as what has happened in the case of the PLDT and its union. In the 1990s, the PLDT union had a membership of around 20,000; today, its ranks have gone ...

Palace says Duterte open to 'adjustments' on contractualization policy
Philstar - 2017-03-01
MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte is open to amending ... The order bars the termination of the service of a worker after his service agreement with his employer expires. The capital requirement for enterprises involved in permissible ...

FACT CHECK: Trump distorts an immigration report
Philstar - 2017-03-01
A look at some of his claims in his prime-time speech to Congress: Trump: "According to the National Academy of Sciences, our current immigration system costs America's ... by the Brookings Institution and Urban Institute. Trump: "Ninety-four million ...

Trump vows new merit-based US immigration system
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-03-01
President Donald Trump vowed Tuesday to introduce a new merit-based immigration system to regulate new arrivals in the United States and reduce the flow of unskilled workers. Trump said an Australian-style immigration system would "save countless dollars ...

China, world's biggest infringer of intellectual property
newsbytesapp.com - 2017-03-01
According to an American watchdog's report, rampant intellectual theft by China is costing America a mind-boggling $600 billion every year. The watchdog has labelled China as "world's principal IP infringer". For long intellectual property infringement has ...

Columbia College - Intellectual Property Policy
library.ccis.edu - 2017-03-01
Columbia College is committed to providing an educational environment that supports and encourages the discovery and development of knowledge, learning and research for its students and employees. The purpose of this policy is to provide information and ...

Alphabet Sues Uber Over Alleged Stolen Intellectual Property
FORTUNE - 2017-02-28
Our latest episode of Tech Debate features Fortune digital editor Andrew Nusca and writer Robert Hackett discussing the lawsuit between Uber and Alphabet (googl). The companies are disputing whether Uber stole intellectual property from Waymo, Alphabet's ...

Kanye West Gains Ground in "New Slaves" Copyright Infringement Lawsuit
celebnmusic247.com - 2017-02-28
We just got word that Kanye West Gains Ground in "New Slaves" Copyright Infringement Lawsuit against Hungarian rock star Gabor Presser!!! Read more on the Kanye West "New Slaves" copyright infringement lawsuit... CelebNMusic247.com has a new ...

Intellectual property theft costs billions
The Journal Gazette - 2017-02-28
WASHINGTON - A private watchdog says counterfeit goods, software piracy and the theft of trade secrets cost the American economy up to $600 billion a year. In a report out Monday, the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property says the ...

Immigration gives Korean a clean bill: No mafia links
thestandard.com.ph - 2017-02-28
KANG Tae Sik, a Korean businessman who has been living in the Philippines for more than 40 years, has been cleared of any derogatory records by the Bureau of Immigration. Kang, 76, president and chief executive of K&L Jinro Philippines Inc., was accused of ...

Kanye West Gains Small Win In $2.5M "New Slaves" Copyright Infringement Lawsuit
HipHopDX - 2017-02-27
Los Angeles, CA - When Hungarian rock star Gabor Presser claimed Kanye West ripped off his 1969 composition, "Gyöngyhajú Lány" ("The Girl with Pearly Hair"), for his 2013 hit, "New Slaves," the allegation eventually made it to court.

Special InTAX March 2017 Issue 3 Vol. 3
home.kpmg.com - 2017-02-27
The RR provides for the taxation of the Microfinance Nongovernment Organization (NGO), as follows: A duly registered and accredited Microfinance NGO shall pay a 2% tax based on its gross receipts from microfinance operations in lieu of all national taxes ...

Why not help the jeepneys?
Visayan Daily Star - 2017-02-26
The first will lose income, and the later their work or classes. For sure local governments will not be able to provide them transport, granted they have available vehicles, because there will be too many who will be needing it. I wonder if the government ...

Most of tax stamps features compromised, says DOF
Philstar - 2017-02-26
Tax leakages caused by the proliferation of fake tax stamps ... which led to an industry-wide investigation by the BIR. Business ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1

Bello re-clusters DOLE agencies, bureaus, services
news.pia.gov.ph - 2017-02-26
Avila. The Bureau of Local Employment (BLE), Institute of Labor and Studies and Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) will be supervised by Undersecretary Dominador R. Say. Usec. Say will be supported by Assistant Secretary Alex V.

Waymo is Suing Uber For Theft of Intellectual Property
Yahoo News - 2017-02-25
A showtime story has broken out of Waymos legal department. On Thursday, Googles self-driving project filed a lawsuit against the ride-hailing service, Uber, for theft of "highly confidential and proprietary" documents regarding the companys autonomous ...

Nintendo Throws Blue Shell At Business That Lets You Play 'Mario Kart' In Real Life
Tech Times - 2017-02-25
In real life, Nintendo has launched a blue shell of its own against Tokyo-based company MariCar, in the form of a lawsuit for copyright infringement. In a press release, Nintendo revealed that it has filed a lawsuit against Marika Co. Ltd., owner of the ...

Ambitious Engineer At Center of Colossal Fight Between Google and Uber
Bloomberg - 2017-02-25
On Thursday, Waymo, the Alphabet Inc. company formed from Google's self-driving project, filed a blistering lawsuit accusing Levandowski of taking incredibly valuable intellectual property from Alphabet to his current company, Uber Technologies Inc. Waymo ...

An Unofficial Guide to Understanding the Socio-Economic Proposals of Filipino Communists
Bulatlat - 2017-02-24
The state shall continue to support big and small local producers, MSMEs and startups ... Despite its revolutionary intent, CASER was packaged as a program that both the government and NDF forces can implement in their respective territories.

SBMA orders water park guards to leave Subic
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-02-24
Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Undersecretary Bernard Olalia and Dole Central Luzon Director Ana Dione met with Sharpe on Thursday to discuss alleged labor code violations, including the illegal suspension of some employees. Sharpe said some ...

Business groups back lower PIT rates under CTRP proposal
BusinessMirror. - 2017-02-24
Business groups have expressed support for the passage of a proposal to lower individual income tax rates, which is the main intent of the Comprehensive Tax Reform Package (CTRP). During the fifth hearing of the House Committee on Ways and Means ...

Federal Judge Says Providing Web Hosting Isn't Even Close To The Same Thing As Contributory Infringement
Tech Dirt - 2017-02-24
A federal judge has just let a plaintiff know there's a big difference between providing hosting for infringing content and actually participating in copyright infringement. ALS Scan sued basically everybody for copyright infringement after discovering ...

COMMENTARY: On the economic prescriptions of the new charter
Mindanews - 2017-02-24
And given that we currently rank 101st in the Corruption Perceptions Index 2016, opening industries to foreign ownership without the accompanying governance and labor reforms will probably only result to modest, if not minimal, growth in FDI levels.

MICC teams to review DENR order on closure of mine sites
BusinessMirror. - 2017-02-24
A community relations officer will be involved in the social aspect, an environmental management officer will focus on the environmental impact, while representatives from the local government units, the DOF, Department of Labor and Employment, the ...

Nintendo sues go-kart company over copyright infringement
Japan Times - 2017-02-24
Nintendo Co. filed a lawsuit Friday against Tokyo-based go-kart service MariCar for alleged copyright violations. In the suit, filed with the Tokyo District Court, Nintendo claims MariCar is renting unauthorized costumes of Nintendo game characters such as ...

Eclipse Corp. Acquires DocOrigin Enterprise Document Software Intellectual Property
kmworld.com - 2017-02-23
Eclipse Corp. has announced its acquisition of OF Software Ltd. of Canada, creators of DocOrigin, an enterprise software solution used to design, present, and deliver business forms, documents, labels, and checks. The DocOrigin software is used in the ...

Star Fabrics Inc. accuses Macy's Inc., Private Brands LLC of copyright infringement
norcalrecord.com - 2017-02-23
LOS ANGELES - A Los Angeles company alleges one of its textile designs was unlawfully used in clothing. Star Fabrics Inc. filed a complaint on Feb. 16 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Private Brands LLC, Macy's ...

Impact of two-tier tax on cigarette, health, competition
BusinessMirror. - 2017-02-23
While we have the courts to decide on the merits of the issue on cigarette taxation, should it reach that level, and of course, the Supreme Court, as the final interpreter of the law, let me, however, share my thoughts and own understanding of the ...

HAMILTON Merchandise Trademark and Copyright Lawsuit Reaches Settlement with #EduHam Donations
Broadway World - 2017-02-22
Hamilton Uptown Limited Liability Company, Creative Goods Merchandise LLC, SunFrog LLC and Gear Launch, Inc. announced today that they have amicably settled a trademark and copyright infringement lawsuit involving the alleged unauthorized manufacture and ...

DOLE intensifies anti-illegal recruitment campaign
news.pia.gov.ph - 2017-02-22
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) meantime encourages the public to report to their hotline numbers 722-11-44 / 722-11-55 any recruitment activity of this nature and warns the public from applying at unlicensed recruitment agencies ...

Global movement promises to fight inequality
Greenpeace International - 2017-02-22
Our government is setting up programs to fight inequality, but we need to advocate more to push it to address inequalities in education, health, income, social insurance, labor protection, among others." "A movement of national alliances is seen as the ...

What it is and why it matters
SAS - 2017-02-21
The new benefits that big data analytics brings to the table ... To understand the opportunities of business analytics, MIT Sloan Management Review conducted its sixth annual survey of executives, managers and analytics professionals.

Japan immigration policy to focus on highly skilled foreign workers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-02-21
Sometime mid-January, an announcement was made regarding changes that will be made for permanent residency in Japan for skilled foreign workers. However, the changes appear to favor a specific type of foreign worker. To achieve permanent residency in just ...

Phl tax reform update so far (Part 3)
beta.philstar.com - 2017-02-21
The need to institute genuine tax reform therefore comes at a critical ... all too often that excessive taxation stifles productivity, causes misallocation of resources, and encourages flight of capital to less-taxed jurisdictions. A more liberal and ...

Fake cigarettes and fake tax stamps
beta.philstar.com - 2017-02-21
The BIR is now talking about instituting more secure features on its cigarette tax stamps, which should have been done before the unitary taxation scheme kicked in at the start of the year. The problem is serious because it does not just involve lost tax ...

T Bone Burnett Delivers Scathing Message to Copyright Office, Urging Reform: 'Our Culture Is At Stake'
Billboard - 2017-02-21
which includes the "safe harbor" provisions that protect digital service providers such as YouTube from copyright infringement litigation by outlining a system to deal with illegal copyrighted material uploaded to its platform. Burnett, who serves on the ...

Kim Dotcom eligible for extradition to US (although not on the basis of alleged copyright infringement)
TechSpot - 2017-02-20
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is eligible to be extradited to the US, a New Zealand High Court ruled on Monday. Justice Murray Gilbert of the High Court upheld a December 2015 ruling that determined Dotcom and three others involved in the matter ...

Live today...for the future!
Philstar - 2017-02-20
This indifference may also be attributed to the existence of government-mandated retirement policies. For instance, the Labor Code of the Philippines mandates that an employee who is at least 65 years old shall be entitled to retirement pay equivalent to ...

New Zealand High Court clears Kim Dotcom extradition to U.S.
Computer World - 2017-02-20
Megaupload website founder Kim Dotcom and three associates were on Monday cleared by a court in New Zealand to be extradited to the U.S. where he faces a variety of charges including copyright infringement and racketeering. Holding that copyright ...

News Briefs: CebuPac cancels nearly 200 flights due to radar shutdown
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-02-20
Philippine Airlines notified its passengers on Friday that it was canceling some 100 flights due to the maintenance work. --Jocelyn R. Uy State prosecutors have formally charged former Valderrama, Antique Mayor Mary Joyce Roquero before the Sandiganbayan ...

One bad apple can spoil the barrel: the importance of clearly defining intellectual property rights
Lexology - 2017-02-20
In 2007, Apple and Pear Australia Ltd (APAL) entered into an Option Deed with United States corporation, Pink Lady America LLC (PLA). Under the Option Deed, PLA agreed to grant to APAL an option to acquire ownership of Pink Lady trade marks that PLA had ...

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