Immigration raids at UK burger chain prompts calls for boycott
Manila Bulletin - 2016-07-28
LONDON - The arrest of dozens of staff from the upmarket British burger chain Byron by immigration officials reportedly tipped off by the management prompted an outcry and calls for a boycott on Thursday. The interior ministry confirmed that 35 people ...

Business backs moves toward federalism
Inquirer - 2016-07-28
"In a nutshell, what (House Speaker Pantaleon D. Alvarez) described looked impressive. We will have 11 or 12 federal states crafting their own taxation laws, their own revenue-making (measures) and whatever system they want to use to attract more foreign ...

Duterte drops Con-con for Con-ass-Alvarez
BusinessMirror. - 2016-07-28
"Like in America, for example, California and New York have their own taxation and they have independence to manage their economy, to manage their natural resources, their own justice system. Here our states can also create their own laws based on their ...

17 South Koreans nabbed for operating illegal online gambling
MSN - 2016-07-28
Bureau of Immigration operatives arrested 17 South Korean nationals for operating an illegal onling gambling operation in Ortigas Center in Pasig City on Tuesday night. Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said the 17 foreigners were caught manning ...

Unwanted Baggage: Asset Acquisition and Successor Liability
JD Supra - 2016-07-28
vs. Cowen and Company, LLC, No. 14 Civ. 3789. The court ruled on cross-motions for summary judgment that defendant Cowen did not expressly assume liability for the acts of copyright infringement alleged by the EIG plaintiffs, and that Cowen was not liable ...

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 - New Federal Protection for Trade Secrets | Orange County Business Journal Intellectual Property Supplement
JD Supra - 2016-07-27
On May 11, 2016, the President signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA). The DTSA significantly expands protection of intellectual property rights by creating a body of trade secrets law that applies nationwide and by allowing businesses to ...

Court Distinguishes Between Claims For Relief And Affirmative Defenses In Denying Rehearing Of Order Compelling Arbitration
JD Supra - 2016-07-27
On May 11, 2016 we reported on a dispute between certain captive insurance administrative service providers (Capstone) against various defendants concerning the rights to certain intellectual property related to a captive insurance arrangement. Following a ...

Removing Infringing Content on ISPs Hosted in Thailand and the European Union
Lexology - 2016-07-27
Online copyright infringement is a widespread problem. Infringing content that is uploaded to the Internet in one jurisdiction can be easily accessed from around the world. Internet service providers (ISPs) host and transmit vast amounts of data ...

South China Sea video playing in Times Square
Inquirer Technology - 2016-07-27
Besides Wu, the film also features other Chinese and foreign experts, including John Ross, former policy director of Economic and Business Policy of London, and Catherine West, shadow secretary of state and foreign affairs of the British Labor Party.

Permanent establishment, but no permanent rules
BusinessMirror. - 2016-07-27
For income-taxation purposes, a foreign corporation may either be treated as resident or a nonresident foreign corporation. A foreign corporation that is engaged in trade or business within the Philippines is referred to as resident foreign corporation.

Jimmy Page breaks silence on Led Zeppelin's plagiarism trial
Big News Network - 2016-07-27
Page thanked all his fans who "contributed such a positive energy to me". Although Led Zeppelin came out as the winner in the copyright infringement lawsuit against Spirit, the case is not over yet. Michael Skidmore, who represents the estate of late ...

Pro-OFW group issues 'wish list' ahead of Duterte's first SONA
MSN - 2016-07-26
the quick resolution of illegal recruitment and trafficking cases filed by countless OFW victims at the Department of Justice (DOJ), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC); and, the scrapping of ...

BPOs continue to call the shots in PHL real estate
BusinessMirror. - 2016-07-26
In Photo: This year the Department of Labor and Employment expects at least 225,000 new hires in the business-process outsourcing sector. As the number of companies and employees swell, the basic requirement of working space, thus, becomes a very important ...

BI seeks new law to replace 76-year-old immigration act
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-07-26
THE Bureau of Immigration has appealed to lawmakers to pass a new measure to replace the 76-year-old law regulating the immigration of foreigners into the Philippines. BI commissioner Jaime Morente said the antiquated Philippine Immigration Act is long ...

DOLE finalizing memorandum to reduce 'endo' practice by 50% in 2016
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-07-25
MANILA, July 26 -- Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said that the Department will issue a memorandum which is aimed at reducing "endo" practice by 50 percent by the end of 2016. "I plan to reduce contractualization by 50 percent ...

DOLE finalizing memorandum to reduce 'endo' practice by 50% in 2016
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-07-25
MANILA, July 26 -- Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said that the Department will issue a memorandum which is aimed at reducing "endo" practice by 50 percent by the end of 2016. "I plan to reduce contractualization by 50 percent ...

Remittances likely to keep rising -- BSP
thestandard.com.ph - 2016-07-25
The money was believed stolen by cyber thieves from the account of Bank of Bangladesh in the Federal Reserve in New York and entered the Philippine financial system through a Makati branch of Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. Experts expressed concern that ...

Duterte asks Congress to cut personal, corporate taxes
Manila Bulletin - 2016-07-25
President Rodrigo R. Duterte yesterday urged the House of Representatives and the Senate to pass a comprehensive tax reform package seeking to lower personal and corporate income taxes. In his first State of the Nation Address (SONA), Duterte also asked ...

Chinese Government Determined to Strengthen Patent Protection
Mondaq - 2016-07-25
The current trend of patent protection in China seen from the Draft Amendment to the Patent Law (Draft for Approval) and Draft of Guidelines for Determination of Patent Infringement State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) of China submitted the Draft ...

Alvarez urges Congress to get to work, bares legislative agenda
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-07-25
The FOI law will (lead) the light of truth and transparency in government transactions," Alvarez said. Alvarez also wanted the income taxation to be a simplified progressive taxation in order to avoid corrupt revenue officials extorting money from taxpayers.

These Mutual Funds Are New but Still Worthy
MSN - 2016-07-24
Lead manager Andrew Foster spent 12 years at Matthews International Capital Management before co-founding Seafarer Capital Partners in 2011. At Seafarer, he employs a four-person team with global emerging markets experience. That's valuable, says senior ...

What Angel Investors Want to Know Before Investing in a Startup
FORTUNE - 2016-07-24
What legal risks do you have? Do you have any regulatory risks? Are there any product liability risks? For many companies, their intellectual property will be a key to success. The investors will pay particular attention to the answers to these questions ...

Some 19,614 workers receive a total of P974 million monetary package through SEnA
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-07-24
Pascual, said that the SEnA is being implemented by the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB), National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), DOLE ...

Start-Ups Now Need Only A Government Certificate For IPR Benefits
NDTV - 2016-07-23
New Delhi: To improve ease of doing business in the country, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday said a start-up would now need only a certificate of recognition from the government to avail intellectual property rights-related ...

Trump cherry-picks data and stretches truth in acceptance speech
BusinessMirror. - 2016-07-23
The Facts: This claim is misleading. The grain of truth is that the US corporate tax rate is one of the highest in the world, although deductions and exclusions shrink actual corporate taxes paid to levels below those in many other countries. However ...

Immigration Reform Not Looking Likely For 2017
MSN - 2016-07-22
Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton could not be further apart in their views on immigration. While Trump made it clear at this week's Republican National Convention that he's all for banning immigrants from America and still adamant ...

Bello dialogues with KMU labor leaders; discusses labor issues in 12 companies in Region 4-A
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-07-22
MANILA, July 23 - Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III met with labor leaders of unions affiliated with the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) who sought dialogue with the Department to resolve labor cases in Region 4-A. Bello also asked the members ...

Trump to Americans: I will fight for you
BusinessMirror. - 2016-07-22
Trump echoed his call to "build a great border wall to stop illegal immigration" and devoted a lengthy section of his speech to discussing Americans who had been killed by immigrants. Alabama Republican Senator Jeff Sessions, an early Trump backer ...

Immigration officers at NAIA, other airports reshuffled
Manila Bulletin - 2016-07-22
More than one hundred immigration officers assigned at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and other airports nationwide were given new assignments to rid the service of corruption and improve services rendered to local and foreign travelers.

DOLE to put up one-stop shop for OFWs
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-07-22
Aside from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), the one-stop shop will also include other government agencies, such as the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the National Bureau ...

DOLE eyes creation of one-stop shop for OFWs
MSN - 2016-07-21
Aside from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), the one-stop shop will also include other government agencies, such as the DFA and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

TMAP, Dulay to meet on tax-refund pleas
BusinessMirror. - 2016-07-21
Dulay next week to appeal the millions of pesos in value-added tax (VAT) refunds of corporate taxpayers denied to them by the previous administration without leaving any judicial or administrative recourse. TMAP President Benedict R. Tugonon said Dulay is ...

BI installs cameras at Naia
BusinessMirror. - 2016-07-21
THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) has installed facial-recognition cameras in its counters at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) terminals for quick and sure identification of passenger. Immigration Supervisor Mylene Mauricio said at least 120 ...

Labor secretary to look into K to 12 effect on labor
Bulatlat - 2016-07-21
ACT Teachers Party said that Secretary Bello, in particular, vowed to do the following: fast-track cases filed by two retrenched teachers against Miriam College ... asked by the school administration to apply to teach in the senior high school programs ...

The continuing mismatch between graduates and labor market needs
Philstar - 2016-07-21
A front page article confirmed this, "The Political and Economic Risk Consultancy (PERC) said educational standards in Southeast Asia rated poorly, while Japan, Singapore and South Korea have the best educational system in Asia. The Philippines landed ...

Higher soft drink, fuel taxes part of Duterte tax reform - Diokno
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-07-20
We will adjust the personal income tax to make it competitive. We will probably also adjust corporate income tax. But we will have the tax on soft drinks and also excise tax on petroleum products," Diokno said. The budget secretary noted that petroleum ...

With daring and sales smarts, seafarer advances in cruise work
Global Nation - 2016-07-20
He was "terrified" at Immigration in Manila because he did not have proper documents from the POEA except letters of employment and contract. But the siren call of the sea kept summoning him. Despite insufficient documents and lack of a Schengen visa ...

Tax breaks for small, micro firms pushed
Inquirer - 2016-07-20
A lawmaker will be pushing for two key reform measures seeking to simplify taxation procedures and provide a three-year tax holiday, among other fiscal and non-fiscal incentives, specifically for micro and small enterprises. On the sidelines of the ...

Bello acts on labor concerns of Cavite union
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-07-20
MANILA, July 21 - Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III instructed the DOLE Regional Office No. 4-A to immediately act on the labor case of the worker-members of a union who are picketing at an Irish-owned corporation inside the First ...

Micro enterprises may soon be exempted from some tax payments
Manila Bulletin - 2016-07-20
"We should give incentives to companies that are setting up regional franchising headquarters in the country," said Lim noting these companies are going to bring in new technology and ... The Canadian Institute of Tourism has already set up its ...

DOLE vows to speed up probe on illegal dismissal of teachers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-07-20
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) vowed to hasten the investigation on the two cases filed by laid-off teachers against Miriam College, which they accused of illegal dismissal. In a dialogue, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III promised to ...

Teva Settles Drug Patent Row With Celgene, Astellas
Law 360 - 2016-07-20
Law360, New York (July 19, 2016, 9:40 PM ET) -- Teva Pharmaceuticals has settled allegations that its planned generic version of lymphoma drug Istodax would infringe patents held by Celgene Corp. and Astellas Pharma Inc., according to a joint filing by the ...

Teva Settles Drug Patent Row With Celgene, Astellas
Law 360 - 2016-07-20
Law360, New York (July 19, 2016, 9:40 PM ET) -- Teva Pharmaceuticals has settled allegations that its planned generic version of lymphoma drug Istodax would infringe patents held by Celgene Corp. and Astellas Pharma Inc., according to a joint filing by the ...

Pound-earners feel Brexit crunch
Inquirer - 2016-07-19
David Cameron stepped down as prime minister of UK shortly after. In the end, concerns over sovereignty and lack of immigration controls resonated more with the voters than concerns on economic fallout. England itself voted strongly for Brexit along with ...

Ombudsman files graft charges vs Fernando, 5 MMDA officials
BusinessMirror. - 2016-07-19
"This court hereby orders the commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration to hold departure from the Philippines of the above- named accused," the Sandiganbayan said. In founding probable cause, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales said the construction of ...

DOLE officials in Saudi Arabia recalled
Manila Bulletin - 2016-07-19
Two labor officers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) are now being investigated by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for allegedly committing negligence in the performance of their duties. Labor Secretary Silvestro Bello III said the ...

Sandigan issues hold departure orders vs former VP Binay, Junjun Binay
Manila Bulletin - 2016-07-19
Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang has directed the Bureau of Immigration commissioner to immediately include all of the names of the accused in the Hold Departure List. The Sandiganbayan wants to "preserve and maintain the effectiveness of its ...

NRCO-ISP contest offers P500k to Pinoy seafarers with best biz plan
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-07-19
The awarding ceremony for the contest will be on November 11, 2016. Entries will be judged according to the content, its impact on the seafarer's community, and its financial viability. The winner will receive the P500,000 in three trenches and the ...

Exponent's (EXPO) CEO Paul Johnston on Q2 2016 Results - Earnings Call Transcript
MSN - 2016-07-19
During the quarter we experienced reduced spending from the oil and gas industry. Also recent rulings in intellectual property cases have resulted in clients pausing to evaluate alternatives, reducing the demand for expert witnesses. Additionally ...

DOE: We will follow DFA lead in studying arbitral ruling
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-07-18
TAGUIG CITY, July 19 -- Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi recently said the Department of Foreign Affairs together with all other government agencies concerned will thoroughly study the verdict of the Permanent Court of Arbitration under Annex VII of the 1982 ...

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