Why Licuanan must not resign
Manila Standard Today - 2016-12-13
In the 1991 case of Achacoso v. Macaraig, which concerned the position of Administrator of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration which belongs to the career service, the Supreme Court explained that an appointment in favor a person who does not ...

End obsession with Top 10
Inquirer Opinion - 2016-12-12
Another top law school, San Beda, has had a rigid curriculum for decades in which students have no electives at all, except for a two-unit subject, banking. In addition, fourth-year subjects are mostly bar-review ones. Ateneo de Manila, another leading law ...

DOLE at 83: A reaffirmation of commitment to serve the workers
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-12-09
Financial Management Service and Information and Publication Service; 16 regional offices; and 12 attached agencies-Overseas Workers Welfare Administration; Philippine Overseas Employment Administration; Institute for Labor Studies; Professional ...

Labor chief warns public vs scam using his name
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-12-09
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has warned the public against scammers using his name to solicit money from unsuspecting individuals, supposedly for the benefit of overseas Filipino workers. In a hastily-called press conference on Friday, Bello ...

Labor cases increasing-NLRC
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-12-09
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Dec. 9 (PIA) - - The National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) here reported that labor related cases in the region increased because of the continuing massive information dissemination. Atty. Ma. Lourdes R. Baricaua, labor ...

DOF urges Congress to stick to Sin Tax Law
Philstar - 2016-12-08
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Finance yesterday urged Congress to allow the full implementation of the Sin Tax Reform Act after an unexpected proposal to reverse the landmark law breezed through committee readings. "We consider the Sin Tax Law ...

Marijuana Genomes Now Registered on the Bitcoin Blockchain
Investopedia - 2016-12-08
Another intended benefit of the genome repository is the intellectual property rights of marijuana growers and cannabis breeders. Though the industry is just now burgeoning, it is not hard to imagine an area of legal specialization focusing on cannabis ...

Bahamian computer hacker sentenced for trying to sell stolen movie scripts, videos
Washington Times - 2016-12-07
When he pleaded guilty six months later to criminal copyright infringement and identity theft, he admitted breaching the internet accounts of various unnamed entertainment, sports and media personalities and stealing those scripts as well as some of his ...

Vitamin Health's False Ad Fight Not Covered, 6th Circ. Told
Law 360 - 2016-12-07
"Vitamin Health would have this court re-write the exclusion, effectively replacing the broad language of the exclusion with a different, narrow exclusion that would cover 'only those claims which seek damages for the same intellectual property violation ...

On the wings of progress
BusinessMirror. - 2016-12-07
The survey used five standards for evaluation: Services and facilities, food options, immigration-security, customer service and cleanliness. The top 10 received negative commentaries, such as dirty toilets, overcrowding, long lines, poor ventilation and ...

Bahamian man gets five years in U.S. prison for hacking celebrities
investing.com - 2016-12-07
He pleaded guilty in May to charges of criminal copyright infringement and identity theft. "You have some obvious facility for computers," Engelmayer said. "But you chose to use your gifts for dark and lawless ends." Prosecutors said Knowles, of Freeport ...

Intellectual property forum puts spotlight on Hong Kong's future
China Daily - 2016-12-07
The robust IT industry, a wealth of professionals and a well-established intellectual property protection system are helping Hong Kong to become a regional IP trade center, said top local official at the sixth Business of IP Asia Forum that opened on Dec 1.

A Banner Year For Monetary Awards Standards In IP Cases
Law 360 - 2016-12-06
Law360, New York (December 6, 2016, 8:54 AM EST) -- Ann G. Fort Robert R.L. Kohse Thus far, 2016 has been an important year for all types of intellectual property cases, and particularly for standards relating to monetary awards for enhanced damages and ...

US patent agency to weigh rival claims on gene-editing technology
Deccan Chronicle - 2016-12-06
Doudna co-founded Berkeley biotech firm Caribou Biosciences, which licenses Berkeley's intellectual property and is working on CRISPR with other companies, including Novartis AG and Dupont. The case is The Broad Institute Inc v. Regents of the University ...

Germany needs more nurses
Visayan Daily Star - 2016-12-05
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration is now accepting applications for the 300 job openings for nurses in hospitals in Germany who will be sourced from three key places nationwide - Cebu, Baguio and Manila, a press release from the POEA ...

PHL inventors told: Be more forward-looking, proactive
BusinessMirror. - 2016-12-04
The annual inventors week was held in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), DOST-Technology Application and Promotion Institute, Intellectual Property Office-Philippines and the Department of Trade and Industry at the DOST ...

The rule on non-diminution of benefits
BusinessMirror. - 2016-12-04
Under our labor laws, it is axiomatic that the practice of providing benefits greater than those which are mandated by law remain valid for being favorable to the employees. In Arco Metal Products Co. Inc. v. SAMARM-NAFLU (GR 170734, May 14, 2008), the ...

RA 9646: Resa and the Filipino real estate agent
Inquirer - 2016-12-02
Prior to 2009, the licensure of real estate brokers was governed by the Department of Trade and Industry and the ... He should be registered at the PRC, must have at least attended two years in college education with 120 CPD units, and has to be under ...

Tax Reform Roadshow for MSEs held in CDO
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-12-02
Further, Lawyer Benedicta Du-Baladad, co-chair of PCCI Taxation Committee shared that tax reform policy should simplify, clarify rules on deduction and remove, minimize areas for discretion. There should also be reasonable limitations on rates of ...

United Heads to Canadian Federal Court (UAL)
Investopedia - 2016-12-02
On Dec. 5, United Continental Holdings Inc. (UAL) will head to Canadian Federal Court. The lawsuit, brought by United, is over copyright infringement. According to the Financial Post, the issue began in 1996. A doctorate student was unhappy with the ...

Govt targets 1.2M new jobs annually
BusinessMirror. - 2016-12-01
Labor Secretary Silvestro H. Bello III announced that Department Order (DO) 18-A, which governs the registration of contractors, will be amended or repealed before the end of the year. However, the government is not inclined to completely abolish all forms ...

Biz buzz: Next for Manny Villar: An amusement park
Inquirer - 2016-12-01
Current commander of Eastern Mindanao Command Lt ... Before he worked at the House, Cardema was a student at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. He was also the commander of the Vanguards, the UP-ROTC cadet corps, in 2009. The military background ...

Intellectual Property and Technology News (Asia Pacific) November 2016
JD Supra - 2016-12-01
Welcome to the latest Asia Pacific Edition of Intellectual Property and Technology News, our biannual publication designed to report on worldwide developments in intellectual property and technology law, offering perspective, analysis and visionary ideas.

Fantasy Author Can't Escape Infringement-Hunting IP Case
Law 360 - 2016-12-01
Law360, New York (November 30, 2016, 8:13 PM EST) -- Author Sherrilyn Kenyon may keep pursuing almost all of her trademark and copyright infringement claims against another best-selling fantasy writer, a Tennessee federal judge said Tuesday, keeping alive ...

Copyright Ownership: Joint Authors and Other Topics
New York Law Journal - 2016-11-30
v. Marvel Characters, 716 F.3d 302 (2d Cir. 2013). In this regard, a claim in a lawsuit to establish joint authorship is not extended like one for copyright infringement. The three-year limitations period applies to both joint authorship and infringement ...

Liability of an internet subscriber for acts of copyright infringement over the internet
JD Supra - 2016-11-30
A United States film studio, Dallas Buyers Club LLC, made news last year for commencing legal proceedings against internet subscribers for copyright infringement for downloading the movie "Dallas Buyers Club". The film studio had commenced legal ...

Avoiding Disaster - the Importance of an Intellectual Property Protection Plan for Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries
JD Supra - 2016-11-30
An effective intellectual property protection strategy is vital for almost every business, but is perhaps even more important for businesses such as breweries, wineries and distilleries where much of their product differentiation comes in the way of their ...

'Porn Troll' Atty Ordered To Pay Up For Contempt
Law 360 - 2016-11-28
Law360, New York (November 28, 2016, 3:58 PM EST) -- An Illinois federal judge has ordered a so-called "porn troll" attorney to pay more than $47,000 for his attempt to avoid paying fines in a copyright infringement lawsuit over allegedly unlawful ...

Lawmakers raise impact of proposed salt tax on the poor
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-11-28
MANILA -- Lawmakers of the House of Representatives have raised concern over the proposed taxation of "excess" salt in processed foods on the poor. House Bill No. 3719, authored by Masbate 3rd District Rep. Scott Davies Lanete, seeks to impose a tax ...

RP budget deficit drops 91% to P2.3B in October
The Daily Tribune - 2016-11-28
The BIR posted a five percent growth in tax collection compared to P115.8 billion last year, while the BoC registered a three percent year-on-year increase in revenues in October from P32.5 billion. Tax collection of other offices, meanwhile, posted a 98 ...

"You shall not pass" - summary judgment for Tolkien copyright infringement. And in other news...
Lexology - 2016-11-28
Copyright - infringement of the Lord of the Rings "One Ring Inscription" - summary judgment. After twelve years, in 1949, JRR Tolkien completed his book, The Lord of the Rings. As Beach J observed, the book is set in a fantasy world called Middle ...

Reminder on 13th month pay, bonus
thestandard.com.ph - 2016-11-27
Even contractual, casual, fixed term, probationary and seasonal employees have the right to receive this according to the Labor Code as long as they have given servicd for one month only, said Angara, vice chairman of the labor committee. "And although ...

Land tax hike seen adding P300M for QC yearly
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-11-27
They are also entitled to free parking in business establishments ... An ordinance approved in 2015 also grants senior citizens a new tax break: when they sell their house and lot in Quezon City, they are no longer required to pay transfer tax.

Project to help SMEs with intellectual entrepreneurial assets
Jamaica Observer - 2016-11-26
He said it will bring well-needed support to entrepreneurs and innovators, and help to boost Intellectual Property (IP) investments in the region. He was speaking at the official launch of REACH at the Courtyard by Marriot Hotel in New Kingston on November 18.

Government steps up anti-smuggling campaign
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-11-26
He said the bureau, for the month of November, seized various counterfeit products in Pasay City, Bulacan and Pangasinan areas totaling to about Php 775 million. The Bureau has confiscated around Php1.173 billion worth of various kinds of illegal drugs in ...

Changes in Process for Designating Agents for DMCA Safe Harbor Protection
JD Supra - 2016-11-25
safe harbors from copyright infringement liability for (i) content stored at the direction of a user (i.e., user-generated content); (ii) system caching; or (iii) information location tools (collectively, the "Safe Harbor")--including those that have ...

'Unfree' market requires government action
Courier-Journal - 2016-11-25
So the new drug/patent prevents competition. Long-running patents make Americans pay more for drugs than citizens of other developed countries. Europeans pay much less because their governments drive hard bargains with pharmaceutical companies and direct ...

DTI- Laguna conducts seminar on bookkeeping and taxation
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-11-25
CALAMBA, Laguna, 25 Nov. - The Department of Trade and Industry- Laguna Provincial Office , through the Small and Medium Enterprise Roving Academy (SMERA) and Negosyo Center-San Pablo City recently held a seminar on bookkeeping and taxation in San Pablo ...

DOF releases Freedom Of Information manual
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-11-24
the effective implementation of immigration controls and border security; or (iii) deprive a person of a right to a fair trial or an impartial adjudication; or (iv) lead to the disclosure of the identity of a confidential source, including a government ...

Hazards of a crusader
BusinessMirror. - 2016-11-24
I say this because any transformation entails cost before one can see its benefits. When I became the head of the immigration bureau, opposition was rife in the early stages. Trials came in bunches up to my very last day in office. I can personally attest ...

Be wary of counterfeit drug products - FDA
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-11-24
The FDA added to be vigilant of the said counterfeit products as these may pose potential danger or injury. Establishments and outlets were also warned against selling and/or dispensing of the counterfeit drug products. Anyone found selling the said drug ...

SGInnovate To Launch Singapore Into A.I. & Robotics Space
Asianscientist - 2016-11-24
falls under the National Research Foundation of Singapore. It was formerly known as Infocomm Investments Pte Ltd, the venture investment arm of the former Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore. Here at 32CS, which is short for 32 Carpenter Street ...

Philippines seen to survive external headwinds
Philstar - 2016-11-23
Philex Mining Corp. CFO bagged the 10th ING-Finex CFO Award for 2016. "In both cases mainstream media underestimated the underlying sentiment which caused shockwaves across the globe. The same was the case in financial markets. Traders and analysts also ...

BOC raids yield P775 million worth of fake clothing and cigarettes
BusinessMirror. - 2016-11-23
The seized counterfeit products and fake BIR stamps are now at a BOC security warehouse in South Harbor, Manila for safekeeping. Faeldon said that the raids were a continuation of their operations that started two weeks ago in Davao City and Cagayan de Oro ...

IRI celebrates first anniversary of Manila office
BusinessMirror. - 2016-11-22
The newest seafarer documentation office provides Filipino seafarers the ability to receive their documents in a timely fashion. Personnel in the office have also participated in seminars within the seafaring community in Manila, particularly with local ...

Centurion University organized a workshop on Intellectual Property Rights in Electronics and IT Sectors
Orissa Diary - 2016-11-22
Many of the faculty are working on different sectors of Technology ... Dr.B.P. Mishra Dean School of Engineering and Technology, presented the vote of thanks to the dignitaries for gracing the occasion, to the participants and the organizing committee.

LTO: OFWs first in long line for license cards
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-11-19
Concerned OFWs need to submit supporting documents --their passport, employment contract, plane ticket and papers issued by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration or the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration-- to be prioritized, he added.

Yellen affirms interest-rate hike likely next month
BusinessMirror. - 2016-11-18
With the labor market continuing to make progress and signs of rising inflation and wage gains recently, Yellen said at a congressional hearing that an increase in short-term interest rates "could well become appropriate relatively soon." She said ...

7 nabbed for illegal recruitment, estafa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-11-18
Rosario Christina Morales, and Alma Lubiran were nabbed in an entrapment operation in Binondo They were allegedly running a manpower company without license or approval from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). Their clients went to ...

Fed. Circ. Affirms Generics' Win In Kidney Drug Patent Suit
Law 360 - 2016-11-18
Law360, New York (November 17, 2016, 8:07 PM EST) -- The Federal Circuit on Thursday upheld a win for generic-drug makers accused of infringing a Roxane Laboratories Inc. kidney medication patent, ruling a district court was right to find that the patent ...

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