2 Immigration officials resign over P50-M extortion scandal
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-12-16
The two associate commissioners of the Bureau of Immigration tagged in a P 50-million extortion controversy have resigned from their posts. In a joint statement issued on Friday night, Associate Commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles said they were ...

BI awaits lookout order vs 5 execs in P50-M bribe try
The Daily Tribune - 2016-12-16
The foreigners are part of the 1,316 undocumented Chinese workers rounded up by BI operatives on November 24 ... who had been looking for a "godfather" to protect his business interests in the Philippines. Charles Calima, former BI intelligence chief ...

Idenix Wins $2.5B Verdict In Gilead Hep C Drug Patent Fight
Law 360 - 2016-12-16
Law360, Wilmington (December 15, 2016, 5:17 PM EST) -- A federal jury took less than two hours Thursday to award Idenix Pharmaceuticals LLC a $2.54 billion royalty share of Gilead Sciences Inc.'s profits from two blockbuster hepatitis C drugs, after almost ...

Online Intellectual Property Enforcement Reforms in Thailand
Lexology - 2016-12-15
One reason Thai authorities have not been successful in combating online IP infringements is that they have, so far, been ill-equipped in terms of legal instruments to battle online infringers. Indeed, the Computer Crime Act of 2007 contained no provision ...

Plotting intellectual property strategy in an anti-free trade era
dlnnews.com - 2016-12-15
The stunning evidence of voter anger against globalization with Brexit and the election of anti-free trader Donald Trump have roiled the international community. These events may be clear signals that a new trend toward economic protectionism is here.

Pirate Bay Blocked In Australia: List Of Pirated Content Websites That Will Be Unavailable By Year's End
International Business Times - 2016-12-15
pay television companies Foxtel and Roadshow applied to the court in February for an injunction to force internet service providers such as Telstra and Optus to block sites that they claimed had the "primary purpose" of supporting copyright infringement.

Tobacco farmers support HB 4144
The Daily Tribune - 2016-12-14
Michael de Vera, will be detrimental to local tobacco farmers. HB 4144 seeks to amend the provision in Republic Act (RA) 10351 that mandates a unitary tax rate for cigarettes starting January 1, 2017 to replace the current two-tier classification.

House OKs 2-tiered taxation on cigarettes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-12-13
The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on third and final reading a controversial bill imposing a two-tier tax regime on tobacco products, drawing objections from lawmakers who questioned the inordinate haste of its passage. By a 176-30 vote ...

Visa-on-arrival proposed for mainland Chinese
Philstar - 2016-12-13
This means the sender has to be a valid passport holder and should have a certification coming from the Department of Labor and Employment or Philippine Overseas Employment Administration that he is a documented worker, and that the items in the box are ...

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 ...

Maersk Line fights counterfeit goods
maerskline.com - 2016-12-12
Due diligence measures such as Know Your Customer process will be applied and appropriate conditions prohibiting the carriage of counterfeit products. "We, the signatories to this declaration, acknowledge the destructive impact of the international trade ...

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 ...

Farms, food and futures
Inquirer Opinion - 2016-12-08
Two attributes inherent to agriculture make this so. One, agriculture remains labor-intensive, employing more workers per unit output, even as greater mechanization in more labor-short economies is making this less so. Jobs are the foremost and durable ...

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.

House approves 2-tier cigarette tax bill on 2nd reading
BusinessMirror. - 2016-12-07
"Cigarette are all harmful regardless of their price and form. The principle behind unitary taxation for cigarette products is that the ills that these products cause to the general public, whether through first hand or second hand or third hand ...

BI to 16 Chinese on the lam: Please return
BusinessMirror. - 2016-12-06
TEN more of the 57 Chinese who earlier escaped after getting arrested for illegally working in an unlicensed online gambing casino in Clark Field, Pampanga, have returned to the custody of the Bureau of Immigration (BI). BI Spokesman Maria Antonette ...

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 ...

Germany needs more nurses
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-12-03
NEGROS OCC., Dec. 3 (PIA6)-- The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is now accepting applications for the three hundred (300) job openings for nurses in different hospitals in Germany which will be sourced in three key places nationwide ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Cisco Presses Arista Execs On Interface Choice At IP Trial
Law 360 - 2016-12-01
Law360, San Jose (November 30, 2016, 10:07 PM EST) -- Cisco Systems Inc. grilled Arista Networks Inc. executives Wednesday during the third day of their intellectual property trial on why Arista chose to use Cisco's command-line interface to create its ...

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 ...

BIR at the frontline of 'ambitious' government agenda to boost growth, attack poverty
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-11-29
Lower rates reduce incentives to evade. With the plan to lower rates, the BIR should now prepare its own plans to broaden the base of our taxation. The goal is to make the lower rates revenue neutral through improved tax administration. That will be a ...

'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 ...

Lapu worker asks SC: Junk Ombudsman findings
Philstar - 2016-11-28
Meanwhile, the Gabriela Women's Partylist group is seeking for a congressional inquiry into the cases of illegal recruitment perpetuated by Philtrust Overseas Recruitment Agency against at least 32 Filipinos in Cebu. Partylist Representatives Emmi de ...

"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 ...

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