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 ...

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.

Bello issues work stoppage in firecracker establishments
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-11-26
He added that the issuance of the Work Stoppage Order is pursuant to Rule 1012.02 of the Occupational Safety and Health Standards in relation to Article 168 of the Labor Code, as amended and renumbered, and Rule VIII of Department Order No. 131-B ...

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 ...

Maroon and green
Inquirer Opinion - 2016-11-17
But it can also mean cowardice, and, for labor unions, treachery and betrayal ("yellow unions" being those that are controlled by management). Our obsession with yellow is so intense that the color is designated as an official color, which is why you ...

DAP receives Pakistani foreign study tour group
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-11-17
The other government agencies the NMC delegation visited are the National Economic and Development Authority, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, the Department of Foreign Affairs, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council ...

Horrible service, too
Visayan Daily Star - 2016-11-17
Meanwhile, that was encouraging news about a pregnant woman in Iloilo, affected by the Zika virus, whose doctors say her still unborn baby ... has given a lot of jobs to our people, especially our college graduates. What if Trump was serious about his ...

Supreme Court Denies Cert in Lamictal Pay-For-Delay Litigation
JD Supra - 2016-11-16
SmithKline Beecham Corp., 791 F.3d 388 (3d Cir. 2015). As a result, the law in the Third Circuit is that non-cash payments made by the holder of a drug-patent to an infringer -- to settle litigation over validity or infringement -- may in some cases ...

10 Key Intellectual Property Issues for M&A Deals
JD Supra - 2016-11-16
Intellectual property (IP) assets often constitute the most significant component of technology sector businesses. As a result, IP legal issues are of crucial importance in merger and acquisition transactions. There are several key issues that should be ...

Farmers want raffle of Luisita lands stopped
Philstar - 2016-11-16
A bloody dispersal by the military and police against striking workers of the United Luisita Workers Union and the Central Azucarera de Tarlac Labor Union in 2004 left seven farm workers killed and more than a hundred others wounded. "Twelve years have ...

Prince label accuses Jay Z company of copyright infringement
CNN Money - 2016-11-16
Prince's estate is suing Jay Z's entertainment company for copyright infringement. Prince's companies NPG Records and NPG Music Publishing say the Jay Z multimedia company, Roc Nation, is streaming dozens of Prince songs through the Tidal music service ...

NLRC orders Miriam College to reinstate their wrongly retrenched professors
Bulatlat - 2016-11-16
MANILA -- It was another victory for groups opposing the implementation of the K to 12 program as retrenched professors from Miriam College won the case they filed before the National Labor ... directed Miriam College administration to pay backwages ...

Schools in Region 12 urged to get assistance for personnel displaced by K-12
Mindanews - 2016-11-16
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 November) -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE ... delaying the entry of students to the tertiary or college level. It covers Kindergarten and 12 years of basic education, comprising six years of primary ...

IPOPHL wants 2-year cap in litigation of IP cases
BusinessMirror. - 2016-11-16
The alternative dispute resolution services of the IPOPHL is lodged under its Bureau of Legal Affairs, which this office handles inter partes cases (IPC) and intellectual-property violation (IPV) cases. IPCs comprise of oppositions to application for the ...

Pinoys with intellectual disability swim against tide of prejudices
BusinessMirror. - 2016-11-16
THE story of Magiting at the NYC is just one of many in a sea of disappointment and unfair labor treatment being experienced by persons with intellectual disability (PWIDs). A quick scan of the web site of the National Council for Disability Affairs (NCDA ...

Rainmaker Q&A: WilmerHale's Michael Summersgill
Law 360 - 2016-11-15
Summersgill has litigated intellectual property cases throughout the country, and has argued multiple appeals, including in the Federal Circuit and Ninth Circuit. Among recent victories, Summersgill: represented a global car manufacturer in a four-patent ...

Of patterns and linkages
BusinessMirror. - 2016-11-15
Part of the plan is to review the current taxation and financial schemes for ship owners, to encourage local production. In fact, the seventh-largest shipbuilder in the world in terms of volume, may be joining the bandwagon. The Japanese company recently ...

Chinese Court Upholds Tech Co.'s IP Rights Arbitration Award
Law 360 - 2016-11-14
A Chinese court has opted not to overturn an arbitration award issued to a Sinosoft Technology Group Ltd. subsidiary following a dispute with Hong Kong-based Janful Ltd. over the assignment of intellectual property rights associated with certain software ...

Intellectual Property Under A Donald Trump Presidency
Law 360 - 2016-11-14
Law360, New York (November 14, 2016, 4:16 PM EST) -- Last week brought about a significant upset in American politics with the election of President-elect Donald Trump. Intellectual property practitioners and owners alike have a stake in trying to predict ...

Vitamin Health's False Ad Fight Not Covered, 6th Circ. Told
Law 360 - 2016-11-14
"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 ...

Investors worry over illegal drug campaign
Inquirer - 2016-11-14
The Philippines is poised to sustain robust economic ... and improving infrastructure and the business climate," and the administration is seeking to fulfill its campaign promises through the 10-point socioeconomic agenda, according to the report ...

Lawmaker eyes transfer of passport issuance to Immigration
BusinessMirror. - 2016-11-14
A CONGRESSMAN from Mindanao on Monday said he would file a bill to remove from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) the task of issuing passports and transfer it instead to the Bureau of Immigration (BI). "The expertise of the Department of Foreign ...

TAXATION LAW
lawphil.net - 2016-11-13
Within the premises of the Hospital, the Association constructed the St. Michael's Medical Arts Center (Center) which will house medical ... to reacquire Philippine citizenship under RA 9225. His mother left him a lot and building in Makati City and ...

Samsung likely to unveil Galaxy X smartphone in 2017
Economic Times - 2016-11-12
SEOUL: Battling with multiple issues like the discontinuation of Galaxy Note 7, recall of 2.8 million exploding washing machines and corruption scandal, South Korean giant Samsung has reportedly filed a patent with the Korean Intellectual Property Office ...

From Samsung's foldable smartphone patent to WhatsApp's new security feature
Daily News and Analysis - 2016-11-12
Various websites specializing in Samsung news and rumors report that the manufacturer has filed a patent at the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) that could be a sign of what's in store from the firm's upcoming folding smartphone, Read more here.

DJ Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars Get "Funked" With New Copyright Suit Over "Uptown Funk"
JD Supra - 2016-11-12
On Friday, October 28, 2016, musicians Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars were hit with a copyright infringement suit based on their wildly popular hit "Uptown Funk." The plaintiffs, consisting of one living member and the estates of the 1980s funk group ...

Energy Sector Alert Series: Energy Companies With Trade Secrets - Welcome to the DTSA
JD Supra - 2016-11-11
Lawyers from across the firm are discussing issues ranging from cybersecurity, antitrust and intellectual property to the impact of both Brexit and the presidential election on the energy industry. Read our recent publications, including articles from a ...

Upcoming changes in requirements for service providers to benefit from DMCA safe harbor: consider these key steps
JD Supra - 2016-11-11
an agent registered with the US Copyright Office to receive notices alleging copyright infringement. Last week, the Copyright Office adopted a new set of rules governing the registration and maintenance of designated agent information that will require ...

Fear of recession gives way to hope for short-term economic boost in US
BusinessMirror. - 2016-11-11
Fitch Ratings on Wednesday cast doubt on whether corporations "would boost investment in response to a tax cut as investment growth has been slow despite strong profitability and a recent boom in corporate borrowing." US corporations are sitting on ...

Thailand Opens Specialized Court of Appeals for Appealed Labour Cases
Lexology - 2016-11-11
As previously explained in our alert earlier this year, "New Development in Thai Labour Court System", the Specialized Court of Appeals (the Court) will have the jurisdiction to handle intellectual property cases, tax cases, bankruptcy cases, juveniles and ...

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