TAXATION LAW - 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 ...

Labor dispute eyed in slay try on Pasig engineer
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-11-10
A civil engineer was shot and wounded by a lone gunman inside a parking lot in Barangay Manggahan, Pasig City, on Thursday morning. Joshua Batac, 38, was at the parking lot of the Medium Rise Housing-National Housing Authority office on Kaginhawaan ...

PHL should brace for full impact of Nitaqat to Saudi OFWs-lawmaker
BusinessMirror. - 2016-11-10
Party-list Rep. Aniceto Bertiz III of ACTS-OFW filed a resolution following the recent announcement from the Ministry of Labor and Social Development on the plans of the Saudi government to "nationalize" its health workers. Saudization, or the Saudi ...

Dinsmore Adds 4 Partners In Ohio, Pa., W. Va. Offices
Law 360 - 2016-11-09
Law360, New York (November 9, 2016, 2:18 PM EST) -- Dinsmore & Shohl LLP has added four attorneys with experience in employment, intellectual property and mergers and acquisitions matters as partners in its offices in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia ...

Trump triumphs over Clinton
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-11-09
He cast immigration, both from Latin America and the Middle East, as the root of the problems plaguing many Americans and tapped into fears of terrorism emanating at home and abroad. Republicans control Congress Trump will take office with Congress fully ...

Clarifying local business taxes on holding companies
BusinessMirror. - 2016-11-09
The Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) has recently released several decisions involving different holding companies questioning the applicability of local business tax on dividend income. Most, if not all, raise a central question in their petitions: Are dividend ...

Canada immigration site crashes as momentum builds for Trump
BusinessMirror. - 2016-11-09
The government of Canada immigration and citizenship web site crashed on Tuesday night, presumably under the weight of anxious Americans worried about their status under a Trump presidency. A spokesman for that office did not immediately return a request ...

Negros Oriental
Visayan Daily Star - 2016-11-09
and mostly individuals have so far signified their intention to join the anti-Marcos gathering at 5 p.m. today at the flagpole area of the East Quadrangle of Silliman University. The activity is to protest the SC decision allowing the Marcos burial at the ...

Planning workhop for former OFWs set - 2016-11-09
The first Migrants Day celebration on June 2017 will be their first exercise. The Department of Labor and Employment provincial office, meanwhile, expressed its support to the undertaking. Leonardo Doguil of DOLE provincial office said it is willing to ...

Labor arbiter junks complaint vs TV network
BusinessMirror. - 2016-11-09
of the Labor Code, as amended. Pasignajen-Ay-Ad said the implementation of said redundancy program was "not done in haste and not without proper basis" and that a "reasonable criteria were, indeed, established in determining what positions would be ...

Winery Sues NJ Turnpike Authority to Defend Right to Use Highway Sign in Logo - 2016-11-08
The dispute highlights a spate of cases where government entities have acted to trademark intellectual property. The Garden State Parkway logo was registered with the U.S. Patent and Trade Office, but the lawyers for Old York Cellars argue that the statute ...

IP Atty Says Ex-Partner Can't Arbitrate Trade Secrets Row
Law 360 - 2016-11-08
Law360, Los Angeles (November 8, 2016, 4:52 PM EST) -- A California intellectual property attorney on Monday urged a federal judge not to send to arbitration his trade secrets suit accusing his former partner of taking valuable client information to a new ...

A grim prognosis for AIDS in Africa
Big News Network - 2016-11-08
Donors and non-governmental activists remain at loggerheads over funding priorities, drug patent rights and the feasibility of treating the tens of millions of HIV-positive people in developing countries.In South Africa, a dispute with activists over ...

Justices Won't Consider IP Suit Over Amylin Drug Promos
Law 360 - 2016-11-07
Law360, Springfield (November 7, 2016, 6:14 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a health consumer advocacy group's copyright infringement case against Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc. over patient education materials the advocacy group ...

Recent Disputes Over Copyright Licenses Come in Many Forms
New York Law Journal - 2016-11-07
These two instances of access formed the gravamen of the plaintiff's complaint for copyright infringement. Its theory of liability was that Barnes & Noble was longer able to provide its customers access to the sample after the license had terminated ...

India, Britain sign MoUs on IPR, ease of doing business
Economic Times - 2016-11-07
NEW DELHI: India and Britain on Monday signed memoranda of understanding (MoUs) on intellectual property rights (IPR) and ease of doing business following delegation-level talks led by Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Theresa May here. "Advancing business ...

Senate enters 101st year
Philstar - 2016-11-07
Aranas, 49, was the "golden boy" of taxation before he was appointed to the post by President Duterte last July. His law firm, Aranas, Consunji, Barleta & Co. was the go-to place for companies and upscale individuals who wanted to make sense of the ...

7,000 law graduates to take Bar exams today
Philstar - 2016-11-06
MANILA, Philippines - Nearly 7,000 law graduates will take the 115th Bar examinations at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) over four Sundays of November starting today. The 6,831 law graduates will take tests on eight subjects: Political Law ...

70 percent of Filipinos favor vaping
BusinessMirror. - 2016-11-06
Tom Pinlac, president of, a group ... Inc. (Pecia), started vaping in 2010 and has been of better health since. Pecia, the largest association of e-cigarette and e-juice manufacturers and importers in the Philippines, has some 80 member stores ...

POLITICAL LAW - 2016-11-06
While Congress was not in session, the President appointed Antero as Secretary of the Department of Tourism (DOT), Benito as Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration (BI), Clodualdo as Chairman of the Civil Service Commission (CSC), Dexter as Chairman of ...

LABOR LAW - 2016-11-06
The Union denied it engaged in an illegal strike and countered that the Hotel committed an unfair labor practice (ULP) and a breach of the freedom of speech. [a] Was the picketing legal? Was the mass action of the Union officials and members an illegal strike?

More OFWs get help from DOLE
Visayan Daily Star - 2016-11-05
This happened after POLO-Kuwait requested the POEA to stop new deployment of OFWs for Kharafi because of recurring problems of unpaid salaries to its workers.*PNA

More OFWs get help from DOLE
Visayan Daily Star - 2016-11-05
Last August, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration ordered the disqualification of Kharafi National KSC from the country's overseas employment program. This happened after POLO-Kuwait requested the POEA to stop new deployment of OFWs for ...

Win-win solution to end the contractualization of labor - 2016-11-05
The contractualization of labor bears the mark of a nation in sorrow. It is not so much that we failed in our obligation in providing employment, but of the truth that the government has become fait accompli to the slave-like treatment of our workers.

ARMM guv nominates Moro appellate court justice to Supreme Court - 2016-11-04
Apart from being an associate justice in the Court of Appeals, Dimaampao is also an educator. He teaches Taxation, Commercial Law, and Civil Law in at least three law schools in Metro Manila. He also conducts Bar Review classes all over the country.

Police lead druggies to treatment, reform
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-11-03
"I stopped using drugs in February 2016 but people still see me as an addict," he said. A former seafarer, he lost his earnings and assets to addiction which started after a brother, a policeman, was killed in an operation. In 2010, he suffered a ...

Tax obligation of a permanent establishment
BusinessMirror. - 2016-11-03
A foreign corporation is a corporation that is organized under the laws other than that of the Philippines. For income-taxation purposes, a foreign corporation may either be classified as resident foreign corporation (RFC) or a nonresident foreign ...

Pres. Duterte sends-off 17 Vietnamese fishermen to homeland - 2016-11-02
R.A. 8550 as amended by R.A. 10654 for "poaching"; and Immigration Law Section 37 when they entered the Philippine waters at Poro Point, in La Union, without inspection, admission, and in the absence of an entry visa. On October 10, the Department of ...

Bayer, Pfizer Agree To Judge's Deal In Bovine Drug Patent Row
Law 360 - 2016-11-02
Law360, Los Angeles (November 1, 2016, 10:05 PM EDT) -- Bayer has reached a settlement in its long-running infringement suit against Pfizer over a patent for a bovine respiratory disease treatment after years of head-butting over which company invented the ...

Reforms in tax policy, administration to raise P600 billion by 2019 - 2016-11-01
Responding to queries from senators on the proposed tax reform program of the Department of Finance (DOF ... He cited statistics from the United Nations Comtrade database, which show an alarming discrepancy of P1.8 trillion in 2014 alone between the ...

Bello to employers: Pay 13th month pay on time - 2016-11-01
And employers are duty-bound under the law to report their compliance with this worker benefit," Bello said. Under the Labor Code, every covered employer is required to make a report of compliance to the nearest DOLE regional office not later than 15 ...

Companies reminded to pay 13th month pay on time
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-11-01
And employers are duty-bound under the law to report their compliance with this worker benefit," Bello said. Under the Labor Code, every covered employer is required to make a report of compliance to the nearest DOLE regional office not later than 15th ...

Trader facing tax raps submits proof of residence for bail bond
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-11-01
He is a business partner of Cedric Lee, who has been charged in several cases including tax evasion, graft and malversation and illegal detention.

BI levels up on service efficiency; NAIA immigration officers reshuffled - 2016-10-31
MANILA, Nov. 1 -- Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Jaime H. Morente announced the implementation of service efficiency strengthening measures with the reshuffling of more than 400 immigration officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

People & Events
Visayan Daily Star - 2016-10-31
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III recently called anew on industry leaders anew to ensure that workers benefit from higher wages and better living standards as a result of their productivity. Bello made the call as he urged employers to strengthen ...

The hassle and tragedy of forgetting
Inquirer Entertainment - 2016-10-28
I keep forgetting about my cell phone. It happened again this morning--I left it inside my car when I went to Ateneo de Manila University to attend an event. I was supposed to sing for the kids, but the song file is stored in my phone. It was embarrassing!

1,200 jobless as garments firm closes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-10-28
Faremo International Inc., one of the leading garments producer inside the Cavite Export Processing Zone in Rosario town, filed a notice of permanent closure on Oct. 21 in the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). Feliciano Orihuela Jr., director of ...

P105 billion lost to income tax, VAT exemptions annually
BusinessMirror. - 2016-10-27
Tionko also pointed out that the DOF is studying how it can improve the current system of corporate taxation, "where foregone revenues are estimated at almost P50 billion per year on income-tax holidays, and another P50 billion in the special rate regime ...

80 more fishermen from GenSan, nearby areas jailed in Indonesia for illegal fishing
BusinessMirror. - 2016-10-27
Most of the repatriates were released from detention after completing their sentences for immigration and illegal fishing violations. Prior to the latest apprehensions, Te said only around 100 to 150 fishermen were still languishing in various jails in ...

200 vacant Call Center posts available on 2016 Jobfair, Docufest in Camiguin - DOLE - 2016-10-27
Social Security System (SSS); Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA); Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA); Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB); Philippine National Police (PNP); and the Philippine Army were ...

Gov't help assured to OFWs living prison-like condition in Saudi Arabia
MSN - 2016-10-26
Government assistance has been assured to OFWs who are living in cramped quarters in Saudi Arabia and performing jobs different from what was promised to them by their recruiter in the Philippines. An exclusive report by GMA News' JP Soriano on "24 Oras ...

Contractualization policy in the works
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-10-26
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will formulate a policy or guidelines on contractualization based on proposals from employers and labor groups before the year ends. "We will decide whether we will ...

Start-ups require $4 billion in investments-study
BusinessMirror. - 2016-10-26
"We need to make a lot of policy changes,because if you look at our laws on taxation, and Securities and Exchange Commission regulations, all of those are organized around large, traditional corporations. The permit system in local government units is ...

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