Dick's wins bid for Sports Authority intellectual property, 31 stores
Big News Network - 2016-07-02
Rival chain Dick's Sporting Goods Inc. has emerged as the winner of an auction for failing Sports Authority's intellectual property. Dick's (NYSE: DKS) bid $15 million for Sports Authority's intellectual property package (IP). Reuters reports that the ...

Finance to speed up tax reform package
thestandard.com.ph - 2016-07-01
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said on his first full day of work in the government the Duterte administration would draw up a tax package that included the lowering of corporate and personal income taxes for submission to the House of ...

US man claims Apple owes him a fortune for iPhone idea
Economic Times - 2016-07-01
Last year Ross copyrighted his concept drawings, and his lawsuit contends that Apple products and packaging violate that copyright and his intellectual property. In court paperwork, Ross accused Apple of adopting a culture of "dumpster diving" instead of ...

RCMB-11 averts strike at Musahamat Farms II in Davao
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-07-01
Records show that the union filed a Notice of Strike with the RCMB-11 alleging unfair labor practice, specifically on union busting; termination of union officers and members; illegal suspension, withholding union dues and agency fees; and no rally ...

DOF begins drafting of new tax reforms
Manila Bulletin - 2016-07-01
Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said Friday that the new administration is determined to reduce the current personal and corporate income tax rates along with elimination of some tax exemptions. "We are going to put a package together and we ...

Over 1, 500 jobs up for grabs at mega jobs fair in Dagupan on July 2
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-07-01
Meanwhile, the jobs fair, which will be organized in cooperation with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Social Security System (SSS), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation ...

DOLE to public: Patronize labor law compliant companies
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-07-01
DAGUPAN CITY, July 1 (PIA) - The labor department in Ilocos urges the public to patronize companies that comply with labor laws. According to regional director Grace Y. Ursua of the Department of Labor and Emplyment (DOLE-1), labor law compliant ...

Supreme Court Affirms Discretion to Award Fees in Copyright Suits, But Case Precedence Not Relevant
Lexology - 2016-06-30
Legal fees incurred by plaintiffs and defendants alike in copyright and other intellectual property cases can be staggering, as much as six or even seven figures through to trial, depending on the case. The Supreme Court -- which, in a 1994 decision ...

Britain plans to cut corporation tax to hold onto business
MSN - 2016-06-30
LONDON -- Britain's Treasury chief plans to cut U.K. corporation tax to less than 15 percent to encourage companies to invest and ease business concerns about the country's vote to leave the European Union. Treasury chief George Osborne says the cut is ...

Disaster preparedness tops first Cabinet meeting
MSN - 2016-06-30
Issues affecting overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are currently handled by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), which are attached to the Department of Labor and Employment.

Judge Says IP Address Can't Be Tied To Copyright Infringement
MSN - 2016-06-30
Over the years copyright holders have been engaging in aggressive tactics to protect their content. Film studios strapped with legal professionals have taken to filing lawsuits against alleged infringers IP addresses. An Oregon Judge, Magistrate Stacie ...

DOLE issues IRR for Seafarers Protection Act
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-06-30
It is aimed at protecting the seafarers from unscrupulous individuals who charge exorbitant fees and push seafarer/s to file labor cases against their employers for the purpose of claiming monetary benefits arising from accident, illness, or death," the ...

RCMB-NCR settles labor dispute in construction company, union gets financial assistance
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-06-30
MANILA, July 1 - The Department of Labor and Employment lauded the Regional Conciliation and Mediation Board-NCR for fast and speedy settlement of labor dispute between the labor and management of JJ Tan, Inc. "I would like to comment the RCMB-NCR ...

Lawmakers bare agenda under Duterte presidency
BusinessMirror. - 2016-06-30
The measure also decreases the corporate income-tax rate to 25 percent to make the country competitive. The measure aims for a more simple, efficient and equitable tax system, especially since the incoming administration has welcomed the proposal and even ...

Banks can reap double amnesty from tax truce
BusinessMirror. - 2016-06-30
The extra tax collected by the government will do double duty ... In the absence of a deep local-currency corporate bond market, any gains from new credit growth will primarily go to banks. All this presupposes that those disclosing their wealth will ...

UK consumer confidence buckling under Brexit woes
BusinessMirror. - 2016-06-29
We cannot answer them now and we will have to wait until we see a more clear picture of that," Malmstrom added. But an influential US labor leader said he was skeptical about TTIP. Richard Trumka, president of the American Federation of Labor and ...

Brexit Impact on Intellectual Property Rights to Be Known Only After UK Exit Terms Finalized
JD Supra - 2016-06-29
Although the United Kingdom (UK) vote to leave the European Union (EU) will ultimately impact intellectual property (IP) rights in both territories, the UK remains a member of the EU until the exit terms are formalized, so there is no immediate impact and ...

BIR files tax evasion rap vs former LTO chief Suansing
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-06-29
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Wednesday filed a tax evasion complaint against former Land Transportation Office (LTO) chief Alberto H. Suansing, now president of North Star Port Development Corporation (North Star). Also included in the complaint ...

What Brexit Means for EU Trade Marks
JD Supra - 2016-06-28
Intellectual property is a big part of trade relations. IP creates trade barriers between countries and one of the key purposes of the EU trade mark system is to support the single market and to help break down trade barriers between EU member states.

Brexit Impact on European Patents and Trademarks
JD Supra - 2016-06-28
On June 23, in the popularly-termed "Brexit" referendum, the United Kingdom voted to exit the European Union, a decision which will have wide-ranging effects, including potential effects on intellectual property rights in the UK. Under Article 50 of ...

Huckabee Settles 'Eye Of The Tiger' IP Infringement Suit
Law 360 - 2016-06-28
Law360, Los Angeles (June 27, 2016, 9:03 PM ET) -- Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee's campaign has settled a copyright infringement suit in Illinois federal court that accused him of using the Grammy-winning song "Eye of the Tiger ...

Why a Bipartisan Bill Is Pitting the Biopharma Industry Against Itself
FORTUNE - 2016-06-27
John McCain and potential Hillary Clinton running mate Sen. Sherrod Brown--are proposing intellectual property legislation which is already pitting industry players against each other. Pointing to skyrocketing medication prices, including for old ...

Mike Huckabee paying $25,000 for playing 'Eye of the Tiger'
CNN Money - 2016-06-27
"The 'Eye of the Tiger' copyright is a very valuable asset, and we work very hard to protect it," said McGarry, an intellectual property lawyer in Chicago.

BREXIT | UK envoy: No 'abrupt' changes in policies on migration, trade, taxation
MSN - 2016-06-27
MANILA - Despite sweeping global perception that the referendum outcome agreeing to the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union was largely a vote against migration, British Ambassador to the Philippines Asif Ahmad on Monday said the ...

Brexit and your UK and European IP rights
Lexology - 2016-06-27
On Thursday last week the United Kingdom (UK) voted to leave the European Union (EU). The result will be a period of legal uncertainty about Intellectual Property (IP) rights, however there is a period of two years (at least) during which the status quo ...

Baldoz: Teachers displaced by K-12 to be helped
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-06-26
LABOR Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said college teachers facing displacement with the implementation of the K-12 basic education program may avail themselves of government financial and livelihood assistance for which P500 million had been set aside this year.

PCSO grants ambulances to Iloilo
BusinessMirror. - 2016-06-26
Bunye for being named president of the Licensing Executives Society International (Lesi), an international organization of professionals involved in the licensing, transfer and management of intellectual-property rights. I am proud to say that Trisha is ...

POEA warns vs bogus job orders for Japan
Manila Bulletin - 2016-06-26
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is warning household service workers (HSW) and caregivers aspiring for work in Japan against a new fraudulent online recruitment scheme. POEA Administrator Hans Cacdac issued the advisory after ...

POEA warns vs bogus job orders for Japan
Manila Bulletin - 2016-06-26
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is warning household service workers (HSW) and caregivers aspiring for work in Japan against a new fraudulent online recruitment scheme. POEA Administrator Hans Cacdac issued the advisory after ...

Higher May tax take still misses goal
Inquirer - 2016-06-24
To achieve the intent of these treaties of reducing double taxation and preventing fiscal evasion, administrative procedures in applying the provisions of these tax treaties must be duly established and enforced," Henares explained in Revenue Memorandum ...

Bounty for illegal recruiters, incoming Labor secretary says
Manila Bulletin - 2016-06-24
Illegal recruiters have joined drug traffickers on top of the priority list in the campaign to eliminate criminality that will be pursued by the incoming administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. There will also be a bounty on the heads of the illegal ...

BIR ordered to return P94.6 million to Air Philippines
Inquirer - 2016-06-24
The tax refund in question was for the payments in protest made by Air Philippines for the series of importations of Jet A-1 fuel it has made in 2006. The airline firm filed a written protest with the District Collector of Customs but to avoid the lapse of ...

Suit Over Missed Arbitration Clause Tossed As Time-Barred
Law 360 - 2016-06-24
As the litigation unfolded, DNA's attorneys discovered that Duzar had been employed under a contract approved by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, which contained an arbitration clause. At that point, Frilot attorneys should have removed ...

Obama: Supreme Court immigration ruling 'heartbreaking'
MSN - 2016-06-23
President Barack Obama condemns the Supreme Court's ruling blocking his bid to change immigration policy as "heartbreaking" and urges Americans not to fear the millions of people who want to make their lives in the United States. I'm already a fan, don't ...

5 simple ways you can show your love for the beach
Inquirer Lifestyle - 2016-06-23
Instead of buying bottled water whenever you go out, bring your own drink bottle like the limited edition NESTEA pitchers being sold at the NESTEA Chillax lounge in Boracay during the Labor Day weekend to help fund a beach cleaning machine for the island.

POEA 12 warns anew against illegal recruiters
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-06-23
KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Jun 23 (PIA) - The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration reminded aspiring Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in the SOCCSKSARGEN Region to be vigilant against illegal recruiters offering jobs abroad. POEA 12 ...

Supreme Court Affirms Cuozzo, Upholding PTAB's Claims Construction Standard and Non-Appealable Nature of Inter Partes Review
JD Supra - 2016-06-23
This post was written by summer associate, Megan Hingtgen and edited by Intellectual Property attorney, Allison Kerndt. This article contains important information relating to recent developments in patent law and, as such, is intended for an audience that ...

Traffic plans before traffic powers
thestandard.com.ph - 2016-06-23
An ancient Filipino proverb goes: "Traffic in Metro Manila is hell." The problem has been around for what seems like ages, and the statement has become a truism. Instead of improving the past six years, given the much vaunted "straight path" and ...

Copyright Flash Report: Attorneys' Fees and Pre-1972 Safe Harbor
JD Supra - 2016-06-22
Vimeo, LLC, Nos. 14-1048/1049/1067/1068 (2d Cir. June 16, 2016) Leval, J. In a suit alleging copyright infringement of plaintiffs' pre-1972 sound recordings by videos posted by third parties to defendant Vimeo's website, the Second Circuit affirmed in part ...

Proposed amendments to the Corporation Code of the Philippines
BusinessMirror. - 2016-06-22
Small corporation--a corporation with stockholders (incorporators ... The author is a senior associate of Du-Baladad and Associates Law Offices, a member-firm of World Tax Services Alliance. The article is for general information only and is not intended ...

Tax reform bill to be pursued in 17th Congress
Manila Bulletin - 2016-06-22
"Tax reform is finally going to happen ... on Monday that the Duterte administration will update the income tax brackets and eventually lower corporate and individual tax rates. Quimbo noted that tax brackets remain unadjusted since 1997.

SSS accomplishments during the last six years: Reaching out to OFWs
BusinessMirror. - 2016-06-22
In 2010 the SSS had 13 foreign representative offices (FROs) in countries with large concentrations of OFWs, and one representative office at the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration building in Mandaluyong City to service departing and returning ...

Cracking the long whip against illegal recruiters
BusinessMirror. - 2016-06-21
Incoming Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III must have heard enough of the sad stories of countless victims of illegal recruitment for him to declare that these leeches sucking the blood of Filipinos seeking employment abroad would be hunted down with ...

TIMELINE: Aquino's love-hate relationship with OFWs
Rappler - 2016-06-21
(READ: 'INFOGRAPHIC: Getting to know the OFWs' ) According to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), there were a total of 1,832,668 OFWs in 2014 - 1,430,842 land-based and 401,826 sea-based. Just about anywhere in the world ...

Pentagon Wants Feedback On IP Rights In Defense Acquisition
Law 360 - 2016-06-21
Law360, New York (June 21, 2016, 3:54 PM ET) -- The U.S. Department of Defense on Tuesday sought feedback on regulations regarding intellectual property rights in technical data and the validation of proprietary data restrictions in defense acquisition ...

Government sets Q3 domestic borrowing at P135B
Inquirer - 2016-06-21
He said the Duterte administration would eventually lower the corporate and individual tax rates, which, currently at 30 percent and 32 percent respectively, were among the highest in the region. To compensate for the revenue leaks from lowering the income ...

Solons support tax reform, but oppose VAT increase
Manila Bulletin - 2016-06-21
He said that any tax measure "has to be balanced towards what will make growth more inclusive." "The next 17th Congress should prioritize the rationalization of individual and corporate income taxes," he said. "We can only take up VAT increase ...

Business leaders give economic agenda to Duterte
BusinessMirror. - 2016-06-21
Barcelon were: Adoption of a comprehensive tax-reform package, including the reduction of corporate-income tax and personal-income tax. Capital- gains tax rates should be reviewed. Tax systems should be simplified for micro, small and medium enterprises ...

Duterte urged to lower corporate, personal income taxes
Manila Bulletin - 2016-06-21
The PCCI recommended to incoming Duterte administration to push for lower corporate tax and personal income tax as the top priorities under the comprehensive tax reform package. PH Chamber of Commerce & Industry President George Barcelon presented ...

Duterte urged to lower corporate, personal income taxes
Manila Bulletin - 2016-06-21
The Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry (PCCI) recommended to incoming Duterte administration to push for lower corporate tax and personal income tax as the top priorities under the comprehensive tax reform package. PCCI President George ...

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