Boutique coffee shops jolt chains to step up sophistication
MSN - 2016-03-27
Spurred by the popularity of boutique coffee purveyors, Starbucks and other chains are taking steps to appeal to the growing ranks of coffee aficionados. They are experimenting with different roasting and brewing techniques, while providing more ...

POEA, police shut down 2 illegal recruitment agencies
MSN - 2016-03-26
MANILA Ć¢ The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) shut down two illegal recruitment agencies recently, it was learned. First to be shut down was ...

Would you perform surgery on yourself? Or would you let a doctor do it?
Philstar - 2016-03-26
IMMIGRATION CORNER By Michael J. Gurfinkel (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 27, 2016 - 12:00am Some people, with only limited knowledge or understanding of immigration laws, try to strategize and handle their immigration case on their own. They follow ...

Poe eyes lower corporate income tax
Manila Bulletin - 2016-03-26
Presidential aspirant Senator Grace Poe is eyeing cutting down corporate income tax rates as a strategy to boost job creation in the Philippines. Aside from lowering the tax rates on personal income, Poe believes reducing corporate income tax is a better ...

Gilead ordered to pay Merck $200M in drug patent dispute
MSN - 2016-03-25
The damages award is far less than the $2 billion Merck had demanded. On Tuesday, the same jury in San Jose, California, upheld the validity of the patents, which lie at the heart of the dispute over Gilead's blockbuster drugs Sovaldi and Harvoni.

French students, police clash over labor reforms
MSN - 2016-03-24
Clashes break out when hundreds of students march through Paris to protest proposed changes in the country's labor laws designed to make France more business-friendly.Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

Customs, immigration, and quarantine facilities urged in Tagbilaran airport
Manila Bulletin - 2016-03-24
To ensure the accommodation of direct flights from Asian countries, Tagbilaran Airport needs to boost its capabilities by setting up customs immigration and quarantine (CIQ) facilities, a House leader said. Bohol Rep. Rene Relampagos, who chairs the House ...

Baldoz tapped to head UN health, economic commission
Manila Bulletin - 2016-03-23
Labor Undersecretary Nicon Fameronag disclosed Baldoz was handpicked by UN for her extensive experience in public service as part of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). "She brings to the multi-sectoral Commission a wealth of experience and ...

NLRC upholds GMA Network in illegal dismissal complaint
GMA Network - 2016-03-23
The Sixth Division of the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) reversed and set aside the decision of Labor Arbiter Eduardo DJ. Carpio in an illegal dismissal complaint filed against broadcast company GMA Network, Inc. (GMA). In its decision ...

Sin tax collection rose 37% to P18.5b in 2 months
thestandard.com.ph - 2016-03-22
The sin tax law, or Republic Act No. 10351, restructured the excise taxes on alcohol and tobacco products, which started in January 2013 with the goal of shifting to unitary taxation by 2017. Excise tax rate on a pack cigarettes with a net retail price of ...

New Pilot Specialized Trial Mechanism of Intellectual Property Disputes Enforced in Shanghai
Lexology - 2016-03-22
"2+1" Trial Mode: Presently, the SIPC judges are selected through an open proceeding by the Shanghai High People's Court from the best candidates with over 8-year experiences in the trials of intellectual property cases from the three-level Shanghai courts.

DA to roll out map showing impact of climate change on farm output
BusinessMirror. - 2016-03-22
This is projected to go up further due to climate change. To help the Philippines cope with climate change, Chairman of the House Committee on Labor and National Unity Party Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles of Davao City urged the government to create an army of ...

Fans to meet MaiDen on Labor Day
Manila Bulletin - 2016-03-22
ALDub tandem Maine Mendoza and Alden Richards is slated to meet fans and spectators to the Labor Day extravaganza being organized by Bingo cookie sandwiches, one of the many consumer products that the duo is currently endorsing.

Mission to Seafarers Manila supports seafarer shot by pirates
Seatrade Maritime news - 2016-03-22
The Mission to Seafarers Manila has extended support to a Filipino seafarer after he was shot during a pirate attack onboard an oil tanker. Second mate Edwin Acasio and the crew of Leon Diaz were transiting the Gulf of Guinea off the coast of Nigeria when ...

6 Unique Challenges for Protecting and Exploiting Intellectual Property in the United Arab Emirates
JD Supra - 2016-03-22
Trade marks, designs and logos can all be registered. Enforcement proceedings can be brought against suppliers of counterfeit goods and unauthorised sellers. Various sanctions and remedies are available, including provisional prevention measures, seizures ...

Foreign investment inflow steady this year, says DTI
Philstar - 2016-03-21
MANILA, Philippines - Foreign investment inflow in the country should remain steady this year despite a looming change in administration as the Philippines continue to be an investment destination of choice among international companies, an official of ...

DOLE assists 84 repatriated workers
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-03-21
The processing center management committee is composed of personnel from DOLE, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, National Reintegration Center for ...

Solving job skills mismatch bolsters competitiveness
Philstar - 2016-03-21
MANILA, Philippines - There is a job skills mismatch in the Philippines and its impact is more crippling for the manufacturing sector than for services, according to a joint report by the International Labor Organization and Employers Confederation of ...

Supreme Court to Review Apple-Samsung Patent Damages
therecorder.com - 2016-03-20
Koh indicated she would rule quickly on the stay request. Manatt, Phelps & Phillips partner Yasser El-Gamal pointed out that of the five intellectual property cases taken up by the Supreme Court during this term, four are focused on damages. "It seems to ...

PH acted well to cyberheist official says
thestandard.com.ph - 2016-03-19
THE Philippines has shown the world that it is a responsible member of the banking community with its response to the $81-million bank heist in Bangladesh recently, in which the stolen money ended up in a Philippine bank and casinos, a Palace official said ...

Chapter 93A's Increasing Role in IP Litigation in Massachusetts
JD Supra - 2016-03-18
OFFICE LOCATIONS: Boston (HQ) l Andover l Hingham l New York l Providence l Waltham MA: 617.345.3000 NY: 212.231.2237 RI: 401.831.8330 BURNS & LEVINSON There have been other intellectual property cases, aside from Charest v. Harvard, et al, decided over ...

Pinoy maids in Hong Kong assured of protection
Philstar - 2016-03-18
Since the Philippines has ratified the ILO Core Conventions on Forced Labor, Baldoz said the DOLE and Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) make sure that stakeholders in the recruitment and employment sector adhere to measures that prevent ...

Neal Custer: Why you must monitor your intellectual property online
Idaho Statesman - 2016-03-18
If you cannot actively monitor your brand, you cannot determine whether an intellectual-property violation has happened. This could mean the difference between discovering a counterfeit product the day it hits the market or only after years of profits ...

Anti-Piracy Outfit Criticizes Authorities For Not Prosecuting Pirates
TorrentFreak - 2016-03-18
"As you know, we at Rights Alliance have worked to ensure that intellectual property crime is a priority focus, including that police and prosecutors take better care of intellectual property cases," Fredenslund begins. "However, we find that ...

Obama admin using unpopular raids to curb border crossings
Manila Bulletin - 2016-03-18
It comes at a time when Republican presidential candidates are pushing for tougher immigration action. Homeland Security officials have kept a wary eye on the border since more than 68,000 unaccompanied children and roughly as many people traveling as ...

Clashes break out in Paris over labor reforms
MSN - 2016-03-17
Students clash with police in Paris during a protest against proposed government labor reforms that the students say aren't inclusive enough. Gavino Garay reports.

Clashes in Paris over labor reforms
MSN - 2016-03-17
French students clash with police during protests in Paris, a week after France's strictly codified labor rules were put up for negotiation. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

WBC boxers fighting in Rio face ban
thestandard.com.ph - 2016-03-17
TAKING a strong stand against the plans of AIBA, the international governing body for boxing under the International Olympic Committee, allowing professionals to compete in the Olympic Games as early as this year in Rio, the World Boxing Council under ...

Service leave for workers set
thestandard.com.ph - 2016-03-17
"Article 95 of the Labor Code mandates employers to give their employees a yearly service incentive leave of five days with pay. The SIL shall be granted to a worker who has been in service within 12 months, whether continuous or broken, reckoned from ...

BIR - E. Samar launches tax campaign 2016
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-03-16
BORONGAN CITY, Eastern Samar, March 17 (PIA) ---- The Bureau of Internal Revenue- Revenue District No. 86 (BIR-RD 86) in Borongan City officially launched its 2016 Tax Campaign recently ... of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and the Millennium ...

Amgen Just Won a Major Drug Patent Case Against Its Rivals
FORTUNE - 2016-03-16
California-based biotech Amgen amgn on Wednesday notched an important victory over rival drugmakers Sanofi and Regeneron regn as a jury ruled that two of its patents on a major new cholesterol drug are valid. The dispute centers on two relatively new ...

American sentenced to 15 years hard labor in North Korea
MSN - 2016-03-16
North Korea's supreme court sentences American student Otto Warmbier, who was arrested while visiting the country, to 15 years of hard labor for crimes against the state. Jillian Kitchener reports.

Intellectual Property Client Alert - March 2016
Mondaq - 2016-03-16
The U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in the patent case of In re Cuozzo Speed Techs., LLC, 115 U.S.P.Q.2D (BNA) 1425, 793 F.3d 1268, (Fed. Cir. 2015), regarding the different claim construction standards in the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and ...

Intellectual Property Client Alert - March 2016
Mondaq - 2016-03-16
The U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in the patent case of In re Cuozzo Speed Techs., LLC, 115 U.S.P.Q.2D (BNA) 1425, 793 F.3d 1268, (Fed. Cir. 2015), regarding the different claim construction standards in the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and ...

Brazil adopts international convention on seafarers' identity documents
Lexology - 2016-03-15
Entry may be restricted if there are justifiable and clear grounds to doubt the authenticity of the seafarer's identity card or for public health, public safety, public order or national security reasons. Further, member states may require satisfactory ...

3 Reasons IP Cases Still Need General Trial Lawyers
Law 360 - 2016-03-15
general trial lawyers will always have an important role to play in bringing to life and illuminating complicated intellectual property cases for judges and jurors, attorneys say. In a two-part series, Law360 examines the benefits that specialists who ...

Obama, Kenny talk immigration, Britain in the EU
MSN - 2016-03-15
U.S. President Barack Obama and Irish PM Enda Kenny meet in the Oval Office to discuss immigrants in the U.S., and Britain's position in the EU. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

UN study: 90 percent of domestic workers have no labor protection
Manila Bulletin - 2016-03-14
"When domestic workers become old or injured, they are fired, without a pension or adequate income support," said Isabel Ortiz, head of the ILO social protection department ... food, and medical assistance; and those earning over P1,000 a month ...

Baldoz tells jobseekers: Equip yourselves with right labor market information
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-03-14
MANILA, Mar. 15 -- To help jobseekers make informed and wise career decisions, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) yesterday reminded applicants, especially new graduates entering the labor market for the first time, to arm themselves with the ...

Myanmar is about ready for its opening bell
BusinessMirror. - 2016-03-13
Meanwhile, the Central Bank of Myanmar is racing to put into place the financial infrastructure needed to cope with an expected influx of foreign investment and trade. The central bank granted preliminary licenses to nine foreign lenders in October ...

Kyle Bass challenges Acorda patents
MSN - 2016-03-11
Kyle Bass, who started the Coalition for Affordable Drugs, has challenged a drug patent from biotech company Acorda, reports CNBC's Meg Tirrell. The Wall Street Journal.

Unilateral trade liberalization and economic expansion
MSN - 2016-03-11
Free trade and voluntary exchange of goods and services by people across villages, cities, islands, countries and continents is the hallmark of modernization and improvement of human condition. Goods and services of certain quality and quantity that are ...

Roxas wants free maintenance medicines for senior citizens, indigents
Manila Bulletin - 2016-03-09
Roxas is the author of the Cheaper Medicines Act of 2008 which reduced the price of maintenance medicines for hypertension, diabetes, and even cancer by almost 60 percent.

UAE- 'We aim to protect trademark rights'
MENAFN - 2016-03-09
After verification action will be taken against the errant firms" said Mashhoor Al Shamsi Senior Director of the Intellectual Property Cases and Trade Agencies Section. "The move is designed to protect the owners of the trademarks the consumers and the ...

Biz groups to govt: Review outdated FINL restrictions
BusinessMirror. - 2016-03-08
LOCAL and foreign businessmen belonging to the Philippine Business Groups (PBG) and the Joint Foreign Chambers (JFC) have asked the government to review restrictions contained in its Foreign Investment Negative List (FINL). In its fifth Arangkada ...

The Ombudsman as assassin
thestandard.com.ph - 2016-03-06
RECENT events reveal the extent to which the Office of the Ombudsman--a supposedly independent state agency tasked to investigate government corruption--has been itself corrupted by an administration that thinks nothing of wielding it as a weapon against ...

How to Get PhilHealth Insurance ID Card
newsgra.ph - 2016-03-06
Do you have a PhilHealth Insurance ID Card? Well, if the answer is no and you would like to have one then today is your lucky day because we are listing down the steps on how you can secure your own PhilHealth Insurance ID Card and avail of its benefits ...

ICE, CBP team with international authorities in key operation
Imperial Valley News - 2016-03-03
head of CED's Intellectual Property Investigation Bureau. "We will continue joining hands with overseas authorities to combat transnational IPR crimes." Last month, ICE Director Sarah R. SaldaƱa and NFL Counsel Dolores DiBella hosted a press conference to ...

ICE, CBP team with international authorities in key operation
Imperial Valley News - 2016-03-03
head of CED's Intellectual Property Investigation Bureau. "We will continue joining hands with overseas authorities to combat transnational IPR crimes." Last month, ICE Director Sarah R. SaldaƱa and NFL Counsel Dolores DiBella hosted a press conference to ...

ICE, CBP team with international authorities in key operation
Imperial Valley News - 2016-03-02
head of CED's Intellectual Property Investigation Bureau. "We will continue joining hands with overseas authorities to combat transnational IPR crimes." Last month, ICE Director Sarah R. SaldaƱa and NFL Counsel Dolores DiBella hosted a press conference to ...

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