Davao branch of Accra Law firm marks 20th year
thestandard.com.ph - 2016-07-16
The Davao branch of Angara Abello Concepcion Regala and Cruz law firm is celebrating its 20th founding anniversary this year. Accra Law was a pioneer in establishing branch offices outside Metro Manila, with the first branch opened in Cebu City in 1980 ...

Workers to Duterte: End contractualization
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-07-16
A MILITANT labor group yesterday urged President Duterte to hold his predecessor accountable for "crimes against workers," as they challenged him to keep his word to end contractualization. The Kilusang Mayo Uno accused former President Benigno S.

The moment of grace comes from simply being there
Inquirer Lifestyle - 2016-07-16
It is becoming a "human being" again. Early one morning last week, I sat in my study praying, using Matthew 11:28-30, "Come to me all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest." This day was preceded by almost two or three weeks of ...

Is Brexit an IP Exit?
JD Supra - 2016-07-16
These events have raised many questions within the intellectual property community, including U.S. companies with a European intellectual property presence. In sum, should the U.K. actually leave the EU, patent, trademark or design applications or ...

Sports Authority Gets Ch. 11 Approval For IP, Lease Sales
Law 360 - 2016-07-15
Law360, Wilmington (July 15, 2016, 8:00 PM ET) -- Sporting goods retailer Sports Authority received court approval on Friday for a series of sales that will divest the bankrupt company of its intellectual property and dozens of property leases as it moves ...

Barnes & Thornburg Adds IP Partner From Andrews Kurth
Law 360 - 2016-07-15
Law360, Los Angeles (July 15, 2016, 7:48 PM ET) -- Barnes & Thornburg LLP on Friday said that it had bolstered its intellectual property department with a new partner who formerly worked for Andrews Kurth LLP and who specializes in patent issues in the ...

India negotiates on mandatory change of refrigeration technology
wap.business-standard.com - 2016-07-15
A few US-based companies hold intellectual property rights over some of the critical replacement options and a quick phase in of these new gases in large and growing consumer base such as India, mandated through international standards set by the Montreal ...

Growth in remittances slows to 1.9% in May
Inquirer - 2016-07-15
"Preliminary data from the Philippine Over seas Employment Administration (POEA) showed that the number of deployed workers reached 211,799 for the period January-to-May 2016, of which more than 80 percent were in services and sales, elementary ...

Remittances reach $10.9 billion in May, posting 2.9% on-year growth
Manila Bulletin - 2016-07-15
The BSP said data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration showed that the number of deployed workers reached 211,799 for the period January-May 2016, of which more than 80 percent were services and sales, elementary occupations such as those ...

Copyright infringement claim is dismissed after the Court finds the applicant is not the author and owner of the works
Lexology - 2016-07-15
This is an application for declarations and remedies related to alleged copyright infringement and infringement of moral rights. The applicant claims rights in four software systems, and seeks damages and an accounting of profits for copyright infringement.

Suspended Led Zeppelin Case Atty Wants 3rd Circ. Rehearing
Law 360 - 2016-07-14
Law360, New York (July 14, 2016, 2:08 PM ET) -- The attorney who recently lost the "Stairway to Heaven" copyright infringement suit asked the Third Circuit Wednesday for a full-circuit rehearing of his three-month suspension, calling a federal district ...

Crossing countries by land
Manila Bulletin - 2016-07-14
The next day entailed a short drive to the Nakhon Panom border. And like your typical airport all the participants lined up at the immigration booth to have passports stamped. From there, there was a cursory check of vehicles before driving over the ornate ...

DFA, DOLE urged to address OFW mass layoff in the Middle East
Manila Bulletin - 2016-07-14
A neophyte lawmaker is prodding the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to create a Joint Crisis Management Team that would look into the plight of laid-off overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Middle ...

PH ports alerted against five PNP generals
Manila Bulletin - 2016-07-13
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has alerted all international and local ports against the five Philippine National Police (PNP) generals allegedly involved in illegal drugs trade. According to BI Spokesperson Atty. Antonette Mangrobang, BI personnel in ...

DOJ issues lookout bulletin order vs 5 accused generals
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-07-13
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued an Immigration Lookout Bulletin Order (ILBO) against five police generals earlier identified by President Rodrigo Duterte as those allegedly have links to illegal drug trade. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II ...

Lopez keeps DENR moratorium on new mining projects
Manila Bulletin - 2016-07-13
This review, as the order reads, "shall be based on the guidelines and parameters set forth in the specific mining contract or agreement and on other pertinent laws, rules, and regulations such as the Mining Act of 1995 and the Labor Code".

Life on the line in Venezuela as economic crisis worsens
BusinessMirror. - 2016-07-12
On Mondays and Tuesdays the lines outside immigration offices spill down the street as if people suddenly decided over the weekend that they could not handle one more week standing around while life passes them by. EACH night, men push broken-down gas ...

Small, large miners try to sway Lopez
BusinessMirror. - 2016-07-12
The EO stated, "The review shall be based on the guidelines and parameters set forth in the specific mining contract or agreement and on other pertinent laws, rules and regulations, such as the Mining Act of 1995 and the Labor Code." According to COMP ...

Remittances, BPO revenues to hit $47b this year
thestandard.com.ph - 2016-07-12
Preliminary data from Philippine Overseas Employment Administration showed that a total of 777,887 contracts were processed in the first four months of 2016. DBS Bank of Singapore said at the current pace, total remittances this year were likely to hit a ...

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - July 2016
JD Supra - 2016-07-12
Before her private practice, Groves served as the Senior Director of Intellectual Property and Innovation in the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). Katzmann is an associate justice on the Massachusetts Appeals Court since 2004.

Philip Morris Loses Another Packaging Case
Investopedia - 2016-07-11
Philip Morris International (NYSE: PM) suffered another legal setback last week after an international tribunal upheld Uruguay's strict cigarette packaging laws, which the tobacco company had asserted infringed on its intellectual property rights.

PE Firms Pay $3.55B For Thomson Reuters' IP, Science Unit
Law 360 - 2016-07-11
Law360, New York (July 11, 2016, 12:12 PM ET) -- Thomson Reuters Corp. has agreed to sell its intellectual property and science unit to private equity funds controlled by Onex Corp. and Baring Private Equity Asia in a deal worth $3.55 billion, the ...

Asian shares rise on Wall Street gain on upbeat jobs report
Manila Bulletin - 2016-07-11
U.S. JOBS: Markets were cheered by a strong June job report out of the U.S. that sent Wall Street to nearly record highs. The Labor Department said U.S. employers added 287,000 jobs last month. That was far more than analysts expected, and after weak ...

Biz Buzz: Costly computer glitch
Inquirer - 2016-07-10
For some strange reason, company insiders say the computer software used to encode daily forex transactions erroneously reported that businessman Antonio Tiu, president and CEO of listed firm AgriNurture Inc., bought $20 million instead of $20,000 in an ...

Villar files bill to lower income tax of Filipino workers
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-07-10
MANILA, July 11 - Sen. Cynthia Villar filed a bill that seeks to adjust the income brackets of tax imposed on taxable income of Filipino workers. "To ease the burden of our Filipino workers, and for our country to be at par with regional standards and to ...

Death penalty revival would put many OFWs at risk: Buhay partylist Rep. Atienza
interaksyon.com - 2016-07-10
The top 10 foreign destinations of deployed land-land based OFWs are Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Qatar, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Taiwan, Malaysia, Bahrain, and Canada, according to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.

Immigration to monitor movement of 5 police generals
MSN - 2016-07-10
MANILA -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) will be monitoring the movement of five Philippine National Police (PNP) generals identified by President Rodrigo Duterte as having links to the illegal drugs trade, in case they attempt to leave country. Lawyer ...

Immigration employees test negative for drugs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-07-08
All 117 employees from the Bureau of Immigration who underwent a surprise drug test were found negative of any drug traces, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP) Crime Laboratory thru Police Sr Inspector Aileen Yagono. The 117 Immigration ...

VAT exemptions up for DOF review
Manila Bulletin - 2016-07-07
But along with the abolition of VAT exemptions, the DOF will push for the reduction of individual and corporate tax rates as well as indexation of the almost two-decades-tax brackets to inflation. "The new administration will definitely review the tax ...

BRIEF-S&P Global says A.M. Best Company and SNL Financial have reached settlement of copyright infringement lawsuit
MSN - 2016-07-07
* A.M. Best Company, Inc and S&P Global's unit, SNL Financial LC have reached an amicable settlement of copyright infringement lawsuit

CoreLogic Beats Copyright Suit Over Real Estate Photo Info
Law 360 - 2016-07-07
Law360, New York (July 6, 2016, 9:05 PM ET) -- CoreLogic beat class action litigation that claimed the real estate research firm improperly altered property photos and removed information meant to curb copyright infringement as a California federal judge ...

VAT exemption for SMEs eyed
Manila Bulletin - 2016-07-06
Aquino also stressed the measure promotes simpler taxation to ease the burden of SMEs in the Philippines which ranks 126th out of 189 economies in the Ease of Paying Taxes report of the World Bank. "This must change, which is why we are asserting the ...

Bam Aquino pushes VAT exemption, lower income tax for small businesses
Manila Bulletin - 2016-07-06
Aquino also stressed the measure promotes simpler taxation to ease the burden of SMEs in the Philippines which ranks 126 th out of 189 economies in the Ease of Paying Taxes report of the World Bank. "This must change, which is why we are asserting the ...

McDonald's wins EU 'MacCoffee' trademark dispute
Economic Times - 2016-07-05
The ruling by the Luxembourg-based General Court came after Singapore firm Future Enterprises challenged the European Union Intellectual Property Office's rejection of its application to register 'MACCOFFEE' as an EU trade mark for foodstuffs and beverages.

Enhanced service delivery
BusinessMirror. - 2016-07-05
From only 14 locations in 2010, including the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration office, there are now a total of 22 foreign ROs as of 2015, with the addition of eight locations, namely, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and Dubai in 2012; Macau and ...

Brexit and Intellectual Property
Lexology - 2016-07-05
The decision of the United Kingdom (UK) to leave the European Union (EU) has left many Intellectual Property (IP) owners to wonder what will happen with their UK trade mark, patent and design rights. Many Australian businesses and individuals with ...

Intellectual Property And The Patent Box
Mondaq - 2016-07-05
The UK Government has been keen to improve the UK's competitiveness in the high-tech arena. Companies have been able to elect to enter the Patent Box regime since 1 April 2013. Any company within the charge to UK corporation tax with income from patents ...

Diokno: 2016 budget deficit likely over 2% of GDP on slower revenues
Inquirer - 2016-07-05
READ: Incoming finance chief: Duterte admin plans to lower tax rates Diokno noted that the proposal to cut personal income tax rates would result into foregone revenues, while the plan to slash corporate income tax is seen revenue-neutral.

The real deal with fakes
Manila Bulletin - 2016-07-05
Most seized counterfeit products overseas are traced back to China. And while an increasing number of counterfeit products are sold every year, the manufacturers and brands that sell them on the other hand stand to lose more profit and jobs. Unfortunately ...

IPOPhl destroys fake items worth P3b
thestandard.com.ph - 2016-07-04
The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines said Monday it led the destruction of P2.8 billion worth of counterfeit products at Camp Crame in Quezon City. IPOPhl deputy director Allan Gepty said the destruction of the items indicated that the ...

US firm files copyright infringement case against 63 Moons Technologies
Economic Times - 2016-07-04
MUMBAI: US-based Modulus Financial Engineering Inc has filed a suit against 63 Moons Technologies Ltd at the Bombay High Court alleging infringement of copyright of its software, a charge denied by the latter. 63 Moons Technologies (formerly Financial ...

Chasing structures from the past
Inquirer Lifestyle - 2016-07-04
One of the most important bridges is Puente Malagonlong in Tayabas, Quezon. The 136-meter length makes it the longest bridge built by Filipino forced labor in 1840, and inaugurated in 1850. It has been declared a National Cultural Treasure by National ...

Mindanao infra projects need billion-peso funding
BusinessMirror. - 2016-07-04
The cost for the other 22 projects is still being estimated. The most expensive project for Mindanao is the P13.68 billion worth Labor-based road rehabilitation and maintenance technology for farm-to-market roads (FMRs). The project will be implemented in ...

Bill seeks to abolish contractual employment scheme
Manila Bulletin - 2016-07-03
During the campaign period, President Duterte vowed to abolish the contractualization scheme, which he described as unfair labor practice and tool of exploitation against the working class. Casilao said contractualization is not a mere short-term tactic to ...

ILO and jobcontracting
Inquirer - 2016-07-02
ILO is the highest decision-making UN-affiliated body on labor and social policy issues. It adopts Conventions, Recommendations, Resolutions and Conclusions. A Convention when ratified by our Philippine Senate forms part of the law of the land. The ...

Apple sued in China over showing of war film from the 1990s
Economic Times - 2016-07-02
In May, a Beijing intellectual property tribunal in Beijing ordered Apple to stop selling its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the city after finding they look too much like a model made by a small Chinese brand. Sales of the phones are continuing while Apple ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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