Congress to regulate employment of foreigners
BusinessMirror. - 2017-01-04
AFTER 43 years of neglect, Congress has finally realized the need to strengthen and regulate the employment of all foreign nationals in the country by imposing penalty on those who transfer work without the prior approval of the secretary of labor and ...

Protection of intellectual property rights
BusinessMirror. - 2017-01-04
The Philippines has shown great improvement in the past years in terms of intellectual-property rights (IPR) protection, as highlighted by its removal from the United States watchlist of trading partners with grave IPR infringements. In addition to the ...

Candidate Duterte different as President? Unacceptable, says Bayan
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-01-04
Militant group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan ... President Rodrigo Duterte from the candidate who made the promise of pension hike for Social Security System (SSS) members in the campaign trail. Bayan secretary-general Renato Reyes said Diokno ...

SSS contribution increase pressed
Philstar - 2017-01-03
MANILA, Philippines - Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno insisted yesterday the more than 30 million members of the Social Security System (SSS ... Diokno admitted that the group blocked the proposal to increase the monthly pension of more than two ...

Trafficking of 4 would-be surrogate mothers foiled
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-01-03
Immigration officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) and other ports are on alert for women leaving the country to serve as surrogate mothers for foreign couples. This follows the interception on the first night of the New Year of four ...

An Asian economic model
Inquirer Opinion - 2017-01-03
The government set up institutes of learning for white-collar job requirements. It provided English-language training programs to bridge the gap between Singaporeans and expatriates of multinational enterprises. By investing in social development ...

Human trafficking threat
Visayan Daily Star - 2017-01-03
The Global Report on Trafficking in Persons indicates women and girls tend to be trafficked for marriage and sexual slavery while men and boys are typically exploited for forced labor in the mining sector and as porters, soldiers and slaves. UNODC ...

What has Duterte ever done for us? End-of-year report lists achievements so far - 2017-01-03
17 major projects approved by National Economic Development Authority Board. Online streaming of closed ... One-stop service center for OFWs opened at the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) in Mandaluyong City. It has served 219,697 clients ...

OFWs suffer long lines in NAIA due to broken system
Rappler - 2017-01-02
Bureau of Immigration (BI) Spokesperson Maria Antonette Mangrobang explained on Monday, January 2, that this was due to problems in the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) system that is linked to the BI. In a text message to Rappler ...

One-Stop Service Center for OFWs (OSSCO) now in 15 locations nationwide
Philippine Information Agency - 2017-01-02
It operates from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Mondays to Fridays. The OSSCO was launched on August 15, 2016 at the POEA in Mandaluyong City. Aside from shortening the time to process their documents, the one-stop shop is also aimed at reducing the expenses of ...

One-Stop Service Center for OFWs (OSSCO) now in 15 locations nationwide - 2017-01-01
MANILA, Jan. 2 - Overseas Filipino workers may now avail of the services of the One-Stop Service Center for OFWs (OSSCO) in 15 provinces outside Metro Manila. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Offices, together Philippine Overseas ...

Revelers bid adieu to a year of conflicts, celebrity deaths
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-01-01
"I feel this sense of duality," said Kami Miyamoto, 21, an economics student at Meiji University in Tokyo ... about the US and Europe seems to be about looking at the past, but East Asian studies are focusing on the future," she said.

One-Stop Service centers for OFWs opened - 2016-12-31
OVERSEAS Filipino workers may now avail of the services of the One-Stop Service Center for OFWs in 15 provinces outside Metro Manila. Launched on Aug. 15, 2016 at the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration POEA headquarters in Mandaluyong City, the ...

Elderly sick in Singapore turn to foreign, live-in caregivers
Global Nation - 2016-12-31
Service providers interviewed said that demand for these nurses has surged in recent years and they expect the uptrend to continue. These nurses, who come from the Philippines ... However, despite the bright business prospects, agencies are not going ...

1 KNOWLEDGE AND LEGAL PROCESS OUTSOURCING By A ... which may be in the same country or in an offshore location to save the cost. In contrast to the outsourcing of production or manufacturing, KPO has specific focus on knowledge expertise and high-value ...

Homeowners continue to pay homage to developers
Inquirer - 2016-12-30
"I was still in college when my sister left for Italy to try her luck and ... Dela Cruz is a proud owner of two Soto Grande condotels, one in Iloilo and another in Davao. She targeted the tourist destinations, knowing that she would likely earn there.

Building blocks for competitiveness in 2017
Inquirer Opinion - 2016-12-30
In order for us to create a business-friendly environment, we need to focus on a number of themes: process improvement, local governments and regulatory reforms, among others. We are basically trying to build a competitive structure on these foundations.

Pay to rise for millions in US as 19 states increase minimum wage
Inquirer - 2016-12-29
"This $1.50 increase, I cannot even comprehend or tell you how important this will be," said Alvin Major, a New York City fast-food ... weekend in 22 cities and counties, including San Diego, San Jose and Seattle. The high number of states and ...

China renews calls for tighter cyberspace security: CAC - 2016-12-28
Critics say vague wording in the November law raises red flags and could potentially legalize requirements to hand over intellectual property. The latest strategy document also renewed calls for foreign countries to respect China's cyber-sovereignty ...

Foreign nursing care workers face language barrier in Japan
Global Nation - 2016-12-26
As of September this year, the ratio of job openings to job seekers was 2.52 for nursing care jobs, far higher than the average of 1.15 for all occupations, according to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry. One estimate shows there will be a shortfall ...

Copyright Law Change Endangers Internet Sites - 2016-12-26
Copyright infringement does not require intent to be liable for statutory damages up to $150,000 per infringement. Prior to 1998, Internet service providers were plagued with infringement litigation related to their Internet site content. The Digital ...

Why drug testing is unconstitutional
Inquirer Opinion - 2016-12-25
"This author thus expects the ideas in this paper to comfortably gather dust somewhere in the UP Law Library." Thank you for humoring, for another year, the thought that writing about legal principles is the epitome of pointless labor.

Govt committed to end labor migration -- Bello - 2016-12-25
DOLE, through the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, has also intensified its drive on anti-illegal recruitment and trafficking in persons by providing legal assistance to victims of illegal recruitment; as well as in clamping down illegal ...

Local News | Sun.Star
Sun Star - 2016-12-24
SENATOR Juan Edgardo Angara has filed a resolution seeking to conduct a thorough re-examination of the government's migration policies, including existing labor laws and regulations, amid the challenges faced by overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

PCC zeroes in on rice-industry cartels
BusinessMirror. - 2016-12-24
In Photo: Farmers perform the traditional backbreaking manual labor of transferring pregerminated rice seedlings to a wet field in Tabuk, Kalinga. THE Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) is looking into the rice cartel, long believed to be in existence ...

Mergers Big and Small
New York Law Journal - 2016-12-23
In August, Kenyon & Kenyon folded into Andrews Kurth, giving the Houston-based firm more depth in New York and Washington, D.C., more power in the intellectual property markets, and more heft to fend off future takeovers. Kenyon, once one of the largest ...

Seven IP Cases to Watch in Early 2017
JD Supra - 2016-12-23
In its 2014 decision in Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc., 695 F.3d 946, 952-53 (2012), the Supreme Court held that laches is not a defense to copyright infringement. The Court explained that laches, an equitable defense, does not limit the legal ...

Aguirre to lead online gaming crackdown
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-12-23
This involves huge amounts of money and we are still waiting what specific powers the task force will get to go after this massive tax fraud," Aguirre told ... workers inside the illicit online games business had fled. Both Fontana and Fort Ilocandia ...

Lam sued for using dummies
Philstar - 2016-12-23
The VACC also called on the DOJ to nullify the purchase agreements made by Lam with Grand Ilocandia and Waterfront Philippines Inc. for being contrary to law. The VACC filed the eight-page complaint against the former and incumbent officials of Fort ...

Senate in no rush to tackle sin tax reform
Philstar - 2016-12-23
MANILA, Philippines - The Senate is not about to rush consideration of a bill passed by the House of Representatives, which seeks to change the system of taxation on cigarettes starting on Jan. 1, 2017. Asked to comment on Bill 4144, Senate ways and means ...

Exclusive: Chinese education giant helps its students game the SAT
Reuters - 2016-12-23
It includes a dramatic scene in which the hero confronts attorneys for "Educational Exam Services," an American company that had sued the Chinese firm "New Dream" for copyright infringement. Although the companies in the film are fictional ...

Just between you and me
BusinessMirror. - 2016-12-22
When I was the chairman of the Personnel Selection Board in the Bureau of Immigration (BI), there was a contractual employee who offered me an amount twice my salary as deputy commissioner in exchange for a permanent item. I was told that such arrangements ...

New Copyright Office Regulations Require Websites to Re-Register for DMCA Safe Harbor Protection
JD Supra - 2016-12-21
... governing how websites and other online service providers must register a designated agent for receiving copyright infringement notices under Section 512(c) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to qualify for the DMCA safe harbor from ...

Dissolution of a corporation
BusinessMirror. - 2016-12-21
Yukayguan, et al., GR 177549, June 18, 2009). From a tax perspective, there are many considerations that a dissolving or dissolved corporation ought to be aware of. But for this issue, we will limit our discussion to the often forgotten requirement of ...

Brexit and bargains: what to look out for in Intellectual Property in 2017
Lexology - 2016-12-20
While the impact of Brexit for IP rights holders has yet to crystallise, there are growing signs that the impact on Intellectual Property will be minimal. Despite the expectation that Article 50 will be triggered early in 2017, the UK recently announced ...

Rule of thumb for law of the land
Inquirer Opinion - 2016-12-20
Science and Technology, Arts, Culture and Sports), and Article XVI (General Provisions), Congress could abolish restrictions on foreign ownership in certain industries to attract investments and generate jobs. By easing these restrictions, the Philippines ...

Copyright holders are given another tool to fight online infringement
Lexology - 2016-12-20
to block access to websites which facilitate copyright infringement. There seems little doubt that the provision may be used to prevent access to websites, such as file sharing websites, which allow users to download copyright protected films and ...

GMA programs, personalities honored by Anak TV, OFWs
GMA Network - 2016-12-20
They have been selected as the most admired TV personalities by over 11,000 voters made of adult professionals, university students ... DongYanZia--Dingdong and Marian, together with their first born, Zia--was awarded the Most Popular Family in the ...

Feds Arrest Copyright Lawyers in Porn Extortion Scam
FORTUNE - 2016-12-19
In response, Hansmeier and Steele changed tactics by having their shell companies charge the defendants with hacking instead of copyright infringement. Meanwhile, they started a new sideline suing small businesses over alleged violations of the Americans ...

Metro Briefs: 2 more DUI cases reported in Quezon City
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-12-19
"We achieved a remarkable 25.6 percent increase in revenues from real property tax, while business tax collection increased by 7 percent since I assumed office in July," Mayor Abby Binay said. She also assured residents that no tax hike would be ...

Abby assures investors, landowners in Makati: No tax increase in 2017
The Daily Tribune - 2016-12-19
To date, Makati continues to top other local government units in the country in terms of revenue collection from local sources and per capita income. It is also one of the few localities that is not dependent on the IRA from the national government.

Hotel maids in Madrid rebel against low salaries
The Daily Tribune - 2016-12-19
Maids who work for such firms are not governed by the collective labor agreement for housekeeping staff, but the one for the cleaning sector, and are paid up to 40 percent less than their peers, according to the CCOO. 400 rooms per month "We say ...

House okays 63 bills in only 56 session days
Journal Online - 2016-12-18
The number of measures processed by the House totalled 321, broken down as follows: 63 measures passed; 201 referred resolutions on inquiries; 53 measures substituted/consolidated; and four measures in the Calendar of Business. This means that for 56 ...

Intellectual Property Law - December 2016
JD Supra - 2016-12-17
Why it matters: On December 6, 2016, the Supreme Court decided Samsung v. Apple, holding that, for purposes of a "total profits" damages award for infringement of a design patent under Section 289 of the Patent Act, the relevant "article of manufacture ...

Rising outsourcing demand from banks to help boost office property market
Inquirer - 2016-12-16
"The presence of comparable facilities and good quality of labor (the province of Cebu is considered to be the educational hub of Central and Visayas) that can compete with Metro Manila provides a solid incentive for firms to relocate to the region ...

2 Immigration officials resign over P50-M extortion scandal
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-12-16
The two associate commissioners of the Bureau of Immigration tagged in a P 50-million extortion controversy have resigned from their posts. In a joint statement issued on Friday night, Associate Commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles said they were ...

BI awaits lookout order vs 5 execs in P50-M bribe try
The Daily Tribune - 2016-12-16
The foreigners are part of the 1,316 undocumented Chinese workers rounded up by BI operatives on November 24 ... who had been looking for a "godfather" to protect his business interests in the Philippines. Charles Calima, former BI intelligence chief ...

Idenix Wins $2.5B Verdict In Gilead Hep C Drug Patent Fight
Law 360 - 2016-12-16
Law360, Wilmington (December 15, 2016, 5:17 PM EST) -- A federal jury took less than two hours Thursday to award Idenix Pharmaceuticals LLC a $2.54 billion royalty share of Gilead Sciences Inc.'s profits from two blockbuster hepatitis C drugs, after almost ...

Online Intellectual Property Enforcement Reforms in Thailand
Lexology - 2016-12-15
One reason Thai authorities have not been successful in combating online IP infringements is that they have, so far, been ill-equipped in terms of legal instruments to battle online infringers. Indeed, the Computer Crime Act of 2007 contained no provision ...

Plotting intellectual property strategy in an anti-free trade era - 2016-12-15
The stunning evidence of voter anger against globalization with Brexit and the election of anti-free trader Donald Trump have roiled the international community. These events may be clear signals that a new trend toward economic protectionism is here.

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