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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

Duterte govt tax reforms will be fair, friendly to workers, business - Angara
MSN - 2016-06-21
He said corporate taxes will be adjusted to be competitive with the rest of the region to make the economy more competitive for investments. Angara has also filed a bill reducing the corporate income tax rate, noting that with a 30-percent corporate income ...

NESTEA cleans up the shores of Boracay in "Love The Beach" campaign
Inquirer Lifestyle - 2016-06-21
For most people, Boracay on a Labor Day weekend means only one thing: endless partying. So imagine our surprise when NESTEA invited the InqPOP! team to go to Boracay, not only to party, but to join them in their first ever Love The Beach shore clean-up ...

Apple loses patent ruling in China, but order to halt sales of two iPhone models is put on hold
Big News Network - 2016-06-21
Intellectual property regulators in Beijing ruled that the exterior design of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which were released nearly two years ago, infringe on a Chinese company's design. They initially ordered the company to halt sales of the devices ...

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