Trump-Ryan quest for GOP unity threatened by deep policy divides
BusinessMirror. - 2016-05-14
WASHINGTON--Donald Trump and Paul Ryan left their high-profile summit pledging to unify the Republican Party, but it could take a while to bridge their substantial gaps on issues like immigration and free trade. Ryan meets with reporters on Capitol Hill ...

US Industry Body Welcomes India's New IPR Policy
NDTV - 2016-05-14
Washington: The US Chamber of Commerce has welcomed India's new intellectual property rights or IPR policy, saying it hopes the move is a "precursor" to the "concrete, structural" changes necessary for implementation of a strong innovation model.

GCC countries deny reentry to OFW deportees
Manila Standard Today - 2016-05-13
Foreign migrant workers, including Filipinos, who have been deported from any member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will be barred from entering any other GCC country, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration said. POEA chief Hans Leo ...

POEA advises OFWs to use BM Online System
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-05-13
In an advisory issued by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), the agency also encouraged Balik Manggagawa (BM) to use the BM Online System for straight online OEC processing. The e-appoint system is a built-in component of the existing ...

Tax Court allows Mikey Arroyo to travel to Europe
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-05-13
a copy of which was submitted to the court and personally submitting a photocopy of his passport showing a stamp from the Bureau of Immigration upon his arrival. In a separate ruling, the Tax Court also dismissed the demurrer to evidence filed by Arroyo.

US plans new wave of immigrant deportation raids
MSN - 2016-05-12
WASHINGTON -- US immigration officials are planning a month-long series of raids in May and June to deport hundreds of Central American mothers and children found to have entered the country illegally, according to sources and an internal document seen by ...

President Obama Signs Defend Trade Secrets Act
JD Supra - 2016-05-12
The new law is the most significant expansion of Federal intellectual property law in a generation, and brings with it significant benefits -- but also new responsibilities -- for intellectual property owners and employers. And in this era of narrowed ...

Companies Engaged in Different Business Could be Competitors under the Anti-Unfair Competition Law
Lexology - 2016-05-12
In its Guidelines for Trial of Network-Related Intellectual Property Cases issued on April 13, 2016 ("Beijing High Court Guidelines"), the Beijing High Court has taken the second approach mentioned above. Article 31 of the Beijing High Court Guidelines ...

IFC, SEC to tweak Corporate Governance Code
Inquirer - 2016-05-12
Ultimately, the MOU between the IFC and the SEC "aims to raise market awareness of good governance to entice more foreign investment to the country." "By adopting good corporate governance practices, Philippine companies can enhance their ...

Bureau of Immigration to adopt online payment system
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-05-12
Dela Paz, Country Head and Mr. Jerome B. Vinarao, Sales Manager, Partner Channel together with the Bank of the Philippine Islands represented by Mr. John Vic A. Bolido on 10 May 2016 for the provision of an online payment system. The online payment system ...

OECD investment policy review backs removal of FDI restrictions
BusinessMirror. - 2016-05-12
"The Philippines is one of the countries with the most statutory restrictions on foreign investment. It has more restrictions than any of the large Asean member-states with a score [on the index] almost as high as Vietnam--a country which is often seen ...

OECD joins calls for easing foreign investment limits
Manila Bulletin - 2016-05-12
The 34-member countries of the Overseas Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) have joined the chorus for the Philippines to remove statutory restrictions on foreign direct investments in the Constitution and address under-investments in the country ...

Sin Tax Collection for the month of March 2016
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-05-12
QUEZON CITY, May 12 -- The Excise Tax collection from the Sin Products (cigarettes and alcohol) for the month of March 2016 amounted to P8.09 Billion, consisting of the following: Decrease of total collection from Sin Products in March 2016 over March 2015 ...

ABS-CBN files TRO over DOLE Advisory
Manila Bulletin - 2016-05-11
ABS-CBN has reportedly filed a temporary restraining order with the Regional Trial Courts of Quezon City over the recent Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Advisory on the welfare of movie and TV workers. DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz ...

Forget the long lines, BI now has online registration for aliens
Manila Bulletin - 2016-05-11
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) will start implementing before the end of the month an electronic filing and payment system for foreigners desiring to extend or prolong their stay in the country. To carry out the project, BI Commissioner Ronaldo Geron ...

Political clans dominate local polls
Philstar - 2016-05-11
Among them were three new governors of Central Luzon - Amor Deloso of Zambales, Susan Yap-Sulit of Tarlac and Abet Garcia of Bataan - who were proclaimed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) yesterday. Deloso defeated Gov. Hermogenes Ebdane Jr ...

Solon seeks labor code revision
thestandard.com.ph - 2016-05-11
The chair of the House Committee on Labor and Employment has sought to amend Presidential Decree 442 or the Labor Code of the Philippines, as amended, to provide regular employment to workers repeatedly hired on probationary status. Deputy majority leader Rep.

Solon seeks labor code revision
thestandard.com.ph - 2016-05-10
The chair of the House Committee on Labor and Employment has sought to amend Presidential Decree 442 or the Labor Code of the Philippines, as amended, to provide regular employment to workers repeatedly hired on probationary status. Deputy majority leader Rep.

Senate, House to set final agenda of 16th Congress
BusinessMirror. - 2016-05-10
Financing Companies and Investment Houses Cited in The Foreign Investment Negative List, except those in the Constitution; Modernizing the National Bureau of Investigation; Banning the Reappointment of a Regular Member of the Judicial and Bar Council ...

Changes to Amla, bank secrecy eyed
BusinessMirror. - 2016-05-10
the Panama Papers exposing offshore bank transactions from across the globe that may have avoided or evaded domestic taxation; the "derisking" phenomenon, where foreign banks are closing the accounts of our money-transfer operators abroad, which may ...

Manatt Nabs Ex-Stroock Tech Patent Pro In NY
Law 360 - 2016-05-10
Law360, Los Angeles (May 9, 2016, 9:45 PM ET) -- Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP has bolstered its intellectual property practice in New York by snagging a former Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP partner with experience advising clients on software, wireless ...

3D Printing: Good Reads/What Executives Should Be Thinking About
JD Supra - 2016-05-09
There will be threats, including, of course, intellectual property threats. Gartner analysts maintain that there will be at least $100 billion per year in annual IP losses from 3D printing by 2018. Channing Flynn comes at 3D printing from a tax perspective ...

Groupon sues 'once-great' IBM over patent
Economic Times - 2016-05-09
"IBM, a relic of once-great 20th Century technology firms, has now resorted to usurping the intellectual property of companies born this millennium," Groupon said in its lawsuit. On March 2, IBM accused Groupon in a federal lawsuit in Delaware of ...

Villar: Next Congress must reduce tax rates for workers
BusinessMirror. - 2016-05-09
Villar, citing the 1987 Constitution, said "the rule of taxation shall be uniform and equitable. Congress shall evolve a progressive system of taxation." The lawmaker vowed to file the tax-reform proposal should he earn another seat in the 17th Congress.

Myanmar targets $8-billion FDI in fiscal year 2016-17
BusinessMirror. - 2016-05-09
Meanwhile, Thai and Myanmar labor ministers have agreed to proceed with a labor-cooperation plan to import migrant workers through a government-to-government agreement, says a senior ministry official. Labor Spokesman Theerapol Khunmuang said the plan is ...

Persistent paradox: So many jobs available, so many unemployed
BusinessMirror. - 2016-05-09
The Internet hosts numerous sites where job seekers can apply. Tens of thousands of jobs are also offered during job fairs organized by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and other government agencies, including local government units ...

Five measures seek to reform labor code
thestandard.com.ph - 2016-05-08
AT least five bills pending at the House of Representatives have been designed to plug the "loopholes" in the Labor Code of 1974 and address the gridlock between workers and employers on the issue of "endo" or end of contract or labor ...

Contractual workers pin hopes on next President
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-05-08
Security of work is a basic right that is enshrined in the Constitution and is one of the pillars of the Labor Code." Baldoz cited Department Order No. 18-A issued in November 2011 which, she said, laid down standards for legitimate contracting and ...

Loida Nicolas Lewis barnstorms the world for Roxas-Robredo
Inquirer Lifestyle - 2016-05-07
She had a 10-year stint as general attorney in the US Immigration and Naturalization Service (now called US Citizenship and Immigration Services), having won a discrimination case against the INS in 1987. Lewis co-authored the book "How to Get a Green ...

More big-name Republicans abandon Trump; he just shrugs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-05-07
Trump and Ryan also have disagreements on policy, from immigration to Social Security to trade. In his latest surprising breach of orthodoxy on Friday Trump questioned whether the U.S. government would make good on its commitment to fully honor Treasury ...

Contractual workers at 850,000; group claims contractualization helps businesses
Manila Bulletin - 2016-05-06
In a statement, the Philippine Association of Legitimate Service Contractors, Inc. (PALSCON) tried to point out that contractualization is a generally acceptable labor practice and is a worldwide trend. PALSCON president Rhoda Caliwara said service ...

Contractual workers at 850,000; group claims contractualization helps businesses
Manila Bulletin - 2016-05-06
In a statement, the Philippine Association of Legitimate Service Contractors, Inc. (PALSCON) tried to point out that contractualization is a generally acceptable labor practice and is a worldwide trend. PALSCON president Rhoda Caliwara said service ...

Group defends contractualization
Tempo - 2016-05-06
Some one million Filipinos will be unemployed if the government will ban contractualization soon, a forum on labor practice warned last Wednesday. "Removing or banning contractualization would mean taking away productive jobs from one million Filipinos ...

TRIPS and the effect of CJEU interpretative rulings on judgments in Spain: infringements of the "Losartan" drug patent
Lexology - 2016-05-05
What is TRIPS and how does it affect pharmaceutical patents? On 15 April 1994, the European Union and its member States signed the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) sponsored by the World Trade Organisation, which ...

Obama says failure to pass immigration reform one of his biggest frustrations
MSN - 2016-05-05
Speaking at a White House Cinco de Mayo celebration, President Obama said the failure of his administration to get an immigration reform bill passed through congress was one of the "most frustrating aspects" of his presidency. Rough Cut (no reporter ...

Next President faces economic challenges
Inquirer - 2016-05-05
"Improving the business environment for foreign investment into manufacturing and infrastructure will be a critical challenge for the incoming Philippine government administration, in order to boost manufacturing exports and employment," he explaine

For BPO employees, problem is not who to vote for-but how
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-05-05
as mandated by the Labor Code of the Philippines. Other benefits beyond overtime pay, however, differ between companies. Some extra perks for employees not always available include letting employees work from home and giving them a flexible schedule on ...

Ecuadoreans in US seek immigration help after quake
Manila Bulletin - 2016-05-05
LOS ANGELES -- Ecuadorean immigrants are asking the Obama administration to allow their fellow citizens living in the United States illegally to stay here and work while the South American country recovers from a magnitude-7.8 earthquake. A group of ...

Ecuadoreans in US seek immigration help after quake
Manila Bulletin - 2016-05-05
LOS ANGELES -- Ecuadorean immigrants are asking the Obama administration to allow their fellow citizens living in the United States illegally to stay here and work while the South American country recovers from a magnitude-7.8 earthquake. A group of ...

UP grad tops bar; SC eyes revised rules
thestandard.com.ph - 2016-05-04
A GRADUATE ... in Cebu in second place with 87.25 percent; Reginald Arceo of Ateneo de Manila University in fourth place with 86.70 percent; Mandy Therese Anderson, also of Ateneo, in fifth place with 86.15 percent; Darniel Bustamante of San Beda College ...

UP grad tops 2015 Bar, says she really just wanted to pass
Philstar - 2016-05-03
Additional security measures were put in place since the grenade explosion that marred the September 2010 Bar exams at De La Salle University in Manila. The exams have since been moved to the University of Santo Tomas. In the 2013 Bar exams, the SC ...

DOLE: Beware of bogus UK jobs
Manila Bulletin - 2016-05-03
It issued the advisory after receiving a report from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) that the name of a licensed recruitment is being illegally used by a scammer to post non-existent jobs vacancies in Facebook. The account was ...

POEA, Manila police shut down illegal recruiter
interaksyon.com - 2016-05-03
MANILA - Joint operatives of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and Manila police recently shut down the offices of Circle of 8/JMP Polaris Navigation Inc. on M.H. Del Pilar Street in Ermita, Manila due to illegal recruitment.

Endo Fights In Fed. Circ. To Keep Opana Painkiller Patents
Law 360 - 2016-05-03
saying the Patent Trial and Appeal Board had properly concluded prior art didn't make the drug patent claims obvious. Endo rejected arguments by Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC that there was sufficient evidence showing that prior art rendered the challenged ...

Federal Circuit Rejects Appeal That Would Have Wrecked the Eastern District's Patent Venue
texaslawyer.com - 2016-05-02
Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided. Texas intellectual property attorneys and fans of the Eastern District of Texas can breathe a sigh of relief now that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently rejected a ...

Trade Secrets Bill Proceeds to President's Desk
National Law Review - 2016-05-02
providing trade secrets with a degree of protection akin to other forms of intellectual property. The Senate passed the bill earlier this month by a unanimous 87-0 vote. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law. The bill gained over 155 ...

Broadband body questions need for discussion paper on patents
Economic Times - 2016-05-02
NEW DELHI: A broadband forum consisting of companies such as Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Qualcomm, Ericsson and Intel, has questioned the government's move to float a discussion paper on standard essential patents (SEPs), saying that issues raised including ...

Trillanes bares 49 hidden DU30 assets
The Daily Tribune - 2016-05-02
The mayor added that the only mistake of some of them was the possible violation of immigration laws in their prolonged stay in the Philippines. Duterte was also reportedly concerned that their continued detention would have repercussions on the many ...

Include labor subjects in college curriculum
BusinessMirror. - 2016-05-02
Gus S. Tambunting of ParaƱaque City said that it is important for every future worker and member of labor management to be informed of their rights and obligations as provided for under the Labor Code of the Philippines. Under the measure, the Commission ...

Supreme Court Continues Focus on IP
Lexology - 2016-05-01
Here we go again: The United States Supreme Court today decided to review two more intellectual property cases. That makes three IP cases so far for next Term (which begins this October), already equaling the number of IP cases heard this Term. In SCA ...

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