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

POEA requires placement agencies to put up a special fund for household workers
Manila Bulletin - 2016-07-07
Distressed Filipino household service workers abroad are now assured of additional financial aid after the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) recently made it mandatory for their foreign placement agencies (FPA) to put up a special fund ...

POEA requires placement agencies to put up a special fund for household workers
Manila Bulletin - 2016-07-07
Distressed Filipino household service workers abroad are now assured of additional financial aid after the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) recently made it mandatory for their foreign placement agencies (FPA) to put up a special fund ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

POEA orders OFWs in Pakistan, Afghanistan to receive anti-polio vaccines
interaksyon.com - 2016-07-06
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) directed workers and recruitment agencies to ensure that the required vaccination against poliovirus is met amidst widespread occurrences of the virus in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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 ...

The real deal with fakes
Manila Bulletin - 2016-07-04
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 ...

Govt seized P2.8 billion worth of fake goods from January to May
BusinessMirror. - 2016-07-04
THE National Committee on Intellectual Property Rights (NCIPR), led by Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL), has confiscated some P2.82 billion worth of counterfeit goods from January to May this year. The bulk of the value of seized ...

7,000-strong IWS workers appeal to Bello
Manila Bulletin - 2016-07-04
Tarlac City -- The president of the 7,000-strong workers union of International Wiring System (IWS) appealed yesterday to newly designated Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello, III to intervene in their labor problem as they ...

Tax amnesty today, tax reform tomorrow
Inquirer - 2016-07-03
In fact, first among the top 10 recommendations of the business leaders was the adoption of a comprehensive tax reform package, which includes lowering both individual and corporate income tax to 25 percent, which is the average income tax rate among ...

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 ...

POEA warns OFW vs paid Australian visas
Manila Bulletin - 2016-07-02
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) warned overseas Filipino workers (OFW) bound for Australia against paying for their visas, which has now been criminalized by a new Australian law. In a one-page advisory, POEA Administrator Hans ...

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 ...

Awarded Filipino poet loses teaching job due to K to 12
Bulatlat - 2016-07-02
After she was retrenched, she filed a case of illegal termination and withholding of wages against the Miriam College administration before the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC). AƱonuevo has written six collections of poetry and has won several ...

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 ...

Dick's wins bid for Sports Authority intellectual property, 31 stores
Big News Network - 2016-07-02
Rival chain Dick's Sporting Goods Inc. has emerged as the winner of an auction for failing Sports Authority's intellectual property. Dick's (NYSE: DKS) bid $15 million for Sports Authority's intellectual property package (IP). Reuters reports that the ...

Finance to speed up tax reform package
thestandard.com.ph - 2016-07-01
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said on his first full day of work in the government the Duterte administration would draw up a tax package that included the lowering of corporate and personal income taxes for submission to the House of ...

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 ...

RCMB-11 averts strike at Musahamat Farms II in Davao
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-07-01
Records show that the union filed a Notice of Strike with the RCMB-11 alleging unfair labor practice, specifically on union busting; termination of union officers and members; illegal suspension, withholding union dues and agency fees; and no rally ...

Over 1, 500 jobs up for grabs at mega jobs fair in Dagupan on July 2
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-07-01
Meanwhile, the jobs fair, which will be organized in cooperation with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Social Security System (SSS), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation ...

DOLE to public: Patronize labor law compliant companies
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-07-01
DAGUPAN CITY, July 1 (PIA) - The labor department in Ilocos urges the public to patronize companies that comply with labor laws. According to regional director Grace Y. Ursua of the Department of Labor and Emplyment (DOLE-1), labor law compliant ...

Supreme Court Affirms Discretion to Award Fees in Copyright Suits, But Case Precedence Not Relevant
Lexology - 2016-06-30
Legal fees incurred by plaintiffs and defendants alike in copyright and other intellectual property cases can be staggering, as much as six or even seven figures through to trial, depending on the case. The Supreme Court -- which, in a 1994 decision ...

Britain plans to cut corporation tax to hold onto business
MSN - 2016-06-30
LONDON -- Britain's Treasury chief plans to cut U.K. corporation tax to less than 15 percent to encourage companies to invest and ease business concerns about the country's vote to leave the European Union. Treasury chief George Osborne says the cut is ...

Disaster preparedness tops first Cabinet meeting
MSN - 2016-06-30
Issues affecting overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are currently handled by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), which are attached to the Department of Labor and Employment.

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 ...

DOLE issues IRR for Seafarers Protection Act
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-06-30
It is aimed at protecting the seafarers from unscrupulous individuals who charge exorbitant fees and push seafarer/s to file labor cases against their employers for the purpose of claiming monetary benefits arising from accident, illness, or death," the ...

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 ...

UK consumer confidence buckling under Brexit woes
BusinessMirror. - 2016-06-29
We cannot answer them now and we will have to wait until we see a more clear picture of that," Malmstrom added. But an influential US labor leader said he was skeptical about TTIP. Richard Trumka, president of the American Federation of Labor and ...

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 ...

What Brexit Means for EU Trade Marks
JD Supra - 2016-06-28
Intellectual property is a big part of trade relations. IP creates trade barriers between countries and one of the key purposes of the EU trade mark system is to support the single market and to help break down trade barriers between EU member states.

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 ...

Mike Huckabee paying $25,000 for playing 'Eye of the Tiger'
CNN Money - 2016-06-27
"The 'Eye of the Tiger' copyright is a very valuable asset, and we work very hard to protect it," said McGarry, an intellectual property lawyer in Chicago.

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 ...

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