Shamrock Capital buys majority stake in 'Octonauts' creator Silvergate Media
Big News Network - 2016-04-25
The companies said Shamrock has acquired a majority stake in Silvergate, which is based in London and New York, to support the growth of the business, in particular to expand Silvergate's intellectual property, library rights and digital capabilities as ...

Wage hikes OKd in 2 regions
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-04-25
WORKERS in Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon will get increases in their daily wages on Labor Day, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced on Monday. In a press briefing, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said a P45 rise in the minimum wage ...

Presidential bets urged to bare plans on ending contractualization
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-04-25
A non-government organization on Monday said it welcomes the pronouncements of all five presidential candidates who vowed to end the labor contractualization scheme in the country. The Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Research, Inc. (EILER ...

DOLE: Millions at risk if next president abolishes contractualization
Manila Bulletin - 2016-04-25
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz issued the warning in response to the unanimous position of presidential candidates to put an end on contractualization in the country. In the last presidential debate of the Commission ...

DOLE to conduct simultaneous Labor Day Job Fair nationwide - 2016-04-25
MANILA, April 25 (PIA)--More than 150,000 vacancies will be available for jobseekers in 54 job fair venues nationwide on 1 May, Labor Day. In a press conference held Monday at the DOLE in Intramuros, Labor & Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the ...

Third presidential debate: Issues to be discussed
Philstar - 2016-04-24
But citing data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), migrant group Migrante said the average number of Filipinos deployed overseas grew from 4,018 in 2010 to 6,092 in 2015, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Small but terrible
Philstar - 2016-04-23
US IMMIGRATION NOTES By Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin (The Freeman) | Updated April 24, 2016 - 12:00am There are times when we think that a simple omission of a fact, whether intentional or not, is harmless or insignificant, but little do we know that it has ...

DOLE awards over P205 million to 7,917 workers through SENA settlement - 2016-04-23
The attached agencies which implement the SEnA program are the NCMB, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, and DOLE-Legal Service. Majority of the new RFA were filed in labor intensive regions, particularly ...

JIPO pushing for law to protect plant breeders
Jamaica Observer - 2016-04-22
THE Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO) says it is working on legislation to facilitate the protection of new varieties of plants for local breeders. "If you are a person who is breeding a new variety of rose, aloe vera or cannabis plant ...

Enactment of JobStart program to boost youth employment-Angara
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-04-22
JobStart program enhances the knowledge and skills acquired in formal education or technical training so our youth can become more employable and responsive to the demands of the labor market," Angara said in a statement. The statement cited the ...

All presidential bets commit to attend last debate
Philstar - 2016-04-22
Headed by Social Watch Philippines (SWP), they also dared candidates to show their fiscal policies, plans on revenue generation and stands on taxation and debt payments. SWP convenor Leonor Briones said voters have the right to know these because they are ...

Bar exam result out May 3
Philstar - 2016-04-22
The Bar exams covered topics on Political Law, Labor Law, Civil Law, Taxation, Mercantile Law, Criminal Law, Remedial Law and Legal and Judicial Ethics.

Women Missing Out On Lead Roles In Court, Study Says
Law 360 - 2016-04-22
The disparity is particularly marked in statutory, contracts, torts, labor and intellectual property cases, the study said. Some of this is connected to elderly male partners who "continue to jockey" for lead roles in class actions and antitrust cases ...

Shanghai intellectual property cases rise sharply
Big News Network - 2016-04-21
A total of 10,080 lawsuits regarding intellectual property were received by Shanghai courts in 2015, marking the first time that the number of cases received in one year reached a five-digit figure, Shanghai's top court announced today, five days ahead of ...

Kidapawan, Soccksargen farmers to get livelihood aid
Philstar - 2016-04-21
MANILA, Philippines - Farmers in Soccksargen (South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos City), including those who joined a protest rally in Kidapawan, will get livelihood assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment.

PCCI pushes Philippines as global education hub
Philstar - 2016-04-21
Among the initial reforms seen critical in encouraging foreign students to enroll in the country is the easing of immigration rules, Barcelon said. "Because most foreign students want to take up medicine, engineering, accountancy and other long-term ...

IP Roundtable With Chief Judge Saris
JD Supra - 2016-04-21
The event is scheduled for May 4, 2016, from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, and is expected to include discussions on the current trends and issues concerning intellectual property cases in the district courts. The event will be followed by a networking reception.

The future of Philippine manufacturing
BusinessMirror. - 2016-04-21
One reason is the fact that some businesses are relocating away from China to the Philippines and Vietnam because these two countries have lower labor costs. It is forecast that up to 2030 China will have a Plus 3 factor increase in labor costs compared ...

Wage board to tackle P161 salary hike proposal
Manila Bulletin - 2016-04-21
Cebu City - The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board in Central Visayas (RTWPB-7) is set to tackle the P161-per day wage increase petition filed by the Associated Labor Union - Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP). Department ...

All set for town hall presidential debate on April 24
Manila Bulletin - 2016-04-21
The issues will cover free basic education, OFW concerns and employment opportunities, maritime dispute with China, peace in Mindanao, metro traffic and public transportation system, basic health care, jobs and unfair labor practice. The sector ...

Lifting of bank secrecy law pushed
Inquirer - 2016-04-21
Leung said that doing away with the bank secrecy law, among other tax reform measures, would lead to a more equitable taxation system. The DOF and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) had long been urging lawmakers to repeal the bank secrecy law for ...

PCCI, universities to promote PH as global education hub
Manila Bulletin - 2016-04-20
Among the initial reforms required to encourage these students to enroll include the easing of immigration rules. These were cited by representatives of major universities and colleges at the consultations. Because most foreign students want to take up ...

Overseas voting in Riyadh yields low turnout
Philstar - 2016-04-20
There are 113,895 registered voters in the list of the embassy and 33,926 in the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Al Khobar. Ambassador Ezzedin Tago called on all registered overseas voters in Saudi Arabia anew to cast their votes early and avoid the ...

DOLE to set up one-stop-shops on Labor Day - 2016-04-20
MANILA, April 20 - Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said that the Department is setting up one-stop-shops at the Labor Day Job and Career Fairs venues nationwide to provide the documentation and other pre-employment needs of ...

No wage hike on Labor Day - DOLE
Philstar - 2016-04-19
MANILA, Philippines - There will be no pay hike for workers on Labor Day. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) yesterday ruled out the possibility of granting salary increases within the next two weeks. Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the ...

Transport of Pinoy househelp to Saudi from other Middle East countries alarms local recruiters
BusinessMirror. - 2016-04-19
The local labor recruiters suspect that crime syndicates are behind the trafficking of women to Saudi Arabia. The Federation of Manpower Exporters (Fedamanex) and the Coalition of Licensed Agencies Deploying Services (Clads) said in a statement that ...

Roche sues Intas Pharma over Mircera anaemia drug patent
Economic Times - 2016-04-19
MUMBAI: Swiss biotechnology giant Roche has sued Ahmedabad-based drug maker Intas Pharmaceuticals in Delhi High Court, alleging infringement of its patent rights over Mircera, an injectable brand used to treat patients with anaemia in chronic kidney ...

US Supreme Court takes up high-stakes immigration fight
MSN - 2016-04-18
Hundreds of protesters rally outside the US Supreme Court as it weighs a major immigration case that could impact the fate of millions of people facing possible deportation and further raise the stakes in the 2016 White House race.

World Bank to Philippines: Create land-valuation office
BusinessMirror. - 2016-04-18
To address this, the World Bank urged the creation of a National Valuation Authority to improve the efficiency and equity of real- property taxation. "This would help increase transparency, ensure that properties better reflect market prices, and ...

Roche sues Intas Pharma over Mircera anaemia drug patent
Economic Times - 2016-04-18
MUMBAI: Swiss biotechnology giant Roche has sued Ahmedabad-based drug maker Intas Pharmaceuticals in Delhi High Court, alleging infringement of its patent rights over Mircera, an injectable brand used to treat patients with anaemia in chronic kidney ...

Roche sues Intas Pharma over Mircera anaemia drug patent
The Economic Times - 2016-04-18
MUMBAI: Swiss biotechnology giant Roche has sued Ahmedabad-based drug maker Intas Pharmaceuticals in Delhi High Court, alleging infringement of its patent rights over Mircera, an injectable brand used to treat patients with anaemia in chronic kidney ...

The 'OFWS' agenda: Recommendations for next president
Rappler - 2016-04-18
According to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), in 2014, 1,832,688 million Filipinos were deployed abroad: 1,430,842 were land-based (of which 487,176 were new hires and 943,666 were rehires) and 401,826 were sea-based. (READ ...

The 'fakes' industry is worth $461 billion
CNN Money - 2016-04-18
Footwear is the product counterfeited the most, followed by clothing, leather goods and gadgets, according to the report, which was created in partnership with the European Union's Intellectual Property Office. The OECD singles out China as the top place ...

Johnny Depp, Amber Heard publicly apologizes for bringing dogs to Australia
Manila Bulletin - 2016-04-18
Heard appeared in court on Monday (April 18, 2016) and pleaded guilty for making a false statement on her immigration card. She failed to inform authorities that their two Yorkshire Terriers will be tagging along with her to the country. Before the ...

DOLE, NWPC ordered to answer petition vs wage rationalization
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-04-18
The Supreme Court has ordered the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), National Wage and Productivity Commission (NWPC) to answer the petition of various labor organizations, saying that Republic Act 6727 or the Wage Rationalization Act violates the ...

Miriam, Bongbong get warm welcome in Baguio
Philstar - 2016-04-17
the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and TESDA as proofs. However, he lamented that most of these were watered down by succeeding administrations that created an imbalance among workers in the country through the regional wage boards.

Difficulties in tax compliance
Inquirer - 2016-04-17
It is a basic principle in taxation that "taxes should be enforced in a manner that facilitates voluntary compliance to the maximum extent possible." Meaning, the rules on taxation must be written in a manner that they can be easily understood and ...

Personal Remittances reach US$4.6 billion in first two months of 2016 - 2016-04-17
Preliminary reports from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) showed that 31.6 percent of the 160,277 total approved job orders in January-February 2016 were processed during the period. Processed job orders were intended mainly to fill ...

IMF chief urges transparency to stop corporate tax avoidance
MSN - 2016-04-16
International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde called Sunday for financial "transparency" among multinational companies to counter tax avoidance schemes in which less-developed countries suffer the most. Her comments came amid the continuing fallout ...

Iranian teen barred from entering Philippines
Philstar - 2016-04-16
MANILA, Philippines - Immigration officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 prevented a 19-year-old Iranian man from entering the country yesterday morning because his student permit was already used. Ebrahim Karim Pour was ...

Taxes and immigration
Philstar - 2016-04-16
He is very afraid that his delinquency could affect his application for naturalization. Taxation is one of the areas with a direct relationship with immigration, the consequences of which are either direct or indirect, favorable or adverse, or even ...

Couple has more modern ships than Philippine Navy - 2016-04-16
She is also the president of Scorpio Transport and Manning Services Inc., an overseas employment agency and Archipelago Philippine Seafarer Institute Inc., a maritime training center. "We were entrepreneurs. We started with trading business of bulk ...

Employers told: Protect workers from heat stroke
Philstar - 2016-04-15
MANILA, Philippines - As the temperature in the country reaches dangerous levels, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) yesterday ordered all employers to adopt safety and health measures to protect workers from possible heat stroke. In an advisory ...

Sipp Industries Provides Hemp Beer Update With Ute Pass Brewing Company and 4/20 Event
MSN - 2016-04-15
Under Colorado state law, Ute Pass Brewing Company can brew up to 300,000 gallons of beer per year. With established intellectual property in hemp ingredients and recipes for hemp beer, the companies are discussing a more synergistic relationship to ...

OFW remittances grow, hit $2.3B in February
Rappler - 2016-04-15
Preliminary reports from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) showed that 31.6% of the 160,277 total approved job orders in January-February 2016 were processed during the period. Processed job orders were intended mainly to fill in ...

BI reshuffles personnel to foil entry of foreign criminals
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-04-15
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has implemented a nationwide reshuffle of its personnel as part of its step in preventing foreign criminals from entering the country. Immigration Commissioner Ronaldo Geron said affected are 156 immigration officials and ...

PTAB Rejects AIA Challenge To Amgen Drug Patent
Law 360 - 2016-04-14
Law360, New York (April 14, 2016, 6:37 PM ET) -- The Patent Trial and Appeal Board decided Wednesday not to review an Amgen hyperparathyroidism drug patent, ruling the challenger, an entity Amgen alleged was formed months before the petition was filed and ...

Panama committed to law, transparency
Philstar - 2016-04-14
Panama is the regional headquarters of more than 100 transnationals and we are a country where the law operates and there is legal security, with an economy open to foreign investment and a government committed to transparency, accountability, the ...

US: Forced labor continues on Thai fishing vessels
Philstar - 2016-04-14
WASHINGTON -- The US State Department said yesterday that forced labor on Thai fishing vessels has continued in the past year despite legal reforms and arrests following an Associated Press investigation into the country's seafood industry. The department ...

WiLAN Subsidiary Enters into License Agreement with Control4 Corporation
MSN - 2016-04-13
The terms of the agreement are confidential. WiLAN is one of the most successful patent licensing companies in the world and helps companies unlock the value of intellectual property by managing and licensing their patent portfolios. The Company operates ...

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