Labor coalition: Tulfo's middle finger response unbecoming but not surprising
philstar.com - 2019-03-14
Where is the evidence to back up his assertion that Chinese work harder than ... Tulfo was previously in the news for throwing a tantrum at the Philippine General Hospital in August 2018 after he brought a nine-year-old child who had been run over by ...

Intellectual Property - Trademark - The World in U.S. Courts: Winter 2019
JD Supra - 2019-03-14
Personal Jurisdiction to Support Preliminary Injunction Against Dubai- and Belarus-Based Defendants in Trademark Infringement Suit Based on Three Purchases of Cryptocurrency in New York Alibaba Group Holding Limited v. Alibabacoin Foundation, US District ...

Do they spark joy?
Inquirer Opinion - 2019-03-13
At 4, I loved reading picture books, folktales and Bible stories for children. Elementary and high school education forced me to breeze through textbooks and some foreign literary classics. During college, I finally developed an interest in Filipiniana books.

Duterte says he's ready to face a death sentence from ICC days before PH withdrawal
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 13) -- Days before the Philippines effectively withdraws from the International Criminal Court, President Rodrigo Duterte said he is ready to face a death ...

A guild for the online techie tribe
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-13
Why not organize the agency workers and let them take over the business of scalawag "manpower agencies" and the so-called "manpower cooperatives"? In Japan, there are reports of more and ...

No mass deportation of Filipino workers from emirates-DOLE
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-13
Based on the latest report of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), around 265,498 OFWs were deployed to the UAE in 2017. In a related development, Bello said the Overseas ...

PHL engages in international efforts to strengthen environmental protection
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-13
He also thanked UN Secretary-General Ant├│nio Guterres for his report on the "Gaps in International Environmental Law and Environment-Related Instruments." Garibay nevertheless assured that ...

UAE regrets inclusion in EU tax blacklist
Rappler - 2019-03-13
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - The United Arab Emirates has slammed a European Union decision to add it to a tax haven blacklist despite the Gulf state's efforts to meet EU requirements. The UAE was one of 10 more countries which the EU on Tuesday ...

Canada's new caregiver program falls short of expectations - migrant worker groups
Rappler - 2019-03-13
Care workers remain united in calling for landed status for all migrant workers, CAC said. On February 23, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen announced two new 5-year caregiver immigration pilot projects, which will allow care workers to bring their ...

Labor groups want Tulfo out
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-13
The Nagkaisa labor coalition urged President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday to sack Special envoy to China Ramon Tulfo for betraying his countrymen when he called Filipino construction workers "lazy ...

A Worker for Workers: The Vision of Atty. Jose Sonny Matula
Journal - 2019-03-13
The failure to increase budgetary allocations for agrarian reforms, support services and sustainable agriculture ... in Labor Law for bar examinees in New Era College of Law in Quezon City and Central Luzon State University in Tuguegarao City.

Migrant Workers Center for UK OFWs now open
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-03-13
Ambassador Antonio M. Lagdameo and Labor Attach├ę Amuerfina Reyes lead the ribbon cutting ceremony to officially launch the Migrant Workers and Other Overseas Filipino Workers Resource Center (MWOFRC) in London. Located right across the North Acton tube ...

Big Data & Issues & Opportunities: Intellectual Property Rights
Lexology - 2019-03-13
In this ninth article in our series on "Big Data & Issues & Opportunities" (see our previous article here), we examine the aspects related to copyright, database rights and trade secrets. More particularly, we determine to what extent such protection ...

Supreme Court Ruling Impacts Copyright Infringement Claims
Lexology - 2019-03-13
On March 4, 2019, in Fourth Estate Pub. Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com, LLC, 586 U.S. ___ (2019), the U.S. Supreme Court resolved a long-standing circuit court split by answering the question of whether copyright registration occurs at the time a ...

US immigration agency to close international office in PH, other countries
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-12
WASHINGTON -- The Homeland Security Department is moving toward closing immigration offices outside the United States, including in the Philippines, saying it is expected to free up millions of ...

Uniform 5% royalty on mining pushed
Inquirer - 2019-03-12
Citing data from the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Habitan said a total of P3 billion was collected from mining firms in 2017--P1.9 billion in excise taxes on ...

Pass 5% uniform royalty tax on mining, DOF asks Senate
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-12
Habitan reported that in 2017, data from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau and the Bureau of Internal Revenue showed the government collected P1.1 billion in royalties and P1.9 billion in excise ...

2019 budget still hangs after Duterte-brokered talks between Senate and House leaders
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-12
THE fate of the 2019 budget still hangs after a dialogue called by President Duterte between Senate and House leaders at Malaca├▒ang Palace late Tuesday night ended without "a firm consensus ...

7 Filipino seafarers detained in Libya now back home
Global Nation - 2019-03-12
MANILA, Philippines -- The seven Filipino seafarers that had been detained in Libya since 2017 for alleged fuel smuggling were eventually released and arrived in the Philippines Tuesday night ...

POEA now strictly enforcing OFW Record Online Appointment System
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-12
To further reduce long lines in its offices, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said it will now strictly enforce a "no appointment, no record" scheme. In an advisory ...

Labor group to ask CHR, ILO to look into terrorist-tagging of its members
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-12
Militant labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) said it will ask the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and International Labor Organization (ILO) to look into the worsening "terrorist-tagging" of ...

New Mexico mulls state-run pot shops, subsidized medical use
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-12
Tax dollars from recreational marijuana sales ... which is good for the patient," said Erik Briones, who owns a business that produces and sells about $5 million worth of medical marijuana ...

Angara: Establish more welfare attaches for OFWs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-12
Angara said that the countries where welfare attaches would be established would depend on the information to be gathered from the DFA, OWWA, POEA and other independent labor organizations that ...

Application Rejected: Supreme Court Requires Registration to Commence Copyright Infringement Suit
Lexology - 2019-03-12
In Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com, the Supreme Court settled the long unresolved question of whether registration or simply the application for registration is required to commence a suit for copyright infringement. In a unanimous ...

Alcohol excise tax seen to raise P237 billion
philstar.com - 2019-03-12
MANILA, Philippines -- A Senate bill which seeks to raise the excise taxes imposed on alcoholic beverages is expected to generate P236.6 billion in additional revenues over the next five years, according to the Department of Finance (DOF). Finance ...

Jobless millions to haunt India election
Rappler - 2019-03-12
Rahul Gandhi, head of the opposition Congress party, attacked Modi for creating a "national disaster ... Almost half the workforce toils in agriculture, and although workers are moving to manufacturing and services as the economy modernizes, the rate ...

Introduction to Maltese Intellectual Property Law
Lexology - 2019-03-12
Broadly speaking, intellectual property rights ("IPRs") refer to the legal rights which protect intellectual or intangible endeavours and creations and as such, IPRs are the core proprietary rights for any digital, industrial, scientific and creative ...

CA rejects anew Rappler bid on foreign investor
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-11
The Court of Appeals has stood by its ruling that Rappler violated the constitutional ban on foreign ownership of mass media, the argument the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) used to ...

Diversity In Intellectual Property 2019
JD Supra - 2019-03-11
Ladas & Parry LLP considers diversity and inclusion as core values and principles that provide access to opportunity and ensure excellence, particularly in the IP field. We salute those who have helped shape the world and would like to shine a light on ...

Senate also itemized parts of 2019 budget after ratification - Andaya
Rappler - 2019-03-11
MANILA, Philippines - Rolando Andaya Jr, chairperson of the House committee on appropriations, said senators should not criticize them for itemizing the proposed P4.5 billion budget for health facilities after the ratification of the bicameral conference ...

U.S. Supreme Court adopts "registration approach" for copyright infringement actions
JD Supra - 2019-03-11
The U.S. Supreme Court has announced in Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com, LLC that copyright owners must wait for the Copyright Office to formally grant, or refuse to grant, a copyright registration before filing an infringement ...

Inflation, tax perk jitters weigh on FDIs
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-11
In September, the House of Representatives approved House Bill No. 8083, or the proposed Tax Reform for Attracting Better and High-quality Opportunities (TRABAHO) Act, which gradually reduces the corporate income tax rate to 20% from the current 30% by two ...

DOF backs Pacquiao proposal to increase alcohol excise tax
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-11
Emmanuel D. Pacquiao in line with raising excise tax on alcoholic beverages, which is seen to provide additional revenues for the government of around P237 billion over a five-year period and ...

Pimentel files anti-price gouging law against remittance agencies
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-11
A bill has been filed in the Senate requiring full disclosure of finance charges and other fees imposed by remittance agencies. Senate Bill (SB) 2162, introduced by Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III ...

Duterte admin favors Chinese workers as it prefers China interests-Alejano
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-11
MANILA, Philippines -- Opposition senatorial candidate Gary Alejano on Monday said hiring of Chinese workers are being preferred in the country because the Duterte administration prioritizes ...

Immigration bureau to deport 2 South Korean fugitives
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-11
MANILA, Philippines--The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is poised to deport two South Korean fugitives, who are said to be involved in fraudulent activities and smuggling, the agency announced Monday.

CA denies Rappler appeal in SEC case
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-11
MANILA, Philippines -The Court of Appeals (CA) upheld its 2018 decision declaring as valid the revocation of the business registration of online news outfit Rappler and its holding company by ...

DTI-Pangasinan to hold tax and business forum for MSMEs
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-03-11
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Mar. 8 (PIA) -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in partnership with DZRD Sonshine Radio Dagupan, will conduct a Tax and Business Forum as its continuing support to develop and assist the micro, small and medium enterprises ...

Drag to economic prosperity
Inquirer Opinion - 2019-03-10
The Supreme Court had issued a temporary restraining order on the Department of Energy circular that would have implemented this Epira law provision, which would have given consumers the option to choose their own supplier of electricity. Indeed ...

Ecop-DOLE labor regularization deal hangs
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-10
"The DOLE should just file cases against employers and business owners, who are members of Ecop which will be found practicing illegal job contracting or endo, and apply the full force of the ...

One-person corporation vs single proprietor
philstar.com - 2019-03-10
If you are an entrepreneur, and you faced the mirror, talked to yourself to arrive at a business decision, and made a note about what you resolved all by yourself, then you just demonstrated compliance with the rules for a one-person corporation (OPC ...

The delectable twins of Mar and Korina
Inquirer Opinion - 2019-03-09
As I savored the media curiosities, I was reminded that the Supreme Court already tackled the legal implications of the new biosciences, including the surrogacy of implanted embryos; first, by inviting Dr. Franklin M. Zweig, president of the Einstein ...

'Nearly a third' of British billionaires moved to tax havens
Rappler - 2019-03-09
LONDON, United Kingdom - Nearly a third of Britain's billionaires have either moved or are relocating to tax havens, where some have broken UK law by bankrolling political parties, a major investigation said on Thursday, March 7. The Times newspaper ...

NBI to sue makers, sellers of fake cigarettes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-09
Bernales was referring to the boxes of cigarettes bearing brands commonly found in the market that were seized by a joint team of NBI agents and personnel of the Bureau of Internal Revenue in a ...

Mon Tulfo refuses to apologize for calling Filipino workers 'lazy'
Rappler - 2019-03-09
In a text message to Rappler, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that he respects Tulfo's opinion but he disagrees "diametrically." "Filipino workers are the best in the world in terms of competence, trustworthiness, and diligence. It's on the record ...

Going off script, Bersamin tells Gordon: Be more noisy vs Smartmatic
Rappler - 2019-03-09
"That was a moment in the history of the Supreme Court that we will never forget. Those of you who are outside of the Supreme Court will never get to appreciate very well the impact of that period of turbulence. But a turbulence is just like a turbulence ...

MISLEADING: P185 total cost of processing land titles in DENR
Rappler - 2019-03-09
Other taxes or charges may also be required of the applicant by other concerned government agencies such as the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Register of Deeds. Various paper work are also required such as marriage and/or death certificates ...

Copyright Update: Copyright Owners MUST Obtain Copyright Registration Before Filing Infringement Lawsuits
JD Supra - 2019-03-09
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled copyright owners must register their copyrights before filing a lawsuit for copyright infringement. The decision resolves a conflict between certain federal appeals courts that held copyright owners merely need apply for ...

Duterte appoints Tijam as JBC member
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-09
President Duterte has appointed retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Noel Tijam as the newest member of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC). In an appointment paper signed by the President on ...

Two New Supreme Court Decisions Alter the Landscape for Litigating Copyright Infringement Cases
JD Supra - 2019-03-08
Fourth Estate clarifies that registration must issue before a copyright owner may file an infringement lawsuit, and Rimini Street answers what type of costs a court may award in a copyright case. Copyright registration, not merely filing an application ...

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