A judgment without sugar-coating
Lexology - 2019-01-29
A straight-talking South African court judgment highlights how it can sometimes be useful to add a claim of copyright infringement to a claim of trade mark infringement. This judgment should please foreign companies that do business in South Africa ...

AFP chief to recommend lifting martial law in Mindanao once rebel forces are reduced
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-29
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 29) -- The validity of the extension of martial law in Mindanao continues to be a hot topic in the Supreme Court. In a hearing Tuesday, Armed Forces of the ...

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Beats Oracle Copyright Suit
Law360 - 2019-01-29
Oracle has won large copyright infringement rulings against several such providers, including SAP and Rimini Street. Oracle sued Terix in 2013, claiming they offered software patches for the Solaris operating system that could only legally be offered by ...

Collection of income, VAT, excise taxes tied to P82-billion BIR shortfall
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-29
Some of them may go out of the business, or some might have shifted to other kinds of nontax consumption," Misajon said in an interview with reporters. Misajon traced the lower total excise tax ...

Who are affected by the US ban on temporary work visas for Filipino workers?
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-29
The American businessman noted that a lot of US-based companies, especially in the hospitality industry, are happy to hire young Filipino interns because they possess the right values, are eager ...

SC questions data used to plead for 3rd martial law extension
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-29
MANILA, Philippines -- Justices of the Supreme Court questioned on Tuesday the data presented by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to justify a third martial law extension in Mindanao.

Suicide bombing angle seen in Jolo blast
BusinessWorld - 2019-01-29
For its part, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) has put on heightened alert its personnel around the country to bar possible entry of foreign terrorists. "I have instructed our Port Operations Division to alert all its personnel and be on the lookout for ...

BIR missed 2018 collection goal despite new, higher taxes under TRAIN
Inquirer - 2019-01-29
Excise tax collections from minerals also fell below goal due to an appeal for tax exemption lodged by Semirara Mining and Power Corp. as well as the suspension of several mine operations being ...

Workspaces centered on women on the rise in #MeToo movement
Inquirer Lifestyle - 2019-01-29
Its San Francisco location opened in October with a nod to the #MeToo movement, naming a conference room after Christine Blasey Ford, who testified before Congress that Supreme Court nominee Brett ...

Ten ways to invest in people for a brighter future for work
BusinessWorld - 2019-01-29
A simple technology or infrastructure upgrade can completely transform ... Providing specific action points, the International Labor Organization (ILO) Global Commission on the Future of Work outlined ten recommendations to help address these problems.

PH immigration on heightened alert after Jolo bombings
Rappler - 2019-01-29
MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is on heightened alert following the bombings in Jolo, Sulu, last Sunday, placing its personnel on the lookout for "suspected foreign terrorists." "I have instructed our Port Operations Division ...

Supreme Court set to hear oral arguments vs martial law
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-29
MANILA, Philippines - Two days after the twin bombing in Jolo, the Supreme Court will scrutinize the necessity of a third martial law extension in Mindanao. The Supreme Court will hold an oral ...

Courts Limiting Use Of Copyrighted Photos For News Media
Law360 - 2019-01-28
As news outlets increasingly use images and videos in their reporting to engage subscribers, particularly on social media, they have become frequent targets of copyright infringement lawsuits. Armed with software that can automatically detect the use of ...

FACT-CHECK: Did Senate bets tell the truth in #TheFilipinoVotes: Senatorial Forum Part 2?
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-28
With TaƱada as the principal author, the measure sought to institute a trust fund to assist ... groups like food and non-alcoholic beverages, education services, health services, and recreation ...

Supreme Court to hold oral arguments on Mindanao martial law extension on Tuesday
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-28
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 28) -- The Supreme Court will hold oral arguments on the third extension of martial law in Mindanao this week even as security concerns hound the South ...

CTA affirms cancellation of P1.8-B tax assessment vs Cebu Air
BusinessWorld - 2019-01-28
THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) upheld an earlier decision cancelling the P1.8-billion tax assessment against Cebu Air, Inc. over improperly accumulated earnings tax for 2010. In a resolution dated Jan. 23, the CTA Special Second Division affirmed its Sept.

Basics of mediation at the CTA
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-28
The referral hopes to expeditiously terminate litigation by offering the taxpayer and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) the opportunity to settle before a full-blown trial commences.

MWSS exec lauds P1.7-billion Jica-funded water reclamation facility
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-28
Velasco recently led the inauguration of a P1.7-billion Jica-funded ParaƱaque Water ... end up in Manila Bay," Olivarez said. Meanwhile, Maynilad recently announced the company would invest ...

Why we queue
BusinessWorld - 2019-01-28
If it is related to business, it is weeks to months. How long is the line to enter NAIA? How long are the lines for immigration and x-ray checks? I leave it up to the readers to determine what is reasonable. The citizenry may not mind crowded spaces if the ...

House panel supports travel tax exemptions for OFW dependents
BusinessWorld - 2019-01-28
THE House Ways and Means Committee on Monday approved a measure extending the travel tax exemption to dependents of overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) and establishing an OFW Sovereign Fund to encourage investment. The panel approved the Substitute bill to ...

Initial phase of Manila Bay rehabilitation results in garbage-free shoreline
InterAksyon - 2019-01-28
The initiative was referred to as the "Battle for Manila Bay" by Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, where different government agencies were tasked to immediately oversee the rehabilitation as stated in a Supreme Court order written in 2008. Agencies ...

Initial phase of Manila Bay rehabilitation results in garbage-free coastline
InterAksyon - 2019-01-28
(Photo by Edd Gumban/STAR) The initiative was referred to as the "Battle for Manila Bay" by Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, where different government agencies were tasked to immediately oversee the rehabilitation as stated in a Supreme Court order ...

Supreme People's Court to establish IP tribunal to hear appeals and retrials of highly technical cases
Lexology - 2019-01-28
in order to "unify the standard for adjudicating intellectual property cases". The decision sets out the following stipulations which will apply for three years: First-instance judgments in highly technical civil IP cases - including those involving ...

ACT Teachers files complaints vs PNP over 'harassment, surveillance'
Rappler - 2019-01-28
The complaints stem from a PNP memorandum that ordered cops to compile a list of ACT members, a move that the group is seeking to stop through a petition earlier filed at the Court of Appeals (CA). The complaint at the Ombudsman seeks penalties against the ...

Duterte reappoints fired labor undersecretary Joel Maglunsod
Rappler - 2019-01-28
MANILA, Philippines - Former labor undersecretary Joel Maglunsod is back in the fold of the Duterte administration after getting a new government position. President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Maglunsod as an executive director at National Maritime ...

Brexiteer fantasy of Singapore-style economy will be hard to achieve
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-28
Slashing tax, be it corporate or personal, in Britain will incur a number of knock-on effects to its state spending model, explained Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in an interview ...

Alunan, Hilbay: Corruption linked to influx of Chinese workers to PH
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-28
as CNN Philippines hosted its second senatorial forum at the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City Sunday. Former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, former Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque ...

TaƱada, Hilbay want to re-examine TRAIN law
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-28
"It's unconstitutional from the standpoint of the policy of the 1987 Constitution," Hilbay said, adding that the law calls for a "progressive" form of taxation. Instead, Hilbay added that the Tax ...

3 restos face closure for polluting Manila Bay
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-28
At least 5,000 people joined the "solidarity walk" at Quirino Grandstand, mostly from the 13 agencies ordered by the continuing mandamus issued by the Supreme Court in 2008 to clean and ...

Palace: Ratified BOL ushers a ray of hope
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-27
The 80-member BTA will oversee the interim government of the BARMM, unless the Supreme Court rules in favor of a petition questioning the constitutionality of the BOL. The Palace said the ...

Ex-Hanjin welders casualty of US ban on PHL work visas
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-27
The ban announced last week effectively closes the door for the welders, including many graduating college students from ... Second, the headline says Congress can revoke. Is the article implying ...

The President swings from left to right
Inquirer Opinion - 2019-01-27
The President also appointed former Kabataan party-list representative Terry Ridon as chair of the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor, and former Anakpawis party-list representative Joel Maglunsod as undersecretary of the Department of Labor and ...

CA upholds firing of BI officer over special permits for foreign students
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-27
The Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed the dismissal from the service of a ranking officer of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) in connection with an anomaly involving the issuance of the special ...

Labor group proposes settlement options to protect Hanjin workers
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-27
THE Bukluran ng Mangagawang Pilipino (BMP) said the government should place the welfare of the displaced workers of heavily indebted Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines (HHIC-Phil ...

The main trends in the world today
BusinessWorld - 2019-01-27
the US International Finance Development Corporation, which will give financial support to US private companies doing business in developing countries. The intent is to provide countries like the Philippines an alternative to China financing under the ...

Court of Appeals asked to stop police profiling of ACT members
philstar.com - 2019-01-26
Named respondents in the 42-page petition were PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde, his regional directors in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Southern Tagalog ... "Police officers descending in schools have cast a shadow of fear upon law-abiding ...

Rapper DMX freed after year in prison for tax fraud
Rappler - 2019-01-26
On top of jail time, the Internal Revenue Service ordered him to pay $2.3 million in restitution. Prosecutors said the star had dodged taxes by living on cash, without maintaining a bank account or filing required tax returns to the IRS. The native of ...

Fed. Circ. Ruling Clears Path For Longer Drug Patent Terms
Law360 - 2019-01-26
Law360 (January 25, 2019, 10:04 PM EST) -- The Federal Circuit has given some patent owners, especially those in the pharmaceutical industry, a chance to obtain potentially lucrative extensions on the life of their patents by striking down U.S. Patent and ...

Mislatel insists it has valid franchise to operate as telco
newsbytes.ph - 2019-01-26
The consortium stands to lose its performance bond of P24 billion or 10 percent of its capex if it fails to make good on its commitments. -- Aerol John PateƱa (PNA)

Time to Hit Pause: Copyright Infringement on User Generated Platforms - When Is the Platform Provider Liable for Damages?
Lexology - 2019-01-26
The German Federal Supreme Court presses the EU Court of Justice to clarify when online platforms are liable under EU law for damages for copyright infringements by content made available by their users. Content uploaded on to the Internet by users (e.g ...

Protecting your intellectual property in Scotland
Lexology - 2019-01-26
Intellectual Property (IP) is often the most important and valuable asset of a business. IP exists in many forms such as brand names, inventions, manufacturing processes, confidential information and product or industrial designs. Taking steps to identify ...

More Filipinos satisfied with Senate performance -- SWS
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-26
Scores in Balance Luzon and Mindanao were up by a point each. The Supreme Court's also got a "Good" satisfaction rating, from +31 to +37 by December 2018. Fifty-seven percent were satisfied ...

WHAT WENT BEFORE: SAF 44 and "Oplan Exodus" in Mamasapano, Maguindanao
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-25
In January 2018, Solicitor General Jose Calida asked the Supreme Court to order the Ombudsman to file cases of reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide against Aquino for the death of 44 ...

Getty's Photo Copyright Win To Be Reconsidered
Law360 - 2019-01-25
But Judge Hellerstein in his October ruling said that Zuma was barred from suing Getty for copyright infringement by equitable estoppel. There was "undisputed evidence" that Zuma had known that its images were "inextricably mixed" with the ...

Conan O'Brien Says Jokes Too Unoriginal To Be Stolen
Law360 - 2019-01-25
according to a Thursday memo the "Conan" star filed just months before he is set to face copyright infringement claims at trial. Going head to head with writer Robert Alexander Kaseberg in a pair of competing pretrial court filings, O'Brien and his team ...

Bringing home our OFWs: Toward an industrial policy
Inquirer Opinion - 2019-01-25
Francia (M.Phil., London School of Economics) is the former director for policy research of the Department of Trade and Industry and secretary general of the Federation of Philippine Industries. He taught economics at Ateneo de Manila University.

Comelec disqualifies Aksyon Health Workers Party-list
Bulatlat - 2019-01-25
The recent disqualification of Aksyon Health Workers Party-List clearly leads us to believe ... allegations is the first nominee of the Hugpong Federal Movement of the Philippines. The ABAKADA Party-list first nominee, Jonathan Dela Cruz, is a former ...

Open innovation: A shift to new intellectual property models?
Lexology - 2019-01-25
This was said by Thomas Edison, known as one of the most outstanding inventors of the last century. Though he fervently used intellectual property protections and filed more than 1,000 patents in his lifetime, Edison understood the importance of using his ...

New talks to end shutdown mark first hint of break in impasse
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-25
Senators began a new effort to end the 34-day partial government shutdown after blocking two rival spending bills. The White House signaled President Donald Trump was open to a plan to reopen ...

Student entrepreneur worth emulating
Sun Star - 2019-01-25
Today, with sheer diligence and faith in God, Joenel earns some P2, 000 daily from his ambulant vending. There is sure fruit from labor. Asked about his dream, Joenel was quick and knows exactly what he wants - to earn a degree, bring his family out of ...

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