Canada: Intellectual Property Advice Centre
Mondaq - 4 months ago
Bereskin & Parr LLP is a leading Canadian intellectual property law firm serving clients of all sizes in various industries, both domestic and international. The firm was founded in 1965 and has grown to be one of the largest IP law firms in Canada, with four offices located in major economic or technology centres. Bereskin & Parr is made up of ...

On libel
philstar.com - 4 months ago
One of my students in Introduction to Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University three years ago asked me that question after class, after we had taken up the chapter on media ethics and libel. Under Article 353 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC) libel is defined as "a public and malicious imputation of a crime, a vice or a defect ...

Facebook again refuses to ban political ads, even false ones
BusinessMirror - 4 months ago
Or they can narrow the target audience to those who have shown interest in guns, abortion or immigration, based on what the user has read or talked about on Facebook. Candidates might even show one ad to young Democratic women interested in both gun control and climate change, and a different ad to everyone else. Google, the digital ads leader ...

BIR exempts BSP from income taxes
philstar.com - 4 months ago
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is now exempting the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) from paying taxes on income derived from its governmental functions. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez and Internal Revenue Commissioner Caesar Dulay signed Revenue Regulation 2-2020, dated Jan. 15, implementing the tax exemption ...

NBI, BIR, PNP raid Illegal cigarette factory run by Chinese in Pampanga
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 months ago
MANILA, Philippines -- An illegal cigarette factory allegedly run by Chinese nationals was raided on Thursday by joint operatives from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), the National Bureau of Investigation and the Philippine National Police. BIR Revenue Officer Remedios Advincula Jr. said operatives found a total of six manufacturing ...

Joma Sison says gov't broke promise to free political prisoners last Christmas
CNN Philippines - 4 months ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 17) -- Communist leader Jose Maria Sison has revealed that the government agreed last year to release "sick and elderly" political prisoners for Christmas and New Year. In a video statement sent to a forum in Quezon City on Friday, Sison, who is on self-exile in the Netherlands, said Labor Secretary ...

Duterte okays total OFW deployment ban to Kuwait
BusinessMirror - 4 months ago
The labor pact between the Philippines and Kuwait was seen as a solution to end the persistent human-rights violations committed by Kuwaiti employers against their Filipino workers. PNA

Duterte supports total deployment ban of OFWs in Kuwait
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 months ago
MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte is supportive of the total deployment ban in Kuwait imposed by labor officials following the death of an overseas household worker there ...

Does ABS-CBN have tax deficiencies, unpaid debts?
philstar.com - 4 months ago
ABS-CBN Film Productions Inc. vs Commissioner of Internal Revenue In a July 31, 2019, resolution by the First Division, the CTA said the ABS ... that have unpaid debts to government banks. "Lopez Holdings Corp does not have any unpaid obligations to the Development Bank of the Philippines or other government financial institutions," the company ...

DHS seeks Pentagon funds for 270 miles of border wall
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 months ago
In reaction, he declared a national emergency that allowed him to shift almost three times as much money from military accounts to wall building. The Supreme Court ruled this summer the funds could be used. In total, about $12 billion has been allocated for the wall. And billions more have been requested. The defense officials said that last ...

OWWA Bicol assures aid for OFWs affected by Middle East conflict
Gov - 4 months ago
LEGAZPI CITY, Jan 14 (PIA) - Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Bicol is gearing up for the possible homecoming of Bicolano overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) working in the Middle East due to the ongoing tension in the region. According to ...

Microsoft says it will go 'carbon negative' by 2030
CNN Philippines - 4 months ago
(CNN)-- Microsoft is making an ambitious commitment to eliminate its carbon footprint by pledging to go "carbon negative" in the next decade and investing $1 billion to help develop clean technologies. The tech giant said Thursday it will seek to remove more carbon than it emits by 2030. "While the world will need to reach net zero, those of ...

Millennial power, activate
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 months ago
The report helps cities determine what they should work on in terms of placemaking by classifying cities into four categories, based on the correlation of labor force growth and rate of real gross domestic product (GDP) growth over the next decade. These are: 1) Leaders, or cities where both population and GDP growth are above the global ...

Who Copied Whom? Copyright, Breach of Contract Lawsuits Shroud Surfside Project
Law - 4 months ago
In a case of who copied whom, a big-name Miami architectural firm claims copyright infringement for illegal use of its work by another architect, and a developer accused the same firm of duplicating parts of a Surfside project at a nearby building. Kobi Karp Architecture & Interior Design Inc. and The Surf Club Apartments Inc. entered a $1.46 ...

DoF to seek lower DST, warns TIEZA could lose travel tax
BusinessWorld - 4 months ago
He was responding to an issue raised by a participant at the meeting about higher DST slowing down business growth and raising the costs of doing businesses. Mr. Dominuez said the DoF will "attempt to reduce it in the future" but since the "process ...

BI: Chinese top list of barred foreigners in 2019
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 months ago
MANILA, Philippines -- Chinese nationals have topped the list of foreigners who were denied entry to the Philippines in 2019 after authorities found they were improperly documented or were ...

PH-Kuwait deployment ban stays until labor deal fully implemented - Palace
CNN Philippines - 4 months ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 16) -- MalacaƱang on Thursday backed officials' decision to stop sending Filipino workers to Kuwait, amid the reported cases of maltreatment and deaths in ...

China's new SARS-like virus has spread to Japan, but we still know very little about it
CNN Philippines - 4 months ago
He developed a high fever on January 3 while in Wuhan, and returned three days later to Japan, where he was tested positive for the virus, according to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. He has since recovered and was discharged from hospital on Wednesday, the ministry said. He said he had not visited the seafood market linked to the ...

5th Circ. Says Mitigation Not 'Complete Defense' In IP Row
Law360 - 4 months ago
Law360 (January 15, 2020, 8:00 PM EST) -- The publisher of an energy industry newsletter will get another chance to collect damages in a copyright infringement dispute with Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors LP, after the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday determined a jury had been wrongly instructed about how efforts to mitigate the damage should have ...

NBI files new raps vs Kerwin, police coddlers
philstar.com - 4 months ago
MANILA, Philippines -- The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) yesterday filed new charges against self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa and nine police officers, including a general, who allegedly served as his protectors in the illegal drug trade in the Eastern Visayas from 2011 to 2016. The NBI Task Force Against Illegal Drugs filed ...

Reclamation best solution along Cavitex
Journal - 4 months ago
The City hopes to integrate in these two projects a most effective approach to the long-term clean-up of Manila Bay as mandated by a Supreme Court continuing mandamus, being the only projects along Manila Bay that carry with it a program for relocation and ...

British Lighting Artist Claims Knockoffs by Fairchild Tropical Garden
Law - 4 months ago
A copyright infringement lawsuit was filed against Fairchild, its chief operating officer, two Los Angeles companies that created the display and a Chinese lighting retailer. The complaint was filed Jan. 8 in the Southern District of Florida and assigned to U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro in Miami. The Chinese company, Zhongshan G-Lights ...

Philippines OKs total deployment ban of workers to Kuwait
CNN Philippines - 4 months ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 15)-- The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has approved the total ban on the deployment of workers to Kuwait, the Labor Department confirmed Wednesday. The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has approved the total ban on the deployment of workers to Kuwait, the Labor Department ...

13 Filipinos repatriated from Iraq to arrive in PH; more to return home
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 months ago
MANILA, Philippines --Thirteen Filipinos repatriated from Iraq are scheduled to arrive in the Philippines Wednesday afternoon, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said. In a statement, the DFA said that the Philippine Embassy in Iraq is bringing home two groups of overseas Filipinos coming from Baghdad and Erbil. The first group from ...

DOJ chief recommends deployment ban of OFWs to Kuwait
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 months ago
MANILA, Philippines -- Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Wednesday said he will recommend to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) a ban in the deployment of domestic helpers to ...

Philippines totally bans deployment of OFWs to Iraq
CNN Philippines - 4 months ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 15) -- The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has imposed a total ban on the deployment of Filipino workers to conflict-stricken Iraq, an order that came a week after the government ordered all Filipinos there to come home. The POEA Governing Board, chaired by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello ...

A timely reminder for creatives: Why registering your intellectual property is key!
The Jamaica Observer - 4 months ago
While this settlement has been heralded as a big win for Jamaican music and the rights of Jamaican artistes not to have their works used by others without authorisation, this case is also a timely reminder to creatives of why it is so important to protect and register their intellectual property (IP). IP registration is essential because it ...

New labor deal allows top WNBA players to earn over US$500,000
SPIN - 4 months ago
NEW YORK -- The WNBA and its union announced a tentative eight-year labor deal on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time) that will allow top players to earn more than $500,000 (over P25 million) while the average annual compensation will surpass six figures for ...

BREAKING: Philippines imposes total deployment ban to Kuwait
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 months ago
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine government has imposed a total deployment ban of Filipino workers to Kuwait, following the death of Jeanelyn Villavende, who was tortured and sexually abused ...

Producer Sues Major Labels For IP Infringement, Elder Abuse
Law360 - 4 months ago
Stokes, a multi-Grammy-nominated music producer, composer, writer, musician and music publisher who is over 65 years old and resides in Los Angeles County, sued the labels for copyright infringement and financial elder abuse, among other claims. Since the early 1970s, Stokes has made music for major stars, including Tina Turner, Whitney Houston ...

OWWA prepares for the arrival of repatriates from Iraq
Gov - 4 months ago
PASAY CITY, Jan. 15 -- The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has laid down its plans in providing assistance to Filipinos affected by the current unrest in Iraq. OWWA Administrator Atty. Hans Leo J. Cacdac, before leaving for his official trip ...

WNBA's 8-year labor deal to hike average salary to $130,000
ABS-CBN - 4 months ago
The WNBA and its union announced a tentative eight-year labor deal Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, that will allow top players to earn more than $500,000 while the average annual compensation for players will surpass six figures for the first time. "It was collaborative effort,'" WNBA players' union president Nneka Ogwumike said. (AP Photo/Marcio ...

Philippine imposes total deployment ban in Iraq
philstar.com - 4 months ago
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III yesterday said the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) governing board has issued a resolution stopping deployment of Filipino seafarers. "The board has resolved to impose a total deployment ban on the processing and deployment of all OFWs, including crew changes and shore leaves of ...

Why Sonos has already lost its patent suit against Google
BusinessMirror - 4 months ago
Many companies paid just to be rid of them. In 2006, with the issue of patent trolls much in the air, the Supreme Court decided a case, eBay Inc. v MercExchange Llc., that flipped patent law on its head. Before the eBay case, plaintiffs who could show their patents had been infringed could almost always obtain an injunction preventing the ...

SC orders Shangri-la Properties to pay construction firm almost P100 million in claims
BusinessMirror - 4 months ago
It held that the Court of Appeals wrongly disregarded the specific variation orders that carried the conformity of SLPI, which, when coupled with the letter dated May 9, 1991, satisfied the requisites under Article 1724 of the Civil Code. Art. 1724 states that "the contractor who undertakes to build a structure or any other work for a ...

BIR, BOC miss 2019 targets, collect P2.8 trillion
BusinessMirror - 4 months ago
THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Bureau of Customs (BOC)--the main collection agencies of the government--both failed to hit their collection targets in 2019 but managed to exceed their actual collections in 2018. In a statement on Monday, the Department of Finance (DOF) cited preliminary data showing that BIR and BOC collected a ...

To Improve Instagram Copyright Issues, Look To Music World
Law360 - 4 months ago
Suits related to copyright infringement of photographers are more likely to see the light of day when the claims are assigned to a third-party corporation that aggregates the copyrights of myriad individual photographers and has the resources to enforce those rights.[3] These issues -- just a few of the concerns that have emerged from the ...

Update on creditable withholding taxes
BusinessMirror - 4 months ago
The imposition of CWTs on income payments is by virtue of the mandate of Section 57 of the Tax Code, which authorizes the secretary of finance, upon the recommendation of the Commissioner of Internal Revenue, to require the withholding of a tax on certain income payments, pursuant to the criteria laid down in the Tax Code, which shall be at a ...

Duterte calls on private sector to suspend work due to Taal Volcano eruption
CNN Philippines - 4 months ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 13) -- President Rodrigo Duterte has appealed to private companies to consider suspending work during times of calamity. Speaking to media Monday, Duterte commented on reports some companies made their employees come to work despite ashfall in several areas in the wake of Taal Volcano's phreatic eruption ...

Opinion Roundup: Michaux for MicKissick; Facebook fact check; median bees; and more
WRAL - 4 months ago
State IT chief threatens to cancel NC superintendent's 'emergency' Istation contract (WRAL-TV reports) -- N.C. state information technology leaders sent a memo to State Superintendent ... according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services data. A proposed rule change would let the state use dental hygienists to help fill the oral ...

DOLE issues work suspension protocols as volcanic ashfall drifts to Metro Manila
BusinessMirror - 4 months ago
He also called business owners to provide cash assistance and provide affected employees with food packs and drinking water. But as a last resort, organized labor said concerned workers can also exercise their "right to refuse to unsafe" provision of the Republic Act 11058 and the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) of 2018 if they are ...

China is really worried about unemployment. Here's what it's doing to avoid mass layoffs
CNN Philippines - 4 months ago
(CNN) --The Chinese government wants to do whatever it can to protect the economy in 2020. It's got an enormous task ahead of it. Beijing has made clear that the world's second largest economy cannot spiral into a slump and risk mass layoffs as it tangles with rising debt, cooling domestic demand and an ongoing trade war with the United States.

DOLE issues rules on work suspension in private sector during calamities
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 months ago
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Monday issued an advisory for work suspension in the private sector during calamities, following the recent phreatic eruption of Taal Volcano. In Labor Advisory No. 01-2020, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said "employers in the private sector, shall, in the exercise ...

City Government of Marikina taps Bayad Center to provide convenience for MarikeƱos
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 months ago
Marikina City residents will soon have the option of paying their business permit, real property tax and more, with payment machines to be located inside the City Hall of Marikina and several ...

Graduated corporate income tax pushed
BusinessMirror - 4 months ago
INSTEAD of applying a flat corporate income tax (CIT) rate, the government should implement a fiscal system that makes a distinction between small and large firms similar to what Southeast Asian economies are doing, exporters said last Friday. Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc. (Philexport) Trustee for the Chemicals Sector Oscar A.

Agri agency offers loans to displaced OFWs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 months ago
Returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) displaced by the conflict in the Middle East may avail themselves of loans from the Department of Agriculture (DA) to finance alternative means of livelihood. In a statement to the press, DA said it was willing to provide emergency loan assistance at zero interest worth P25,000 each to returning OFWs ...

Chief Justice Peralta suspends work in NCR courts after Taal ash explosion
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 months ago
MANILA, Philippines -- Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta has ordered the suspension of work in all courts in the National Capital Judicial Region (NCJR) on Monday, Jan. 13, following the phreatic eruption of the Taal Volcano on Sunday. In an advisory on Twitter, the Supreme Court said Peralta ordered the suspension of work in Metro Manila courts ...

Venezuela East?
BusinessWorld - 4 months ago
If it only intimidates as it trifles with the rule of law, it will be rebuffed. Recall that our own Supreme Court in 2015 reaffirmed with finality the 2014 Philippine court of appeals decision, following government defeats in arbitral courts, that the Philippine government indemnify Piatco, the contractor for NAIA Terminal 3, the full amount ($ ...

SEC files criminal raps vs Kapa group over get-rich-quick scheme
BusinessMirror - 4 months ago
Section 28 states that no person shall engage in the business of buying or selling securities in the Philippines as a broker or dealer, or act as a salesman, or an associated person of any broker, or dealer, unless registered with the SEC. The DOJ also indicted Marisol S. Diaz, Adelfa Fernandico, Moises Mopia and Reniones D. Catubigan for ...

Philexport supports graduated corporate income tax
philstar.com - 4 months ago
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc. (Philexport) is pushing for a graduated corporate income tax (CIT) system, saying this will be a game changer for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). Oscar Barrera, trustee for the chemicals sector of Philexport, said the implementation of a graduated CIT system would ...

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