Intellectual Property Alert: Federal Circuit Finds Computer Security Innovation to be Patent-Eligible
Lexology - 2018-12-06
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has once again held that a software innovation is eligible for patenting as a claimed improvement in computer functionality. In Ancora Technologies, Inc. v. HTC Americas, Inc.,[1] the Court reviewed ...

Many Changes Afoot for Canadian Intellectual Property Law: Bill C-86
Lexology - 2018-12-06
On October 29, 2018, Bill C-86 - an 800-plus page omnibus budget implementation bill that includes changes relating to patents, trademarks and copyright - was tabled. Here are some of the more notable proposed changes. Following through on a commitment ...

Philippines to deport American Catholic priest wanted for sex crimes
InterAksyon - 2018-12-05
MANILA -- Philippine law enforcement agents have arrested a 77-year-old American Catholic priest on a warrant for sex crimes issued by a court in the United States, a spokeswoman for immigration authorities said on Thursday. Kenneth Bernard Hendricks is ...

Palace OKs implementation of 2nd fuel tax hike
Inquirer - 2018-12-05
As mandated under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act, President Duterte has given his go-ahead to implement the second tranche of oil excise tax increase next year amid ...

Intellectual Property - Trademark - The World in U.S. Courts: Summer - Fall 2018
JD Supra - 2018-12-05
Adria MM Productions, Ltd. v. Worldwide Entertainment Group, Inc., US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, September 6, 2018 As relevant here, Worldwide, a Florida company, countersued Adria, a Croatian company, alleging violations of the ...

Preview: Supreme Court 2018/2019 Intellectual Property Docket
JD Supra - 2018-12-05
Although the U.S. Supreme Court historically has heard relatively few intellectual property cases, it has shown a heightened interest in recent years by granting certiorari in multiple cases each term. This trend continues in the current October 2018 term.

90% of Catholic priests are gay, says Duterte
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-05
MANILA, Philippines -- Almost 90 percent of Catholic priests are homosexuals, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday. Duterte made the remark as he again attacked the Catholic Church, which ...

Enrile: I decided to run to help debate pressing issues affecting the Philippines
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-05
MANILA -- Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile has revealed that he decided to go on a fresh run for the Senate to debate pressing issues which, if not thought out properly, could spell ...

SC upholds acquittal of Mikey Arroyo in ?27-M tax evasion case
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 5) -- The Supreme Court (SC) has affirmed the acquittal of former Pampanga 2nd District Representative Juan Miguel "Mikey" Arroyo in his P27-million tax ...

Supreme Court affirms junking of Mikey Arroyo tax case
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-05
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court has affirmed the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) decision dismissing the tax evasion case of former party-list Representative Juan Miguel "Mikey" Arroyo.

Supreme Court: Tax on non-life insurance still effective
Rappler - 2018-12-05
The SC's 1st Division reversed a 2015 lower court ruling which earlier stopped the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) from imposing additional tax rates on non-life insurance firms. The 10-page resolution was penned by Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin.

SC clears ex-Cavite governor in LRT-1 extension graft case
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 4) -- The Supreme Court (SC) cleared former Cavite Governor Erineo "Ayong" Maliksi from graft charges in relation to the Light Rail Transit (LRT)-1 South ...

New Progress in Judicial Protection of Chinese Patents
Lexology - 2018-12-05
The number of patent litigation cases has increased significantly. In 2017, the Chinese courts newly received 213,480 first-instance intellectual property cases and closed 202,970 cases in total, with a rise of 46.04% and 43.13% respectively from 2016 ...

Dow plunges 799 points on trade, slowdown fears
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-05
The Fear & Greed Index, a CNN Business gauge of market sentiment ... Citing higher interest rates and the fading impact of tax cuts, S&P expects U.S. GDP growth to slow from 2.9% this year ...

Asia Pacific Dominates World Intellectual Property Indicators 2018
Lexology - 2018-12-05
Yesterday, WIPO released its annual World Intellectual Property Indicators 2018 report. At 230 pages, this report has new features such as interactive charts, more visual representations of IP right flows, patent litigation, number of women inventors ...

Canada desperately looking to fill 430,000 vacant jobs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-04
The data release comes as the federal and Quebec governments spar over immigration targets. Quebec Premier Francois Legault has pledged to cut immigration, despite the mostly French-speaking ...

Disturbing pattern
Inquirer Opinion - 2018-12-04
and four pastors of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines and the United Methodist Church in Davao -- was informed of the charges against them. They were released on P80,000 bail for each person two days after the arrest. That the police are only ...

Rags-to-service, the tale of Pilo Hilbay
Inquirer Opinion - 2018-12-04
But his life journey since then has taken him to soaring heights: ranking first in the 1999 bar exams, then becoming the youngest member of the UP College of Law faculty ... But instead, he chose to go into public service, working for seven years with ...

Fuel tax hike worries farm sector
Inquirer - 2018-12-04
Stakeholders of the agriculture sector are afraid the second round of fuel tax increases next month may not bode well for food producers since the measure will translate to higher production costs.

NBI: Raided factory top source of fake cigarettes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-04
had alerted the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) about the proliferation of fake cigarettes in the market. On Nov. 28, the NBI helped a BIR strike team shut down the illegal cigarette ...

Employers warned vs delay in 13th month pay
philstar.com - 2018-12-04
Aside from DOLE, aggrieved workers may file a complaint before the DTI, National Labor Relations Commission and Bureau of Immigration (BI) for those employed by foreign employers. Non-compliant foreign employers may face deportation.

Government dismantling REIT hurdles
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-04
SEC Assistant Director Emma A. Valencia said that corporate regulators will amend the existing implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 9856, or the REIT Act of 2009. "The position of the SEC is that the commission is really ...

SC denies Palawan claim to 40% of Malampaya funds
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-04
THE Supreme Court (SC) voted unanimously, 13-0, to reject a claim by Palawan province for 40% of the royalties of the Malampaya natural gas project, according to a Supreme Court source who asked not to be identified. The source said that the court ruled ...

Bicam panel agrees to SALN or total assets option for tax amnesty legislation
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-04
THE bicameral conference committee reconciling the tax amnesty bills agreed to give taxpayers the option to submit either a statement of total assets or a statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN), along with a general tax amnesty return, when ...

Marquez, others join roster of aspirants for SC associate justice
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-04
SUPREME COURT (SC) justices have recommended to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) three Court of Appeals (CA) justices and Court Administrator Jose Midas P. Marquez for the position of associate justice to be vacated by retiring Justice Noel J. Tijam.

SC lets BIR impose higher taxes on non-life insurance firms
Inquirer - 2018-12-04
The Supreme Court has allowed the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to push through with the implementation of tax provisions that imposes higher tax rates to be paid by non-life insurance ...

Supreme Court denies Palawan share from Malampaya - court insiders
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 4) -- The Supreme Court has ruled that the province of Palawan is not entitled to any share from the earnings of the Malampaya gas project, sources said.

SC names 4 candidates to replace Associate Justice Tijam
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-04
The Supreme Court has recommended to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) four names that will potentially take the position of Associate Justice Noel Tijam who will go on compulsory retirement on ...

SC clears ex-governor Ayong Maliksi in P26M Cavite LRT case
Rappler - 2018-12-04
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court has cleared former Cavite governor Erineo "Ayong" Maliksi of graft charges after the First Division reversed his indictment by then Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales. Morales had indicted Maliksi of graft in ...

Angara files bill to ensure tax-free health insurance premiums
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Senator Sonny Angara has filed a bill seeking to ensure tax-free health insurance premiums among employees. Senate Bill No. 2112 seeks to exempt medical insurance premiums ...

SP okays P2.5B budget
The Visayan Daily Star - 2018-12-04
As to its sources, he said that 50 percent comes from the Internal Revenue Allotment of P1.26 billion and the other half P1.258 billion from local sources. The biggest chunk or 52.92 percent (P1.33 billion) of the budget is allocated to the Maintenance and ...

House approves 4th tax reform package bill on 3rd and final reading
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 4) -- The House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading a bill seeking to simplify the tax system for the financial sector -- a ...

Tax-free status of health premiums
Inquirer - 2018-12-04
Anything outside of that would be illegal. If not for the eagle eyes of the labor sector that initially raised a howl over the adverse implications of RMC 50-2018, the unauthorized amendment of ...

Pangasinan town creates task force for environment protection
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-12-04
LABRADOR, Pangasinan, Dec. 4 (PIA) -- The local government unit of Labrador, in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Pangasinan, formed a multi-sectoral environmental law enforcement task force to protect the ...

How irrevocable is irrevocable
philstar.com - 2018-12-03
The past indeed influences the future. Actions from the former provide ripples felt by the latter. When things go wrong, you cannot go back and alter the past. Instead you can concentrate on the present and mold the future. In the world of taxation ...

Immigration bureau tightens screening amid influx of foreign nationals
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 3) -- Amid the rising number of foreigners in the country, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said it has been beefing up security and screening process at ...

President Duterte confers Quezon Service Cross Award to late Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-12-03
Before having been elected to the Senate for three terms, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago previously served as Presiding Judge of the Regional Trial Court of Quezon City, then afterwards as Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation ...

Gordon proposes Congressional power to inspect bank accounts
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-03
The ACR, issued by the Bureau of Immigration (BI), is among the requirements needed by foreigners when opening bank accounts in the Philippines. "I am aware of a racket going on right now where Chinese folks are opening bank accounts, arranged by agents ...

Ferry for Metro Cebu wins NRCO-ISP award
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-12-03
The project is a joint undertaking between the NRCO, an attached agency of the labor department, and the ISP. To support the productive reintegration of seafarers, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III encouraged them to start their own business by joining ...

Duterte bestows Quezon Service Cross award to late Miriam Santiago
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-03
She had served as a trial judge, an immigration commissioner, a Secretary of Agrarian Reform, and a Senator of the Republic. During the 2016 presidential elections, despite being political rivals ...

USMCA or NAFTA 2.0: what's really new for intellectual property?
Lexology - 2018-12-03
The IP chapter of the recently negotiated US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is one of the most comprehensive of all of the treaties negotiated by the parties to date (eg, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)).

BIR names Rappler among top withholding agents
Rappler - 2018-12-03
MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) included media company Rappler as among the country's top withholding agents. The BIR handed a notice to Rappler on November 28, stating that the company is now required to withhold the 1% ...

MalacaƱang says Duterte not behind Rappler tax cases
Rappler - 2018-12-03
MANILA, Philippines - MalacaƱang said on Monday, December 3, President Rodrigo Duterte had nothing to do with the tax cases filed against Rappler Holdings Corporation and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa. The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed 4 tax cases ...

Rappler's Maria Ressa posts bail for tax evasion case
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-03
In the Pasig RTC's arrest order dated November 28, the court said Ressa violated Section 255 of the National Internal Revenue Code. In a statement Monday, Ressa confirmed there was an arrest ...

DOCUMENT: Arrest warrant for Maria Ressa in tax case
Rappler - 2018-12-03
It ordered the arrest of Ressa who has been charged with violating Section 255 of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997. As president of Rappler Holdings Corporation (the holding company of Rappler Inc), she supposedly failed to supply correct ...

Maria Ressa posts bail for tax case at Pasig court
Rappler - 2018-12-03
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - Rappler Holdings Corporation (RHC) president Maria Ressa on Monday, December 3, posted bail at Pasig City Regional Trial Court Branch 265 for alleged violation of the Tax Code. Ressa posted a bail of P60,000 after the ...

Ressa returns to Manila, confirms arrest warrant against her
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-03
Three of the cases were filed before the Court of Tax Appeals and the other one was filed at the Pasig City Regional Trial Court. Based on the complaint, Ressa and Rappler Holdings Corporation ...

Simplified tax on stocks to boost trades
philstar.com - 2018-12-02
"The taxation of stock investments is indeed ripe for reforms. The proposed reforms which form part of Package 4 will put the Philippines at par with its neighboring countries and would encourage stock market participation of both individual and ...

Senator sees little time for pork review
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-02
But he said the funds were not pork as these were not lump-sum appropriations, which the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional in 2013. The high court declared the pork barrel Priority ...

Tax amnesty faces delay
Inquirer - 2018-12-02
The much-awaited tax amnesty early next year may be delayed if Congress will not pass it together with the automatic exchange of information and the lifting of bank secrecy for taxation purposes ...

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