Why Sonos has already lost its patent suit against Google
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-14
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 - 2020-01-14
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 - 2020-01-13
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 - 2020-01-13
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 - 2020-01-13
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 - 2020-01-13
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 - 2020-01-13
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 - 2020-01-13
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 - 2020-01-13
(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 - 2020-01-13
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 - 2020-01-13
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 - 2020-01-13
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 - 2020-01-12
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 ...

NBI autopsy report on Villavende spurs more anger vs Kuwait
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-12
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) issued a partial deployment ban to Kuwait, which covers newly hired HSWs, as part of the government efforts to pressure the Kuwaiti government to immediately hold accountable those responsible for killing Villavende. In an SMS, POEA Administrator Bernard P. Olalia told the BusinessMirror ...

Chief Justice Peralta suspends work in NCR courts after Taal ash explosion
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-12
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 ...

Court affirms denial of P157-M Duty Free claim
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-12
The solicitor general will resolve cases of both questions of fact and law between government departments or offices while the Government Corporate Counsel settles claims between government-owned and controlled corporations or entities served by the Office ...

Venezuela East?
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-12
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 ($ ...

Foreign investments plunge 33% in 10 months, says BSP
philstar.com - 2020-01-11
He added the most immediate priority is to pass Package 2 or the proposed Comprehensive Income Tax and Incentive Rationalization Act (CITIRA) that aims to lower corporate income tax rates to 20 percent from 30 percent while reducing fiscal incentives granted to corporations. "Package 2 is a revenue-neutral proposal, but uncertainty regarding ...

SEC files criminal raps vs Kapa group over get-rich-quick scheme
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-10
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 - 2020-01-10
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 ...

Opinion Roundup: Pre-K funding; candidate vulnerability; contract timing; SpaceX and more
WRAL - 2020-01-10
The families of those troops will now be eligible for financial and legal assistance from the state -- including tax breaks, extra time off work ... and what has the biggest impact on the local economy, economists and business execs seem to agree that it comes down to one thing: talent. As far as he sees it, he said, his number one job as ...

180 foreigners banned in 2019 for rude behavior -- immigration
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-10
MANILA, Philippines -- Some 180 foreigners were blacklisted and banned from entering the country in 2019 for showing rude behavior to immigration officers, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Friday. Out of the 180 foreigners, 63 of them were Chinese nationals, said the BI. The BI said that statistics from their airport operations section ...

Accord mandates govt agencies to create info system for fugitives
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-10
Various government agencies are set to come up with an integrated information system for the efficient handling of prison records that could help authorities in going after fugitives. The National ...

Bill Cosby asks Pennsylvania top court to hear appeal on sex crime conviction
GMA Network - 2020-01-10
Lawyers for Bill Cosby on Thursday asked the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to hear his appeal of his 2018 sexual assault conviction, a month after a lower court rejected their argument that the disgraced comedian did not get a fair trial. Cosby ...

'Task Force Bulig Ilonggo' to assist OFWs in Middle East
Philippine Information Agency - 2020-01-10
The task force is composed of the provincial government here, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Overseas Workers Welfare Association (OWWA), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

Philippines limits evacuation plans as US-Iran tensions ease
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-09
The management of Naia said it would provide holding areas for the processing and briefing of the evacuees. The Bureau of Immigration, too, said it was bracing for an influx of Filipino workers fleeing the Middle East. "I have directed our port operations division to see to it that adequate manpower is available to [handle] a possible upsurge ...

Cases filed against Kapa, ??its founders and officers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-09
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed charges against Kapa-Community Ministry International (Kapa), its founder and officers in various courts after being tagged by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a perpetrator of investment fraud. Kapa has been accused of perpetrating a Ponzi scheme, an investment program that offers ...

SEC warns against investing in Inochi rewards scheme
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-09
To attain membership, individuals are asked to buy a product package, from which they are told they would earn rewards points monthly for up to 12 months, depending on the business value of their chosen product package. Members then expect to earn 10% from referrals, as well as overriding commissions for repeat purchases from other members in ...

Samsung sets up anti-corruption panel as chief faces trials
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-09
But this is not the case at Korean companies," said Lee Chang-min, a specialist in corporate governance at Seoul-based Hanyang University. The 51-year-old Lee faces charges that he bribed a friend of former president Park to win government favor over ...

Baguio council approves street parking fees on 1 st reading
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-09
Once passed, the ordinance will apply to the following areas: The whole stretch of Lower Session Road (both lanes); Leonard Wood Junction to Casa Vallejo, Kalaw Road; Junction to PFVR Gym Entry (Upper Session Road); Kalaw Street fronting the building of the Court of Appeals; corner of Session Road to the corner of General Luna (left lane of ...

Keep fighting for same-sex marriage, CHR urges LGBT community
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-09
CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia issued this statement on Thursday in response to the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) to dismiss with finality a petition urging it to allow the union between people of any sexual identity. "One with the cause, we encourage the LGBTQI community and its allies to press on in spite of this hurdle and ...

President Duterte tells newly-appointed officials to become partners in nation-building
Gov - 2020-01-09
Earlier, President Duterte administered the oath of Samuel H. Gaerlan as new associate justice of the Supreme Court (SC), expecting the new SC member to help fight corruption in government and to stand with the truth. Associate Justice Gaerlan graduated from San Beda College of Law. Like President Duterte, he is also a member of the Lex ...

Fugitive ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn blasts Japanese justice. It was escape or 'die in Japan'
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-09
On Sunday, Mori said Ghosn left the country "illegally by unjust methods," and she ordered Japan's immigration department to "further tighten" rules for leaving the country "so that the same situation won't be repeated." Lebanon said last week that he entered the country legally, according to the country's national news agency. Ghosn is a ...

Gaerlan named new SC justice
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-08
MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Court of Appeals Justice Samuel Gaerlan to the Supreme Court, to fill up the vacancy left by the promotion of Justice Diosdado Peralta to Chief Justice, with presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo confirming the appointment on Wednesday. Gaerlan is a graduate of the San Beda ...

Forced evacuation ordered; PH troops to escort Filipinos out of Iraq
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-08
He said the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) would soon release a resolution imposing a complete ban on labor traffic to Iraq, Iran and Lebanon. The POEA, he said, has already started scaling down deployment to other countries in the Middle East.

Amending antiquated acts anticipated to unshackle Pinoys from legal tethers
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-08
The NBC of the Philippines took effect on February 19, 1977. "It has been several decades since it became law," Go said in Filipino. "Since then, we have learned a lot about building safety through advancements in science, as well as our experiences ... major laws have been amended and the accounting and auditing professions have been ...

Duterte swears in new SC justice
philstar.com - 2020-01-08
MANILA, Philippines -- President Duterte yesterday swore in Court of Appeals Justice Samuel Gaerlan as a member of the Supreme Court (SC). Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said Gaerlan completes the 15-member High Tribunal. A graduate of San Beda College of Law and a professor at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Gaerlan replaces ...

Duterte appoints Court of Appeals Justice Samuel Gaerlan to Supreme Court
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-08
President Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed Court of Appeals Justice Samuel Gaerlan to the Supreme Court (SC). In an ambush interview on Wednesday, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo confirmed the appointment of the Gaerlan, who is also a graduate of San Beda like Duterte. Panelo said picked Gaerlan for his "competency and integrity."

P600 million set for mandatory repatriation of Filipinos in Iraq, Iran and Lebanon as highest alert raised
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-08
What I can assure them is there will be an earnest effort to repatriate them," Bello said. Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) administrator Bernard Olalia said they will also impose the corresponding total deployment ban for the three countries. "POEA will convene this coming Friday to issue the appropriate governing board ...

CA Justice Samuel Gaerlan appointed to Supreme Court
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 8) -- A justice from the Court of Appeals (CA) has been appointed as the newest member of the Supreme Court. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra confirmed that CA Justice Samuel Gaerlan was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte Wednesday, taking the spot vacated by Diosdado Peralta, who became Chief ...

Duterte appoints new high court justice
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-08
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed a Court of Appeals Justice to the Supreme Court. Appellate court Justice Samuel H. Gaerlan will occupy the post left by Chief Justice Diosdado M. Peralta after he was promoted. Mr. Gaerlan, who graduated from San Beda College of Law in 1985, will retire in December 2028. He has been serving at the ...

BI: 160 foreign sex offenders barred from entering PH in 2019
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-08
In a report to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, BI port operations division chief Grifton Medina said the foreign sex offenders were intercepted at different international airports in the ...

Duterte appoints CA Justice Gaerlan to Supreme Court
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-08
MANILA, Philippines--President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Court of Appeals Justice Samuel Gaerlan to the Supreme Court, presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo announced Wednesday. Gaerlan fills the vacancy in the High Tribunal which was created when then-Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta was named Chief Justice on Oct. 23, 2019.

Bello: Senior labor officials, response teams off to Middle East next week
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-08
MANILA, Philippines -- Senior labor officials along with rapid response teams will be dispatched to several countries in the Middle East to compel overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to return home ...

Duterte appoints fellow Bedan, Court of Appeals justice Samuel Gaerlan to SC
philstar.com - 2020-01-08
MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed his fellow Bedan Court of Appeals Associate Justice Samuel Gaerlan to the Supreme Court. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, an ex-officio member of the Judicial and Bar Council, confirmed this in a message to reporters. "[He] will take his oath today," Guevarra added.

PH eyes China, Russia as alternatives for repatriated OFWs from Middle East
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-08
MANILA, Philippines -- Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Wednesday that overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who will be repatriated from the Middle East will be referred to alternative labor ...

Palace contingent fund can be tapped to bring home Pinoys in Middle East - DBM
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-08
DBM Assistant Secretary Rolando Toledo told reporters that repatriation funds are available with ?1.29 billion under the Department of Foreign Affairs and around ?600 million under the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA). "If this will not be enough, we also have a standby fund where we can tap that is subject to approval of the ...

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ISSUES IN FINTECH
Mondaq - 2020-01-08
4 There are various intellectual property (IP) rights associated with Fintech and like every other business it is essential that Fintech companies adopt appropriate IP strategies to protect their core innovations. Having a good IP portfolio does not only assist in protecting technical innovations, it also helps to boost the image and value of ...

Petron rolls out fuel-marking program in Bataan refinery
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-08
Since 2018, Petron has been in close coordination with concerned government agencies, namely the Department of Finance, Bureau of Internal Revenue and Bureau of Customs. The fuel marking program aims to plug revenue leakages from oil smuggling by placing a molecular marker on imported, manufactured and refined fuel products, such as gasoline ...

Duterte urged to stop all-out war, resume peace talks
Bulatlat - 2020-01-07
Bisenio said Caser really means "land reform, developing rural ares, building our own industries, making the environment a conduit not a victim of development, advancing rights and welfare, just taxation and other fiscal policies as well as having an independent economy which will benefit millions of Filipinos." She said that only those who ...

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