Full speed ahead
Inquirer - 2018-12-07
This pushes local buyers to go outside Metro Manila, where housing is more affordable. Moreover, the Chinese impact on the Philippines is considered unsustainable in the long term due to policy ...

Intellectual Property - Patents - The World in U.S. Courts: Summer - Fall 2018
JD Supra - 2018-12-07
Dutch Parent Exercises Insufficient Control over US Subsidiary to be Deemed its "Alter Ego" Britax Child Safety, Inc. v. Nuna International B.V., US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, July 26, 2018 The plaintiff Britax alleged that a ...

Victorias Milling submits new bank loan restructuring plan
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-07
VICTORIAS Milling Co. Inc (VMC) said Friday it proposed to modify a rehabilitation plan it submited to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in April by including a compromise payment scheme for some bank loans. In a disclosure to the Philippine ...

2 Milly Sues Epic Games Over Fortnite Dance Moves - What In The Wide, Wide World Of Copyright Is Going On Here?
JD Supra - 2018-12-07
On Wednesday, rapper 2 Milly sued Epic Games, the creators of the wildly popular online game Fortnite Battle Royale, asserting two counts of copyright infringement, two counts of right of publicity, and unfair competition. 2 Milly claims that Epic stole ...

JBC has shortlist for new SC associate justice
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-07
MANILA, Philippine--The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) already came up with a shortlist of candidates for the Supreme Court Associate Justice position that will become vacant upon the retirement ...

2 BIR employees arrested for P2M direct bribery
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-07
MANILA, Philippines -- Two employees of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) were arrested on Friday in a joint operation of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and Presidential ...

FAST FACTS: Know the difference between commonly confused legal terms
Rappler - 2018-12-07
The same clarification was emphasized by then-Supreme Court spokesperson Theodore Te when reports used the terms interchangeably after Janet Lim-Napoles was sentenced with reclusion perpetua in 2015. Reclusion perpetua falls under the list of penalties ...

Sri Lanka court set to rule on sacking of parliament
Rappler - 2018-12-07
He then dissolved parliament on November 9. Four days later, the Supreme Court issued an interim ruling suspending Sirisena's decree and restoring parliament, which almost immediately passed a no-confidence motion against Rajapakse. The court's 7-judge ...

Duterte visits hospital anew for another blood test
UNTV - 2018-12-07
26, 27, and 28 to stabilize the prices of agriculture and fishery products at reasonable ... There were reports that the Department of National Defense (DND), through Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, preferred not to recommend to the President a holiday truce ...

Court acquits Bong Revilla, convicts Janet Lim Napoles in plunder case
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-07
Two months later, Supreme Court magistrates voted unanimously against pork barrel, declaring past and present congressional pork barrel laws unconstitutional. After finding probable cause to ...

Pasig court suspends arraignment of Rappler, Maria Ressa
Rappler - 2018-12-07
In the December 4 motion, Rappler and Ressa said they "have been deprived of due process as there was obvious haste and lack of objectivity and neutrality of the government through the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the DOJ in affording protection to ...

Chel Diokno: Justice system is top hindrance to development
philstar.com - 2018-12-06
They have effectively crippled all institutions that are supposed to be the check," Diokno said. While the Supreme Court issued a circular to speed up the justice system, Diokno said such measure could not be implemented due to lack of prosecutors and ...

BIC Files Copyright Infringement Suits Against Counterfeit Lighter Manufacturers in China
Law - 2018-12-06
BIC Corp. and its New York-based vice president and general counsel, Steve Burkhart, are fired up over alleged knockoff lighters that are being made in China and imported into the U.S. BIC general counsel and vice president Steve Burkhart. "It seems like ...

Distressed KSA workers back home
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-12-06
MANILA, Dec 7 -- Some 521 distressed and displaced overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) have returned home and now ready to enjoy the holiday season with their respective families, the labor department reported.

Group to House: Go slow on P10 excise tax per plastic bag proposal
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-06
Also, the excise tax shall be imposed at the establishments whose gross receipts in the preceding year exceeded P100,000 or for newly registered business and capitalization of at least P100,000.

PH-US researchers develop early detection device for Filipino infants to prevent hearing loss
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-12-06
MANILA, Dec. 6 -- Researchers from the University of the Philippines - Manila (UP Manila ... Romblon, Manila, Bacolod, and Iloilo. "The HeLe device is still undergoing development and has not been deployed, but the telehealth technologies are now ...

Duterte says no more opening of bags in airports
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-06
I don't like it. No reason, I just don't like it.] In February, in a bid to resolve "tanim-bala" incidents in the country, labor, transportation, justice, and local government officials signed an ...

Duterte cites improvements in airport inspections
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-06
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday cited improvements at the airports, including his "no human contact" and "no opening of baggage" policies. (You know, if there are improvements in public service at the airports, one is that there is no more ...

U.S. priest accused of sex abuse arrested in Biliran
Rappler - 2018-12-06
"We received information from US authorities regarding the alleged sexual exploitation of multiple minor Filipino boys by Hendricks," immigration bureau spokeswoman Dana Sandoval said in a statement. "This is our priority, to kick out people like this ...

Taiwanese computer giant returns to Subic
Inquirer - 2018-12-06
SBMA Labor Department manager Severo Pastor said Wistron processed more than 4,000 applications during the two-day schedule of exams and job interviews last week, with 900 workers passing the ...

Rappler Talk: Prosecuting extrajudicial killings in the Philippines
Rappler - 2018-12-06
They brought this case to the Supreme Court to ask that the entire war on drugs be declared unconstitutional. In the petition, CenterLaw alleged a pattern in police killings, and pointed to a loophole in prosecution. Tune in Thursday, December 6 ...

China SPC to establish a Specialised IP Court at the National Level
Lexology - 2018-12-06
The new IP Court of Appeals will be established by the SPC in Beijing by the end of 2018 and is expected to provide more consistent criteria for adjudication in intellectual property cases, thereby strengthening judicial protection of intellectual property ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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