Copyright in the Taste of Cheese?
JD Supra - 2018-11-27
This catch-all provision opens the door to allegations of copyright infringement in relation to many forms of copying. In a previous case, a Dutch court reportedly accepted in principle that there could be copyright in the scent of a perfume. In the case ...

Failure to approve the 2019 budget to result in delays in implementation of new projects
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-11-27
Salary adjustments for civilian and military personnel programmed for 2019 will have to wait. The Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) for Local Government Units (LGUs) and debt service, however, are automatically appropriated, and, therefore, will be provided ...

Resort resumes operation 2 hours after closure
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-27
PANGLAO, Bohol -- A resort hotel here was back in business less than two hours after ... on Alona Beach resumed operations after paying its tax obligation to the BIR, its lawyer said.

DOLE seeks tighter rules in granting aliens visas
BusinessMirror - 2018-11-27
THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday pushed for the inclusion of more stringent provisions concerning the grant of work permits to foreign workers in pending immigration bills ...

House panel okays bill hiking tobacco excise tax
BusinessMirror - 2018-11-27
Estrellita B. Suansing, chairman of the panel, said the substitute measure will restructure the excise tax on tobacco products by amending the National Internal Revenue Code as amended by Republic ...

DILG expands local governance award to barangays
Sun Star - 2018-11-27
... and Competitiveness will look into the barangays' efforts and programs in encouraging business and employment with the enactment of Barangay Tax Ordinance and issuance of barangay Clearance within seven working days as indicators. Environmental ...

Imelda Marcos wants to skip appeal before Sandiganbayan, to go to Supreme Court
CNN Philippines - 2018-11-27
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 27) -- Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos has asked the Sandiganbayan to forward her graft case to the Supreme Court, where she plans to question ...

Labor group approves of Chinese workers entering PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-27
A local labor group sees nothing wrong with Chinese workers seeking employment in the Philippines. In a statement on Tuesday, the Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) told INQUIRER.net that ...

U.S. agents fire tear gas at migrants trying to cross from Mexico
Rappler - 2018-11-27
Trump signed a proclamation earlier this month stating that asylum claims could only be filed at US ports of entry, but a federal judge in San Francisco temporarily blocked the order, pointing to "irreconcilable conflicts" with immigration law. The ...

General Motors shuttering plants, cutting 15% of workforce
Rappler - 2018-11-27
WASHINGTON DC, USA - In a massive restructuring, US auto giant General Motors announced Monday, November 26, it will cut 15% of its workforce to save $6 billion and adapt to "changing market conditions." The moves include shuttering 7 plants worldwide as ...

Teleshopping ads found to infringe copyright
Lexology - 2018-11-27
The plaintiffs filed a preliminary injunction petition prior to filing a suit against the controversial ad based on copyright infringement (and subsidiary unfair competition acts of confusion). The petition was granted, ordering the defendant to ...

Unrest between labor and management
philstar.com - 2018-11-26
Business groups in the country are hoping that the latest daily wage increase orders issued by the regional wage boards across the country during the last few weeks will mollify employees badly hit by rising prices of goods for most part of the year.

Health premiums: taxable wealth
philstar.com - 2018-11-26
Does the BIR intend to extend taxation to non-health group insurance as well? Despite the negative outlook in paying additional tax, a perceptive friend told me (and I agree) that, whether or not the BIR changes its mind, a free health insurance is still a ...

Fiscal gap swells as spending surges in Oct 2018
philstar.com - 2018-11-26
Tax collections grew by 19 percent year-on-year to P222.2 billion, the bulk of which was generated by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). The agency collected P164.8 billion in October, 16 percent higher than the P142.5 billion recorded in October 2017.

Another tax amnesty looms
Inquirer - 2018-11-26
Before the year ends, President Duterte is expected to sign into law a new tax amnesty bill. The two chambers of Congress recently approved on third reading their respective versions of a bill ...

Maitreyi College organizes National Workshop on Intellectual Property Rights in association with Singh & Associates
India Education Diary - 2018-11-26
New Delhi: Department of Botany, Maitreyi College, University of Delhi hosted a National Workshop on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in association with Singh & Associates, a leading full-service law firm at Maitreyi College, University of Delhi.

OPCs: A new way of doing business for solo entrepreneurs
BusinessWorld - 2018-11-26
A sole proprietorship is considered an individual for taxation purposes. With the TRAIN law, individuals can avail of the 8% special tax rate in lieu of graduated income tax rates and percentage tax, provided that the gross sales or receipts for the year ...

House seeks alcohol tax increase to fund universal health care
Rappler - 2018-11-26
MANILA, Philippines - The prices of alcoholic beverages may eventually increase after the House of Representatives approved on 2nd reading a bill seeking to increase excise taxes on these products. Lawmakers approved House Bill (HB) No. 8618 on 2nd ...

Firms sound alarm on raising cigarette taxes again
Inquirer - 2018-11-26
Representatives of tobacco companies warned lawmakers on Monday that raising the excise tax on cigarettes would have significant negative effects on tobacco workers and even on government revenues.

End-October budget shortfall widens 87% to P438.1B
Inquirer - 2018-11-26
CLARK - As the jump in government spending outpaced the increase in revenues it collected during the first 10 months, the budget deficit widened by 87 percent to P438.1 billion. During the ...

University life and intellectual property
Lexology - 2018-11-26
When a student is studying or planning to study at a university in South Africa, it is important that they understand their rights as an IP creator during that time. Many students, especially undergraduates, will argue that they do not participate in ...

'Upward trend' in Chinese workers in PH - Labor Department
CNN Philippines - 2018-11-26
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 26) -- The Labor Department on Monday confirmed there is an influx of foreign tourists -- particularly Chinese nationals -- who ended up as workers in ...

De Lima seeks TRO on presentation of convict-witnesses
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-26
She cited the case of Basa and Zari vs. Flores, where the Supreme Court cited crimes that involved moral turpitude as robbery, murder, homicide, and violation of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

Critics slam oil and gas exploration MOU between PH, China
CNN Philippines - 2018-11-25
This week, former Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares filed before the Supreme Court a motion seeking to decide on the party list's petition in 2008 which seeks to nullify an earlier joint ...

Bong Go: Local peace talks to settle land disputes
philstar.com - 2018-11-25
In the same event, Go said he will also push for the creation of a Department for OFW Affairs which aims to unite the fractured services currently done by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Labor and Employment, Overseas Workers Welfare ...

Mass-housing group warns of project delays due to worker shortage
BusinessMirror - 2018-11-25
Tesda director Angelina Carreon said most of the trainings are in the services sector like the hotel and restaurant business and only 10 percent of the number of trainees are in the construction ...

Journey of a podcaster: from a hate crime to the manongs of Stockton
Rappler - 2018-11-25
These are stories, first of despair, as gleaned from the letters of Manongs of another age: men who risked all to go to America and ended up in stoop-labor jobs. Later on these turn into stories of determination: how a son and daughter of the Manongs and ...

Sri Lanka president vows never to reappoint ousted prime minister
Rappler - 2018-11-25
He named Rajapakse as new premier and tried to dissolve parliament but the Supreme Court and legislators blocked the president's moves. Wickremesinghe, who occupies the prime minister's residence, and Rajapakse, who has the premier's official offices ...

More than 8,000 aspirants complete bar examinations
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-25
The first day focused on Political Law, International Law ... supporters and relatives of bar takers flocked around the University of Santo Tomas campus, the venue of the exams, for the ...

Electronics makers back higher tax on GIE
philstar.com - 2018-11-25
MANILA, Philippines -- The Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines Inc. (SEIPI) is pushing for the implementation of a higher tax rate of six to seven percent on gross income earned (GIE) to replace the 18 percent tax rate for eligible ...

Dolce & Gabbana has a big China problem after ad causes outrage
CNN Philippines - 2018-11-25
Chinese celebrities are already "under pressure" to demonstrate their patriotism following movie star Fan Bingbing's recent temporary disappearance and allegations against her of tax evasion ...

At 104, the oldest living Upsilonian talks about a life fulfilled
Inquirer Lifestyle - 2018-11-24
After attending Tondo Primary School, Gonzalez was enrolled at ... He went on to study law at the University of the Philippines, became editor of the Philippinensian and an Upsilonian.

Why tied aid is a disaster
Inquirer Opinion - 2018-11-24
In the case of Japanese loans, "prices of tied goods were over 20 percent higher than the lowest available international prices and reduced ... is convenor of the Program on Alternative Development, University of the Philippines Center for Integrative ...

Carpio optimistic on getting SC post despite qualms on PH-China ties
CNN Philippines - 2018-11-24
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 24) -- Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, a staunch critic of the warming ties between the Philippines and China, says that he is optimistic of his ...

SMEs back Comprehensive Tax Reform Program Package 2
philstar.com - 2018-11-24
MANILA, Philippines -- Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) from Luzon and Central Visayas have expressed support for the second package of the Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP), saying the measure would enable them to expand their businesses and ...

Bulacan mayor reclaims post after SC reverses his dismissal by Ombudsman
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-24
NORZAGARAY, Bulacan - Dismissed Mayor Alfredo Germar reclaimed his post on Friday (Nov. 23) after the Supreme Court in October nullified his removal and perpetual ban from office for hiring six ...

Know your next Chief Justice
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-24
All five aspirants to the seat vacated by retired Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro have been included in the shortlist which was already submitted to President Rodrido Duterte. The ...

Brexit draft withdrawal agreement: a growing consensus on intellectual property
Lexology - 2018-11-24
The status of EU intellectual property rights in the UK post-Brexit remains an area of great uncertainty for many brand owners. However, the UK and EU Commission have revealed that they have agreed a large part of the intellectual property articles within ...

Gov't should be wary of 'careless talk' to avoid waiving arbitral ruling in South China Sea row
CNN Philippines - 2018-11-24
Carpio is one of five nominees for Supreme Court Chief Justice. The Judicial and Bar Council has yet to come up with its shortlist from which Duterte would choose the next chief justice.

Senate to conduct probe on illegal Chinese workers
CNN Philippines - 2018-11-24
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 23) -- The Senate labor committee would conduct an investigation on the presence of illegal Chinese workers on Monday in the wake of an anti-illegal ...

Carpio, 4 others make it to JBC shortlist for CJ
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-23
Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio and Associate Justices Lucas Bersamin, Diosdado Peralta, Estela Perlas-Bernabe and Andres Reyes Jr. made it to the shortlist of the Judicial ...

Senate to probe influx of illegal Chinese workers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-23
Sen. Joel Villanueva on Friday assailed the growing number of illegal Chinese workers who "shamelessly robbed" Filipinos of jobs and also operated clandestine online gambling as he urged ...

Lifting of mine permits suspension seen
Inquirer - 2018-11-23
The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) and the inter-agency Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC) will be recommending the lifting of the suspension on the issuance of new mining permits ...

Your ID as a powerful tool
Inquirer - 2018-11-23
Are there alternatives? Some institutions like local banking giant Metrobank make this basic requirement a tad easier for its clients as it tagged a number of government IDs and documents as valid.

Your ID as a powerful tool
Inquirer - 2018-11-23
To be a member and secure an OWWA ID, one needs to pay a $25 membership contribution and either enroll upon processing of contract at the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA ...

EU supports PH in efforts to boost capability vs cybercrime
Global Nation - 2018-11-23
The European Union (EU) Delegation to the Philippines on Friday showed its support on a four-day "Introductory Training of Trainers Course on Cybercrime and Electronic Evidence." The training ...

Commentary: Is the proposed mining fiscal regime too high, low or just right?
philstar.com - 2018-11-23
The mining industry is a heavily taxed industry - from 1.7 percent business tax, 1 percent royalties to indigenous peoples, to 5 percent royalties if the operation is within a mineral reserve - in addition to "policy uncertainties and the moratorium ...

Short list for chief justice is out, all 5 justices get in
Rappler - 2018-11-23
He dissented in the Delfin Lee and PAL cases. The 5 nominees were not publicly interviewed by the JBC, after the council approved the request of the en banc to do away with interviews of senior Supreme Court justices. (READ: Recent JBC interviews had less ...

WESM CEO: Fully implement RCOA to lower electricity prices
Inquirer - 2018-11-23
according to at least one study conducted by the Ateneo de Manila University-based research institution Manila Observatory. When RCOA was first launched, a wave of CCs - malls, universities ...

Criteria for retrenchment
Sun Star - 2018-11-23
Respondent Virginia Pascua was a school physician of petitioner La Consolacion College of Manila. In a meeting on September 30, 2011, Pascua was handed a termination of employment letter. She was informed that due to the current financial situation of ...

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