United States Trade Alert Overview of Chapter 20 (Intellectual Property Rights) of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement
Lexology - 2018-10-31
On September 30, 2018, the United States, Canada, and Mexico reached a deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with a new trade accord, the United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA). Chapter 20 of the Agreement governs ...

Senator: Finance Department on board with excise tax suspension in 2019 first quarter
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-31
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 30) -- The second tranche of excise tax on fuel is set to be suspended from January to March 2019, Senator Win Gatchalian said on Tuesday. At least, that's ...

Apple Watch supplier under fire over China student labor
Rappler - 2018-10-31
BEIJING, China - Apple is investigating a factory in southwest China after a labor rights group said the tech giant's supplier forced student workers to work "like robots" to assemble its popular Apple Watch. The report raises fresh questions about the ...

Alcohol, tobacco excise tax collections exceed target
philstar.com - 2018-10-30
MANILA, Philippines -- Excise tax collections from alcohol and tobacco products of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) both exceeded their respective targets in the first nine months, according to the Department of Finance (DOF). In an interview, Finance ...

SC affirms indictment of Padaca, 2 others over P25-million rice procurement anomaly
BusinessMirror - 2018-10-30
THE Supreme Court has given the Sandiganbayan the go-signal to prosecute former Isabela Gov. Grace Padaca and two others for graft and malversation of public funds for their alleged involvement ...

Philippine Accounting Standards
BusinessMirror - 2018-10-30
THERE are three standards-setting and interpretation organizations in the Philippines that recommend the standards, rules and interpretative pronouncements on accountancy and auditing. These ...

More teeth needed for cooperatives to wipe out poverty
BusinessMirror - 2018-10-30
Other barriers include the unrealistic "economic survey-business plan" requirement; uniform but required committees that are not functional, more so for start-ups and ironically also because ...

Trump says he plans to scrap birthright citizenship
Rappler - 2018-10-30
WASHINGTON, USA - President Donald Trump said he will scrap a constitutional guarantee to citizenship for anyone born on US soil in a headline-grabbing move bolstering his anti-immigration platform a week before midterm elections. The surprise ...

If Pinoys could walk on water
BusinessWorld - 2018-10-30
In truth, the refugees are planning to seek asylum in America, a legal process that US immigration laws allow. Of course, a large percentage of those seeking asylum are subsequently disapproved and are either forced to return to their homelands or to seek ...

Japan denounces South Korean court ruling on wartime forced labor
Rappler - 2018-10-30
SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea's top court on Tuesday, October 30, ordered a Japanese steel giant to pay compensation over forced wartime labor, triggering a new row between the two US allies and a denunciation by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. South Korea ...

Sulu gov't to SC: Nullify Bangsamoro law
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 30) -- The Sulu provincial government has asked the Supreme ... people's right to suffrage (to vote) and to local autonomy. Tan also argued the enactment ...

Copyright enforcement in Switzerland
Lexology - 2018-10-30
Is contributory infringement recognised in your jurisdiction (including liability for internet services providers and other online/digital actors)? The draft Copyright Act Amendment Bill provides that internet providers that host infringing materials ...

Two-sided labor issue
philstar.com - 2018-10-29
European budget airline Ryanair, which had managed to grow its business over three decades across the continent by offering low fares and a no-frills service, was recently hit by a labor strike. Being the second largest airline in Europe in terms of ...

Hidalgo: Program for our country's program (Part 2)
Sun Star - 2018-10-29
Other scholarships offered in the country is funded by the Philippine Charity ... The industries with rapid technology advancements like manufacturing will have the most benefits. The theoretical training in schools and practical training in companies ...

New wage float from labor: P100 to P334
BusinessMirror - 2018-10-29
"Our only hope for an acceptable and substantial wage increase is [for] President Duterte [to] take the matter into his hands by deciding what he thinks is acceptable for workers and business ...

Scintilla alumni reunite for a cause
Sun Star - 2018-10-29
THE Xavier University (XU) and Liceo de Cagayan University chapters ... lawyer Patricio Bernales as National Bureau of Investigation regional director for North Eastern Mindanao Regional Office-Northern Mindanao; lawyer Emmanuel Lee Ebarle as assistant ...

Learning from Other Tax Systems
BusinessWorld - 2018-10-29
Toward this end, it has implemented relatively lower tax rates under Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law and also targeting to lower tax on corporate income under Tax Reform for Attracting Better And High-quality Opportunities (TRABAHO).

Interview With Catherine Chammartin, Director General Of The Swiss Federal Institute Of Intellectual Property
Intellectual Property Watch - 2018-10-29
IP-Watch is a non-profit independent news service and depends on subscriptions. To access all of our content, please subscribe here. You may also offer additional support with your subscription, or donate. Catherine Chammartin is the Director of the Swiss ...

CA can't review Ombudsman decisions in criminal cases - Supreme Court
Rappler - 2018-10-29
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court clarified that the Court of Appeals (CA) has no jurisdiction over the Office of the Ombudsman insofar as reviewing its orders, directives, and decisions in criminal cases is concerned. The Supreme Court said that ...

DTI proposing changes TRABAHO bill
philstar.com - 2018-10-28
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is proposing changes to the Tax Reform for Attracting Better and High Quality Opportunities (TRABAHO) bill such as longer period for income tax holidays (ITH) of five years instead of three ...

41% of PHL SDG indices lack gender-related data
BusinessMirror - 2018-10-28
THE Philippines, along with other countries in Asia and the Pacific, lack data for 41 percent of gender-related Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators, according to the Asian Development ...

Emerging cities in the Philippines are on the rise despite economic challenge
BusinessMirror - 2018-10-28
After the gold rush, San Francisco, on the other hand, shifted from a mining town into a financial, tourism, and technology hub ... Tarlac City, Tuguegarao City, and Zamboanga City.

BIR reduces reporting workload for district offices
BusinessWorld - 2018-10-28
THE BUREAU of Internal Revenue (BIR) ordered its district offices to dispense with the monthly reporting of "irrelevant" information concerning withholding taxes, and focus on attaining collection targets. Revenue Memorandum Order (RMO) 47-2018 dated ...

Senate committee proposes criminal charges on premature campaigning
BusinessWorld - 2018-10-28
The Supreme Court has also ruled on the legality of premature campaigning. Based on the law, a person seeking an elective position is considered a candidate only during the campaign period. As such, aspirants are technically allowed to engage in ...

Office of chief justice regained respect under De Castro - Leonen
Rappler - 2018-10-28
MANILA, Philippines - In a rare interview that gave a glimpse into the inner workings of the Supreme Court, Associate Justice Marvic Leonen said that former chief justice Teresita de Castro was able to restore respect for the highest office of the High ...

SC asked to stop Globe, Smart's use of 700 MHz frequency
Rappler - 2018-10-28
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court (SC) was asked to invalidate the agreement between telecommunications giants Smart Communications and Globe Telecom to share the 700 megahertz (MHz) broadcast frequency and 4 sets of frequencies earlier awarded to ...

7 scary movies to stream for Halloween
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-28
What it's about: A shy teenager with telekinetic powers is bullied by her high school classmates and smothered by her religious fanatic mother. After falling victim to a cruel prank at her school ...

Credible -- or a nuisance?
Bulatlat - 2018-10-27
The SC ruling was issued despite the provision of the Party-List System Act (Republic Act 7941) specifying "labor, peasant, fisherfolk, urban poor, indigenous cultural communities, elderly, handicapped, women, youth, veterans, overseas workers and ...

Democrats agonize over whether millennials, Hispanics will vote
BusinessMirror - 2018-10-27
In Photo: A man rests beside a poster in this undated photo. JUST two weeks from Election Day, Democrats are agonizing about whether two groups of infrequent and liberal-leaning voters will turn ...

The Horror! Government Argues No Claim of Infringement for Unregistered Copyrights
JD Supra - 2018-10-26
is Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com, LLC. The appeal addresses the question of whether the creator of an unregistered work may sue for copyright infringement so long as the creator has applied for a copyright on the work, rather than ...

THE LATEST: DOJ and FTC Take Divergent Positions on Intellectual Property Issue
JD Supra - 2018-10-26
In testimony before the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim from the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and Chairman Joseph Simons from the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) staked out differing interpretations of when ...

Minimum wage increase in Metro Manila decided soon- NWPC
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-26
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 26) -- The National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) said an increase in the minimum daily pay of workers in Metro Manila will be decided as soon ...

DoF identifies abuses in corporate tax system
BusinessWorld - 2018-10-26
THE DEPARTMENT of Finance (DoF) is seeking to stop what it called "abuses" in the corporate tax system under the Tax Reform for Attracting Better and High-quality Opportunities (TRABAHO) bill. The DoF said the debates on the second tax reform package ...

5 Supreme Court justices vie for Chief Justice post
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-26
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 26) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Friday closed the application period for the next Chief Justice, with five names in. Senior Associate Justice ...

Few hotels, resort lodgings join Boracay reopening
UNTV - 2018-10-26
BORACAY ISLAND, Philippines - Only a few hotels and resort lodgings were able to comply with the requirements for the reopening of Boracay Island on Friday (October 26). From more than 400 hotels and resorts, only 157 were able to open after securing ...

Pentagon to send about 800 troops to US-Mexico border
Rappler - 2018-10-26
The issue has become a rallying cry for the US president, who has taken a hard line on illegal immigration and has repeatedly kept the story in the headlines in the run up to America's midterm congressional elections that could see the Democrats regain ...

Immigration Bureau downgrades Sister Patricia Fox's visa
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-26
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 26) -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) downgraded Australian nun Patricia Fox's missionary visa to that of a temporary visitor, in an order signed on Wednesday.

P11-B shabu slip: Who is Customs intel officer Jimmy Guban?
Rappler - 2018-10-26
According to the published intelligence report, Guban was part of a "network" of "fellows" spread across the Department of Finance, Department of Trade and Industry, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, and the National Bureau ...

Metro Manila workers want P1,300 daily pay
philstar.com - 2018-10-25
Renato Magtubo, PM chair, said their group conducted a study that showed workers need ... as it does not provide for leisure and recreation, savings or social security which should comprise 10 percent as a standard or for a house help which is a necessity ...

United States Trade Alert Overview of Chapter 20 (Intellectual Property Rights) of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement
JD Supra - 2018-10-25
On September 30, 2018, the United States, Canada, and Mexico reached a deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with a new trade accord, the United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA). Chapter 20 of the Agreement governs ...

Empire Strikes Back, Again, And Prevails On Appeal In Infringement Suit
JD Supra - 2018-10-25
Shortly after the 2015 debut of the hit Fox Television show Empire, Clayton Tanksley sued the studio, distributor, producer and creators of Empire for copyright infringement and related claims in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of ...

Boracay back in business; mayor suspended
philstar.com - 2018-10-25
MANILA, Philippines -- After it was shut down for six months for rehabilitation, top tourist destination Boracay Island reopens today to tourists. On the eve of the reopening, the Office of the Ombudsman ordered the six-month preventive suspension of ...

DOF seeks public database of firms enjoying incentives
philstar.com - 2018-10-25
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Finance (DOF) wants to make available to the public a database of firms that enjoy tax perks, as well as the foregone revenues incurred by the government due to the grant of incentives, a top official said.

Copyright law update - proposed amendments to website blocking laws
Lexology - 2018-10-25
The Federal Government has recently released the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2018 (Bill) which proposes to amend section 115A of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth).1 Section 115A of the Copyright Act was introduced in 2015 and currently ...

Aboitiz unit Therma South suspends supply to Davao co-op
BusinessWorld - 2018-10-25
DAVAO CITY -- Therma South Inc. (TSI), a subsidiary of Aboitiz Power Corp. (AboitizPower), said it suspended its delivery of power to the Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Daneco) starting Sept. 1, claiming the co-op owes it P256 million.

Word war erupts between Sara, Makabayan bloc over ML rally in Davao
Davao Today - 2018-10-25
DAVAO CITY, Philippines - Progressive partylist groups under the ... This is not democracy." Gabriela Womens Party 2nd nominee Bai Ali Indayla, also added that "The local government wants to restrain protests because thousands of people are now ...

AFP warns of mail bombs
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 25) -- Mail bombs may also be used by terrorists in the country, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) warned Thursday. "Possible yun. Kasi yung ...

WANTED: New Women of the NPA
Bulatlat - 2018-10-25
Up on Twitter, this is just one of the several tweets on women and the armed struggle in the Philippines by the ... school life from kindergarten to college. She is remembered by her classmates from the College of Engineering of UP-Diliman as the best ...

Constitutional expert: Makati RTC should have declared Trillanes proclamation void
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 23) -- The court handling opposition senator Antonio Trillanes' case should have voided the presidential proclamation that revoked his amnesty, a ...

Suspension of fuel excise tax to ease inflation
philstar.com - 2018-10-24
MANILA, Philippines -- The proposed suspension of the next increase in fuel excise taxes is expected to cut inflation by 0.2 percentage point in 2019 if implemented for the entire year, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. During a joint hearing ...

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