Businessmen less optimistic for 2nd consecutive quarter - 2018-06-01
MANILA, Philippines -- Higher interest rates and inflation plus a weakening peso pulled down business sentiment for the second straight quarter this year, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said yesterday. BSP Deputy Governor Diwa Guinigundo said the ...

Should International Trade in Intellectual Property Be Regulated?
Harvard Business School - 2018-06-01
Unusual attention currently is focused on trade policy, triggered by new tariffs on imports announced by the United States. Nearly all of it involves the trade of manufactured goods. Much less attention is being paid to trade in services, which represent ...

Senate shelves resolution on Sereno - 2018-06-01
MANILA, Philippines -- The Senate failed to adopt and consequently temporarily shelved Resolution 738, which questions the Supreme Court (SC) decision to remove former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno from office, due to lack of time as Congress ...

Intellectual Property as a Business Asset: New Special by the European IPR Helpdesk
CORDIS news - 2018-05-31
What strategies can help businesses to assure that intellectual property (IP) is a profitable investment? In the light of current technological and economic developments such as Artificial Intelligence, Big Data or the Internet of Things, the role of IP as ...

Why Intellectual Property is Important for Your Business and What You Should be Doing Now to Protect It
Inc. - 2018-05-31
Intellectual property comes in various formats, including trademarks, copyrights and patents. While most large businesses have created and maintain enforcement on a large intellectual property portfolio, many small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) wait ...

Sandigan affirms plunder case vs Immigration official - 2018-05-31
MANILA, Philippines -- The Sandiganbayan has affirmed the validity of the plunder case against former Bureau of Immigration (BI) commissioner Al Argosino in connection with the alleged extortion of P50 million from Macau-based gambling tycoon Jack Lam in ...

PHL counted among economies that will benefit from tax reform
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-31
That first package, under Republic Act No. 10963, will be followed by lower corporate tax rates and removal of redundant fiscal incentives, as well as up to three more packages. The four months to April have seen state revenues up a fifth annually to P927 ...

BBL gets nod from House, Senate
Davao Today - 2018-05-31
Senator Leila de Lima, who is detained at Camp Crame, and Senator Manny Pacquiao, who is training for his next fight ... uniformed services in the Bangsamoro would still be under the Philippine National Police (PNP) and independent constitutional bodies ...

Palace leans on solons to resolve BBL issues
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-31
but expressed hope the measure can withstand judicial scrutiny to prevent it from suffering the same fate as the memorandum of agreement on the ancestral domain (MOA-AD), which the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional. On Wednesday the Senate and the ...

Only 3.5% of Boracay establishments are compliant with government regulations
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-31
Interior Undersecretary Epimaco V. Densing III said there were very few Boracay resorts that were fully compliant with government regulations on operating a business. (images by Stella Arnaldo via PicStitch) ONLY 38 establishments out of the 1,070 ...

Senators debate on resolution seeking SC review of Sereno ruling
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-31
Tensions rose in the early hours of Thursday, May 31, as senators tackled the Senate resolution urging the Supreme Court to review its decision on the quo warranto petition that ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno. After the Senate passed the ...

Swiss federal judge clears Peru captain to play at World Cup - 2018-05-31
GENEVA (AP) -- Peru captain Paolo Guerrero was cleared Thursday by a Swiss supreme court judge to play at the World Cup despite a doping ban. Switzerland's supreme court granted an interim order to freeze Guerrero's 14-month ban for a positive doping test ...

Hugs and apologies between Kenyan political rivals
Rappler - 2018-05-31
Also present at the event was Supreme Court Chief Justice David Maraga, who rose to international fame as the man who annulled Kenyatta's victory in a first August election and ordered the poll held a second time. The rapprochement between Kenyatta and ...

AP Interview: UN expert says Manila's judiciary under attack
News Philippines Yahoo - 2018-05-31
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The unprecedented expulsion of the ... government solicitor-general that accused her of failing to file asset disclosures as a state university law professor years ago, a charge she denies. It pre-empted impeachment proceedings ...

Lex Machina Launches Highly Anticipated Legal Analytics Module for Trade Secret Litigation
Law - 2018-05-31
Once tagged, Legal Analytics can now isolate trade secret misappropriation claims in commercial, employment or intellectual property cases. This enables attorneys to better filter and analyze the trade secrets elements of these combined cases and prepare ...

Petition up vs chicken dung
Sun Star - 2018-05-31
the operators cannot apply for the necessary permits because the sale and storage of chicken dung within the municipality was declared as a public nuisance by the Regional Trial Court of Benguet and was affirmed by the Court of Appeals. The petition ...

Michael Jackson's Estate Files Federal Copyright Infringement Suit Against The Walt Disney Company And Disney's ABC Network
Law - 2018-05-31
LOS ANGELES, -- Today, the Estate of Michael Jackson filed a federal lawsuit in Los Angeles against The Walt Disney Company and ABC for their willful and intentional infringements of dozens of copyrights owned by the Estate that were used, without ...

Senate approves its version of Bangsamoro Basic Law
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-31
The following amendments were introduced by the Senate, among others, according to Mr. Zubiri: o Under the fiscal autonomy, the block grant, was spelled out to be 5% of the net collections of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Bureau of Customs ...

Labor group pushes for ?320 minimum wage hike
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-31
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 31) -- With the prices of basic goods on the rise, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) said it is time to increase the minimum wage nationwide by ?320. TUCP party-list Representative Raymond Mendoza ...

A look at the evolution of the Bangsamoro Basic Law
InterAksyon - 2018-05-31
The Memorandum on Agreement on Ancestral Domain, which government and MILF panels were scheduled to sign, was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2008, derailing the creation of a Moro homeland. Following years of further negotiations with ...

SolGen Calida to file cases vs. those 'maligning, slandering' him
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-31
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 31) -- Solicitor General Jose Calida is ready to face his detractors and will even file charges against them in court. In an exclusive interview with CNN Philippines' The Source, he said he has plans against those ...

Team Rama won't replace Cuenco - 2018-05-31
Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella said the opposition members are optimistic that the Court of Appeals will rule in favor of Cuenco. "Even at this point, we are not considering of his replacement because until now, the decision is not yet final and executory ...

Sereno camp: 12 out of 16 SALNs found
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-31
Sereno was a law professor at the University of the Philippines from 1986 to 2006, prior to her appointment to the Chief Justice post in 2012. "Sana po ay maconsider na ito po ay isang indikasyon na hindi naman po sinuway ni Chief Justice Sereno itong ...

Calida: I'll file charges against those maligning, libeling me
Rappler - 2018-05-31
Acosta is a vocal supporter of Sereno. The ousted chief justice had made the rounds saying her quo warranto ouster has empowered Calida to remove any member of the Supreme Court as he wished. Supreme Court justices who voted against the quo warranto ...

House OKs proposed BBL on third and final reading
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-31
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 30) -- Voting 227-11-2 on Wednesday, the House of Representatives has approved the Bangsamoro Basic Law on third and final reading. Duterte certified the bill as urgent on Tuesday, waiving the three-day rule before ...

Alleged Scalpers Must Face Ticketmaster's Infringement Suit
Law360 - 2018-05-30
Law360 (May 30, 2018, 5:47 PM EDT) -- A pair of companies cannot escape a suit from Ticketmaster accusing them of violating cybersecurity laws and contributing to copyright infringement by using bots to purchase large numbers of tickets for resale ...

Michael Jackson Estate Sues ABC and Disney for Copyright Infringement
Complex - 2018-05-30
The Estate of Michael Jackson filed a lawsuit against the Walt Disney Company and ABC, which is owned by Disney, on Wednesday for willfully and intentionally infringing on dozens of copyrights owned by the Estate that were used without permission during ...

Michael Jackson's Estate Files Federal Copyright Infringement Suit Against The Walt Disney Company And Disney's ABC Network
Yahoo Finance - 2018-05-30
LOS ANGELES, May 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the Estate of Michael Jackson filed a federal lawsuit in Los Angeles against The Walt Disney Company and ABC for their willful and intentional infringements of dozens of copyrights owned by the Estate that ...

Government wants to cut interconnection charges to help third telecom player - 2018-05-30
The memorandum circular will be subject to a public hearing on June 13. Sought for comment, Yolanda Crisanto, senior vice president for corporate communications of Globe Telecom said: "We will work with NTC and DICT [Department of Information and ...

Con-Com wants JBC to have more powers - 2018-05-30
The principal function of the current JBC is to recommend appointees to the Judiciary where members of the Supreme Court and judges of lower courts shall be appointed by the President from a list of at least three nominees preferred by the council.

High court settles conflict over Signage Ordinance of Davao City
Davao Today - 2018-05-30
DAVAO CITY, Philippines -- The City Building Office here awaits a copy of the Supreme Court decision regarding the promulgation of Petition for Review on Certiorari under Rule 45 of the Evasco Jr, and Avisado versus Davao Billboard and Signmakers ...

House ratifies national ID system bill
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-30
The ID card is a machine-readable government card that will store multiple data about the cardholder. This data can range from tax information, health or social security card details, just to name a few. The Congress reconciled version of the bill provides ...

CA confirms military chief, 3 Cabinet members
Sun Star - 2018-05-30
Inting, who hails from Davao City, was a former Court of Appeals associate justice. With their confirmation, Roque said the executive branch was hopeful that they would help Duterte to fulfill his goal to bring a "comfortable life" for his fellow countrymen.

House okays BBL; Drilon pitches revisions
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-30
THE proposed Bangsamoro basic law (BBL) should not suffer the same fate as the memorandum of agreement on ancestral domain (MOA-AD) that the Supreme Court threw out as "unconstitutional," Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon warned on Wednesday.

Survey: 83% of Dabawenyos very satisfied with PRRD
Sun Star - 2018-05-30
Among the branches of the government, the current administration was given a 55.6 percent satisfactory rating from Dabawenyos; Senate with 24 percent satisfaction; Supreme Court with 21 percent rating; and House of Representatives with 30.2 percent.

House panel mulls local tax shield for firms in line with TRAIN 2
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-30
Some may be corrupt, some may not. But iba-iba ang treatment sa investors (treatment toward investors varies)," Mr. Cua said yesterday during the second deliberation for the corporate income tax and incentives reform bill, or the second package of the ...

Federalism, Money, and Taxes
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-30
Will such a taxation system achieve the objective of Philippine federalism? It all depends upon the quantum of the taxes collected respectively by the federal government on the one hand and the states on the other hand. If the former collects more than the ...

Sereno appeals 'null and void' ouster at Supreme Court
Rappler - 2018-05-30
MANILA, Philippines - Ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno filed on Wednesday, May 30, her 205-page motion for reconsideration before the Supreme Court, asking her colleagues to reverse their decision to remove her via a quo warranto petition.

Philippines on cryptocurrency
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-30
However, the BSP emphasized that this issuance is not to endorse VCs as currencies but merely to regulate the use of VCs in financial or business transactions. Thus, the BSP reminds the public to be cautious in entering into VC transactions as it is a ...

In appeal of ouster, Sereno warns of 'far-reaching consequences' of SC ruling - 2018-05-30
Sereno said this counters the political question doctrine that "had always applied to public officers exercising discretion" such as the Commission on Elections and heads of local government units. "Now, the acts of the Judicial and Bar Council and ...

Developer of hit video game Fortnite sued for alleged copyright infringement
The Guardian - 2018-05-30
The creator of the smash-hit video game Fortnite is to be sued in South Korea for copyright violation. According to the Korean Times, a lawsuit has been filed by PUGB Corp, a subsidiary of the publisher Bluehole. It alleges that Fortnite bears many ...

Opposition senators seek probe into Calida firm's gov't contracts
Rappler - 2018-05-30
In January 2017, majority senators stripped Trillanes of power to investigate corruption in the Bureau of Immigration (BI). At the time, Senator Richard Gordon insisted that the resolution be referred to his committee on justice, as the BI is under the ...

Sereno appeals Supreme Court's ouster ruling
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 30) -- The camp of former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Wednesday formally asked the Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling to unseat her. Sereno's legal counsel Justin Mendoza filed the motion for ...

House approves proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law
Rappler - 2018-05-30
The block grant to the Bangsamoro will be reduced from 6% to just 5% of the national revenue from the collections of the Bureau of Internal Revenue and Bureau of Customs. These amendments, including the controversial provisions lawmakers believe to be ...

SC warns lawyers: Disrupt oath-taking ceremony decorum, face contempt
Rappler - 2018-05-30
The Supreme Court (SC) warned against disruptive behavior when new lawyers take their oath on Friday, June 1, at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC). "Any act that undermines the safe and orderly conduct of the Oath-Taking Ceremonies or ...

Phinma oil, gas exploration in Visayas, Camotes faces stiff opposition
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-30
Cusi, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F ... It covers the municipal waters of 30 coastal towns in the provinces of Masbate, Cebu, Bohol and Leyte. The Visayan Sea is a rich fishing ground and is being eyed as a fisheries management area.

Gwen Garcia fumes at Civil Aeronautics Board over varying airfares
Rappler - 2018-05-30
But this irked Garcia. The lawmaker asked Samodio, whom she called as "Mr Cab" if he meant to say airlines are keeping secrets from the Bureau of Internal Revenue. Samodio said no, explaining the government is able to examine the accounts should it ...

DOLE releases list of companies engaged in labor only contracting
Davao Today - 2018-05-30
In a statement released by DOLE, among the top violators include the Jollibee Food Corporation with 14,960 affected workers, the Dole Philippines, Inc., with 10,521, and the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) with 8,310. Other companies engaged ...

CA confirms Comelec Commissioner Socorro Inting
Rappler - 2018-05-30
This comes a day after Inting hurdled a CA hearing about her appointment to the poll body. Inting is a former associate justice of the Court of Appeals (CA). She hails from Davao City, where President Rodrigo Duterte served as mayor for more than two decades.

'Frozen' Songwriters Let Go From Copyright Infringement Lawsuit For Now
Forbes - 2018-05-30
The songwriters of Frozen have been let go from a copyright infringement lawsuit for now. Before the long Memorial Day weekend, a federal court in California agreed to remove Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez from a lawsuit claiming that they copied ...

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