Senate body sets hearing on SC's quo warranto ruling - 2018-05-25
The 14 senators - Francis Pangilinan, Francis Escudero, Antonio Trillanes IV, Sonny Angara, Leila de Lima, Grace Poe, Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, Sherwin Gatchalian, Risa Hontiveros, Joel Villanueva, Loren Legarda, Minority Leader Franklin Drilon ...

Rights group calls on UN to investigate violations under martial law in Mindanao
Bulatlat - 2018-05-25
has promoted State terrorism and violence in the Southern Philippines," Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay said in a statement. Karapatan also documented 22 cases of torture, 116 victims of frustrated extrajudicial killings, 89 victims of ...

TPVI cleared to buy Naga plant
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-24
ABOITIZ POWER Corp. said in Thursday that its subsidiary had received regulatory certification to initiate the purchase of a power plant in Naga City, Cebu. In a disclosure to the stock exchange, AboitizPower said the certificate of effectivity issued by ...

Work safety bill calls for stiff penalties against violators
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-24
The newly ratified Occupational Safety and Health Standards bill will motivate employers to look after the safety of their workers. -- PHILIPPINE STAR/MICHAEL VARCAS THE newly ratified Occupational Safety and Health Standards bill fines employers up to ...

Police: American death case closed
Sun Star - 2018-05-24
The Court of Appeals also dismissed a subsequent petition filed by the firm to annul the SEC ruling for lack of merit, among others on March 25, 2014. A city official told SunStar Pampanga Thursday that Terracotta did not for a permit to operate the ...

Copyright and Fair Use in the Age of YouTube
IPWatchdog - 2018-05-24
An often-relied on defense against allegations of copyright infringement is the "Fair Use" defense. A recent case, Hosseinzadeh v. Klein, (2017 WL 3668846, 2017) provides some interesting clarity. While the concept of fair use is well-known ...

13 DENR lawyers lauded
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-24
Cimatu led the recognition rites during the flag-raising ceremony at the DENR Central Office in Visayas Avenue, Quezon City ... "First Class Honors" (equivalent to summa cum laude) at University of Melbourne in Melbourne, Australia.

FACT CHECK: No Sereno admission of 'order' from Robredo in blog post video
Rappler - 2018-05-24
Claim: Ousted Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno supposedly admitted that Vice President Leni Robredo instructed her to call for the resignation of President Rodrigo Duterte. A blog post by on May 20 ran the headline, "Nabuking!

Dip in Philippine competitiveness ranking a 'wake-up call' - business leaders
Rappler - 2018-05-24
The report stated that the decline in business efficiency was caused by the dip in the following sub-factors: labor sector (5th to 19th), finance (33rd to 39th), management practices (28th to 33rd), and attitudes and values (18th to 34th). The Philippines ...

Court Approves $43.4M Spotify Artists Compensation Fund Settling Class Action Lawsuit
Hypebot - 2018-05-24
The court has approved the settlement of combined class action lawsuits originally brought against Spotify for copyright infringement by musicians David Lowery and Melissa Ferrick. The settlement guarantees an artist compensation of $43.4million plus ...

DOLE sets guidelines on Boracay assistance
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-05-24
MANILA, May 24 -- The labor department has set the guidelines on the implementation of the Adjustment Measures Program (AMP) for formal sector workers affected by the rehabilitation of Boracay. Department Order No. 191 seeks to ensure that the AMP under ...

Lenovo posts $189 million full-year loss on one-time write-off
Rappler - 2018-05-24
Lenovo continues to be weighted down by the poor performance of a subscale mobile segment despite an improved datacenter business, Johnathan Ritucci, a Bloomberg Intelligence analyst, wrote ahead of the release. "Its US PC franchise strategy also needs to ...

DOJ: Australian nun can appeal Immigration order to forfeit her visa
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-24
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 24) -- The fight for Australian nun Patricia Fox to stay in the country is not yet over. The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday said the missionary can appeal the order of the Bureau of Immigration to forfeit her ...

Philippines suffers big drop in global competitiveness ranking
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-24
The country can also increase investment in health and education to improve labor productivity, "currently a major weakness of the country." The briefing paper noted, "Investment in education and training provides better opportunities for higher-value ...

Budget deficit swells to P116 billion in 4 months - 2018-05-24
On the other hand, a surplus is achieved when revenues outpace disbursements. The government historically gains surplus during April as income tax filing falls within this month. Based on data provided by the finance department, computations show ...

China, US agree to cooperate on intellectual property protection
China Daily - 2018-05-23
World's two largest economies reach agreement to avert trade war, Yuan Shenggao reports. China and the United States have agreed to increase cooperation in intellectual property protection to facilitate trade and investment, according to a recent joint ...

Contract Corner: Contractual Allocation of Intellectual Property Ownership
JD Supra - 2018-05-23
In Part 1 of this three-part series, we discussed how intellectual property ownership is determined in the U.S. if no agreement is in place. In this second part, we discuss the typical ways that parties can use contracts to determine intellectual property ...

LRT1 fare hike fueled by greed, lawmakers fume - 2018-05-23
especially our prayer of returning the fare to its previous rates and for the accumulated funds from the fare hike to be returned to MRT and LRT commuters through discounted fares like what the [high court] did with the Meralco overcharging in 2013 ...

PHL competitiveness falls most in Asia
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-23
Asked about "worsening public finances," Mr. Bris said the Philippines ranked "very badly in terms of corporate taxation" noting it has the highest tax rate in Asia at 30%, which "has been like that for a long time." "There is no tax ...

Faster spending growth widens 4-month deficit
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-23
Ricafort, economist at Rizal Commercial Banking Corp., said ... income tax, estate and donors taxes, while stripping away some value-added tax incentives. Guian Angelo S. Dumalagan, market economist at the Land Bank of the Philippines, meanwhile said ...

Sen. Villanueva: Domestic workers must first get TESDA certification before Kuwait deployment
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 23) -- Senate Labor Committee chair Joel Villanueva on Wednesday said household service workers must obtain a certification from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) before they can go to Kuwait.

Immigration bureau denies Australian nun's appeal to reinstate missionary visa
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 23) -- The Bureau of Immigration on Wednesday denied the appeal of Australian nun Patricia Fox to reinstate her missionary visa, paving the way for her mandated exit from the country. "This order is final and executory.

Spotify Wins Approval of $112.5 Million Deal to Settle Copyright Class Action
The Hollywood Reporter - 2018-05-23
willful copyright infringement of their works," stated the Wixen group in a filing. Pointing to the possibility of statutory damages -- up to $150,000 per work for willful infringement and $30,000 for nonwillful infringement-- the objectors told the ...

The scandals bedevilling Facebook
Rappler - 2018-05-23
It is accused of spreading disinformation and propaganda including via postings - often in the form of sponsored ads that target users based on their personal data - that could influence opinion, for example over immigration. Facebook is in particular ...

Senate to ensure adequate protection for OFWs
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-23
In Photo: In this September 17, 2017, file photo, returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) fall in line at the immigration counter of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 in ParaƱaque City. Senators on Wednesday vowed to institute measures ...

Brexit's Effects On Intellectual Property Rights Protection | First Impressions Of The Draft Agreement On The Withdrawal Of The UK From The EU
Mondaq - 2018-05-23
On March 19, 2018, the updated draft of the Agreement on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union ("EU") was published. The draft provides, inter alia, for the continued protection of intellectual property rights in the UK post ...

Labor tells government to address unintended outcomes of CTRP
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-23
About 20 percent of their income goes to rice," Corral said, citing figures from the Philippines Institute for Development Studies (PIDS). Based on its market monitoring, the TUCP said the different varieties of rice have already increased by 7 percent.

New NAFTA Needs Intellectual Property Protections
Economics21 - 2018-05-23
The North American Free Trade Agreement may soon be in for an update, as the United States, Mexico, and Canada seek to update the treaty. One important area needing more attention from negotiators is intellectual property (IP) protection for companies ...

Cue the new 1701Q
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-23
For those unfamiliar with BIR Form 1701Q, this tax return is for quarterly filing by individuals who are engaged in business or practice a profession in the Philippines, and persons acting in any fiduciary capacity (i.e. trustees, guardians or executors ...

Irish OLED Intellectual Property Firm Solas OLED Reports Continued Growth With Expanded Patent Portfolio
PR Newswire - 2018-05-23
Solas OLED Ltd., an Irish OLED intellectual property company headquartered in Dublin, today reported strong growth as the firm attends SID Display Week in Los Angeles, the event for the world's electronic display industry, as a key sponsor. Established in ...

Online businesses and value-added tax
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-23
With the rise of online business stores and with the undeniable convenience they present, it is easier than ever to sell and purchase goods and services online. In 2013 the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) released Revenue Memorandum Circular (RMC ...

Appeal denied: PH orders Australian nun Patricia Fox to leave
Rappler - 2018-05-23
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI) denied the motion for reconsideration of Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox, and affirmed its order for her to leave the country. The order to leave is based on the BI's forfeiture of Fox's ...

PhilRice: With technologies already in place, farmers can survive TRAIN
TechnoChops - 2018-05-23
The truth, I have learned since some months back, is that a farmer does so much more: from land preparation to harvesting and on to post-harvest labor. A farmer needs fuel to harvest each hectare of land. With the coming of TRAIN, the excise taxes on fuel ...

The Script sue James Arthur
Missoulian - 2018-05-23
The Irish trio have taken legal action against the 30-year-old singer for copyright infringement after claiming his 2016 comeback track 'Say You Won't Let Go' rips off their 2008 single 'The Man Who Can't Be Moved'. The band are being represented by ...

Filipino household workers can fly to Kuwait next week - Bello
Rappler - 2018-05-23
MANILA, Philippines - Household service workers (HSWs) awaiting deployment to Kuwait can fly to the Gulf state starting next week, labor officials said on Wednesday, May 23 In a Senate hearing on the welfare of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), Labor ...

Cesspools and toilets
The Visayan Daily Star - 2018-05-23
This is despite the December 2008 order of the Supreme Court demanding 13 government agencies to clean up, rehabilitate and preserve Manila Bay, and restore and maintain its waters to safe levels to make them fit for swimming, skin diving and other forms ...

The Script sue James Arthur for copyright infringement over 'Say You Won't Let Go'
The Independent - 2018-05-23
Singer James Arthur is being sued for copyright infringement by Irish band The Script over alleged similarities between his 2016 hit "Say You Won't Let Go" and their 2008 song "The Man Who Can't Be Moved". Busch argues that Arthur, a former X Factor ...

Potential investors looking for 'stable legal system' in PH
Rappler - 2018-05-23
Former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's midnight appointment of Renato Corona, Corona's eventual impeachment, and former president Benigno Aquino III's appointment of Sereno led to the notion that the Supreme Court (SC) has been entangled in politics.

Fiscal deficit widens in first four months
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-23
"Jan to April revenues higher than program by 7% or by P21.4 billion, he said, noting that the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Bureau of Customs (BoC) exceeded their goals by P19.4 billion and P2 billion, respectively. The Finance chief said ...

Brand Owners Guide To Copyright Protection - 2018-05-23
in the form of a suit for copyright infringement, rather than to the Copyright Office, which makes no judgment as to originality of any work for which registration is sought. The current copyright statute restates the accepted rule, often enunciated in ...

FinTech Fast Track Initiative Announced by Intellectual Property Office of Singapore
Lexology - 2018-05-23
The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) has announced an initiative under which the examination of patent applications relating to FinTech can be accelerated. The initiative was launched on 26 April 2018 and will be effective for 12 months.

The rise of intellectual property (IP) in China
Lexology - 2018-05-23
China has once again become a major world economic force to be reckoned with after playing an unprecedented game of economic catch-up since 1978. Its booming ecommerce market and a shift from primary products and manufacturing to more of a consumer economy ...

Chick-Fil-A, ESPN Want Out Of TV Commercial Copyright Suit
Law360 - 2018-05-22
Law360 (May 22, 2018, 7:47 PM EDT) -- Chick-fil-A Inc. and ESPN Inc. on Tuesday asked a Texas federal court to toss a copyright infringement suit alleging they stole music from a little-known Dallas rock band to fill out two commercials, saying Platinum ...

Copyright Being Used To Prevent Actress From Showing Her Own Demo Reel
Techdirt - 2018-05-22
You may recall that Doniger was the lawyer behind Playboy suing Boing Boing for copyright infringement for linking to an Imgur collection of Playboy centerfolds. That case went so poorly that the judge tossed it out in just two months. Before that ...

St-Georges Eco-Mining Announces Spin-Out of Subsidiary ZeU Crypto Networks & Intellectual Property Acquisition Agreement Amendment with Tiande
Best Junior Mining Stocks - 2018-05-22
Montreal, QC / TheNewswire / May 22, 2018 - St-Georges Eco-Mining Corp. (CSE: SX) (OTC: SXOOF) (FSE: 85G1) announces that it intends to spin-out its subsidiary ZeU Crypto Networks Inc., with the intent of listing ZeU on the Canadian Securities Exchange.

Tucson businesswoman Lisa Frank settles copyright lawsuit
Arizona Daily Star - 2018-05-22
The copyright infringement lawsuit filed by Tucson business legend Lisa Frank was settled Monday, court records show. Lisa Frank, Inc. and Canada-based Orb Factory agreed to a confidential settlement on the fifth day of the civil jury trial, with each ...

Tax perks reform may still change -- DoF exec
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-22
Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III THE DEPARTMENT of Finance (DoF) said it is open to changes in its corporate tax reform proposal, but maintained that the overall objective of streamlining incentives should not be compromised. "We have to ...

Dominguez seeks congressional OK of 2nd tax reform package
Sun Star - 2018-05-22
Rep. Dakila Carlo Cua, the committee chairman, along with Deputy Speaker Raneo Abu and Deputy Majority Leader Aurelio Gonzales Jr., filed HB 7458 that aims to lower the corporate income tax (CIT) and reform the investment incentives system. This measure ...

Around town
Sun Star - 2018-05-22
Cabahug Excellence Awards last month was Eugene Dadol, a magna cum laude graduate, BS in Secondary Education-Physics-Mathematics ... The activity was coordinated by the Society of Cabahug medalists headed by its president, Visitacion Flores Mendoza.

Moreno camp to consolidate cases before Sandiganbayan
Sun Star - 2018-05-22
AFTER successfully consolidating Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno's 24 administrative cases before the Court of Appeals, the mayor's camp is yet again aiming to consolidate the 24 criminal cases before anti-graft court Sandiganbayan. In an interview ...

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