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
philstar.com - 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
thestandard.com.ph - 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
brandingstrategyinsider.com - 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 ...

Duterte yet to lift total deployment ban to Kuwait
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-22
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 21) -- Has President Rodrigo Duterte really ordered the lifting of the total ban on worker's deployment to Kuwait? Just last week, MalacaƱang announced the ban's lifting. "Upon recommendation of the Special Envoy to ...

Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-22
Among the observers are the Asian Development Bank, the International Monetary Fund ... Internal Revenue Service financial transactions of US persons. Accordingly, the Philippines adopted Republic Act 10021 on March 8, 2010, otherwise known as the ...

Finance official clears TRAIN law in basic goods price spike
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-22
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 22) -- The Finance Department on Tuesday maintained the tax reform law is not the cause of higher prices of basic goods, as it contributed less than half a percent to the inflation rate in April. Finance Undersecretary ...

Dominguez asks Congress to pass second Train package
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-05-22
He said the Train law also allowed the Bureaus of Internal Revenue and of Customs to exceed their respective collection targets in the first quarter this year. Dominguez said the biggest impact of Train was not on the prices of basic goods but on non ...

OFW's remains to arrive from South Korea this week
Sun Star - 2018-05-22
Sister of Angelo, Jeanette Claveria said in a phone interview on May 22, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) assured them that they are currently facilitating the repatriation of the remains of their brother. "I hope it will be within this ...

Court judges unite vs Sereno
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-05-22
Judges and court employees on Monday rallied behind the May 11 decision of the Supreme Court to boot Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno out of office, even as the ousted magistrate clung to the hope of a reversal of the ruling against her. Again wearing ...

Sotto says Senate 'cannot intervene' in SC decision on Sereno ouster
Rappler - 2018-05-22
MANILA, Philippines - New Senate President Vicente Sotto III said the chamber has no jurisdiction over the Supreme Court decision ousting former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Sotto said the Senate has sole jurisdiction only on an impeachment trial ...

654 students hired under SPES in Mt. Province
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-05-22
BONTOC, Mountain Province, May 21 (PIA) -- The provincial and municipal local government units in the province continue their support to the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to help the ...

25 AgSur MSMEs now enrolled in KMME 2018
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-05-22
Taxation, and 10) Business Law: Basic Obligations and Contracts. Before graduation, these mentees will present their respective business improvement plan, incorporating the learning from the lectures and mentoring sessions. Businesses that will qualify for ...

Supreme Court upholds CA ruling to give protection to human rights lawyer
Rappler - 2018-05-22
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court (SC) has affirmed a Court of Appeals (CA) decision to grant the petition of a human rights lawyer for the issuance of the writs of amparo and habeas data. In a 21-page ruling issued penned by Associate Justice ...

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