Tax reform is never easy
BusinessMirror. - 2017-09-26
IN his new book, A Fine Mess, author T.R. Reid discusses how the United States can and should reform its complex tax system, by comparing it with other taxation systems from all over the world. Mostly, he writes about stories and lessons that the US could ...

SPC Released Big Data Report on IP Infringement
Lexology - 2017-09-26
The Report pointed out that about 12,000 cases of IP infringement were concluded over the past two years, with a year-on-year increase of 41% in 2016. The Report showed that copyright infringement cases accounted for 50.2% of all the IP cases nationwide ...

The fruits of his labor
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-09-26
Inc., with the participation of co-presenters Department of Trade and Industry, the Philippine Business for Social Progress, and the Philippine Stock Exchange. In the next few weeks, BusinessWorld will feature each finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year ...

Focus on Medicinal Marijuana: Obtaining intellectual property rights for new medicinal cannabis varieties
Lexology - 2017-09-26
In jurisdictions where recreational cannabis use is legal, traditional selective breeding techniques have been used to develop thousands of new cannabis varieties or strains. With the recent enactment of legislation that permits the cultivation of ...

Google isn't violating copyright, says court, even if its thumbnails are of pirated photos
ZDNet - 2017-09-26
Germany's federal court says Google can't be expected to check whether images scraped by its systems are legally posted. Google's image-search engine does not violate copyright by showing people thumbnails of copyright-infringing pictures, Germany's ...

Beyonce Denies Infringement Allegations in 'Formation' Lawsuit
Rolling Stone - 2017-09-25
Estate of late New Orleans rapper Messy Mya sued pop star for $20 million over audio samples featured in video for 'Lemonade' single Beyoncé denied copyright infringement allegations in a new response to a lawsuit filed by the estate of late New Orleans ...

Google Pays $1.1B To Acquire HTC's Pixel Team, Intellectual Property Rights
NewsFactor Business Report - 2017-09-24
Under a $1.1 billion collaboration agreement announced today, HTC employees who helped develop Google's Pixel smartphone will soon become official Googlers. In return, the struggling, Taiwan-based consumer electronics firm receives a financial shot in the ...

Kendall and Kylie Jenner slam Tupac copyright lawsuit - 2017-09-24
Despite pulling the items from their Kendall + Kylie clothing line and apologising, photographer Michael Miller filed suit for copyright infringement, claiming Kendall, 21, and Kylie, 20, used his images of late rapper Tupac without his permission.

Improving the investment climate
Inquirer Opinion - 2017-09-23
Even then, fostering a good business environment goes beyond liberalizing the economy on paper. A more attractive economy will be the result of several factors, including a stable macroeconomic environment, adequate infrastructure, lessened red tape ...

Tax reform package on track for implementation in January
Inquirer - 2017-09-23
The Department of Finance sees on-schedule implementation by January next year of the first package of the comprehensive tax reform program that will slash personal income tax rates and raise imposts on consumption after the Senate version was filed last ...

Chance the Rapper sued for copyright infringement; hear the songs
Chicago Tribune - 2017-09-23
Abdul Wali Muhammad (formerly known as Eric P. Saunders) says Chance the Rapper's song "Windows" from his 2012 debut mixtape "10 Days" samples Muhammad's song, "Bridge Through Time," without permission.

Banksy strikes again: Basquiat, graffiti, and the issue of copyright law
But could Banksy find himself embroiled in a legal fight for an alleged copyright infringement? We have seen how his own murals have incorporated an entire Basquiat work and the stylised crowns used and popularised by the American artist. The first issue ...

Protecting Intellectual Property and Product Integrity
Industry Week - 2017-09-22
Mandates such as anti-counterfeiting laws are driving pharma operations toward an information-enabled state. There are clear benefits to this. Digitized processes and connected systems give you the foundation for full traceability to meet pharma ...

Senate version sets higher excise taxes on cars
Inquirer - 2017-09-22
The latest Senate version of the first comprehensive tax reform package is proposing that the excise tax on cars would have a higher rate next year from what was passed in the Lower House last May, a move which raises prices beyond the comforts of the ...

For protesters at Mendiola, Duterte, Marcos no different
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-09-22
Walang pinagkaiba ang administrasyong Duterte sa rehimeng Marcos pareho silang pasista," Edwin Bustillos, secretary general of Alliance of Progressive Labor, said in his speech. (The rhetoric of promise that once the war on drugs is complete, everything ...

Google Pays $1.1B To Acquire HTC's Pixel Team, Intellectual Property Rights
Top Tech News - 2017-09-21
Under a $1.1 billion collaboration agreement announced today, HTC employees who helped develop Google's Pixel smartphone will soon become official Googlers. In return, the struggling, Taiwan-based consumer electronics firm receives a financial shot in the ...

Senate committee OKs tax reform bill
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-09-21
Higher VAT exemption Also, the Senate version will provide relief to small business owners through a higher exemption on the value-added tax slapped on their sales. SB 1592 raised the VAT-exempt threshold on the sale or lease of goods and services to P3 ...

Break Me Off a Piece of That Infringement Lawsuit
JD Supra - 2017-09-21
The suit--which alleges trademark and copyright infringement as well as dilution, unfair competition and false designation of origin--seeks punitive damages and injunctive relief, as well as trebled monetary damages for willful and intentional violations ...

Amazon is lifeline for retail workers, if they live in right city
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-09-21
Many of these new warehouse jobs are at Amazon fulfillment centers, buildings of about a million square feet where products are retrieved, packed into boxes and shipped to homes around the ... and manufacturing and 19 th Century jobs.

Snyder County firm drops copyright infringement claims
Daily Item - 2017-09-21
WILLIAMSPORT -- A Snyder County company that creates, markets and sells camouflage designs and patterns used to decorate a variety of goods including apparel, firearms and cutlery has voluntarily dismissed its copyright infringement claims against two ...

Carrie Underwood has never heard song at the centre of copyright battle - 2017-09-21
The country singer has been named among the defendants in a new copyright infringement lawsuit filed by Ron McNeill and Georgia Lyons, who allege her Something in the Water hit was written by them. They claim they presented their version of the song ...

Valley firm drops copyright claims against Ohio companies
Daily Item - 2017-09-20
WILLIAMSPORT -- A Snyder County company that creates, markets and sells camouflage designs and patterns used to decorate a variety of goods including apparel, firearms and cutlery has voluntarily dismissed its copyright infringement claims against two ...

Tax reform version in Senate up for approval
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-09-20
"This will provide relief to many small business owners." Mr. Angara further noted that the bill "retained important exemptions related to food production, health care, and socialized housing," as well as exemptions for the BPO industry ...

Opportunities await job seekers, entrepreneurs at DZBB Trabaho Negosyo Fair - 2017-09-20
and Philippine Overseas Employment Administration will offer services for pre-employment requirements while the Bureau of Internal Revenue and Mandaluyong Business Permits and Licensing Office will have help desks for business inquiries. "Bahagi ito ng ...

Intellectual Property: The Most Valuable Asset of a Technology Startup
Inside Counsel - 2017-09-20
Today, Intellectual property can be the most valuable asset of a technology startup company. So, protecting IP is essential to obtaining venture capital funding warding off unfair competing. Tim Harris, Partner at Bird & Bird, shared with Inside Counsel ...

Taylor Swift faces copyright suit over song "Shake it Off"
RJRNEWS - 2017-09-20
Representatives for Taylor Swift on Tuesday rejected a copyright infringement lawsuit filed on Monday by two songwriters over Swift's hit song Shake It Off. The claims were laughed at and labelled ridiculous. Songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler said in ...

Protecting your intellectual property abroad - 2017-09-20
Foreign trade has been a cornerstone of the British economy and roughly 1 in 5 small UK businesses export. Exporters achieve 59% faster productivity growth than non-exporters. Along with great possibilities exporting can also bring a number of problems and ...

Canadian songwriters file lawsuit against Carrie Underwood for copyright infringement
WSPA - 2017-09-19
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - Two Canadian songwriters have filed a lawsuit alleging copyright infringement against country superstar Carrie Underwood and others. The lawsuit alleges Ronald McNeill and Georgia Lyons-Savage composed the chorus, melody and ...

Call center or smoke center?
Inquirer Opinion - 2017-09-19
It is located near the Ilocos Norte National High School, Ilocos Norte College of Arts and Trades, Rizal Park, Marcos Stadium and the College of Teacher Education of the Mariano Marcos State University. An employee of the provincial education office ...

COMMENTARY: Who will pay for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Marawi?
Mindanews - 2017-09-19
Filipinos from the Babuyan Islands in the north and the Turtle ... grants and loans for the Marawi rehabilitation. The Philippine Daily Inquirer (Aug. 28, 2017) in its report entitled "ADB, World Bank to be lead coordinators in Marawi rehabilitation ...

At least 3,827 Filipinos languishing in jails in 52 countries - DFA report
The Daily Tribune - 2017-09-19
In a data released during the United Nations General Assembly, International Labor Organization (ILO) stressed that more than 40 million people around the world were victims of modern slavery in 2016. An estimated 25 million people were in forced labor at ...

ILO report: 40 million still trapped in modern slavery
BusinessMirror. - 2017-09-19
Modern slavery, forced marriages and child labor threaten the ability of countries to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This was the primary finding of a report released by the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Walk Free ...

Rappler Talk: Emerging opportunities for OFWs under Duterte administration
Rappler - 2017-09-19
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) recently announced that there will soon be 100,000 jobs for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Japan. Rappler's Patty Pasion sat down with Labor Undersecretary Bernard Olalia to discuss ...

83 websites found liable for copyright infringement
Vietnam Investment Reviev - 2017-09-19
The Authority of Broadcasting and Electronic Information (ABEI) under the Ministry of Information and Communications on September 14 announced a list of 83 websites that have been found to infringe copyright rules., one of the 83 websites in ...

MBHB Snippets: A review of developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 15, Issue 3
JD Supra - 2017-09-18
The DTSA After One Year: Has the Federal Trade Secrets Law Met Expectations? - On May 11, 2017, the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) - the law that created a Federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation - celebrated its first birthday.

'Grinch' parody play gets go ahead from court in copyright claim - 2017-09-18
In retaliation, Dr Suess filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Lombardo at the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein handed down his opinion on Friday, September 15, ruling in favour of Lombardo ...

DID YOU KNOW: PSA notes positive employment trend
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-09-17
According to the Labor Turnover Survey of the Philippine Statistics Authority, the overall employment in enterprises in Metro Manila exhibited positive growths in 2016. Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70 ...

DOF to submit 2nd tax reform package next year
Philstar - 2017-09-17
In an interview last Friday, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said the DOF has moved the target submission of the second CTRP package from the fourth quarter of 2017 to early next year as it concentrates first on its fight for the first tax reform bill ...

A critique of the UA&P studies on tax reform
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-09-17
By the first year, about P74 billion will be generated to fund infrastructure, health, education, and social protection measures. Under this proposal, independent estimates show an increase in annual direct expenditure for gasoline, diesel, kerosene ...

QC Real-Property Tax
BusinessMirror. - 2017-09-17
But the tax from these transactions would have been very minimal because the legal basis would be the old P5,000 value, resulting to a the huge loss of revenue for the local government, he explained. Early last year, the Commission on Audit, the Department ...

Govt to create fund for jobless workers
BusinessMirror. - 2017-09-17
This will also require amendments to the Labor Code. Currently, the Neda is looking for sponsors to push this bill at the House of Representatives and the Senate. Despite the slight uptick in the number of unemployed Filipinos in July, the national ...

Chance The Rapper Sued for Copyright Infringement (Week in Review)
Antimusic - 2017-09-17
Chance The Rapper Sued for Copyright Infringement was a Top 10 story on Wednesday: ( ( A former jazz musician is suing Chance the Rapper for copyright infringement, claiming that the rap star's track "Windows" samples a song that he owns.

Tax court upholds one-year prison term for beauty doctor Joel Mendez
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-09-17
Mendez argued he was not required to submit his income tax return due to his lack of income at the time. The court said, however, that his business was shown to be existing and operating during that year. It noted that Mendez began rendering medical ...

Remittances sustain strong growth in July
Philstar - 2017-09-16
Remittances together with business process outsourcing (BPO) and tourism receipts serve as a major source of foreign exchange buffer or gross international reserves that help shield the Philippines from external shocks. "We are seeing both remittances ...

Econ experts laud tax reform plan
Philstar - 2017-09-16
It added that the entire tax reform package can help raise the additional P1 trillion needed annually to fund investments in infrastructure, education, health, social protection, training, and research and development. FEF also lauded the design and ...

FEF airs support for tax reform plan
Inquirer - 2017-09-16
and increases in SSS (Social Security System) pensions unmatched by increases in contribution. Moreover, this targeted revenue hike will temper the impact of anticipated higher interest rates due to global market developments," the group said.

UPLB play pays tribute to Macario Sakay
Inquirer Lifestyle - 2017-09-16
Now comes a play titled "Macario Sakay: Kilabot ng Sierra Madre," written by Efren Yambot, directed by Alexander Cortez and presented by Upsilon Sigma Phi in partnership with the University of the Philippines-Los Baños (UPLB) Department of Social ...

People & Events
Visayan Daily Star - 2017-09-16
CGS A resolution urging the Bacolod City Health Office to disseminate information and institute ... The Philippine Association of Medical Technologists Inc. Negros Occidental Chapter joined the National Medical Technology Week celebration September 10-16 ...

IP Hires: Norton Rose, Buchanan Ingersoll, Howard & Howard
Law 360 - 2017-09-15
Law360, New York (September 15, 2017, 4:23 PM EDT) -- In this week's intellectual property partners on the move, Norton Rose hires an ex-Fried Frank IP partner, Buchanan Ingersoll nabs a drug patent pro, and Howard & Howard adds an IP litigator to its Las ...

EU Brexit Position paper on Intellectual property rights - the tip of the iceberg
Lexology - 2017-09-15
The EU Commission on 7 September 2017 published its eagerly awaited position paper on intellectual property rights post Brexit ion. Recognizing ...

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