IP, Pharma Groups Call For Patent Eligibility Law Overhaul
Law 360 - 2017-01-31
Law360, New York (January 30, 2017, 8:51 PM EST) -- Citing the confusion caused by recent court rulings on patent-eligibility, major intellectual property and pharmaceutical industry groups have suggested to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that the ...

POEA shuts down illegal recruitment agency in Las PiƱas City
Philippine Information Agency - 2017-01-31
MANDALUYONG CITY, Jan. 31 (PIA)--The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) shut down an illegal recruitment agency in Las PiƱas City following weeks of surveillance and complaints from victims. The POEA identified the agency as the Lapcon ...

Sue-per Bowl Shuffle III: The Year In NFL-Related Intellectual Property Litigation
JD Supra - 2017-01-30
Two years ago, I started worrying about what would happen if someone at a Super Bowl party asked me to explain an NFL-related lawsuit, particularly one of those intellectual property lawsuits that sports fans assume IP lawyers know about. This anxiety led ...

Good for business
BusinessMirror. - 2017-01-30
Indeed, the Philippines is one of the few countries with a security of tenure provision in its Constitution, as well as in its Labor Code. Security of tenure means the right to continued employment and the right to be protected against dismissal ...

Right to disconnect from work messages after office hours pushed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-01-29
"It has also created a problem of undeclared labor as employees are forced to work, although indirectly, beyond work hours responding to e-mails, text messages and calls on mobile phones," Castelo said. "It can lead to burnout -- or the ...

Rich? Scared about the Trumpocalypse? Try New Zealand
thestandard.com.ph - 2017-01-28
Immigration New Zealand also reported a spike in inquiries from Britain after the Brexit vote. Just last week, it emerged that tech titan Peter Thiel, one of Trump's strongest supporters, quietly obtained New Zealand citizenship in 2011 and owns several ...

Fire Rooster: Year of abundance
Inquirer Lifestyle - 2017-01-27
If this rooster were asked to describe itself, it would in all likelihood say the following: I herald the coming of the dawn and at sunset, I declare its departure; I stand for precision; I labor like clockwork and can be labeled a perfectionist ...

Further opening of economy sought
Inquirer - 2017-01-27
... reform package seeks to reduce maximum personal income tax from 32 percent to 25 percent and the corporate income tax from 30 percent to 25 percent. It also seeks to expand the value-added tax (VAT) base by reducing the coverage of its exemptions.

Labor reform
thestandard.com.ph - 2017-01-27
The labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno hold up a symbolic pen to press Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to sign a new policy that will end contractualization of workers. Manny Palmero Topics: Labor reform, Kilusang Mayo Uno, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello ...

RP leads growth in Asia for 2016
The Daily Tribune - 2017-01-27
"This is attributed to high consumer confidence, modest inflation and interest rates, and improving labor market conditions," he said. Pernia projected the industry sector is seen to stay vibrant. "The construction industry, in particular, will be in ...

DOLE-POEA one-stop centers serve 281,900 OFWs in 6 months
news.pia.gov.ph - 2017-01-27
Meanwhile, the government agencies providing services at the OSSCO are Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Technical Education and Skills Development ...

Cellectar Gets Another Cancer Drug Patent (CLRB)
Investopedia - 2017-01-25
Cellectar Biosciences Inc. (CLRB) secured an additional patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for its cancer drug candidates CLR 131 and CLR 125 to treat solid tumors. (See also: Sarepta Wins Favorable USPTO Decisions.) The Madison, Wisconsin ...

DSWD leads successful launching of Philippines' chairmanship of 2017 ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Pillar
Philippine Information Agency - 2017-01-25
MANILA, Jan. 25 - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) led the successful launching of the Philippines' Chairmanship of the Association of South East Asian Nation (ASEAN) Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Pillar on Tuesday, January 24 at ...

The rise of the Trumps amid a crumbling social contract
BusinessMirror. - 2017-01-25
No more free-trade talks; no more outsourcing of American jobs; no freer entry for cheap Chinese goods and Mexican labor; no free-loading by the Europeans on Atlantic defense budget; and so on. And yet, he wants the universal health-care system erected by ...

DTI-10 bats for 'Mentor ME' program
news.pia.gov.ph - 2017-01-25
In Misamis Oriental, 22 entrepreneurs were selected and had the privilege to move on to Phase 2, the final stage of "Mentor ME" series of trainings which has advanced modules on operations management, human resource management, taxation, supply and ...

Trump to unveil immigration, visa restrictions -- reports
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-01-25
President Donald Trump will sign executive orders starting Wednesday restricting refugees, visas and immigration, making good on his signature campaign pledges, US media reported. Trump is due to speak Wednesday to employees at the Department of Homeland ...

More Mindanao sakadas sue recruiter, employers
Bulatlat - 2017-01-25
The sakadas or migratory agricultural workers filed the complaints with the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) Region 3 against Greenhand Labor Service Cooperative, Agrikulto Inc., and Central Azucarera de Tarlac. According to Unyon ng mga ...

Trillanes accuses Aguirre of shakedown
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-01-23
Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV on Monday accused Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II of being part of a shakedown operation against Chinese casino tycoon Jack Lam whose workers were arrested by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) last November. The BI is under ...

New cigarette tax bill constitutional
thestandard.com.ph - 2017-01-23
Quezon City 1st District Representative Vincent "Bingbong" Crisologo said House Bill No. 4144 was in accordance with the 1987 Constitution, specifically Article VI, Section 28 that requires Congress to evolve a progressive system of taxation.

DOLE gears for UN women confab
news.pia.gov.ph - 2017-01-23
Tango will facilitate the working group in providing inputs to the country ministerial round table statement and side events composed of representatives from Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA); Overseas Workers Welfare Administration ...

DA thumbs down bill hiking tobacco tax
BusinessMirror. - 2017-01-23
The Department of Agriculture (DA) said it is against a proposal approved by the House of Representatives, which seeks to increase the tobacco tax, as it would hurt local farmers. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. PiƱol said he supports tobacco farmers ...

DSWD to lead ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Pillar Launch in Angeles City
Philippine Information Agency - 2017-01-23
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Jan. 23 (PIA) - As part of the Philippine hosting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) 2017, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will lead the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC ...

Blending colors: advocating child labor-free Camiguin
Philippine Information Agency - 2017-01-23
Coming in second was Mambajao National High School (Mambajao), and followed by Fatima College of Camiguin (Mambajao) on the 3rd place. Top prize winner coach, Joey Rugay Chavit revealed that his team prepared for the contest by drafting multiple practices ...

Blending colors: advocating child labor-free Camiguin
Philippine Information Agency - 2017-01-23
In 2012, Camiguin, through a memorandum of agreement with DOLE-X declared its province as "Child Labor-free Province," the only province in Northern Mindanao with such declaration ... and followed by Fatima College of Camiguin (Mambajao) on the 3rd ...

Protests in Bangladesh shake a global workshop for apparel
BusinessMirror. - 2017-01-23
In Photo: Garment workers on a lunch break in Bangladesh. At least 14 labor activists and workers have been detained since protests over low wages erupted at dozens of garment factories in Bangladesh, one of the top suppliers of clothing for global brands ...

Blending colors: advocating child labor-free Camiguin
news.pia.gov.ph - 2017-01-23
In partnership with the Provincial Government of Camiguin ... at the concrete tennis court walls at the public plaza (Burgos Street) along with some 50 junior high school students with their respective coaches and advisers. Among the participants, the ...

Ex-BI exec in alleged Jack Lam bribe case faces contempt raps
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-01-23
Villanueva disclosed this plan of the Senate committee on labor, employment and human resources development, which he chairs, during the hearing of the Senate blue ribbon committee on the bribery scandal on Monday. The senator lamented that former BI ...

Copyright vs. Design
Lexology - 2017-01-23
The Court also rejected the claim of the Plaintiff viz. copyright infringement, as the claims clearly fell within the ambit of the Designs Act, and accordingly, copyright claims in industrial drawings and designs, to be used for manufacturing processes ...

Mission: Possible
Inquirerer Sports - 2017-01-21
"Biomechanics will analyze the movements of our athletes and correct mistakes," says Velasco, the former head of the strength and conditioning unit of the Philippine Center for Sports Medicine (PCSM). "We used to rely on the forms of the Caucasians ...

Website Operators Must Comply with New DMCA Agent Registration Procedures or Risk Liability for Copyright Infringement
JD Supra - 2017-01-21
Initiation of copyright infringement claims on the internet is becoming more prevalent with the increasing sophistication of software that lets copyright owners scour the internet for infringements of images. If your website lets users post content, the ...

Updates on the legal battle for Green Cross
thestandard.com.ph - 2017-01-21
Last year, readers of this column were informed about the ongoing legal battle over the rightful ownership of the corporation which manufactures and sells Green Cross, the iconic rubbing alcohol brand which virtually every Filipino is familiar with. Almost ...

Deportation complaint vs Vergara junked
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-01-20
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has dismissed a deportation complaint filed by a Cabanatuan resident against Nueva Ecija Rep. Rosanna Vergara who reacquired her Philippine citizenship 10 years ago. On a five-page order dated Dec. 20, 2016, the BI said ...

Is your home a family home?
Inquirer - 2017-01-20
Dan and Rod danced with joy. They won their illegal case against the former employer, Eme Eme Ramos. The Labor Arbiter ordered Eme Eme to pay Dan and Rod an aggregate amount of almost P2 million representing backwages, separation pay, 13th month pay and ...

Over 45,000 passengers offloaded at NAIA in 2016
The Daily Tribune - 2017-01-20
More than 45,000 passengers were barred by the Bureau of Immigration from leaving the country last year who were suspected to be "tourist workers" and victims of human trafficking syndicate, BI commissioner Jaime Morente said. BI records revealed that ...

Immigration officers, recruiters nabbed for human trafficking
Rappler - 2017-01-20
Police further noted the victims also had no employment contracts or permits with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). "May text messages sa mga victims galing sa recruiter nila na doon sila pumila sa mga nasabing immigration officers.

10 promises Trump made for his first day
BusinessMirror. - 2017-01-20
Suspend immigration from regions associated with terrorism where vetting is difficult.

Elmer Cabahug: A champion in the playing field, a winner in the game of life
SPIN - 2017-01-20
The transition from wearing a team jersey to donning a public servant's robe was seamless ... "It's a great honor to serve my fellow Mandauehanons and give back to the community," said Cabahug, who to this day keeps in touch with his fans club known ...

FTC and DOJ Update Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property
JD Supra - 2017-01-19
On January 13, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) issued updated Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property (the Guidelines). The revised Guidelines follow nearly ...

Two-tier excise tax system is constitutionally mandated, says Crisologo
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-01-19
Vincent "Bingbong" Crisologo said House Bill (HB) No. 4144 was in accordance with the 1987 Constitution, specifically Article VI, Section 28 that requires Congress to evolve a progressive system of taxation. "Any product must be taxed according to ...

HB 4144 a balancing act, says ex-BIR chief
thestandard.com.ph - 2017-01-18
A regressive tax is one that is imposed in such a way that the tax rate decreases as the amount subject to taxation increases; that is how the current unitary tax is structured. HB 4144 took this issue of social equity into account. Based on a 2015 report ...

How Employment Agreements Can Protect An Employer's Intellectual Property And Defend Against Claims of Misappropriation
JD Supra - 2017-01-18
At approximately 4.6%, the current national unemployment rate is lower than it has been since before the 2008 recession. Generally speaking, this means that companies are hiring new employees. While hiring new employees is both a positive and necessary ...

Analysts Weigh in on Arista-Cisco Developments
Investopedia - 2017-01-17
On Friday, the International Trade Commission revoked a November ruling that indicated Arista would be able to import its goods from abroad related to its ongoing patent and copyright infringement cases with industry leader Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO).

Mark Zuckerberg Testifies in Dallas IP Case, Defends Facebook-Oculus Deal
texaslawyer.com - 2017-01-17
ZeniMax Media, which owns the Texas-based software developer id Software, sued Oculus for copyright infringement in 2014, adding Facebook as a defendant after the social media giant purchased the company. In its complaint, ZeniMax alleges that Facebook was ...

Of Klingons and Copyrights: Trekkie Fan Film Hits Fair Use Flameout
JD Supra - 2017-01-17
A Star-Trek fan-film is boldly headed to a jury trial to determine whether Axanar Productions--the company behind the fan-film--is liable for copyright infringement. Paramount Pictures and CBS Studios sued Axanar Productions in December 2015 after it ...

User pays but who gets paid? The vexed question of damages for copyright infringement
Lexology - 2017-01-17
The long running litigation in New Zealand between Oraka Technologies and Geostel/Napier Tool & Die over copyright in an asparagus grading machine hit the Court of Appeal again late last year on the question of whether a $4.1 million damages award should ...

Makati government allocates P11.2-million budget for PWD benefits
The Daily Tribune - 2017-01-17
They are also provided slots in the Special Program for the Employment of Students implemented by the city in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment. They are also given priority in parking areas and store lanes, discounts in food outlets ...

Working for the children
Visayan Daily Star - 2017-01-17
The National Child Labor Committee launched three major initiatives to keep children out of the workplace last week in its bid to boost the fight against child labor. The multi-agency committee that is composed of the Departments of Labor and Employment ...

Wanted: more jobs for the young
Inquirer Opinion - 2017-01-16
More than one in every three (34 percent) had actually gone to college, and one in five (20.5 percent ... and innovative enterprises in economies being fast transformed by new technology, including in traditional industries such as agriculture and transport.

No bedroom scene in Australia
Visayan Daily Star - 2017-01-16
One example is the proposed tax on fuel, particularly diesel ... The agency is supposed to be called "Small Business Corporation". But how soon can it start to help the small guys?*

Yearender 2016: Labor sector yet to see the end of contractualization, cheap wage policy
Bulatlat - 2017-01-16
In fact, numerous cases showed that the contractuals can go as high as ninety percent of the workforce. Tanduay Distillers, Philippine Airlines, PLDT, SM, Dole Philippines, electronics firm NXP in Cabuyao, are just some of the examples. Contractualization ...

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