China renews calls for tighter cyberspace security: CAC - 2016-12-28
Critics say vague wording in the November law raises red flags and could potentially legalize requirements to hand over intellectual property. The latest strategy document also renewed calls for foreign countries to respect China's cyber-sovereignty ...

Foreign nursing care workers face language barrier in Japan
Global Nation - 2016-12-26
As of September this year, the ratio of job openings to job seekers was 2.52 for nursing care jobs, far higher than the average of 1.15 for all occupations, according to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry. One estimate shows there will be a shortfall ...

Copyright Law Change Endangers Internet Sites - 2016-12-26
Copyright infringement does not require intent to be liable for statutory damages up to $150,000 per infringement. Prior to 1998, Internet service providers were plagued with infringement litigation related to their Internet site content. The Digital ...

Why drug testing is unconstitutional
Inquirer Opinion - 2016-12-25
"This author thus expects the ideas in this paper to comfortably gather dust somewhere in the UP Law Library." Thank you for humoring, for another year, the thought that writing about legal principles is the epitome of pointless labor.

Govt committed to end labor migration -- Bello - 2016-12-25
DOLE, through the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, has also intensified its drive on anti-illegal recruitment and trafficking in persons by providing legal assistance to victims of illegal recruitment; as well as in clamping down illegal ...

Local News | Sun.Star
Sun Star - 2016-12-24
SENATOR Juan Edgardo Angara has filed a resolution seeking to conduct a thorough re-examination of the government's migration policies, including existing labor laws and regulations, amid the challenges faced by overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

PCC zeroes in on rice-industry cartels
BusinessMirror. - 2016-12-24
In Photo: Farmers perform the traditional backbreaking manual labor of transferring pregerminated rice seedlings to a wet field in Tabuk, Kalinga. THE Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) is looking into the rice cartel, long believed to be in existence ...

Mergers Big and Small
New York Law Journal - 2016-12-23
In August, Kenyon & Kenyon folded into Andrews Kurth, giving the Houston-based firm more depth in New York and Washington, D.C., more power in the intellectual property markets, and more heft to fend off future takeovers. Kenyon, once one of the largest ...

Seven IP Cases to Watch in Early 2017
JD Supra - 2016-12-23
In its 2014 decision in Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc., 695 F.3d 946, 952-53 (2012), the Supreme Court held that laches is not a defense to copyright infringement. The Court explained that laches, an equitable defense, does not limit the legal ...

Aguirre to lead online gaming crackdown
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-12-23
This involves huge amounts of money and we are still waiting what specific powers the task force will get to go after this massive tax fraud," Aguirre told ... workers inside the illicit online games business had fled. Both Fontana and Fort Ilocandia ...

Lam sued for using dummies
Philstar - 2016-12-23
The VACC also called on the DOJ to nullify the purchase agreements made by Lam with Grand Ilocandia and Waterfront Philippines Inc. for being contrary to law. The VACC filed the eight-page complaint against the former and incumbent officials of Fort ...

Senate in no rush to tackle sin tax reform
Philstar - 2016-12-23
MANILA, Philippines - The Senate is not about to rush consideration of a bill passed by the House of Representatives, which seeks to change the system of taxation on cigarettes starting on Jan. 1, 2017. Asked to comment on Bill 4144, Senate ways and means ...

Exclusive: Chinese education giant helps its students game the SAT
Reuters - 2016-12-23
It includes a dramatic scene in which the hero confronts attorneys for "Educational Exam Services," an American company that had sued the Chinese firm "New Dream" for copyright infringement. Although the companies in the film are fictional ...

Just between you and me
BusinessMirror. - 2016-12-22
When I was the chairman of the Personnel Selection Board in the Bureau of Immigration (BI), there was a contractual employee who offered me an amount twice my salary as deputy commissioner in exchange for a permanent item. I was told that such arrangements ...

New Copyright Office Regulations Require Websites to Re-Register for DMCA Safe Harbor Protection
JD Supra - 2016-12-21
... governing how websites and other online service providers must register a designated agent for receiving copyright infringement notices under Section 512(c) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to qualify for the DMCA safe harbor from ...

Dissolution of a corporation
BusinessMirror. - 2016-12-21
Yukayguan, et al., GR 177549, June 18, 2009). From a tax perspective, there are many considerations that a dissolving or dissolved corporation ought to be aware of. But for this issue, we will limit our discussion to the often forgotten requirement of ...

Brexit and bargains: what to look out for in Intellectual Property in 2017
Lexology - 2016-12-20
While the impact of Brexit for IP rights holders has yet to crystallise, there are growing signs that the impact on Intellectual Property will be minimal. Despite the expectation that Article 50 will be triggered early in 2017, the UK recently announced ...

Rule of thumb for law of the land
Inquirer Opinion - 2016-12-20
Science and Technology, Arts, Culture and Sports), and Article XVI (General Provisions), Congress could abolish restrictions on foreign ownership in certain industries to attract investments and generate jobs. By easing these restrictions, the Philippines ...

Copyright holders are given another tool to fight online infringement
Lexology - 2016-12-20
to block access to websites which facilitate copyright infringement. There seems little doubt that the provision may be used to prevent access to websites, such as file sharing websites, which allow users to download copyright protected films and ...

GMA programs, personalities honored by Anak TV, OFWs
GMA Network - 2016-12-20
They have been selected as the most admired TV personalities by over 11,000 voters made of adult professionals, university students ... DongYanZia--Dingdong and Marian, together with their first born, Zia--was awarded the Most Popular Family in the ...

Feds Arrest Copyright Lawyers in Porn Extortion Scam
FORTUNE - 2016-12-19
In response, Hansmeier and Steele changed tactics by having their shell companies charge the defendants with hacking instead of copyright infringement. Meanwhile, they started a new sideline suing small businesses over alleged violations of the Americans ...

Metro Briefs: 2 more DUI cases reported in Quezon City
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-12-19
"We achieved a remarkable 25.6 percent increase in revenues from real property tax, while business tax collection increased by 7 percent since I assumed office in July," Mayor Abby Binay said. She also assured residents that no tax hike would be ...

Abby assures investors, landowners in Makati: No tax increase in 2017
The Daily Tribune - 2016-12-19
To date, Makati continues to top other local government units in the country in terms of revenue collection from local sources and per capita income. It is also one of the few localities that is not dependent on the IRA from the national government.

Hotel maids in Madrid rebel against low salaries
The Daily Tribune - 2016-12-19
Maids who work for such firms are not governed by the collective labor agreement for housekeeping staff, but the one for the cleaning sector, and are paid up to 40 percent less than their peers, according to the CCOO. 400 rooms per month "We say ...

House okays 63 bills in only 56 session days
Journal Online - 2016-12-18
The number of measures processed by the House totalled 321, broken down as follows: 63 measures passed; 201 referred resolutions on inquiries; 53 measures substituted/consolidated; and four measures in the Calendar of Business. This means that for 56 ...

Intellectual Property Law - December 2016
JD Supra - 2016-12-17
Why it matters: On December 6, 2016, the Supreme Court decided Samsung v. Apple, holding that, for purposes of a "total profits" damages award for infringement of a design patent under Section 289 of the Patent Act, the relevant "article of manufacture ...

Rising outsourcing demand from banks to help boost office property market
Inquirer - 2016-12-16
"The presence of comparable facilities and good quality of labor (the province of Cebu is considered to be the educational hub of Central and Visayas) that can compete with Metro Manila provides a solid incentive for firms to relocate to the region ...

2 Immigration officials resign over P50-M extortion scandal
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-12-16
The two associate commissioners of the Bureau of Immigration tagged in a P 50-million extortion controversy have resigned from their posts. In a joint statement issued on Friday night, Associate Commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles said they were ...

BI awaits lookout order vs 5 execs in P50-M bribe try
The Daily Tribune - 2016-12-16
The foreigners are part of the 1,316 undocumented Chinese workers rounded up by BI operatives on November 24 ... who had been looking for a "godfather" to protect his business interests in the Philippines. Charles Calima, former BI intelligence chief ...

Idenix Wins $2.5B Verdict In Gilead Hep C Drug Patent Fight
Law 360 - 2016-12-16
Law360, Wilmington (December 15, 2016, 5:17 PM EST) -- A federal jury took less than two hours Thursday to award Idenix Pharmaceuticals LLC a $2.54 billion royalty share of Gilead Sciences Inc.'s profits from two blockbuster hepatitis C drugs, after almost ...

Online Intellectual Property Enforcement Reforms in Thailand
Lexology - 2016-12-15
One reason Thai authorities have not been successful in combating online IP infringements is that they have, so far, been ill-equipped in terms of legal instruments to battle online infringers. Indeed, the Computer Crime Act of 2007 contained no provision ...

Plotting intellectual property strategy in an anti-free trade era - 2016-12-15
The stunning evidence of voter anger against globalization with Brexit and the election of anti-free trader Donald Trump have roiled the international community. These events may be clear signals that a new trend toward economic protectionism is here.

Pirate Bay Blocked In Australia: List Of Pirated Content Websites That Will Be Unavailable By Year's End
International Business Times - 2016-12-15
pay television companies Foxtel and Roadshow applied to the court in February for an injunction to force internet service providers such as Telstra and Optus to block sites that they claimed had the "primary purpose" of supporting copyright infringement.

Tobacco farmers support HB 4144
The Daily Tribune - 2016-12-14
Michael de Vera, will be detrimental to local tobacco farmers. HB 4144 seeks to amend the provision in Republic Act (RA) 10351 that mandates a unitary tax rate for cigarettes starting January 1, 2017 to replace the current two-tier classification.

House OKs 2-tiered taxation on cigarettes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-12-13
The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on third and final reading a controversial bill imposing a two-tier tax regime on tobacco products, drawing objections from lawmakers who questioned the inordinate haste of its passage. By a 176-30 vote ...

Visa-on-arrival proposed for mainland Chinese
Philstar - 2016-12-13
This means the sender has to be a valid passport holder and should have a certification coming from the Department of Labor and Employment or Philippine Overseas Employment Administration that he is a documented worker, and that the items in the box are ...

Why Licuanan must not resign
Manila Standard Today - 2016-12-13
In the 1991 case of Achacoso v. Macaraig, which concerned the position of Administrator of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration which belongs to the career service, the Supreme Court explained that an appointment in favor a person who does not ...

End obsession with Top 10
Inquirer Opinion - 2016-12-12
Another top law school, San Beda, has had a rigid curriculum for decades in which students have no electives at all, except for a two-unit subject, banking. In addition, fourth-year subjects are mostly bar-review ones. Ateneo de Manila, another leading law ...

Maersk Line fights counterfeit goods - 2016-12-12
Due diligence measures such as Know Your Customer process will be applied and appropriate conditions prohibiting the carriage of counterfeit products. "We, the signatories to this declaration, acknowledge the destructive impact of the international trade ...

DOLE at 83: A reaffirmation of commitment to serve the workers - 2016-12-09
Financial Management Service and Information and Publication Service; 16 regional offices; and 12 attached agencies-Overseas Workers Welfare Administration; Philippine Overseas Employment Administration; Institute for Labor Studies; Professional ...

Labor chief warns public vs scam using his name
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-12-09
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has warned the public against scammers using his name to solicit money from unsuspecting individuals, supposedly for the benefit of overseas Filipino workers. In a hastily-called press conference on Friday, Bello ...

Labor cases increasing-NLRC - 2016-12-09
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Dec. 9 (PIA) - - The National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) here reported that labor related cases in the region increased because of the continuing massive information dissemination. Atty. Ma. Lourdes R. Baricaua, labor ...

DOF urges Congress to stick to Sin Tax Law
Philstar - 2016-12-08
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Finance yesterday urged Congress to allow the full implementation of the Sin Tax Reform Act after an unexpected proposal to reverse the landmark law breezed through committee readings. "We consider the Sin Tax Law ...

Farms, food and futures
Inquirer Opinion - 2016-12-08
Two attributes inherent to agriculture make this so. One, agriculture remains labor-intensive, employing more workers per unit output, even as greater mechanization in more labor-short economies is making this less so. Jobs are the foremost and durable ...

Marijuana Genomes Now Registered on the Bitcoin Blockchain
Investopedia - 2016-12-08
Another intended benefit of the genome repository is the intellectual property rights of marijuana growers and cannabis breeders. Though the industry is just now burgeoning, it is not hard to imagine an area of legal specialization focusing on cannabis ...

Bahamian computer hacker sentenced for trying to sell stolen movie scripts, videos
Washington Times - 2016-12-07
When he pleaded guilty six months later to criminal copyright infringement and identity theft, he admitted breaching the internet accounts of various unnamed entertainment, sports and media personalities and stealing those scripts as well as some of his ...

Vitamin Health's False Ad Fight Not Covered, 6th Circ. Told
Law 360 - 2016-12-07
"Vitamin Health would have this court re-write the exclusion, effectively replacing the broad language of the exclusion with a different, narrow exclusion that would cover 'only those claims which seek damages for the same intellectual property violation ...

Understanding opportunities beyond politics
Inquirer Opinion - 2016-12-07
In line with the global "local" trend, the conversation on the West Philippine Sea cannot be separated from homegrown concerns. For many Filipinos, the maritime disputes are ... What does this mean for an institute such as ourselves?

On the wings of progress
BusinessMirror. - 2016-12-07
The survey used five standards for evaluation: Services and facilities, food options, immigration-security, customer service and cleanliness. The top 10 received negative commentaries, such as dirty toilets, overcrowding, long lines, poor ventilation and ...

Bahamian man gets five years in U.S. prison for hacking celebrities - 2016-12-07
He pleaded guilty in May to charges of criminal copyright infringement and identity theft. "You have some obvious facility for computers," Engelmayer said. "But you chose to use your gifts for dark and lawless ends." Prosecutors said Knowles, of Freeport ...

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