What Brexit Will Mean For Intellectual Property Law
Law360 - 2020-02-01
Law360 (January 31, 2020, 8:45 PM EST) -- The United Kingdom's official withdrawal from the European Union on Friday won't immediately disrupt intellectual property law, but it may lead to a divergence on internet copyright policy, complicate plans for Europewide patents and alter trademark strategies in the years to come. Here's a primer for ...

Cox Aims To Kill 'Unprecedented' $1B Music Piracy Verdict
Law360 - 2020-01-31
Law360 (January 31, 2020, 6:26 PM EST) -- Internet service provider Cox Communications is pushing to overturn an "unprecedented" $1 billion copyright infringement verdict won by the major record labels over widespread piracy on the company's network. Six weeks after a jury verdict in favor of Sony, Universal and Warner that Cox called "unjust ...

DOLE: What companies, staff should do amid virus alert
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-31
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has called on employers to establish precautionary measures at the workplace to prevent the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV), following the Department of Health (DOH) confirmation on Thursday of the first nCoV case in the country. Among other initiatives, Bello said companies should provide ...

Ensuring Safe & Lawful E-Commerce for US Consumers, Businesses, Government Supply Chains, and Intellectual Property Rights
The White House - 2020-01-31
It is the policy of the United States Government to protect consumers, intellectual property rights holders, businesses, and workers from counterfeit goods, narcotics (including synthetic opioids such as fentanyl), and other contraband now being introduced into the United States as a result of the recent growth in e-commerce. The United ...

Lawmaker takes up cudgels for nurses, teachers who are yet to receive pay
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-31
Unlike other public-sector personnel, nurses will get a bigger adjustment because of a Supreme Court ruling last October entitling them to Salary Grade 15 or P32,053 a month. At present, they are receiving Salary Grade 11 pay, which is P22,316. "Government nurses are thus entitled to an increase of at least P9,737 in their basic monthly ...

Filipinos on surgical mask frenzy mode as PH confirms first novel coronavirus case
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-31
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 31) - Since the Philippines reported its first case of the novel coronavirus or 2019-nCoV, fear of catching the respiratory disease caused by the deadly virus has spread quickly. CNN Philippines learned that medical supply stores in Manila, Pagadian City and Bukidnon have run out surgical masks amid ...

DENR: Garbage solution is a concerted effort
Gov - 2020-01-31
ENVIRONMENT LAW. Engr. Raymundo Gayo, officer-in-charge of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO), said solving the garbage problem must be a concerted effort as nobody can do it alone. Gayo was a guest during the KBP Forum held at the Philippine Information Agency office, Thursday. (VHS) DAGUPAN CITY, Jan. 31 (PIA ...

DILG to LGU's: Create Novel Corona Virus Task Forces to meet world health threat
Gov - 2020-01-31
QUEZON CITY, Jan. 31 (PIA) -- Amid the world health threat of novel Corona Virus (2019 nCoV) and its first reported case in the Philippines, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has advised all local government units (LGUs) to create their respective Corona Virus Task Forces to help contain the spread of the disease in the ...

Total deployment ban ?to Kuwait approved
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-30
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine government will stop sending Filipino workers to Kuwait following the violent death of household service worker Jeanelyn Villavende, according to a resolution approved on Wednesday by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), and announced the same day by the Department of Labor and ...

NY Judge Sanctions 'Notorious' Atty In Barneys Copyright Suit
Law360 - 2020-01-30
Law360 (January 29, 2020, 9:55 PM EST) -- A New York federal judge sanctioned attorney Richard Liebowitz $10,000 Wednesday for not verifying that a photograph of musician Lou Reed was registered before filing a copyright infringement suit against Barneys New York and fashion label Enfants Riches Deprimes, in the latest altercation with a ...

SEC warns public on 3 investment scams
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-29
citing the Supreme Court ruling in the case of Securities and Exchange Commission v. Oudine Santos (G.R. No. 195542, 19 March 2014). The SEC said the names of those involved would also be reported ...

SF Tattoo Artist: Pixar Tricked Me Into Providing Model for Movie Character
Law - 2020-01-29
Her suit accuses the companies of copyright infringement and violations of state and federal laws protecting artwork. Daniher agreed and signed a contract stating that all rights of every kind "arising out of the use of the Vehicle in connection with the Production shall be solely owned in perpetuity, throughout the universe, by any means ...

GMA seeks Supreme Court reversal of ruling on talents as regular employees
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-29
The CA in February last year ruled that the 96 talents are considered regular employees as they are part of the necessary crew whose jobs are vital in operating the business. The appellate court also said a "four-fold test" in determining employee-employer relationship was established, referring to selection and engagement, payment of wages ...

BI designates special team to handle Filipinos coming from China
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-29
MANILA, Philippines-A dedicated team of Immigration personnel will handle the formalities for Filipinos returning from Wuhan and other areas in China affected by the 2019 novel coronavirus, Justice Undersecretary and DOJ spokesperson Markk Perete said Wednesday. "A dedicated team of immigration officers will conduct the immigration ...

GMA 7 takes labor case to SC
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-29
MANILA, Philippines -- Broadcast giant GMA Network has asked the Supreme Court to reverse a Court of Appeals decision declaring about 100 of its "talents" as regular employees. In a petition for review on certiorari dated January 20, GMA Network through its CEO Felipe Gozon said the appellate court "gravely erred" when it affirmed the ...

Bali to Bangkok: China virus threatens disaster for tourist hotspots
InterAksyon - 2020-01-29
Luxury tour operator Abercrombie & Kent Thailand Ltd., which has no Chinese customers, said it had not had cancellations yet. Elsewhere in the region, immigration authorities in the Philippines said they would stop issuing tourist visas on arrival to Chinese nationals to try to keep the country free of the virus -- hurting a growing business ...

BoC warns oil firms to comply with fuel marking program by February
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-29
Maronilla said the Customs has so far marked 2.5 billion liters of fuel across various facilities of oil companies nationwide. "Sa ngayon, nakapag-marka na ang Bureau of Customs at ang Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) ng humigit kumulang na 2.5 bilyon angkat na gawang langis sa 24 na mga terminal sa batangas, dalawang refinery kasama ang mga ...

Hontiveros hits BI for VUA misuse by foreign sex workers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-29
MANILA, Philippines -- A Senate panel is looking into the possibility of employees or even officials of the Bureau of Immigration conniving with sex syndicates involved in trafficking foreign ...

Villanueva wants review of deployment ban for household service workers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-29
MANILA, Philippines -- Senator Joel Villanueva said Tuesday that he is pushing for a review of deployment ban for household service workers (HSWs) in other countries not just in Kuwait, where a Filipina worker died in the hands of her employer. "Well, right now, right now is a total deployment ban. But we have HSWs out there right now.

Supreme Court Can't Get Enough Copyright And Trademark
Law360 - 2020-01-29
The backstory: Frederick Allen sued North Carolina for using his footage of a famed pirate shipwreck. He cited the Copyright Remedy Clarification Act, which aimed to "abrogate" state sovereignty and allow infringement suits against states, but a lower court ruled the CRCA unconstitutional. The stakes: Although North Carolina wants the ...

After a tough few months for McDonald's, new CEO makes his public debut
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-29
Even though the lawsuits may not make much of an impact on McDonald's bottom line, they could eat away at its reputation. And they could make it harder for McDonald's to recruit talent in a tight labor market. "That's one of the biggest challenges in the restaurant space," Hottovy said. "This could make employee recruitment and retention more ...

SF-Based Litigation Funder Legalist Backs Atari's Copyright Campaign
Law - 2020-01-28
Litigation finance firm Legalist is funding game development company Atari Interactive in its ongoing trademark and copyright infringement lawsuits. "We respect intellectual property, and fighting copyright infringement is important," Frederic Chesnais, CEO of Atari SA, said in a statement. "Partnering with Legalist enables us to bring ...

No visa on arrival for Chinese visitors
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-28
The large number of OFWs in some of the countries with confirmed 2019-nCoV has prompted the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to issue four related advisories. Three of the advisories, which contained measures to prevent exposure to the virus, were meant for OFWs in Singapore, Macau and South Korea. The fourth advisory ...

Litigation Finance Firm Legalist Funds Atari to Pursue Copyright Lawsuits
Law - 2020-01-28
Litigation finance firm Legalist is funding game development company Atari Interactive in its ongoing trademark and copyright infringement lawsuits. "We respect intellectual property, and fighting copyright infringement is important," Frederic Chesnais, CEO of Atari SA, said in a statement. "Partnering with Legalist enables us to bring ...

Employers of slain OFW in Kuwait charged with murder
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-28
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 28) -- The employers of slain Filipina domestic worker Jeanelyn Villavende are now facing murder charges in Kuwait. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III in a Senate hearing on Tuesday disclosed that he has been informed of the filing of a criminal case against the Kuwaiti couple. "Just today I was informed ...

Inquirer Property gives back
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-28
Or, at the very least, provide some relief to those who are involved in real estate industry. For instance, with the support of its partners and advertisers, Inquirer Property conducted a surprise activity during Labor Day to pay homage to the construction workers. Inquirer Property has also been working nonstop to ensure that homes and ...

As PHL stays free from nCoV, Cabinet panel lays down measures
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-28
Also present to discuss updates on the 2019-nCoV were representatives from attached agencies, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Civil Aviation Authority and Civil Aviation Board, and the Philippine Coast Guard, as well as officials from the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO Country ...

SC prods Makati Court to resolve adoption case for a 7-year-old child
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-28
MANILA, Philippines-Taking into consideration the welfare of an abandoned child, seven-year-old child, the Supreme Court has ordered the Makati City Regional Trial Court to proceed "with dispatch" the adoption proceedings by her foster parents. The child was born on Dec. 13, 2012 in Tuguegarao City. She was barely 22 days when she was ...

Bureau of Immigration halts visas on arrival for Chinese on virus fears
InterAksyon - 2020-01-28
"We are taking this proactive measure to slow down travel, and possibly help prevent the entry of the 2019-nCoV," Jaime Morente, the commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration, said in a statement, referring to the virus. There is no order barring Chinese nationals from entering the Philippines, however, Morente added. He did not say when ...

Bulacan waters healthier a year after cleanup
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-27
"The mission impossible to clean up Manila Bay is now a mission possible," Moreno said. The Manila Bay cleanup complies with a 2016 writ of mandamus issued by the Supreme Court to make the bay fit for fishing and swimming. --CARMELA REYES-ESTROPE INQ

Cox Media Hits DISH With Suit Over 'Brazen' IP Infringement
Law360 - 2020-01-27
"The Copyright Act expressly provides for enhanced statutory damages to punish and deter such brazen and knowing violations of the law." According to the lawsuit, Dish and another broadcaster, Northwest Broadcasting Inc., entered into a retransmission agreement in June 2018 that provided that any stations acquired by Northwest would be ...

Baguio considers proposal to hike real property taxes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-27
The tax hike will give the city a 145-percent increase in revenues ... In some cases, the reduced assessment value would lo­wer taxes of houses that are far from the central business district. --VINCENT CABREZA INQ

Is Citira ready to tax the digital economy?
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-27
But whether that income can be taxed is another matter. Our current Tax Code says that an income from the performance of a service is taxed only if performed in the country. The same rule was carried in Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Rationalization Act (Citira) under House Bill 304. The determining factor to tax is the place where the ...

OFWs in South Korea to receive pay increase beginning this month
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-27
"Effective on January 1, 2020, employees in Korea, regardless of their employment status, or nationality, will now receive an hourly minimum wage of 8,580 Korean won from the 8,350 won hourly rate in 2019," the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said in an advisory. POEA said this translates into a monthly minimum wage ...

Marcos urges review of EDCA
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-27
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 27) -- A lawmaker is seeking a review of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between the Philippines and the US over its possible violation on ...

GDP growth and Fidel Nemenzo support growth
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-27
Ferdinand Manegdeg, Dean of the UP College of Engineering, who has no PhD ... The Chancellor would be busy positioning UPD in the forefront of advance science and technology research, and teaching to help prepare the country in the current Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIRe) and artificial intelligence (AI) advances. Outmoded claims of commie ...

UK: Brexit And Intellectual Property - Q1 2020
Mondaq - 2020-01-27
and the EU Withdrawal Bill having been passed by the UK Parliament, the UK will now formally leave the EU on 31 January 2020. Our Brexit team look at how Britain's changing relationship with the EU will impact key forms of intellectual property, including patents, trade marks and designs.

Consunji firms to buy back units in quake-damaged condos at 125% to 150% of purchase cost, from 200% as demanded
MindaNews - 2020-01-27
Utility room on the ground floor of Verdon Parc, post-quake. Photo by JAMES PATOC It also said that for title-transferred accounts, the unit owner will shoulder the 6% capital gains tax but remittance to the Bureau of Internal Revenue will be facilitated by DMCI Homes. The offer to refund, it added, "shall terminate once (OCBO) allows the ...

DOE keeps close eye on TRAIN Law implementation
Gov - 2020-01-27
This accounts to over ten percent of the 9,003 retail outlets nationwide. The DOE assures the public that it will continue monitoring retail outlets and their implementation of the taxation scheme to uphold the best interests of all consumers.(DOE)

DOE keeps close eye on TRAIN Law implementation
Gov - 2020-01-27
This accounts to over ten percent of the 9,003 retail outlets nationwide. The DOE assures the public that it will continue monitoring retail outlets and their implementation of the taxation scheme to uphold the best interests of all consumers.(DOE)

India: Netflix Faces Copyright Infringement Suit For Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator
Mondaq - 2020-01-27
Netflix is facing a copyright infringement suit for its documentary Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator. Ghosh's Yoga College, based in Kolkata, claims video footage and photographs used in the documentary belongs to the institute, and demands its immediate removal. The documentary showcases certain footage from of Bikram learning yoga and attending ...

DOE keeps close eye on TRAIN Law implementation
Gov - 2020-01-27
This accounts to over ten percent of the 9,003 retail outlets nationwide. The DOE assures the public that it will continue monitoring retail outlets and their implementation of the taxation scheme to uphold the best interests of all consumers.(DOE)

New REIT framework to keep property, infra sectors buoyant
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-27
schools, and toll roads," Colliers said in a research note. A REIT gives investors the option to invest directly in the finished products that are already earning money, such as residential and office rental units, hotels or shopping malls or even infrastructure ventures. This was meant to attract investors because the Philippine REIT law of ...

POGO tax collections reach P6.42 billion in 2019
philstar.com - 2020-01-26
"We heard from sources that their employees come and go," the BIR official said. Guballa also said that the increased crackdown against offshore gaming operators did not discourage some players from conducting business in the Philippines. "Others say they want to register, they want to secure a licence," he said. There are currently 60 ...

DENR cites gains in Manila Bay cleanup
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-26
MANILA, Philippines -- The waters of Manila Bay, world-famous for its sunset, have shown signs of improvement a year after the environment department and other government agencies launched a drive to clean up what has been called a "gigantic septic tank." Officials touted Baseco Compound, a huge slum by the bay in Tondo, Manila, as one of ...

Lower courts resolve more cases
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-26
Peralta also updated lawyers on the formation last year of the Judicial Integrity Board (JIB) and the Corruption Prevention and Investigation Office (CPIO) which were created in 2018 when the Supreme Court amended Rule 140 of the Rules of Court. The JIB was tasked to act on complaints against erring justices, judges and court personnel while ...

POEA allows Filipino workers to go home, return to Libya
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-26
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has allowed the issuance of overseas employment certificate (OEC) or exit clearance to Filipino workers who intend to go home to the Philippines and return to their jobs in Libya on certain conditions. The POEA governing board chaired by Labor Secretary Silvestre ...

BIR RDO 24 conducts relief ops for Taal disaster-stricken Pinoys
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-26
OFFICIALS and employees of Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)-Valenzuela or Revenue District Office (RDO) 24 conducted relief operations for those affected by the Taal Volcano eruption in Batangas. Rufo B. Ranario, head of RDO 24, said that they distributed canned goods, bottled water, blankets, toiletries and slippers to the residents of San ...

Peza bucks DOF on tax perks overhaul
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-26
The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (Peza) is asking Congress to limit the power that the Department of Finance (DOF) would have over tax breaks, pitting itself against the seat of power in ...

Amid virus fears, rules for cleaning planes tightened
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-26
Monreal added that additional hand sanitizers were installed at the immigration counters, customs, airport toilets and at the arrival lobby of the four terminals. "These are easily accessible to all incoming passengers and airport employees to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus." Building attendants at Naia terminals are also ...

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