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POINT OF LAW
ASEAN intellectual property office
by POINT OF LAW By Alex Ferdinand S. Fider - March 13, 2007 - 12:00am
I was privileged to participate as panelist in one of the sessions of the ASEAN Intellectual Property Association (ASEAN-IPA) conference held in Singapore last week, March 1-3. The topic of the session was...
BP 22 defanged?
by POINT OF LAW By Atty. John Philip C. Siao - January 23, 2007 - 12:00am
Batas Pambansa Blg. 22, otherwise known as the Bouncing Checks Law (BP 22), is the law that punishes the making or the drawing of a check to apply on account or for value when the maker or drawer knew at...
Justification for a copyright system
by POINT OF LAW By Antonio Ray A. Ortiquera - January 9, 2007 - 12:00am
A copyright system is essentially a State-sanctioned monopoly, albeit limited. This monopoly operates by giving a person or entity the legal right to reproduce, create derivative works, distribute and perform/display...
Intellectual property and humanities dichotomy
by POINT OF LAW By Alex Ferdinand S. Fider - December 12, 2006 - 12:00am
I was privileged to deliver a talk during the recent workshop on Intellectual Property Management For Knowledge Workers organized by the University of the Philippines in Mindanao.
To declog the courts – we must change our litigious culture
by POINT OF LAW By Victor P. Lazatin - December 5, 2006 - 12:00am
The American Bar Association-Asia Law Initiative (ABA-Asia) recently released its report on, and assessment of, the Philippine Judicial Reform effort using the Judicial Reform Index (JRI). The JRI is a tool...
What you need to know about real property tax sales
by POINT OF LAW By Atty. John Philip C. Siao - November 14, 2006 - 12:00am
Recently, there have been published in the various newspapers notices of "Delinquency of Real Properties". These notices were caused to be published by the Office of the City Treasurer of local...
Ethics: It’s all Greek to a lawyer
by POINT OF LAW By Alex Ferdinand Fider - October 24, 2006 - 12:00am
The Intellectual Property Department (IPD) of our Firm recently organized the monthly in-house seminar on the topic Legal Ethics. We invited as our guest lecturer Dean Pacifico Agabin, a former Dean of the...
No spouse employment policies
by POINT OF LAW By Jefferson M. Marquez - August 22, 2006 - 12:00am
The emergence of women in the workforce is of public knowledge. Women not only outnumber men, but female employees now play a more significant role in nation building. In fact, at the College of Law of the...
Competitive employment ban: Void for restraint of trade?
by POINT OF LAW By Jefferson M. Marquez - August 15, 2006 - 12:00am
It is not uncommon for an employer to agree with his employee on restrictive employment covenant barring the latter from accepting a competitive employment after he resigns or retires from his employ. An...
Backwages
by POINT OF LAW By Emiterio C. Manibog, Jr. - July 11, 2006 - 12:00am
The law guarantees the right of employees to security of tenure. This means that an employee may not be dismissed from his employment except for just or authorized causes under the Labor Code and only after observance...
Notaries – take note
by POINT OF LAW By Rolando F. Del Castillo - June 13, 2006 - 12:00am
It has been over a year and a half since the Supreme Court’s 2004 Rules on Notarial Practice took effect. However, a glance at many notarized documents that we have seen from the time the Rules took effect indicate...
How to exempt your business from income tax
by POINT OF LAW By Rochelle Magnolia F. Tamin - March 28, 2006 - 12:00am
Businessmen, especially small entrepreneurs, are often times challenged with the dilemma of how to generate more income and minimize their expenditures. It is in recognition of this that Republic Act (RA) No. 9178,...
The scope and interplay of IP rights
February 7, 2006 - 12:00am
Republic Act No. 8293 or the Intellectual Property Code (IP Code) divided intellectual property into three groups – patent, trademark and copyright. In three recent cases, the Supreme Court held that the scope...
Expediting inter partes cases
by POINT OF LAW By Mark Anthony B. Marquez - January 3, 2006 - 12:00am
In the Philippines, intellectual property is protected to foster creativity and resourcefulness as well as to attract foreign investments and develop local products. To this end, the State protects the exclusive...
Can a contractor claim an increase in the contract price for design changes?
by POINT OF LAW By Kenneth S. Lim - December 20, 2005 - 12:00am
In any construction project, it is not unusual for a developer or project owner to issue "change orders" authorizing a variation in the works covered under the original plans and specifications. As design...
On the current holiday economics
by POINT OF LAW By Atty. Emerico O. De Guzman - November 29, 2005 - 12:00am
Some lawyers and law students alike still argue on whether or not the Monday following a legal holiday falling on a Sunday is a working day. Indeed, Sec. 9 (b), Rule IV, Book III of the Rules Implementing the Labor...
Asean Law Association (ALA): 25 years & beyond
by POINT OF LAW By Atty. Avelino V. Cruz - November 22, 2005 - 12:00am
In 1979, the late Teuku Mohamed Radhie of the Indonesian Ministry of Justice, teamed up with Edgardo J. Angara, then president of the Philippine Integrated Bar, in making the rounds of the five ASEAN nations including...
Legal issues arising from varying compressed workweek arrangements
by POINT OF LAW By Atty. Emerico O. De Guzman - November 15, 2005 - 12:00am
Some lawyers and law students alike still argue on whether or not the Monday following a legal holiday falling on a Sunday is a working day. Indeed, Sec. 9 (b), Rule IV, Book III of the Rules Implementing the Labor...
The Battle for the ‘Big Mac’ The Philippine Supreme Court finally put an end to the long-standing battle between fast food pioneer, McDonald’s Corp. ("McDonald’s) and local mobile fast food establishment, L Big Mak Burger, Inc....
Basic procedure in the registration of a patent
October 11, 2005 - 12:00am
Section 13, Article XIV of the Constitution states that the State shall protect and secure the exclusive rights of inventors to their intellectual property, particularly when beneficial to the people, for such period...
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