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Amicus Curiae

The following articles were also published in BusinessWorld.

February 16, 2017

If used in another context, any symbol, design element, or character publicly associated with a TV show is likely to be perceived as licensed or endorsed by the show’s producers. Trademark protection extends to elements of successful TV shows. This this is because any symbol, design element, or character that the public associates with a show, if used in another context (such as toys), will... Read More

Cyndy P. dela Cruz

February 01, 2017

The pen is mightier than the sword or so the adage goes. When this was once said, it was to highlight the power of thought and idea over brute force and violence as a way to effect change. Today, the pen can very well be a “tap” of a button, as social media has reinvented our way of life anew -- for good or for bad. Regardless of political affiliation or social philosophy, it is... Read More

January 18, 2017

President Rodrigo Duterte has fulfilled another of his campaign promises when last Jan. 10, his approval of a one thousand-peso (P1,000) increase in monthly Social Security System (SSS) pension benefits for retirees was announced. This is expected to take effect early this quarter, with another P1,000 increase by 2022 in the works. This approval comes after a period of contentious debate... Read More

January 12, 2017

Among the three branches of government, the judiciary is perceived to be the least dangerous branch for it has influence neither over the sword nor the purse. The judiciary is also perceived to be the weakest. Its power is inherently passive. It cannot act unless a case has been brought to it, and even in such circumstance, certain conditions must be complied with for it to take cognizance of... Read More

January 11, 2017

President Rodrigo Duterte ran his presidential campaign on the slogan “CHANGE IS COMING,” promising true and lasting change, most notably in the area of peace and order and graft and corruption. Among the other drastic changes President Duterte espoused in his campaign was the shift to a federal form of government, from our current centralized and unitary form. The President’s resolve in... Read More

January 05, 2017

“Contractualization” was one of the hot issues in the May 2016 elections. In one of the presidential debates, all the then-candidates for president, including now President Rodrigo Duterte, vowed to end contractualization. One of the presidentiables, in fact, had a political advertisement promising to end the endo. Expectedly, a lot, especially from the labor sector, were jubilant. After all... Read More

December 28, 2016

Having been enacted in 2012, Republic Act No. 10351, or the Sin Tax Law, amended and simplified the former four-tiered system of taxation applicable to cigarettes packed by machine. The Sin Tax Law provides for a two-tier system of taxation entailing different excise tax impositions dependent on the net retail price of the subject cigarettes, which is intended to result in a unitary system of... Read More

December 14, 2016

As the close of year 2016 comes, we celebrate another year of hard work and a year closer to our retirement. As retirement is an inevitable event for majority of Filipinos, it is just and reasonable that retiring employees will receive due benefits to support them after serving their employers for years and continue to enjoy one of the fruits of their hard work, even in their twilight years.... Read More

December 07, 2016

The Internet age has opened numerous opportunities for businesses, whether through new avenues for advertising (such as alongside search engine results), new channels through which to sell products (such as online marketplaces), and even new ways of offering services (such as Airbnb or Uber). In these Internet-centric times, the primary point of contact by which companies connect with... Read More

November 30, 2016

In light of the enactment of the Philippine Competition Act (PCA) in 2015, competitors, manufacturers, retailers, and sellers or suppliers, in general, should be wary of price fixing agreements. While price fixing is not specifically defined in the PCA, the US Federal Trade Commission defines price fixing as any form of agreement that raises, lowers, or stabilizes prices or competitive terms... Read More

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