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Amicus Curiae

The following articles were also published in BusinessWorld.

February 13, 2018

On Jan. 29, House Bill 6779 or “An Act Recognizing the Civil Effects of Church Annulment Decrees” was approved on its third and final reading in the House of Representatives where 203 out of 292 members of the House voted in its favor. Under the bill, an annulment decree issued by a church or religious sect in the Philippines will have the same effect as an annulment decree issued by a competent... Read More

February 07, 2018

In line with its goal to deliver timely and quality patents, utility models and industrial designs, the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPO) recently released the Manual for Patent Examination Procedure (MPEP). The MPEP describes in detail certain procedures and practices on matters of patent law and interpretation and serves as a comprehensive guide for administrative officers... Read More

January 31, 2018

Crowdfunding (CF) platforms have proven to be a popular way to solicit charitable donations and to raise funds for projects or business ventures. With CF platforms, access to funds has expanded for start-up companies and for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs). CF generally refers to the financing method of pooling small amounts of money from a large number of people to finance... Read More

January 24, 2018

The implementation of the Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) is an important development for the Renewable Energy (RE) Market, and impacts the public as a whole. Republic Act No. 9513 or the Renewable Energy Law gives both fiscal and non-fiscal incentives to investors in order to encourage the promotion and development of renewable energy in the Philippines. Toward this end, the RPS serves as a... Read More

January 17, 2018

During the last Holiday Season, it was not unusual for companies, firms and even individuals to give gift checks, gift certificates, or gift cards to their clients, employees, friends and loved ones. This practice is now widely accepted in lieu of giving an actual gift item. Because they are convenient and handy, gift checks have developed to be a source of excitement and delight with their... Read More

January 10, 2018

Consistent with the efforts of the Duterte administration to stop endo and promote regulation, the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) recently promulgated Department Order No. 183, Series of 2017, known as the Revised Rules on the Administration and Enforcement of Labor Laws Pursuant to Article 128 of the Labor Code, as Renumbered (DO 183). The new DO superseded Department Order No. 131-B... Read More

December 28, 2017

In the US, the freedom to tap the resource that we know as the Internet has been limited by its Federal Communications Commission (FCC), when it decided to repeal its “net neutrality” regulations. In a nutshell, net neutrality is “the principle that Internet service providers should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular... Read More

December 06, 2017

The world is now waiting for the World Trade Organization’s decision on the validity of plain packaging measures on tobacco products in Australia. If found to be valid, this could have a huge impact, not only on the tobacco products, but to other consumer goods deemed dangerous to health. Plain packaging measures arise from the government’s legitimate interest and duty to protect and improve... Read More

November 22, 2017

“Bitcoin” has been the newest buzzword in the financial and legal circles in the past few years. We often hear of people generating significant amounts of money from investments in Bitcoin, and at the same time people losing money when the value of Bitcoin drops dramatically within a single day of trading. Ordinary people want to participate in the trend, but the most basic questions remain: what... Read More

November 08, 2017

Pursuant to Republic Act No. 10173 or the Data Privacy Act of 2012 (DPA) and in preparation for the March 8, 2018 deadline for the second phase of the registration process, the National Privacy Commission (NPC) issued NPC Advisory No. 2017-03, which prescribes guidelines for conducting a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) for entities that deal with personal information and sensitive personal... Read More

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