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How to Sell your Business

Selling your business can be motivated by many factors such as inability to continue the business, business losses, buy-out by a competitor, handsome offer by an investor, to name a few. The decision to sell your business will depend upon your sound business judgment and forecasts on the movement of the market. Whatever reason impels […]

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DO No. 18-A: Strengthening the Rights of Contractual Employees & Imposing Obligations on the Contractors

Contracting and sub-contracting arrangements are commonplace in most business transactions. Instead of hiring their own messengers, janitors and security guards, among others, entrepreneurs have learned the value of outsourcing these services to contractors. Truth be told, contracting out these jobs is actually more cost-efficient in terms of time and money for the usual businessman. However, […]

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Philippine Holidays for 2012

On 24 November 2011, the President issued Proclamation No. 295 which declares the regular holidays, special non-working days and special holidays for the year 2012. Employers and employees alike should be familiar with these days. On the side of the employee, he needs to know the days when he is not required to work while […]

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Republic Act No 8049: The Anti-Hazing Law

The recent death of a freshman law student on 19 February 2012 due to hazing compounded by the promulgation by the Supreme Court of its decision concerning the death of Lenny Villa on February 1991 due to a fraternity hazing, have sparked the interest of the public on the prevailing laws governing hazing. To be […]

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Philippine Copyright

Republic Act No. 8293, otherwise known as the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines (“IP Code”), is the law governing copyright, in addition to international treaties which the Philippines is a signatory to. Under the IP Code, copyright subsists in original and intellectual creations which are defined by the enumeration of such works namely: 1. […]

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Copyright Infringement

Copying original and intellectual creations is considered as copyright infringement and is punishable under Republic Act No. 8293, otherwise known as the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines (“IP Code”). In order to prove copyright infringement, one must show that he has a valid copyright in the work allegedly infringed and that the perpetrator infringed […]

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Philippine Industrial Design

The Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines defines an industrial design as any composition of lines or colors or any three-dimensional form, whether or not associated with lines or colors; provided that such composition or form gives a special appearance to and can serve as pattern for an industrial product or handicraft. Simply put, it […]

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Philippine Utility Model

An invention patent is concerned with any technical solution of a problem in any field of human activity which is new, involves an inventive step and is industrially applicable. Such definition makes it difficult for people to secure an invention patent because most matters or products have already been invented. One may wonder what type […]

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How to Correct Errors in Your Birth Certificate without Going to Court

As a general rule, no entry in the civil register shall be changed or corrected without a judicial order. Hence, the usual process for correcting errors in the birth certificate is to file a petition in court. Fortunately, Republic Act No. 9048, as recently amended by Republic Act No. 10172, allowed the administrative correction of […]

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Opposing a Trademark in the Philippines

If someone is seeking to register a trademark that may be confusingly similar to your trademark, you may file an opposition to such trademark within 30 days during its publication in the IPO e-gazette. Marks are published in the website www.ipophil.gov.ph. The Regulations on Inter Partes Proceedings govern petitions for opposition filed with the Philippine Intellectual […]

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