Taxing Software Transactions

Atty. Romeo H. Duran of Sapalo Velez Bundang & Bulilan explains how transactions involving software are taxed in the Philippines.  The Intellectual Property Code defines the term “copyright or economic rights” as consisting of the exclusive right to carry out, authorise or prevent the following acts:

Madonna Wins Copyright Infringement Case

The music industry in the past few years has been thriving, as original works and covers from various artists can be easily accessed by nearly anyone who has an internet connection.  Youtube, itunes, spotify, among others, all grant access to a plethora of songs and music videos. Even before all this, in 1990 Madonna Louise

SVBB holds in-house seminar workshop on Copyright

As part of its program for continuing legal education to its lawyers and paralegals, Sapalo Velez Bundang & Bulilan (SVBB) held a one-day in-house seminar and workshop on the subject of Copyright last June 4, 2016 at Makati Sports Club.  The event was aimed at keeping the lawyers and paralegals of the Firm updated on

Requirements for Copyright Registration

REQUIREMENTS FOR COPYRIGHT REGISTRATION Application should be accomplished in duplicate, typewritten and the affidavit at the back should be duly notarized and affixed with Fifteen Pesos (P15.00) documentary stamp. Another set of Fifteen Pesos (Php 15.00 ) worth of documentary stamps, should be stapled to the application form to be affixed by the office to the copyright certificate. Application

Basic Information on Copyright (FAQ’s)

What is Copyright? Copyright may be defined as form of intellectual property which protects the rights of authors and creator of literary and artistic works.  It refers to the main act in which, in respect of literary and artistic creation, may be made only by the author or with his authorization.  Works are protected by

Patent Attorneys and Agents in the Philippines – Atty. Ignacio S. Sapalo

WITH THE “GLOBALIZATION” OF COMMERCE AND TRADE and the advancement and sophistication of technology, the Philippines, as member of the international community, has now come to terms not only with the need to afford protection to intellectual property rights, but also with the promotion of intellectual activity, including the effective transfer of applicable technology.  read

Legal & Regulatory Developments

Sapalo Velez Bundang & Bulilan based in Manila with branch offices in Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao and Iloilo.  Led by Managing Partner Atty. Ignacio S. Sapalo and Senior Partner Atty. Neptali L. Bulilan, the IP team represents clients worldwide.  It has advised the Filipino Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (FILSCAP) in a long-running

2015 Asia IP Profiles Survey for Copyright Prosecution

COPYRIGHT PROSECUTION TIER 1 ACCRALAW Carag Jamora Somera & Villareal Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia Quisumbing Torres Sycip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan TIER 2 Baranda & Associates/Rouse Bengzon Negre Untalan Poblador Bautista & Reyes TIER 3 Sapalo Velez Bundang & Bulilan (SVBB)  Castillo Laman Tan Pantaleon & San Jose Federis & Associates Esguerra & Blanco Hechanova

Patent Exhaustion and Its Role in Drug Patent Wars

Ignacio S. Sapalo and Anne Mariae Celeste V. Jumadla of Sapalo Velez Bundang and Bulilan explain the misconceptions that drug companies have fostered as a result of the Cheaper Medicines Act. Six years have passed since the enactment of the Universally Accessible Cheaper and Quality Medicines Act of 2008 (Cheaper Medicines Act), or Republic Act

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