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Agreement Related to Intellectual Property Right

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Agreement Related to Intellectual Property Right
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2017
Intellectual Property Right [Abstract]  
Agreement Related to Intellectual Property Right

Note 6 — Agreement Related to Intellectual Property Right

 

Tufts Patent License Agreement - Antibiotic-Eluting Resorbable Ear Tubes

 

On November 2, 2016, the Company executed a Patent License Agreement (the “Tufts Patent License Agreement”) with Tufts University and its co-owners, the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Massachusetts General Hospital (the “Licensors”). Pursuant to the Tufts Patent License Agreement, the Licensors granted the Company the exclusive right and license to certain patents in connection with the development and commercialization of antibiotic-eluting resorbable ear tubes based on a proprietary aqueous silk technology conceived and developed by the Licensors. Upon execution of the Tufts Patent License Agreement, the Company paid the Licensors an upfront non-refundable fee of $50,000. The Tufts Patent License Agreement also provides for payments from the Company to the Licensors upon the achievement of certain product development and regulatory clearance milestones as well as royalty payments on net sales upon the commercialization of products developed utilizing the licensed patents. The Company incurred expenses related to patent fee reimbursement under the Tufts Patent License Agreement of $21,945 and $42,496 in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017, respectively.

 

The Company accounted for the Tufts Patent License Agreement as an asset acquisition as the license agreement did not meet the definition of a business pursuant to the guidance prescribed in FASB ASC Topic 805, Business Combinations, as the transaction principally resulted in the acquisition of intellectual property rights only. In this regard, the Company did not acquire any employees or tangible assets, or any processes, protocols, or operating systems. Additionally, at the time of the transaction, there were no activities being conducted related to the licensed patents. As of the transaction date, the Company recognized as expense the cost of the acquired intellectual property rights, as required, since this intangible asset purchased from others for use in a research and development activity, and for which there are no alternative future uses. Accordingly, the Company recognized the $50,000 payment as research and development expense in the year ended December 31, 2016. The Company will record as expense any contingent milestone payments or royalties in the period in which such liabilities are incurred.