Technology-based intangible assets – Legal titles and secrets

In a Business Combinations, these –by definition– are intangible assets and are therefore recognised separately from goodwill, provided that their fair values can be measured reliably. These intangible assets meet the definition of an intangible asset because they again –by definition– arise from contractual or other legal rights.

  • Patented technology
  • Computer software and mask works
    If computer software and program formats acquired in a business combination are protected legally, such as by patent or copyright, they meet the contractual-legal criterion for identification as intangible assets.Mask works are software permanently stored on a read-only memory chip as a series of stencils or integrated circuitry. Mask works may have legal protection. Mask works with legal protection that are acquired in a business combination also meet the contractual-legal criterion for identification as intangible assets.
  • Trade secrets such as secret formulas, processes or recipes
    If the future economic benefits from a trade secret acquired in a business combination are legally protected, that asset meets the contractual-legal criterion for identification as an intangible asset. Otherwise, trade secrets acquired in a business combination meet the definition of an intangible asset only if the separability criterion is met, which is often likely to be the case.

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