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Intermediate Accounting (Kieso)
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Short Answer

Romo Company spent $190,000 developing a new process, $45,000 in legal fees to obtain a patent, and $91,000 to market the process that was patented, all in the year 2017. How should these costs be accounted for in 2017?

The $45,000 cost of obtaining the patent legitimately should be capitalized and amortized throughout the invention’s useful or legal life, whichever is shorter.

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Meaning of patent

A patent is a legal right granted to a person or company to reproduce, use, or sell an invention without the interference of others.

Accounting of Costs

In 2017, the $190,000 should be deducted as a research and development expense.

In 2017, the $91,000 will be deducted as selling and promotion expenditure.

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