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This posting addresses intangible asset classification.

Presented below is a list of items that could be included in the intangible assets section of the balance sheet.

a) Indicate which items on the list above would generally be reported as intangible assets in the balance sheet.
b) Indicate how, if at all, the items not reportable as intangible assets would be reported in the financial statements

1. Investment in a subsidiary company.
2. Timberland
3. Cost of engineering activity required to advance the design of a product to the
manufacturing stage.
4. Lease prepayment (6 months' rent paid in advance)
5. Cost of equipment obtained.
6. Cost of searching for applications of new research findings.
7. Costs incurred in the formation of a corporation.
8. Operating losses incurred in the start-up of a business.
9. Training costs incurred in start-up of a business.
10. Purchase cost of a franchise.
11. Goodwill generated internally.
12. Cost of testing in search for product alternatives.
13. Goodwill acquired in the purchase of a business.
14. Cost of developing a patent.
15. Cost of purchasing a patent from an inventor.
16. Legal costs incurred in securing a patent.
17. Unrecovered costs of a successful legal suit to protect the patent.
18. Cost of conceptual formulation of possible product alternatives.
19. Cost of purchasing a copyright.
20. Research and development costs.
21. Long-term receivables.
22. Cost of developing a trademark.
23. Cost of purchasing a trademark.

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a)

10. Purchase cost of a franchise.
13. Goodwill acquired in the purchase of a business.
15. Cost of purchasing a patent from an inventor.
16. Legal costs incurred in securing a patent.
17. Unrecovered costs of a successful legal suit to protect the patent.
19. Cost of purchasing a copyright.
23. Cost of purchasing a trademark.

b)

1. Reported ...

Solution Summary

This solution shows how to properly classify intangible assets. Examples of the assets included are lease payments, operating losses from a start-up business, franchise costs, and several others.

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