Project Updates

FAS 2—IPR&D Acquired in an Asset Acquisition

Last Updated: January 23, 2009 (Updated sections are indicated with an asterisk *)

The staff has prepared this summary of Board decisions for information purposes only. Those Board decisions are tentative and do not change current accounting. Official positions of the FASB are determined only after extensive due process and deliberations.

Project Objective
*Decisions Reached at the Last Meeting
*Next Steps
Background Information

Project Objective

The objective of this project is to eliminate the inconsistencies between the accounting for research and development assets acquired in a business combination and the accounting for those acquired in other types of transactions. The Board will consider the applicable requirements in FASB Statements No. 141(R), Business Combinations, and No. 2, Accounting for Research and Development Costs.

*Decisions Reached at the Last Meeting

At the January 21, 2009 Board meeting, the FASB chairman announced that it was removing this project from its agenda. The project will now be addressed by the Emerging Issues Task Force.

*Next Steps

See EITF Issue No. 09-2, "Research and Development Assets Acquired In an Asset Acquisition."

Background Information

Statement 141(R), issued in December 2007, resulted in different GAAP requirements for research and development assets acquired in a business combination from those acquired in other types of transactions. That Statement requires an acquirer to recognize all tangible and intangible research and development assets acquired in a business combination. However, Statement 2, which addresses the accounting for research and development assets acquired by means other than a business combination, requires an entity to recognize a research and development asset only if it has an alternative future use.

During its deliberations on Statement 141(R), the Board considered extending the recognition provisions to include research and development assets acquired outside of a business combination, but ultimately decided not to do so. The Board did not want to spend additional time deliberating the related issues because this would have unduly delayed the issuance of Statement 141(R). At the October 18, 2006 Board meeting, the Board decided to add this separate project to its agenda to address the inconsistencies.