Taxation and Valuation of Intellectual Property

Transfer Pricing and Intellectual Property

IMF Academy

€ 1,980 - (Rs 1,44,139)

Important information

  • Course
  • Distance learning
  • Duration:
    7 Weeks
  • When:
    other dates

With the shift towards a more knowledge-based and service-oriented economy, intangible assets such as trademarks, brands, patents, know-how and technology, account for an increasing part of the business value. The accurate and complete taxation and valuation of Intellectual Property (IP) and other intangible assets is therefore essential.

Transfer Pricing and Intangibles: a continuing battlefield
Intellectual Property is one of the most important areas of Transfer Pricing at the moment. General consensus among taxpayers and tax authorities alike is that there is currently insufficient international guidance, in particular regarding the definition, identification and valuation of intangibles for Transfer Pricing purposes. The outcomes of OECDs project on intangibles are likely be far reaching and as such this promises to be the most challenging and ambitious project that OECD have undertaken to date.

What will you learn in the course Transfer Pricing and Intellectual Property?
In this unique distance learning course your instructors will look at intangibles from the complementary perspectives of Transfer Pricing and valuation.

As there is no single definition of Intellectual Property (IP) in use today by tax authorities or the OECD, the authors provide a framework in order to capture the various characteristics of Intellectual Property. Next, they touch upon the methods that have been provided by the OECD to establish arms length pricing or valuation of intra-group transactions of Intellectual Property, as well as the practical implementation of these methods.

Important information
Is this course for me?

This unique, toplevel distance learning course on Transfer Pricing and Intellectual Property is a must for corporate tax and Intellectual Property legal counsels, Intellectual Property and licensing executives, in-house Transfer Pricing Managers, Advisors Transfer Pricing, International Tax Executives, Tax Directors, Accountants, Tax Inspectors, Controllers and CFOs, Tax Attorneys and Solicitors, CPAs and Lawyers.


Where and when

Starts Location
17 November 2016
15 December 2016
19 January 2017
16 February 2017
16 March 2017
Distance Learning

What you'll learn on the course

Intellectual Property Law
Intellectual Property
Labour Law
Balance Sheet
Income Tax
Capital Gains Tax
Corporate Reputation
Capital Gains
Value chain

Course programme

Transfer Pricing and Intangibles: Introduction

Today, intangible property generally represents between 40-80% of value-add of international enterprises (MNEs), making it a key component of a MNEs value chain. Intangible property includes business rights associated with commercial activities, including marketing activities. Intangible property will not always be shown on the balance sheet of a company, and often intangible property attracts a considerable risk, e.g. contract or product liability.

Given that Transfer Pricing issues pertaining to intangibles are a key area of concern to governments and taxpayers, the OECD found that updating Chapter VI and VIII of the OECD Transfer Pricing Guidelines has become an increasingly important issue in the evolution of new business realities and subsequent adaptations to the Transfer Pricing regulations.

  • The evolution of the MNE and the importance of intangibles
  • OECD Definition of Intangible Property
  • How do emerging jurisdictions (i.e. BRICS) deal with intangibles?
  • Transfer Pricing and Intangibles: 4 functional variables
  • Locating Intellectual Property (IP) in tax advantaged jurisdictions
  • Transfer Pricing Risks (I): Court Cases on Intangibles
  • Transfer Pricing Risks (II): Corporate Reputation at Risk Through SEC Disclosure of Intercompany Transactions
  • Questions & Answers
  • Literature

Intangibles: Transfer Pricing Labels, Identification and Ownership

Lesson II evaluates the labels that are applied to intangibles in the context of Transfer Pricing by utilizing 4 functional variables. The definitions of intangibles are evaluated from a legal, tax and accounting perspective. The lesson examines methods for applying labels to intangibles and how to properly identify the rightful owners and which entity is entitled to the returns related to an intangible.

  • Definition of intangibles
  • Labelling of intangibles
  • Questions & Answers

Valuation of Intangibles

Lesson III provides a clear picture of the various aspects of assessing the value of an intangible for Transfer Pricing purposes. This is accomplished through providing relevant background information, introducing components of valuation methods and applying the ideas to real world examples of highly valued companies that utilize intangibles in their business models. After introducing these concepts, practical methods of assessing value are examined.

  • When and why Intangible Assets are valuable
  • Companies with highly valued intangibles
  • Why and when are intangibles valued?
  • Price, Value and Cost   
  • Generally Accepted Valuation Approaches
  • Determining the Discount Rate and Capitalization Rate
  • Business Restructuring and Valuation, Chapter IX, OECD
  • Questions & Answers

Business Models: Intellectual Property (IP) Configurations

Lesson IV describes how and where intangibles are located in the value chain of multinational enterprises. This is accomplished through evaluating business models from a general business/commercial perspective as well as from a Transfer Pricing perspective. Case studies and questions to evaluate different practical examples are included in this lesson.

  • Overview of business models from a commercial perspective
  • Transfer Pricing and general corporate tax considerations of each model
  • Model implementation – high level guidance on implementing each of the above mentioned models, including a legal framework for managing Intellectual Property
  • Case Study
  • Questions with model answers
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Answers to open and multiple choice questions
  • Literature

Intellectual Property (IP) Law and Transfer Pricing

Lesson V examines the legal system surrounding Intellectual Property rights. The lesson provides a brief history of Intellectual Property rights in the legal context, discusses the future of Intellectual Property rights, and looks at the different types of legally recognized Intellectual Property rights. The lesson further explores on the legal aspects of Intellectual Property exploitation, Intellectual Property management and Intellectual Property transfer. How to protect intangibles through Intellectual Property law, corporate law, contract law and labour law is also examined.

  • Brief History of Intellectual Property
  • Future of Intellectual Property
  • Appearance of Intellectual Property
  • IP exploitation
  • IP management
  • IP transfer
  • Questions & Answers

Accounting definitions of Intellectual Property (IP) and Transfer Pricing

Lesson VI provides a high level overview of the accounting standards relating to intangible assets. The lesson focuses on the recognition and measurement of intangibles according to accounting principles. The lesson examines the differences in valuation of intellectual property according to IFRS, US GAAP and Canadian Gaap.

  • Introduction Intangibles
  • Recognition of Intangibles
  • Goodwill
  • Subsequent measurement
  • Questions & Answers
  • Literature

Corporate Income Tax aspects of Intellectual Property (IP) and Transfer Pricing

Lesson VII outlines the corporate income tax aspects related to intangibles and Transfer Pricing. The lesson touches on many tax aspects, including amortization, tax credits, capital gains tax, value-added tax, and more. Several examples from different countries are provided to highlight how intangible property is taxed around the world.

  • Initial Intangible Asset Value
  • Amortization/Decrease in the Value of Intangible Assets
  • R&D Tax Credit
  • Innovation Box/other Incentives
  • Replacement Reserve
  • Withholding Tax on Royalty Payments
  • Capital Gains Tax
  • Business Restructuring and Related Taxes
  • VAT
  • Purchase Price Allocation
  • Beneficial/Economic/Legal Ownership
  • Conclusion
  • Questions & Answers