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SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

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SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2014
Accounting Policies [Abstract]  
SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

Basis of Presentation and Principles of Consolidation

 

The unaudited consolidated financial statements are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America ("US GAAP") and present the consolidated financial statements of the Company and its wholly-owned subsidiaries. In the preparation of consolidated financial statements of the Company, all intercompany transactions and balances were eliminated. All adjustments (consisting of normal recurring items) necessary to present fairly the Company's consolidated financial position as of June 30, 2014, and the results of operations and cash flows for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014 have been included. The results of operations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014 are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for the full year. Other than where noted, the accounting policies and procedures employed in the preparation of these consolidated financial statements have been derived from the audited financial statements of the Company for the year ended December 31, 2013, which are contained in Form 10-K as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on March 31, 2014. The consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2013 was derived from those financial statements.

 

Use of Estimates and Assumptions

 

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with US GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates. Significant estimates made by management include, but are not limited to, estimating the useful lives of patent assets, the assumptions used to calculate fair value of warrants and options granted, realization of long-lived assets, deferred income tax assets and unrealized tax positions and business combination accounting.

Cash and Cash Equivalents

 

The Company considers all highly liquid debt instruments and other short-term investments with maturity of three months or less, when purchased, to be cash equivalents.  The Company maintains cash and cash equivalent balances at one financial institution that is insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. The Company’s accounts at this institution are insured up to $250,000 by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation ("FDIC"). As of June 30, 2014, the Company had bank balances exceeding the FDIC insurance limit. To reduce its risk associated with the failure of such financial institution, the Company evaluates at least annually the rating of the financial institution in which it holds deposits.

 

Accounts Receivable

 

The Company has a policy of reserving for questionable accounts based on its best estimate of the amount of probable credit losses in its existing accounts receivable.  The Company periodically reviews its accounts receivable to determine whether an allowance is necessary based on an analysis of past due accounts and other factors that may indicate that the realization of an account may be in doubt.  Account balances deemed to be uncollectible are charged to the bad debt expense after all means of collection have been exhausted and the potential for recovery is considered remote.  At June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, the allowance for bad debt was $0 and $57,050, respectively. Accounts receivable-net at June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, amounted to $75,000 and $270,000, respectively.

 

Marketable Securities

 

Marketable securities that the Company invests in publicly traded equity securities and are generally restricted for sale under Federal securities laws. The Company’s policy is to liquidate securities received when market conditions are favorable for sale. Since these securities are often restricted, the Company is unable to liquidate them until the restriction is removed. Pursuant to ASC Topic 320, “Investments –Debt and Equity Securities” the Company’s marketable securities have a readily determinable and active quoted price, such as from NASDAQ, NYSE Euronext, the Over the Counter Bulletin Board, and the OTC Markets Group.

 

Concentration of Revenue and Geographic Area

 

Patent license revenue from enforcement activities is considered United States revenue as payments are for licenses for United States operations irrespective of the location of the licensee's or licensee's parent home domicile. As of June 30, 2014, one licensee accounted for 100% of the Company’s total accounts receivable-net. Revenues from five licensees accounted for 100% of the Company’s operating revenues for the three months ended June 30, 2014, two of which accounted for 98% of the Company’s revenues for the three months ended June 30, 2014.

 

Revenue Recognition

 

The Company recognizes revenue in accordance with Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) Topic 605, “Revenue Recognition”. Revenue is recognized when (i) persuasive evidence of an arrangement exists, (ii) all obligations have been substantially performed, (iii) amounts are fixed or determinable and (iv) collectability of amounts is reasonably assured.

 

The Company considers its licensing and enforcement activities as one unit of accounting under ASC 605-25, “Multiple-Element Arrangements” as the delivered items do not have value to customers on a standalone basis, there are no undelivered elements and there is no general right of return relative to the license. Under ASC 605-25, the appropriate recognition of revenue is determined for the combined deliverables as a single unit of accounting and revenue is recognized upon delivery of the final elements, including the license for past and future use and the release.

 

Also due to the fact that the settlement element and license element for past and future use are the major central business, the Company does not present these two elements as different revenue streams in its statement of operations. The Company does not expect to provide licenses that do not provide some form of settlement or release. The Company derived all of its revenues for the three months ended June 30, 2014 from the one-time issuance of non-recurring, non-exclusive, non-assignable licenses to five different entities and their affiliates for certain of the Company’s patents.

 

The Company’s subsidiaries entered into five license agreements during the three months ended June 30, 2014.  On April 10, 2014, Vantage Point Technology, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Marathon, entered into a Settlement and License Agreement with a single corporate licensee.  On May 6, 2014, CRFD Research, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Marathon entered into a Patent License and License Option Agreement with (“RPX Agreement”) with RPX Corporation, a Delaware corporation (“RPX”).  On June 9, 2014, CyberFone Systems, LLC., a wholly owned subsidiary of Marathon, entered into a Patent License and Settlement Agreement with a single corporate licensee.  On June 16, 2014, one of the entities to which IP Liquidity Ventures, LLC has contact rights, Selene Communication Technologies, LLC, entered into a Settlement and License Agreement with a single corporate licensee. On June 30, 2014, Selene Communication Technologies, LLC., acquired by Marathon in an agreement entered into on June 17, 2014, entered into a Settlement and License Agreement with a single corporate licensee.

 

Cost of Revenues

 

Cost of revenues mainly includes expenses incurred in connection with the Company’s patent enforcement activities, such as legal fees, consulting costs, patent maintenance, royalty fees for acquired patents and other related expenses. Cost of revenue does not include expenses related to product development, integration or support, as these are included in general and administrative expenses.

 

Prepaid Expenses and Other Current Assets

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets of $653,445 and $752,931 at June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively, consist primarily of costs paid for future services, which will occur within a year. Prepaid expenses include prepayments in cash and equity instruments for public relation services, business advisory, consulting, and prepaid insurance, which are being amortized over the terms of their respective agreements. In addition, prepaid expenses and other current assets include outstanding litigation bonds. During the six months ended June 30, 2014, the Company recognized stock based consulting expenses of $351,878 related to the amortization of prepaid expenses and other current assets in connection with common stock issued for prepaid services.

 

Available for sale securities are carried at fair value, with changes in unrealized gains or losses are recognized as an element of comprehensive income based on changes in the fair value of the security. Once liquidated, realized gains or losses on the sale of marketable securities available for sale are reflected in the net income (loss) for the period in which the security was liquidated.

 

Comprehensive Income

 

Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2011-05 amends Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Codification Topic 220 on comprehensive income (1) to eliminate the current option to present the components of other comprehensive income (loss) in the statement of changes in equity, and (2) to require presentation of net income (loss) and other comprehensive income (loss) (and their respective components) either in a single continuous statement or in two separate but consecutive statements. These amendments do not alter any current recognition or measurement requirements in respect of items of other comprehensive income. The amendments in this Update are to be applied prospectively.

 

Fair Value of Financial Instruments

 

The Company adopted FASB ASC 820, “Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures” (“ASC 820”), for assets and liabilities measured at fair value on a recurring basis. ASC 820 establishes a common definition for fair value to be applied to existing US GAAP that require the use of fair value measurements, establishes a framework for measuring fair value and expands disclosure about such fair value measurements. The adoption of ASC 820 did not have an impact on the Company’s financial position or operating results, but did expand certain disclosures. ASC 820 defines fair value as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. Additionally, ASC 820 requires the use of valuation techniques that maximize the use of observable inputs and minimize the use of unobservable inputs. These inputs are prioritized below:

 

  Level 1: Observable inputs such as quoted market prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities
  Level 2: Observable market-based inputs or unobservable inputs that are corroborated by market data
  Level 3: Unobservable inputs for which there is little or no market data, which require the use of the reporting entity’s own assumptions.

 

The Company classifies the investments in marketable securities available for sale as Level 3, adjusted for the effect of restriction. The securities are restricted and cannot be readily resold by the Company absent a registration of those securities under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) or the availabilities of an exemption from the registration requirements under the Securities Act. As these securities are often restricted, the Company is unable to liquidate them until the restriction is removed. Unrealized gains or losses on marketable securities available for sale are recognized as an element of comprehensive income based on changes in the fair value of the security. Once liquidated, realized gains or losses on the sale of marketable securities available for sale are reflected in our net loss for the period in which the security was liquidated. Other Level 3 items include the Series A and Series B Convertible Preferred Stock and patents and patent rights.

 

The carrying amounts reported in the consolidated balance sheets for cash, accounts receivable, accounts payable, accrued expenses, and notes payable approximate their estimated fair market value based on the short-term maturity of these instruments.

 

Accounting for Acquisitions

 

In the normal course of its business, the Company makes acquisitions of patent assets and may also make acquisitions of businesses.  With respect to each such transaction, the Company evaluates facts of the transaction and follows the guidelines prescribed in accordance with ASC 805 – Business Combinations to determine the proper accounting treatment for each such transaction and then records the transaction in accordance with the conclusions reached in such analysis.  The Company performs such analysis with respect to each material acquisition within the consolidated group of entities.

 

Income Taxes

 

The Company accounts for income taxes pursuant to the provision of ASC 740-10, “Accounting for Income Taxes” which requires, among other things, an asset and liability approach to calculating deferred income taxes. The asset and liability approach requires the recognition of deferred tax assets and liabilities for the expected future tax consequences of temporary differences between the carrying amounts and the tax bases of assets and liabilities. A valuation allowance is provided to offset any net deferred tax assets for which management believes it is more likely than not that the net deferred asset will not be realized.

 

The Company follows the provision of the ASC 740-10 related to Accounting for Uncertain Income Tax Position. When tax returns are filed, it is highly certain that some positions taken would be situated upon examination by the taxing authorities, while others are subject to uncertainty about the merits of the position taken or the amount of the position that would be ultimately sustained. In accordance with the guidance of ASC 740-10, the benefit of a tax position is recognized in the financial statements in the period during which, based on all available evidence, management believes it is most likely that not that the position will be sustained upon examination, including the resolution of appeals or litigation processes, if any. Tax positions taken are not offset or aggregated with other positions.

 

Tax positions that meet the more-likely-than-not recognition threshold are measured as the largest amount of tax benefit that is more than 50 percent likely of being realized upon settlement with the applicable taxing authority. The portion of the benefits associated with tax positions taken that exceeds the amount measured as described above should be reflected as a liability for uncertain tax benefits in the accompanying balance sheet along with any associated interest and penalties that would be payable to the taxing authorities upon examination. The Company believes its tax positions are all highly certain of being upheld upon examination. As such, the Company has not recorded a liability for uncertain tax benefits.

 

The Company has adopted ASC 740-10-25 Definition of Settlement, which provides guidance on how an entity should determine whether a tax position is effectively settled for the purpose of recognizing previously unrecognized tax benefits and provides that a tax position can be effectively settled upon the completion and examination by a taxing authority without being legally extinguished. For tax position considered effectively settled, an entity would recognize the full amount of tax benefit, even if the tax position is not considered more likely that not to be sustained based solely on the basis of its technical merits and the statute of limitations remains open.  The federal and state income tax returns of the Company are subject to examination by the Internal Revenue Service and state taxing authorities, generally for three years after they were filed. The Company is in the process of filing the previous year’s tax returns.

 

Basic and Diluted Net Loss per Share

 

Net loss per common share is calculated in accordance with ASC Topic 260: Earnings Per Share (“ASC 260”). Basic loss per share is computed by dividing net loss by the weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding during the period. The computation of diluted net loss per share does not include dilutive common stock equivalents in the weighted average shares outstanding, as they would be anti-dilutive. The Company has 983,076 stock options and 917,309 stock warrants outstanding (including for those warrants issued in the Private Placement closing on May 1, 2014) at June 30, 2014, which were excluded from the computation of diluted shares outstanding, as they would have had an anti-dilutive impact on the Company’s net loss.   In addition, as of June 30, 2014, the Company had Restricted Stock Units (“RSU”) outstanding for 100,000 shares of common stock, which RSU is also not included in the computation of basic and diluted net loss per share.

 

The following table sets forth the computation of basic and diluted loss per share:

 

    For the Three Months ended June 30, 2014     For the Three Months ended June 30, 2013     For the Six Months ended June 30, 2014     For the Six Months ended June 30, 2013  
                         
Loss from Continuing Operations   $ (1,589,743 )   $ (820,092 )   $ (1,871,349 )   $ (1,534,469 )
Income from discontinued Operations   $ -     $ 9,473     $ -     $ 118,253  
                                 
Denominator                                
Denomintor for basic and diluted loss per share                                
(weighted-average shares)     5,508,323       4,249,120       5,490,145       3,874,283  
                                 
Loss per common share, basic and diluted:                                
Loss from continuing operations   $ (0.29 )   $ (0.19 )   $ (0.34 )   $ (0.40 )
Income from discontinued operations   $ -     $ -     $ -     $ 0.03  

 

Intangible Assets

 

Intangible assets include the cost of patents or patent rights (“patents”) that were acquired from a third party or in connection with a business combination. Patent costs are amortized over their remaining lives which range from 1 to 11 years.  For acquisitions deemed to be asset acquisitions, costs incurred to acquire patents, including legal costs, are also capitalized and are amortized on a straight-line basis with the associated patent.

 

Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets

 

Goodwill is tested for impairment at the reporting unit level on an annual basis and between annual tests if an event occurs or circumstances change that would more likely than not reduce the fair value of a reporting unit below its carrying value.  The Company initially performs a qualitative evaluation of whether it is more likely than not that goodwill is impaired.  If it is determined by a qualitative evaluation that it is more likely than not that goodwill is impaired, the Company then applies a two-step impairment test.  The two-step impairment test first compares the fair value of the Company’s reporting unit to its carrying value or book value.  If the fair value of the reporting unit exceeds its fair value, the goodwill is not impaired and the Company is not required to perform further testing.  If the carrying value of the reporting unit exceeds its fair value, the Company determines the implied fair value of the reporting unit’s goodwill and if the carrying value of the reporting unit’s goodwill exceeds its implied fair value, then an impairment loss equal to the difference is recorded in the consolidated statement of operations.

 

Impairment of Long-lived Assets

 

The Company reviews long-lived assets and intangible assets for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying value may not be recoverable. With respect to the patents, factors the Company considers to be important which could trigger an impairment review include the following:

 

· Significant underperformance relative to expected historical or projected future operating results;

 

· Significant changes in the manner of use of the acquired assets or the strategy for the overall business; and

 

· Significant negative industry or economic trends.

 

When the Company determines that the carrying value of intangibles may not be recoverable based upon the existence of one or more of the above indicators of impairment and the carrying value of the asset cannot be recovered from projected undiscounted cash flows, the Company records an impairment charge.  The Company measures any impairment based on a projected discounted cash flow method using a discount rate determined by management to be commensurate with the risk inherent in the current business model.  Significant management judgment is required in determining whether an indicator of impairment exists in projecting cash flows.

 

Stock-based Compensation

 

Stock-based compensation is accounted for based on the requirements of the Share-Based Payment Topic of ASC 718 which requires recognition in the consolidated financial statements of the cost of employee and director services received in exchange for an award of equity instruments over the period the employee or director is required to perform the services in exchange for the award (presumptively, the vesting period). The ASC also requires measurement of the cost of employee and director services received in exchange for an award based on the grant-date fair value of the award.

 

Pursuant to ASC Topic 505-50, for share-based payments to consultants and other third-parties, compensation expense is determined at the “measurement date.” The expense is recognized over the vesting period of the award. Until the measurement date is reached, the total amount of compensation expense remains uncertain. The Company initially records compensation expense based on the fair value of the award at the reporting date.

 

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

 

In May 2014, FASB issued ASU 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (“ASU 2014-09”) that updates the principles for recognizing revenue. The core principal of the guidance is that an entity should recognize revenue to depict the transfer of promised goods or services to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration to which the entity expects to be entitled in exchange for those goods or services. ASU 2014-09 also amends the required disclosures of the nature, amount, timing and uncertainty of revenue and cash flows arising from contracts with customers. ASU 2014-09 is effective for annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2016, including interim periods within that reporting period. The Company is evaluating the potential impacts of the new standard on its existing revenue recognition policies and procedures.