|3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2021
|Notes to Financial Statements
NOTE D - INTANGIBLE ASSETS
The Company holds certain patents, intellectual property and rights related to the development of Camelina as a biofuels feedstock and continues to incur costs related to patent license fees and patent applications for Camelina sativa plant improvements. These patents have an expected useful life of approximately 17 years and are carried at cost less any accumulated amortization and any impairment losses. Amortization is calculated using the straight-line method over their remaining patent life. The termination dates of our earliest patents will begin to occur in 2029. Any future costs associated with the maintenance of these patents and patent and registration costs for any new patents that are essential to our business will be capitalized and amortized over the life of the patent once issued. Upon the Company’s acquisition of the Bakersfield Biorefinery, the Company acquired necessary permits for the operation of the facility. The permit cost of $1.9 million is amortized on a straight-line basis over 15 years. The intangible assets as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020 is shown in the following table:
Amortization expense for intangible assets was approximately $89,000 and $61,000 for the quarters ended March 31, 2021 and March 31, 2020, respectively. The estimated amortization expense for the next five years is expected to be approximately $500,000 annually.