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On January 1, 2005, Technocraft Inc. acquired a patent that was used for manufacturing semi conductor-based electronic circuitry. The patent was originally recorded in Techno-craft’s ledger at its cost of $1,596,000. Technocraft has been amortizing the patent using the straight-line method over an expected economic life of 10 years. Residual value was assumed to be zero.
Technocraft sued another company for infringing on its patent. On January 1, 2012, Technocraft spent $122,500 on this suit and won a judgment to recover the $122,500 plus damages of $500,000. The sued company paid the $622,500.

Required:
1. Compute and record amortization expense on the patent for 2011 (prior to the lawsuit).
2. Prepare the necessary journal entry on January 1, 2012, to record the expenditure of $122,500 to defend the patent.
3. Prepare the journal entry to record the award of $622,500 on January 1, 2012.
4. Indicate the entry you would have made had Technocraft lost the suit.
5. What are the financial statement effects of capitalizing or expensing the cost of defending the patent?


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