Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Related-Party Transactions

Related-Party Transactions
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2015
Related Party Transactions [Abstract]  
Related-Party Transactions

3. Related-Party Transactions

Research and License Agreement with Technische Universität München (“TUM”)

On July 4, 2003, the Company entered into a research and licensing agreement with TUM (the “TUM License Agreement”), which was subsequently renewed and, on July 26, 2007, superseded and replaced. The agreement established a joint research effort led by Prof. Arne Skerra, Chair of Biological Chemistry of TUM, to optimize Anticalin technologies for use in therapeutic, prophylactic and diagnostic applications and as research reagents, and to gain fundamental insights in lipocalin scaffolds. Prof. Dr. Skerra was a member of the supervisory board of Pieris GmbH, the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, when the parties entered into the TUM License Agreement and during the period covered by the consolidated financial statements in this report. The Company provided certain funding for TUM research efforts performed under the agreement and this part of the agreement expired in February 2013 with no further obligation by Pieris.

As a result of research efforts to date under the TUM License Agreement, the Company holds a worldwide exclusive license under its license agreement with TUM to multiple patents and patent applications, including an exclusive license to an issued U.S. patent, which patent will expire in 2027 (subject to a possible term adjustment period). The Company also holds an exclusive license to an issued U.S. patent No. 8,420,051, which patent is expected to expire in 2029. The Company bears the costs of filing, prosecution and maintenance of patents assigned or licensed to the Company under the agreement.

As consideration for the assigned patents and licenses above, the Company is required to pay certain development milestones to TUM. The Company also is obliged to pay low-single-digit royalties, including annual minimum royalties, on sales of such products incorporating patented technologies. If the Company grants licenses or sublicenses to those patents to third parties, the Company will be obliged to pay a percentage of the resulting revenue to TUM. The Company’s payment obligations are reduced by the Company’s proportionate contribution to a joint invention. Payment obligations terminate on expiration or annulment of the last patent covered by the agreement. The Company can terminate the licenses to any or all licensed patents upon specified advance notice to TUM. TUM may terminate the license provisions of the agreement only for cause. Termination of the agreement does not terminate the rights in patents assigned to the Company.

The Company has incurred expenses related to TUM in connection with the transfer of licenses and protective rights of $13,898 and $16,563 for the three months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively. For the nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014 the Company incurred expenses in an amount of $41,791 and $50,839, respectively.

The Company has accrued $302,490 and $327,937 as of September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively, related to the amounts due under the research and license agreement (see Note 10 Commitments and Contingencies).


Consulting Contract between Prof. Dr. Arne Skerra and the Company

In 2001, the Company entered into a Consulting Agreement with Prof. Dr. Arne Skerra, pursuant to which Prof. Dr. Arne Skerra provides advice regarding the use of new proteins, in particular Anticalin® proteins and antibodies, for the purpose of research and development. The Consulting Agreement has an unlimited term but can be terminated by the Company upon three months’ notice with effect from the end of a month and by Prof. Dr. Arne Skerra upon one year’s notice with effect from the end of a year. Under the Consulting Agreement, the Company incurred and paid to Prof. Dr. Skerra consulting fees of $16,717 and $26,955 for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively. For the three months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014 the Company incurred and paid Prof. Dr. Skerra consulting fees of $5,559 and $6,625, respectively.