RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS
|3 Months Ended|
Mar. 31, 2021
|Related Party Transactions [Abstract]|
|Related Party Transactions Disclosure [Text Block]||
NOTE 13 – RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS
At March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, the Company had reimbursable travel, compensation and other related expenses due related parties of $147,000 and $317,000, respectively.
On November 1, 2017, in connection with Mr. Filler joining the Company’s Board of Directors, the Company entered into a Master Services Agreement with 3LP Advisors LLC (d/b/a Sherpa Technology Group) (“Sherpa”) and an initial statement of work (the “SOW”), pursuant to which Sherpa will develop, execute and expand the Company’s intellectual property strategy over the course of the next approximately 18 months by evaluating the business and technology landscape in which the Company operates, and charting and executing a strategy of patent filing and licensing. In connection with the SOW, the Company paid Sherpa fee of (i) $200,000 in cash, of which $25,000 was paid on January 1, 2018, with the remainder to be paid upon completion of certain objectives, and (ii) a ten-year option to purchase up to 120,000 of the Company’s common stock at an exercise of $3.75 per share of common stock, of which 60,000 options vest immediately and 60,000 options were performance conditioned and subsequently vested. Mr. Filler is the general counsel and partner of Sherpa.
During the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, the Company paid $45,000 and $75,000 as patent costs, consulting fees and expense reimbursements. As of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, there was an unpaid balance of $15,000 and $15,000, respectively.
On January 5, 2021, the Company issued an aggregate of 450,000 shares of common stock to officers of the Company as part of annual compensation.
The entire disclosure for related party transactions. Examples of related party transactions include transactions between (a) a parent company and its subsidiary; (b) subsidiaries of a common parent; (c) and entity and its principal owners; and (d) affiliates.
Reference 1: http://www.xbrl.org/2003/role/disclosureRef