Liechtenstein's IP regime is in some ways similar to those of Cyprus and Luxembourg (Cyprus IP regime, Luxembourg IP regime). It has also been approved by the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Surveillance Authority (ESA) and is applicable from 1 January 2011.
The main benefits of the Liechtenstein IP regime are the following:
Coupled with Liechtenstein's low corporation tax of 12.5%, the above exemption of 80% leads to an effective tax rate of 2.5% calculated as [(100% - 80%) x 12.5%].
Qualifying IP rights - patents, trademarks, models, and utility models, which must be protected by registration in a national, foreign, or international Register, as well as software and technical/scientific databases.
Date of acquisition - the IP rights must have been acquired or created after 1 January 2011.
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