Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

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COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
9 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2019
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES  
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

13.     COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

Contingencies

From time to time, the Company may be involved in a variety of claims, suits, investigations and proceedings arising in the ordinary course of our business, collections claims, breach of contract claims, labor and employment claims, tax and other matters. Although claims, suits, investigations and proceedings are inherently uncertain and their results cannot be predicted with certainty, the Company believes that the resolution of current pending matters will not have a material adverse effect on its business, financial position, results of operations or cash flow. Regardless of the outcome, litigation can have an adverse impact on the Company because of legal costs, diversion of management resources and other factors.

Commitments

(a)On February 25, 2015, 1,753 common shares were issued to two former lenders connected with a $241,185 loan received and repaid during fiscal 2013. The common shares were valued at $210,323 based on the value of the concurrent private placement and recorded in stock-based compensation on the consolidated statement of operations and comprehensive loss. As part of the consideration for the initial loan, the Company's then-CTO and current CTO had transferred 2,098 common shares to the lenders. For contributing the common shares to the lenders, the Company intends to reimburse the former CTO and current CTO collectively, 2,134 common shares. As at December 31, 2019 these shares have not yet been issued.

(b)On May 17, 2017, the Company entered into a Co-operative Joint Venture Contract (the “JV Contract”) with Ginger Capital Investment Holding, Ltd. (the “JV Partner”) to form  China Bionik Medical Rehabilitation Technology Ltd. (“China JV”), in which the Company will have a 25% interest and the JV Partner 75%. The China JV was formally established on receiving a business license on May 22, 2018. Under the terms of the JV Contract, the JV Partner is required to contribute $290,000 within 30 days of the date of establishment, $435,000 12 months later and $725,000, 60 months after the date of establishment. The Company is required to license certain intellectual property to the China JV. The Company is applying the equity method of accounting to the joint venture. As of December 31, 2019, the Company has provided certain technical information to the Chinese JV in order to obtain Chinese regulatory approvals. The company is considering next steps with the Chinese JV due to its failure to pay $167,500 under the terms of the invoice. The Chinese JV is facing difficulties to import rebots into China, under current circumstances.

(c)In connection with the acquisition of IMT, the Company acquired a license agreement dated June 8, 2009, with a former director as a co-licenser, pursuant to which the Company pays the director and the co-licenser an aggregate royalty of 1% of sales based on patent #8,613,691. No sales have been made, as the technology under this patent has not been commercialized.

(d)In connection with a renegotiated contract entered into with a South Korean distributor, the Company must provide three robots to the distributor at no cost.