the deduction for future net operating losses to 80% of current year taxable income and elimination of net operating loss carrybacks, one time taxation of offshore earnings at reduced rates regardless of whether they are repatriated, elimination of U.S. tax on foreign earnings (subject to certain important exceptions), immediate deductions for certain new investments instead of deductions for depreciation expense over time, and modifying or repealing many business deductions and credits, including the Orphan Drug credit. Notwithstanding the reduction in the corporate income tax rate, the overall impact of the new federal tax law is uncertain and our business and financial condition could be adversely affected. In addition, it is uncertain if and to what extent various states will conform to the newly enacted federal tax law. The impact of this tax reform on holders of our common stock is also uncertain and could be adverse. We urge prospective investors to consult with their legal and tax advisors with respect to this legislation and the potential tax consequences of investing in or holding our common stock.
Risks related to our intellectual property
Our rights to develop and commercialize AVXS‑101 and our preclinical programs for Rett syndrome and genetic ALS are subject to the terms and conditions of licenses granted to us by others.
We do not currently own any patents or patent applications and we are heavily reliant upon licenses to certain patent rights and proprietary technology from third parties that are important or necessary to the development of our technology and product candidate(s), including technology related to our manufacturing process and AVXS‑101. These and other licenses may not provide exclusive rights to use such intellectual property and technology, at all, or in all relevant fields of use and in all territories in which we may wish to develop or commercialize our technology and product candidate(s) in the future. As a result, we may not be able to prevent competitors from developing and commercializing competitive products, including in territories included in all of our licenses. Our licenses are limited by field.
Licenses to additional third‑party technology and materials that may be required for our development programs, including additional technology and materials owned by NCH or any of our current licensors, may not be available in the future or may not be available on commercially reasonable terms, or at all, which could have a material adverse effect on our business and financial condition.
In some circumstances, we may not have the right to control the preparation, filing and prosecution of patent applications, or to maintain the patents covering technology that we license from third parties. For example, pursuant to each of our intellectual property licenses with NCH and REGENXBIO Inc., or REGENXBIO, our licensors retain control of such activities. Therefore, we cannot be certain that these patents and applications will be prosecuted, maintained and enforced in a manner consistent with the best interests of our business. If our licensors fail to maintain such patents, or lose rights to those patents or patent applications, the rights we have licensed may be reduced or eliminated and our right to develop and commercialize any of our product candidate(s) that are the subject of such licensed rights could be adversely affected. In addition to the foregoing, the risks associated with patent rights that we license from third parties will also apply to patent rights we may own in the future.
The research resulting in certain of our licensed patent rights and technology, including that licensed from REGENXBIO and NCH, was funded in part by the U.S. government. As a result, the government may have certain rights, including march‑in rights, to such patent rights and technology. When new technologies are developed with government funding, the government generally obtains certain rights in any resulting patents, including a non‑exclusive license authorizing the government to use the invention for government purposes. These rights may permit the government to disclose our confidential information to third parties and to exercise march‑in rights to use or allow third parties to use our licensed technology. The government can exercise its march‑in rights if it determines that action is necessary because we fail to achieve practical application of the government‑funded technology, because action is necessary to alleviate health or safety needs, to meet requirements of federal regulations or to give preference to U.S. industry. In addition, our rights in such inventions may be subject to certain requirements to manufacture product candidate(s) embodying such inventions in the United States. Any exercise by the government of such rights could harm our competitive position, business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects.