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This is the expense the company spent on research and development. Canon, Inc.'s research and development for the three months ended in Dec. 2013 was $749 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2013 was $3,072 Mil.
This is the expense the company spent on research and development.
Canon, Inc. Research & Development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2013 was 752.020295014 (Mar. 2013 ) + 778.99732124 (Jun. 2013 ) + 791.633425386 (Sep. 2013 ) + 749.462707568 (Dec. 2013 ) = $3,072 Mil.
If competitive advantage is created by a patent or tech advantage, at some point it will disappear.
High R&D usually dictates high SG&A which threatens the competitive advantage.
Canon, Inc. Annual Data
|Research & Development||2,659||2,484||2,560||3,427||4,150||3,344||3,822||3,999||3,329||2,952|
Canon, Inc. Quarterly Data
|Research & Development||1,017||1,087||887||980||917||838||752||779||792||749|