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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 Mar. 2015 was $658 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2015 was $2,799 Mil.
This is the expense the company spent on research and development.
Canon Inc Research & Development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2015 was 753.329564416 (Jun. 2014 ) + 699.339171167 (Sep. 2014 ) + 688.440564416 (Dec. 2014 ) + 658.161294744 (Mar. 2015 ) = $2,799 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||2,422||2,628||3,286||4,098||3,386||3,790||3,956||3,538||2,961||2,589|
Canon Inc Quarterly Data
|Research & Development||891||776||799||780||752||731||753||699||688||658|