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This is the expense the company spent on research and development. eBay Inc's research and development for the three months ended in Dec. 2014 was $509 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2014 was $2,000 Mil.
This is the expense the company spent on research and development.
eBay Inc Research & Development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2014 was 480 (Mar. 2014 ) + 500 (Jun. 2014 ) + 511 (Sep. 2014 ) + 509 (Dec. 2014 ) = $2,000 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.
eBay Inc Annual Data
|Research & Development||328||495||620||726||803||908||1,235||1,573||1,768||2,000|
eBay Inc Quarterly Data
|Research & Development||389||416||434||451||433||450||480||500||511||509|