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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 Mar. 2016 was $239 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2016 was $1,194 Mil.
This is the expense the company spent on research and development.
eBay Inc Research & Development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2016 was 485 (Jun. 2015 ) + 241 (Sep. 2015 ) + 229 (Dec. 2015 ) + 239 (Mar. 2016 ) = $1,194 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||495||620||726||803||908||1,235||1,573||1,768||2,000||923|
eBay Inc Quarterly Data
|Research & Development||-403||480||468||246||236||221||485||241||229||239|