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This is the expense the company spent on research and development. Alphabet Inc's research and development for the three months ended in Sep. 2016 was $3,596 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2016 was $13,836 Mil.
This is the expense the company spent on research and development.
Alphabet Inc Research & Development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2016 was 3510 (Dec. 2015 ) + 3367 (Mar. 2016 ) + 3363 (Jun. 2016 ) + 3596 (Sep. 2016 ) = $13,836 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.
Alphabet Inc Annual Data
|Research & Development||1,229||2,120||2,793||2,843||3,762||5,162||6,083||7,137||9,832||12,282|
Alphabet Inc Quarterly Data
|Research & Development||2,238||2,655||2,813||2,753||2,789||3,230||3,510||3,367||3,363||3,596|