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This is the expense the company spent on research and development. LinkedIn Corp's research and development for the three months ended in Sep. 2015 was $203 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2015 was $558 Mil.
This is the expense the company spent on research and development.
LinkedIn Corp Research & Development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2015 was 0 (Dec. 2014 ) + 165.58 (Mar. 2015 ) + 190.133 (Jun. 2015 ) + 202.682 (Sep. 2015 ) = $558 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.
LinkedIn Corp Annual Data
|Research & Development||0||0||0||0||39||65||132||257||396||536|
LinkedIn Corp Quarterly Data
|Research & Development||96||106||0||121||129||137||0||166||190||203|