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This is the expense the company spent on research and development. Seagate Technology PLC's research and development for the three months ended in Dec. 2015 was $304 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2015 was $1,302 Mil.
This is the expense the company spent on research and development.
Seagate Technology PLC Research & Development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2015 was 346 (Mar. 2015 ) + 324 (Jun. 2015 ) + 328 (Sep. 2015 ) + 304 (Dec. 2015 ) = $1,302 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.
Seagate Technology PLC Annual Data
|Research & Development||805||904||1,028||953||877||875||1,006||1,133||1,226||1,353|
Seagate Technology PLC Quarterly Data
|Research & Development||294||312||297||323||342||341||346||324||328||304|