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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. 2016 was $305 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2016 was $1,225 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. 2016 was 298 (Mar. 2016 ) + 307 (Jun. 2016 ) + 315 (Sep. 2016 ) + 305 (Dec. 2016 ) = $1,225 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||904||1,028||953||877||875||1,006||1,133||1,226||1,353||1,237|
Seagate Technology PLC Quarterly Data
|Research & Development||342||341||346||324||328||304||298||307||315||305|