Did Apple and Google really spend more on patents than R&D?

Did Apple and Google really spend more on patents than R&D?Technovia:

Read the NYT piece, and you would think that the technology market has shifted from being about research and development of new products to being about acquisition of patents. Given that this is based on a single year, when some very big patent portfolios came on the market in one-off deals that aren’t likely to be repeated in the future, that’s a long way from the truth.

[I sincerely dislike when agenda is written as news.]

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