Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Untangling sentences

Found this gem in a Tech News story about Apple's countersuing Creative Technology in a patent dispute:

Creative Technology was granted a patent for the technology it claims Apple infringed in 2005, after applying for the patent in 2001.

So did Apple infringe the patent in 2005? Or is that when Creative was granted it? Was it Apple that applied for the patent in 2001, or was it Creative? Sure, a reader can stop momentarily and parse it, but why make it difficult?

Creative Technology was granted a patent in 2005 for the technology it claims Apple infringed. It had applied for the patent in 2001.

Much clearer.

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