RE: Grammar (again!)

Subject: RE: Grammar (again!)
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: <dvora -at- tech-challenged -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2009 10:29:51 -0600

Deborah Hemstreet wrote:

> It is neither... they have been licensed out - that is WE own the
> patent, we license the patent to other companies... the term we use
> that is license out...
> "license out" is the terminology for that process. I've seen the term
> "out-license" but that is a fairly new way of relating to it.

That may be the term your company uses, but it's jargon, jarring, and
wrong. It's certainly not "the terminology for that process." It's a
colloquialism that shouldn't be used in external communications. It's
like saying "close up" instead of just "close."

Whether "that are" is present or not is entirely optional and of little
importance compared to what a bad impression the phrase "licensed out"

IMHO, of course. :-)


Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom


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