proprietary

If you own something, especially something of value, then you have proprietary rights. The word is most often used in relation to new inventions or patents.

Proprietary refers to property: things that are owned by individuals or businesses. People talk about proprietary drugs, proprietary software, and other things that can only be made and sold by those who discovered or created them. A proprietary claim is usually protected by trademark or copyright. When you say you have a proprietary right to something you're saying to everyone else: "Hands off! This is mine." Years ago, owners of small mom-and-pop stores were known as proprietors.

Primary Meanings of proprietary

1.
adj
protected by trademark or patent or copyright; made or produced or distributed by one having exclusive rights
2.
n
an unincorporated business owned by a single person who is responsible for its liabilities and entitled to its profits
Full Definitions of proprietary
1

adj protected by trademark or patent or copyright; made or produced or distributed by one having exclusive rights

“`Tylenol' is a proprietary drug of which `acetaminophen' is the generic form”
Synonyms:
branded
(of goods and merchandise) marked or labeled by a distinctive word or symbol indicating exclusive rights
copyrighted
(of literary or musical or dramatic or artistic work) protected by copyright
patented
(of devices and processes) protected by patent
trademarked
(of goods and merchandise) labeled with proprietary (and legally registered) identification guaranteeing exclusive use
Antonyms:
nonproprietary
not protected by trademark or patent or copyright
generic
(of drugs) not protected by trademark
unpatented
(of devices and processes) not protected by patent
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2

n an unincorporated business owned by a single person who is responsible for its liabilities and entitled to its profits

Synonyms:
proprietorship
Type of:
ownership
the relation of an owner to the thing possessed; possession with the right to transfer possession to others

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