Proprietary


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Proprietary

Describing knowledge or another asset that properly belongs to one person or company. Proprietary knowledge and assets are protected and their owner is not required to reveal them. For example, a restaurant that makes the best fried chicken in town cannot be compelled to reveal its recipe as this knowledge gives it a competitive advantage over other restaurants. See also: Trade secret.
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AOL still is in more computer homes than all the ISPs put together, Donatiello said, a reminder that a significant proportion of households using proprietary services aren't hooked up to the Internet.
Without the Internet, organizations may communicate by proprietary means internally and with allied external entities to whom the organization has given the software to permit electronic communications, but organizations will be hard pressed to distribute and support such proprietary software to permit allied providers, health plan members, and the general public to communicate with them electronically.
The other question was even if no waiver did take place, was it proper for the co-op to terminate the proprietary lease by means of those notices or does the shareholder have the right to cure his default after a trial.
For example, the Dell architecture of Oracle 9i RAC on PowerEdge rack servers running Red Hat Linux can lower acquisition and production costs by as much as 41 percent and increase performance by as much as 89 percent, compared to a proprietary RISC-based single system.
The Web is also appealing to subscribers because it offers more advanced features than any proprietary on-line service can provide.
A proprietary interest in data supporting an illegal activity, such as restraint of trade, is not enforceable.