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1. Characteristic of, unique to, or originated by a particular person or group: Throughout the campaign, the candidate refuted his rival's criticisms with a series of patented responses.
2. Protected or conferred by a patent or letters patent: a patented process.
(Law) law covered by a patent
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|Adj.||1.||patented - (of devices and processes) protected by patent; "they are patented inventions"|
proprietary - 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"