Exclusive proprietary systems

Other Names:
Reinforcement of dependency on patented technologies

Corporations tend to seek ways of locking clients into long-term dependency on proprietary technologies or services as a way of preventing them from going to competitors for alternative or related products. Corporations are then able to impose prices and conditions to their own advantage.


The prime example is the effort by early manufacturers of computers to ensure that clients could not make any use of products or software manufactured by competitors. This stranglehold was largely broken with the proliferation of personal computers. It has re-emerged at the level of operating system software.

Related Problems:
Theft of trade secrets
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST