I can't go into too much detail due to different confidentiality concerns, but hopefully I can provide enough relevant facts for analysis. Please don't hesitate to let me know if you need additional info or clarifications.
Basically in this situation the worker was hoping to get hired with the company, so he did some design work straight out of college in hopes of impressing the company. The company and the worker tossed around several ideas as far as compensation, but nothing was agreed on and no compensation was paid. The worker performed the work and provided it to the company, communication broke down shortly after, and no contract was ever agreed on. The company proceeded to use the design work.
The design work consisted of computer models, design prints, and manufacturing specifications for the production of certain types of equipment. For example, the design of a hydraulic shaft for use in farming equipment.
Hope that helps.
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