DANIEL NESBITT | Hasse & Nesbitt
There is insufficient information in your scenario. Factors are: who made the invention/are the inventors? Who paid for the fixture, or how has the cost of the fixture been addressed? What was the oral and written agreement of the parties? Were there any obligations on the fixture maker to keep information about the product specifications or fixture details confidential? Also, are there other ways of making the product that do not require use of that particular fixture? There may also be "shop rights" in any invention. Seek the counsel of a patent attorney in your state.
Answer Applies to: Ohio