Judge Finds Bosch Reaxx Saw Infringes SawStop Patent

SawStop vs Bosch Reaxx

*** 9/15/16 Update – Bosch’s response to the below SawStop Press Release

SawStop just published a press release on Business Wire (see below) announcing that the Judge Thomas B. Pender has confirmed (at least the “Initial Determination”) that the Bosch Reaxx Saw has infringed the SawStop Patent. What does that mean for the Bosch Reaxx Saw, it is unclear at this point, but SawStop is asking ITC to exclude Bosch from bringing the saw into the US, including all parts and cartridges. This certainly looks like SawStop is one step closer to the Bosch Reaxx being dead in the water. If that is the case we would fully expect Bosch Tools to make good on products they have released.

If you are looking for a safer table saw with flesh detecting technology it looks like the SawStop Table Saws maybe the only option for the foreseeable future. Good news is they offer a full range of table saws from jobsite saws to large industrial saws.

Our friends at Pro Tool Reviews just did a nice comparison on the Bosch Reaxx and SawStop jobsite saws.

Tualatin, OR — SawStop, LLC, the world leader in table saw safety, sued Robert Bosch GmbH of Germany and its subsidiary Robert Bosch Tool Corporation for patent infringement. The lawsuit is before the U.S. International Trade Commission. Last Friday, Administrative Law Judge Thomas B. Pender confirmed that the Bosch Reaxx saw infringes patents related to SawStop’s implementation of active injury mitigation technology and components thereof. Here is an excerpt:

“Based on the foregoing, it is my Initial Determination that there is a violation of Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, 19 U.S.C. § 1337, in the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, or the sale within the United States after importation of certain table saws incorporating active injury mitigation technology and components thereof, in connection with the asserted claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,895,927 and 8,011,279.” –U.S. I.T.C., Inv. No. 337-TA-965

SawStop is asking the ITC to order US Customs to exclude Bosch’s Reaxx saws from entering the United States, and to order Bosch to stop advertising and selling the saws and associated parts, which might include replacement cartridges essential to the saw’s operation.

Dr. Stephen Gass, SawStop’s President, notes that “the technology in SawStop saws wouldn’t have made it to market except for the protection offered by the United States patent system. We have invested millions of dollars in research and development to protect woodworkers from serious injury, and our inventions have been awarded numerous patents. Bosch chose to introduce the Reaxx saw in disregard of our patents, and we were left with no alternative but to defend our patent rights in court. We are very pleased Judge Pender confirmed that Bosch infringes our patents.”

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  1. Gary says:

    Whether you are for or against the ruling, it is business first and foremost. Bosch knew what they were doing. They did not get where they are at by being idiots. And I suspect they can litigate this for years. I suspect their approach will be to purchase Sawstop or license the technology. Guess we will have to wait and see what happens down the road. One thing is certain. Bosch doesn’t need to sell this saw in the US to keep afloat or recoup their investments.

    • BikerDad says:

      Gary has nailed it. Bosch can litigate as a means of bleeding SawStop. Bosch’s budget for the legal department alone is probably larger than SawStop’s annual gross revenues. Bosch is a HUGE company.

      Or Bosch can simply purchase SS, bring in the Reaxx saws, and redesign the SS to use the Reaxx tech. Why would they do this? Because, on the surface at least, it’s a less expensive technology for the user.

      Or Bosch can simply wait out the patent, all while selling the Reaxx in Europe and Oceania. (Unless SS has patents in those areas as well…)

  2. Bill Bechard says:

    In 2014 Elon Musk opened the technology patents of Tesla Motors to be used by anyone to speed up the development of electric cars. An extremely generous offer benefiting the greater good. That is how it is done Mr. Gass.

  3. Matthew Lewis says:

    A fan of the technology, but not the owner of Sawstop. Greedy guy that thinks he can manipulate the courts to corner the market all under the guise of safety. I am not convinced he really cares about safety as much as money. His company will pay in the end. It is just a matter of time.

  4. Nicholas says:

    When does the patent expire?

  5. neil davis says:

    Who cares what his motives are? Anyone who is smart enough or lucky enough to come up with a great invention should protect it, whether it is Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerburg or Mr. Gass. Rather then make disparaging remarks about someone who can’t hear you, make your point with your pocket book.

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