TUALATIN, Ore. - SawStop LLC has expressed confidence that the company will win its legal action to block Bosch from introducing its new Reaxx table saw to the U.S.
SawStop sued Robert Bosch GmbH of Germany and its subsidiary Robert Bosch Tool Corporation for patent infringement in an action before the U.S. International Trade Commission. A spokesman for SawStop said the trial will likely be held in May and a decision is expected by August 2016.
With a June 1 release for its Reaxx table saw with flesh-sensing technology, Bosch insists that its new saw does not violate SawStop patents.
“We are looking forward to the trial and we are confident that we will prevail,” says Dr. Stephen Gass, SawStop’s president. “Over the past several months of discovery, Bosch has failed to identify anything that suggests our inventions were anticipated or obvious, nor have they introduced anything that was not already reviewed by the Patent Office.
"As a result, we expect our patents to be upheld. Also, we understand that the language in our patents clearly covers the Reaxx saw, and for that reason, we expect the judge to find infringement.”
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 may include replacement cartridges essential to the saw’s operation.
“SawStop is a U.S. company that exists because of our inventions,” says Dr. Gass. “We have invested millions of dollars in research and development to protect woodworkers from serious injury, and those inventions have been awarded numerous patents.
"Unfortunately, Bosch has disregarded our patents and implemented many of our inventions in the Reaxx saw. We will continue to defend our patent rights against what we believe is willful infringement.”
SawStop says that its saws have saved “thousands of woodworkers from serious injury.” The company also reports good success with its own Jobsite Saw introduced in 2015. The SawStop Jobsite Saw and the Bosch Reaxx would directly compete in the jobsite table saw market.
Despite the lawsuit, Bosch announced plans to market their Reaxx saw in the United States beginning June 1.