by William Sampson
firstname.lastname@example.org SAW SAFETY
Aruling handed down by the U.S. International Trade Commission would block importing and sales of the new Bosch Reaxx safety saw to United States customers because the commission found the saw violates patents held by SawStop. Announced January 27, the ruling concludes an investigation prompted by SawStop officials, charging that the Bosch Reaxx saw violated multiple patents held by SawStop. The commission found that the Reaxx saw, which is sold in
the United States by Robert Bosch Tool Corp. of
Mount Prospect, Illinois, a subsidiary of Robert
Bosch GmbH of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany,
did indeed violate two patents held by SawStop.
Both the SawStop saws and the Bosch saws are
designed to protect users from accidental contact
with the blade. They both sense contact between
the blade and flesh. Once contact is detected, the
SawStop saw instantly drives a spring-loaded block
of aluminum into the blade to stop its motion
while simultaneously dropping the blade below
the saw table. The Bosch saw does not stop the
blade, but it uses a gas cartridge to propel the
blade below the table and out of harm’s way.
Commission officials held that SawStop’s
patents for the safety saw technology were violated
irrespective of the difference in how the saws
work. “The Commission has determined that the
appropriate form of relief is a limited exclusion
order prohibiting the unlicensed entry of covered
table saws incorporating active injury mitigation
technology and components thereof manufac-
tured for or on behalf of Respondents (Bosch) or
their affiliated companies, parents, subsidiaries,
Ruling finds Bosch violates SawStop patents; ITC orders Bosch to stop
importing and selling Reaxx saws and parts in the U.S.
ITC rules against Bosch Reaxx saw
The Bosch Reaxx saw uses a powerful gas cartridge to instantly propel the blade below the table and out of harm’s way
if the saw senses contact with flesh.