Actually she has. The saw is on the market, that is all it had to do.
This has been no secret and litigation would have stopped sales until
settled. That may have happened but the end result is that you can now
buy this feature on both brands.
No, krw is right here. You can't sue for infringement of patent
until the infringing product is on the market. Now that Bosch's
saw is on the market, and SawStop has responded by filing suit,
the patent can be tested in court.
That can take years to resolve.
If the court thinks SawStop is likely to prevail, they can issue
an injunction to prevent Bosch from selling their saw until the
suit is resolved. That does not often happen, the infringement
has to be pretty blatent for the court to take action before trial.
Understood. I think Bosch will be fine, surely their attorneys would
have researched before giving the go ahead. Either way the method of
causing the blade to drop appears to be totally different. The drop is
a direct result of pistons firing. SS drops as a result of the force of
the blade coming to a sudden stop to trigger a release.
Every saw can drop a blade, you turn the elevation wheel so dropping the
blade below the surface is not a new thing. SawStop and Bosch have
determined a faster way to drop the blade.
Thought they had...yeah, Google says they sued back in July.
That's the hard part about patent cases - you might think it's
totally different, your lawyers (who aren't technical folk)
might think it's totally different, but will a judge & jury?
Patent cases are notoriously unpredictable.
And, of course, there's also the possibility that Bosch is
intentionally infringing, but expects SawStop to reach an
agreement rather than pay to pursue a suit. That happens all
the time in electronics - Apple (just as a for instance)(*)
copies someone else's tech, the other party sues, then they
agree that Apple can pay a chunk of money to license whatever
it is. Even tho the second company wouldn't have voluntarily
licensed Apple if they'd been asked, faced with a fait accompli
it's cheaper to take the money than to sue.
(* actually, using Apple as the example because they do this
all the time.)
i looked at the bosch site today and clicked on buy now and there were no
sellers of the reaxx
either the site is not configured properly or some other glitch
or there has been an injunction
or are they not for sale yet
Agreed. Unless the court decides SawStop's patents are overly
broad ("a woodworking machine that retracts a cutting tool by
pivoting" is pretty damn broad), and invalidates them completely,
which is possible but not too likely.
Very broad because many saws predating SawStop pivoted the blade to
Oddly though SawStop does not pivot the blade to lower, it goes straight
up and down guided by 2 large diameter steel rods.
Perhaps but the courtroom is an expensive place to show it off. If
they really had something, they'd go to Gass and get a cheap license
in trade for burying the prior art. Simply ignoring a patent is a
very risky proposition. Bosch may think they can afford it, though.
Prior art is a good point, tho. The Patent Office doesn't look
for prior art any longer before issuing a patent (they haven't
done for decades), so it's not uncommon for someone to find it
and challenge a patent on that ground.
And we don't know what conversations Bosch and SawStop may have
had. Perhaps Bosch did go to them with the prior art, and Gass
said "you're full of it! That wouldn't hold up in court." And
so Bosch decided to find out.
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