SawStop, and their owner Stephen Gass, who takes place to be a lawyer, issued a press release about their lawsuit against Bosch. They contend that Bosch, and their new ReaXX table saw, which also attributes flesh-detection and blade brake technology, is infringing on SawStop’s patented inventions.
This isn’t the first time Stephen Gass and SawStop has sued Bosch and other power tool brands. In recent years, they sued 22 businesses, like Bosch and other table saw manufacturers, for allegedly forming a secret boycott of SawStop’s technology. That lawsuit was eventually dismissed.
Right here’s what I have study or otherwise found out about SawStop and Stephen Gass over the years:
First, Gass tried to get energy tool brands to license their technology, but they declined to. None of the other brands wanted to spend to implement SawStop’s flesh-detection and blade braking technologies into their table saws.
Then, given that producers wouldn’t license SawStop’s technologies voluntarily, Gass lobbied for federal regulations that would force power tool producers to do so. Right here’s a post from 3 years ago, following Stephen Colbert ran a report on Gass and SawStop:
SawStop’s Stephen Gass – Individuals Who Are Destroying America
These forced licensing efforts fell flat, as the regulations had been not passed.
Then SawStop sued brands for allegedly boycotting his technology. Sounds ridiculous to me. Hey, because you didn’t pay us to license our technology, we’re suing you for damages. As talked about above, the suit was dismissed.
Now that Bosch has come out with a competing saw that appears to provide comparable end-result functionality – uncut fingers – but in completely different methods, the SawStop litigation machine is at it again.
I’ve tried to be fair, but the far more I hear about SawStop and Stephen Gass, the much more of a bully and a jerk they appear to be.
In the press release, SawStop’s tone is that of a small company that is being victimized by a much larger corporation. But is that genuinely what’s going on right here?
It’ll be up to the courts to decide no matter whether Gass’s patents are being infringed upon. Patent holders have an obligation to defend their patents – or danger losing them**, but I don’t feel that’s fairly what’s going on here. It’s tough to say, a a lot closer side-by-side look at the patent documents and table saw designs is warranted.
**Update: Richard Ahlquist reminded me in a comment below that this is accurate about trademarks, not patents.
That all getting stated, if I ever have the space for a complete-size table saw, it’ll almost certainly be a SawStop. Maybe. I actually wish Stephen Gass didn’t come across as so significantly of a jerk. There are also downsides to the tech, such as false triggers when cutting woods with high moisture content. Blade brake cartridges are excellent for a single use, and are expensive to replace, as are the saw blades that are destroyed when the brake is activated.
Hmm… if I do get a SawStop table saw, how a lot of that income spent will go towards the actual saw, and how much will go towards Gass’s lawsuits and forced licensure lobbying efforts?
But for a portable table saw? I am Really excited to see the Bosch ReaXX in action. Bosch has a powerful foothold in the transportable table saw industry, one that SawStop doesn’t genuinely have any opportunity of encroaching upon.
The new Bosch ReaXX saw will have a fully different blade brake tech that will allow for two braking events prior to the cartridge has to be replaced. It also won’t destroy your blade.
See Also: Bosch ReaXX table saw preview | ReaXX video and discussion
What do you feel? On one hand I know SawStop is obliged to defend their patent – if they feel it is becoming infringed upon – since you can not choose and pick which infringements or alleged infringements to protect against.** On the other hand, offered SawStop and Stephen Gass’s history, well… I locate it difficult to give them the benefit of the doubt.
**As mentioned, this doesn’t look to be true about patents, only trademarks. Whoops.