The U.S. International Trade Commission confirmed findings by an administrative law judge in SawStop’s patent infringement lawsuit against Robert Bosch GmbH and its subsidiary, Robert Bosch Tool Corp., for the Bosch Reaxx Jobsite Table Saw.
In September, administrative law judge Thomas B. Pender issued a preliminary ruling that the Reaxx infringes on SawStop’s safety technology patents. SawStop is seeking an injunction from the ITC that would stop Bosch from importing its saw from Germany, where it is manufactured.
The ITC will now consider Pender’s recommended next steps including “a cease-and-desist order issue against Robert Bosch Tool Corp.,” regarding importation of the infringing Reaxx saw and activation cartridges into the United States.?
“We are very pleased that the commission confirmed Judge Pender’s findings that Bosch infringes our patents,” SawStop president Stephen Gass said in a statement. “We regret that Bosch chose to introduce the Reaxx saw in disregard of our patents, leaving us with no alternative but to defend our rights in court. We have invested millions of dollars in research and development to protect woodworkers from serious injury and we remain grateful for the U.S. patent system for protecting and encouraging our safety innovations.”
This article originally appeared in the January 2017 issue.