SawStop and Bosch are still in the midst of a legal war, even after a recent ruling that found Bosch "violated the law under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. § 1337) with its REAXX table saws after they were determined to infringe upon two SawStop U.S. patents," writes Neil L. Wilcove and Daniel A. Nicholson for Tools of the Trade. SawStop's patented technology enables the table saw to determine when it comes into contact with flesh and automatically stops the blade from moving, which helps to prevent injuries and amputations. The ruling might seem like a coup for SawStop, but there could still be a few months of legal battle before the USITC isues a final ruling:
[The recent ruling] is just an initial determination. Under the authority of section 19 U.S.C. § 1337, the USITC investigates allegations of intellectual property violations and unfair competitive practices in import trade. The first step of the process is an investigation. At this point, the commission takes notice of an allegation of unfair trade practices and an Administrative Law Judge is appointed to hear the case and render an initial determination – which is what this ruling is. The commission may adopt that initial determination, or it may modify or reverse it. The parties can request the USITC review any initial decision, which, according to Bosch’s press release, is already in the works, with the decision expected early January 2017. Even if the judge’s decision is upheld in the commission's review, its final determination can still be appealed, an option that Bosch will undoubtedly use if necessary.
According to Wilcove and Nicholson, customers can still purchase REAXX table saws and its accessories until the USITC finalizes its decision.