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#1 posted 03-16-2015 11:01 PM

All I can say is if I had to do it we would have patent claim(s) such as…....

(1) We claim a method whereby the triggering of a safety brake or other control mechanism is initiated by a measure of the capacitive difference in electrical potential created by the direct contact of human flesh or contact of human flesh through any conductive material with a machine tool component.

(2) the subset of claim #1 where the machine tool is a table saw.

(3) the subset of claim #2 where the contact of human flesh is through a finger.

(4) the subset of claim #3 where the safety brake is a sacrificial piece of aluminum that jams into the blade.

And on, and on, and on….

This is actually how most patent claims read. The big “generic” claim and then a host of dependent claims. Just where your eventual patent coverage ends up is the result of tons of litigation.

I sure don’t know what legal position SawStop has in this, but I am certain that they will be weighing in.

@Dawsonbob: Yes, there are many instances where the law frowns on monopolies, but Patent Law is one place where the law actually supports them. Patents provide the inventor the exclusive rights to utilize their invention for the limit of the patent term. This is a way to promote innovation by allowing someone who invests the time, effort, and money to develop a new technology to recover their investment (and hopefully much more).

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