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Dr. Stephen F. Gass


SawStop LLC

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SawStop LLC

9564 S.W. Tualatin Road

Tualatin, Oregon 97062

United States

Company Description

SawStop is the world leader in table saw safety. Each SawStop saw stops and retracts the blade on contact with skin. The company's saws are designed to minimize saw-related injuries and the costs associated with them. ... more

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law degree

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Techtronic Defeats Flesh Detection Claims In Louisiana « Lightfoot, Franklin & White, LLC [cached]

U.S. District Judge Robert G. James partially granted Techtronic's Motion for Summary Judgment, partially granted the Motion to Exclude Plaintiff's Expert Robert Holt, and granted in full the Motion to Exclude the prior testimony of Dr. Stephen Gass, the inventor of SawStop.

Likewise, the Court excluded the prior testimony of the inventor of SawStop technology, Stephen Gass. Dr. Gass refused to testify in the case, and the Court ruled that Dr. Gass's unsworn declaration and prior trial testimony were inadmissible, unreliable, and should be excluded. "Because the Court finds that Holt is not qualified to testify regarding feasibility and because Dixon has failed to offer any other competent feasibility evidence, he would have to rely exclusively on Dr. Gass's prior testimony. However, Dr. Gass's testimony does not provide sufficient economic analysis for the factfinder to adequately consider the burden of implementing flesh detection technology into the [subject model saw]."

Stephen Gass, president of ... [cached]

Stephen Gass, president of SawStop and inventor of the finger-saving technology, said, "The technology in SawStop saws wouldn't have made it to market except for the protection offered by the United States patent system.

ToolGuyd > Power Tools > Saws ... [cached]

ToolGuyd > Power Tools > Saws > SawStop's Stephen Gass - People Who Are Destroying America

SawStop's Stephen Gass - People Who Are Destroying America
Check out this recent Stephen Colbert segment that pokes fun at the SawStop and its inventor Stephen Gass. By itself the SawStop is a neat invention that at best helps avoid severe injury, and at least offers peace of mind.
But Gass isn't happy with some users buying his SawStop saws - he wants to force all other table saw manufacturers to license his technology. Since manufacturers chose not to pay Gass for his SawStop tech, he began lobbying government officials to force manufacturers into licensing agreements.
If Gass was lobbying that brands be forced to implement automatic saw-stopping safety measures of their own, okay, that would seem reasonable. But no, he wants them to license his technology. Maybe that's why Colbert jokes that Gass is destroying America.
This may sound stupid, but it shouldn't be too hard to construct a "meat glove" for Gass to wear, then have him jam his hand into the blade. He only needs probably 1/4 of meat around his fingers to be safe. He could probably wrap a piece of bacon around a digit 3-4 times and it would provide protection against the scratch.
One thing really bothers me about Mr Gass, he wants to force his product on American woodworkers, but doesn't want to support American jobs, he has his saws made in Taiwan.
As usual, the Sawstop haters can't seem to get beyond their disdain for Steve Gass to see the overwhelming benefits of this product.

Stephen Gass Ph.D., Founder, ... [cached]

Stephen Gass Ph.D., Founder, SawStop

Bosch Reaxx Saw Infringes Patents: ITC Judge Finds for SawStop | Business Wire [cached]

Dr. Stephen Gass, SawStop's President, notes that "the technology in SawStop saws wouldn't have made it to market except for the protection offered by the United States patent system.

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