Don't read too much into the decision. As I read it, the matter at hand is SawStop's antitrust suit against Black and Decker and other companies. The defendants previously had an unfavorable ruling from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Here's the holding:
Black and Decker petitioned the Supreme Court for certiorari (to hear the case.) The Supreme Court said, "no". This case is not to be confused with the patent cases that have been filed. I did about 5 minutes of research, so I am perfectly fine to stand corrected if I missed part of the case.
So, Mike, the suit it just for anti trust collusion? If Saw Stop wins what is the ultimate outcome? Does SS just win their point, reap financial gain from lost sales, or force their system onto the market?
I understand that there are several different things on the docket; patent infringement, anti-trust, safety legislation, et. al. Since reporters rarely do any research anymore to verify facts and accurately report the issues, it is very difficult to understand the intricacies of where all of this is potentially going in respect to the consumer.
As a former safety professional I applaud SS development of the system. As a consumer I hate them for their marketing of a destructive and expensive system, as well as their attempt to monopolize the market. Forcing others to come to the "dark side" as Desert Rat Tom aptly put it, is "thuggery".
I really like the new Bosch system. It it non-destructive, more cost effective, and appears to be easier to use.
Now, if they would only put it into a cabinet saw...