Ryobi was sued by a customer who injured his hand while operating a table saw. The plaintiff contended that, had Ryobi included a competitor's patented "Stop Saw" technology, the injury would've been prevented. Ryobi wanted to include that technology, but the competitor refused to license the technology at a price Ryobi could afford to pay while still selling a competing product. Thanks to patent law, Ryobi gets to pay anyway, and a "citizen" has a permanently damaged hand.
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