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Patent infringement may lead to a ban on hard drive imports

Five hard drive seller or maker companies may be investigated in a patent infringement case that could result in a ban on the import of several hard drives into the United States.

Five hard drive seller or maker companies may be investigated in a patent infringement case that could result in a ban on the import of several hard drives into the United States.

A quote from the article at Ars Technica:

There are currently five companies being investigated by the ITC, including Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba, Hewlett-Packard, and Dell. All five companies either manufacture drives that use "dissipative ceramic bonding tips," or sell products that use such hard drives which allegedly infringe on two patents owned by California residents Steven and Mary Reiber.

Such a ban would adversely affect the consumer market if it comes into place. However, as with the case of the Qualcomm-Broadcom spat, the U.S. court of appeals might be able to stay the ban.

Further reading:

U.S. trade body launches probe into hard disk market (ComputerWorld | IDG News)

6 comments
wirejockey
wirejockey

is that the offending parties will agree to pay the patent holders X amount of $ up front, and X amount for each drive sold with the technology.

Canuckster
Canuckster

What is the history of the patent holders and their patents? Is this another case of the Blackberry attack?

DanLM
DanLM

Because of the impact that will be felt in the hardware field due to hard drives not being avaible? What about the patent holders here? Whats the point of them even filing suit if everyone is going to side with the manufacturers? Am I missing somethign here? Are they retail patent holders, or did they invent something. Patent it, and then have the big guns walk all over them? And now the goverment and the rest of the industry is putting their boots on to walk on them also? Dan

zatnktelaus
zatnktelaus

you are right but if the patent holds up in cort there will be very little hard drive to buy in the USA and the raptor drives made by WD you will not be able to buy them anymore but it does not bother me as i live in australia but some one needs to stand up for the little guy just glad i live in australia

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