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