Hot on the heels of yesterday's potential Australian plasma ban, comes news of the U.S. possibly banning many popular hard drives due to a patent dispute. The issue involves a patent for "dissipative ceramic bonding tips," also known as wire bonding tips, which Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba, HP, and Dell either use in their own foreign manufacturing process or sell in products that were built, in countries other than the U.S., using them. According to Ars Technica, the problem at hand resides under Section 337 of the Tariff Act.
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