This could be a damaging blow to quite a few companies within the United States. For instance, take a dedicated server hosting company that relies on one of many hardware vendors like Dell or HP (Hewlett-Packard). Its possible that said vendor will have stock pile of hard drives. Put lets put this into perspective.
If you read the entire article you will see a similar situation that ended with Broadcom filing a complaint against Qualcomm. The International Trade Commission banned Qualcomm from shipping any new chips and hardware into the United Sates, and any chips that were already being shipped to the United States could continue. The ban lasted for 45 days, until an appeal by Qualcomm was successful and then the ban was lifted.
Now if this were to happen for 45 days, it could possible hurt multiple companies that haven’t slowed down their ever expanding data centers. A good example of this would be the Dedicated Server Hosting sector and possible even Google, Facebook or MySpace. Who all seem to be growing and growing as more and more users are getting online or finding out about their service.
Dell, which seems to have a firm grip on the server, desktop as well as laptop market would also have issues. Prices for drives would go up, when at the time of writing this you could get a 250G drive for $73 at NCIX
Hard times for hard drives: US may ban popular imports –
The International Trade Commission has begun an investigation into Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba, Hewlett-Packard, and Dell over patent infringements that could bar the companies from importing their products into the US.