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USB inventor Ajay V. Bhatt Wins 2013 European Inventor Award

May 28, 2013

AMSTERDAM, May 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

        - Ajay V. Bhatt & team win European "Technology Oscar" in "Non-European
          Countries" category
        - Honouring invention of Universal Serial Bus (USB)
        - USB replaced competing plug designs, made plug-and-play a reality
        - "Invention that triggered true progress, and helps us making the most of out
          digital technology" said Benoit Battistelli, President of the European Patent Office

Ajay V. Bhatt, the Indian-born US researcher won the European Inventor Award 2013
presented by the European Patent Office (EPO) in the Non-European countries category for
leading a team of computer experts at Intel that developed USB technology. Out of a group
of 15 nominees from 11 countries, he is one of five Award winners announced today. Mr
Bhatt received the award today at a ceremony in Amsterdam in the presence of Her Royal
Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands and 500 international guests

Bhatt’s achievement: Making easy computer connections “universal”

He won the prize together with his team consisting of, Bala Cadambi, Jeff Morriss,
Shelagh Callahan, and Shaun Knoll for inventing the USB technology. Frustrated with the
process of reconfiguring and rebooting the computer while installing a printer for his
wife’s computer, Bhatt decided to create a connection interface that would recognize and
run new devices automatically when they were plugged into a computer – the idea of the
Universal Serial Bus was born: The USB interface works by ‘translating’ the different
signals from peripherals and delivering them into one centralized message stream to the
computer’s operating system,

“Ajaj V. Bhatt helped greatly simplify the way we interact with computers today. To
get all the different devices to understand each other is example of technological
progress that is really benefitting our life by making it easier. It helps us making the
most of out digital technology and enjoying its advantages”, said Benoit Battistelli,
President of the European Patent Office, at today’s announcement of the five winners.

Bhatt’s invention is now found in billions of electronic devices the world over. USB
not only allows users easy connections of computers with webcams, smartphones and even
complex scientific instruments. It also streamlines work for hardware and software

15 nominees from 11 countries; 5 winners in 5 categories

The winners of the 2013 European Inventor Award in the other four categories are:
Category Industry: Claus Hammerle and Klaus Bruestle, Austria, for the invention of a
damping furniture hinge that became the global industry standard, and allows the smooth
closing of drawers and kitchen cabinets; Category Research: Patrick Couvreur, France, for
using nano-technology to create tiny capsules that allow anti-cancer drugs to be
transported straight to diseased cells, where they take action without harming healthy
tissue; Category SMEs: Pal Nyren, Sweden, for the invention of pyrosequencing, a technique
that has made DNA analysis easier, faster and radically less expensive, thereby paving the
way for “personalized” medical treatment of serious illnesses. Category Lifetime
Achievement: Martin Schadt, Switzerland, for the invention of Liquid Crystal Displays
(LCDs). The Popular Prize went to Jose Luis Lopez Gomez, Spain, for his invention a unique
‘independent guided’ wheel design rather than a standard axle on high-speed passenger

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