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Virginia Imagination Made Real EXPO for Innovators

August 31, 2010 by · Comments Off
Filed under: Business, Copyright Articles, Inventor & Entrepreneur Updates, Press release 

The Virginia Inventors Forum, Inc. (VIF) announces the “Imagination Made Real Expo 2010” to be held on October 23, 2010 at the Historic Triangle Community Center located at 312 Waller Mill Road in Williamsburg, VA.

The “Imagination Made Real Expo 2010” will provide all artists, students, inventors, entrepreneurs, small businesses, and creators of innovative work with an incredible opportunity to showcase their inventions, ideas and creative works while meeting with other inventors, entrepreneurs and imagineers.  VIF is excited to feature for the first time…representatives from the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), US Copyright Office, prototype engineers, marketers, and others who can help bring ideas to life will also be attending this event.

Highlights from the event program include:  special presentations from the Imagination Made Real Panel, featuring Catesby Jones (Peace Frogs), Gary Warren (IPX Partners) and M’Jestie (Dream Little Dreamer), and representatives from the USPTO and US Copyright Office; opportunities for one-on-one consultations with these representatives; and an exhibit hall full of innovative products and services.

For more information about this event or to register, please visit  Limited exhibitor space/opportunities and sponsorships are still available.  Please contact for more information.

And, if you have a Facebook account, VIF would appreciate you logging in and joining their fan page.  Check it out!/pages/Williamsburg-VA/Virginia-Inventors-Forum/138770999481162?ref=ts&__a=17&ajaxpipe=1

Student Inventor Competition — Win Cash

May 17, 2010 by · Comments Off
Filed under: Business, Inventor & Entrepreneur Updates, Patent Articles 

CONTACT: Richard Maulsby (571) 272-8400

The Invent Now Collegiate Inventors Competition, now in its 19th year, is inviting inventive students to enter its 2010 competition.  Deadline to enter is June 25, 2010.

The Collegiate Inventors Competition is designed to recognize and honor student innovators at the graduate and undergraduate levels.  Since 1990, the Competition has honored numerous individuals and teams for their outstanding inventive contributions and innovative research.  This year, nearly $80,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the winning undergraduate and graduate students and advisors at a special awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. in the fall.    The Competition is sponsored by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Abbott Fund.

The deadline for entering this year’s Competition is June 25, 2010.   Entries are judged on originality of the idea, process or technology, and their potential value and usefulness to society.

Collegiate Inventors Competition winners from 2009 included a team from Dartmouth who developed a device to filter arsenic from drinking water in third world nations,  Geoffrey von Maltzahn from MIT who created nanoparticles that communicate with each other to more effectively target therapy to tumors, Stephen Diebold from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who invented a tool to facilitate independence for quadriplegics, and Harris Wang from Harvard whose Multiplex Automated Genome Engineering, or MAGE, is an efficient way for faster cell programming, perhaps resulting in manufactured microorganisms.

Competition judges select 10-12 finalists who receive an all-expense paid trip to the final judging round and awards ceremony.  National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees participate in the final round of judging, and past judges have included individuals such as Don Keck, inventor of optical fiber for communications; George Smith, 2009 Nobel Prize recipient and inventor of the charge-coupled device; and James West, inventor of the electret microphone.

Entry forms and more information on the program are available at

Virginia Inventors Forum Application for 2010 Innovator of the Year Award

March 13, 2010 by · Comments Off
Filed under: Business, Inventor & Entrepreneur Updates, Patent Articles, Press release 

The Virginia Inventors Forum is seeking applications from independent inventors and small businesses for its 2010 Innovator of the Year Award.   The Virginia Inventors Forum (VIF) will present its 2010 Innovator of the Year Award at Hampton Roads Technology Council (HRTC) Tech Night on May 6, 2010.  VIF seeks to educate and support innovative businesses and inventors from conception to commercialization.  If you or someone you know is interested in being evaluated for the award, then please read the attached application, fill out, and return to VIF Innovation Application for Award

Please note that the judges evaluating the Virginia Inventors Forum applications are not affiliated with the Virginia Inventors Forum and seek to promote fair and ethical evaluations in considering the applications.

For more information about the Virginia Inventors Forum, please visit

2010 Astrology Forecast for Inventors and Entrepreneurs

December 27, 2009 by · Comments Off
Filed under: Business, Inventor & Entrepreneur Updates 

For the fun of it . . . from Guest Columnist Spirit Hand (not an attorney)

What can inventors and entrepreneurs expect in 2010? The numerals that make up 2010 add up to 3 — 3 being the number of new growth, rebirth, and personal recreation, as well as an energy that promotes massive political, financial, military and societal changes with new paradigms of thought and social conduct.  Accordingly, 2010 should be an exciting year for innovation, start-up businesses and rejuvenation of existing businesses.  2010 hot innovative forecasts focus on “sustainable” machinery including green technology, energy, transportation, housing and construction, and oceanography.  

Pisces (Feb 19 – March 19) In mid January 2010, your sign moves into position to be the celestial favorite with many changes on the horizon.  For inventors and entrepreneurs the first half of 2010 is busy with creative opportunities and growth.  However, sometime during the middle of 2010, a partner or other close business colleague seeks to take control, and having the foresight to protect your creative contributions is extremely important.  By the end of 2010, there is additional stress in your business and it would be wise to take a proactive role or seek help to manage these stressful situations.  Famous Pisces: Michael Jackson (Entertainer), Kurt Cobain (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Pisces), Albert Einstein (Physicist), George Harrison (Musician), Michelangelo (Artist, Scientist), Aidan Quinn (Actor), Dr. Seuss (Writer), Sharon Stone (Actress), and Elizabeth Taylor (Sun, Mercury, and Mars in Pisces).

Aries (March 20 – April 18) Finances should be improving by the middle of the year; however, your career and earnings continue to be on the sidelines for most of this year.  Opportunities present themselves for travel, with an old friend, or old partner.  2010 is an emotionally intense year for you.  Look to invest in your dreams and involve only those you trust to prepare for 2011.

Taurus (April 19 – May 19) Finances continue to be challenging, and it will be important for you to do something creative.  This creativity could be outside your career – as your family, home life and relationships are most important in 2010.  Stay true to yourself and follow through on your responsibilities.  You will want to work this year and next to strategically position yourself for 2012 which should be full of change, prosperity and personal accomplishment.  Famous Taurus: Charlotte Bronte (Writer), John Muir (Naturalist), Queen Elizabeth II (British Royalty), Immanuel Kant (Philosopher), Robert Oppenheimer (Physicist), Jack Nicholson (Actor), Leonardo da Vinci (Artist), Sergei Prokofiev (Composer), Barbara Steisand (Singer), Guglielmo Marconi (Scientist), Jack Schwartz (Psychic Healer), Ulysses S. Grant (President), Samuel Morse (Inventor), Hirohito (Japanese Royalty), Mehta Zubin (Conductor), Dr. Benj. Spock (Child Specialist), Bing Crosby (Singer), Sugar Ray Robinson (Sports Figure), Karl Marx (Revolutionary), Sigmund Freud (Psychologist), Orson Wells (Producer), Eva Perone (Dictator), Harry S. Truman (President), Karl Kraft (German Astrologer).

Gemini (May 20 – June 20) This is going to be a “fast forward” year with very little time for “re-play”.  It is important that you pay attention to details and follow up on responsibilities as there is very little time for you to correct mistakes if an opportunity presents itself.  Family, career, relationships, education, and partnerships all need you to reflect on values and ideals that have mattered most over the years.  While change is on the horizon, it is difficult to know how this will manifest.  Be careful of too much change.  Your finances tend to be strongest at the end of 2010, but require your attention.  Famous Gemini: Queen Victoria (British Royalty), George Washington Carver (Botanist, Inventor), Claudio Monteverdi, (Composer), Ralph Waldo Emerson (Writer), Gene Tunney (Pugilist), Bennet Cerf (Writer), Queen Mary (England Royalty), Henry Kissinger (Statesman), Bob Hope (Entertainer), John F. Kennedy (American President), Norman Vincent Peale (Clergyman), Clint Eastwood (Actor), Joe Namath (Sports Figure), George Bush (President), Anne Frank (Writer), I. Velikovsky (Writer), Judy Garland (Actress/Singer), Maurice Sendak (Children’s Author), F. Lee Bailey (Attorney), Jacques-Yves Costeau (Ocean Explorer), Gene Wilder (Actor), Joe Montana (Sports Figure).

Cancer (June 21 – July 21) Your artistic side is red hot in 2010 and you’ll want to protect your work as your family and friends could seek to take advantage of you.  Continuing to invest in and to grow an existing business should be worthwhile and provide much personal reward.  Famous Cancer: George Orwell (Writer), Ross Perot (Entrepreneur), Gilda Radner (Comedienne), Thurgood Marshall (Supreme Court Justice), Henry Thoreau (Writer), Nikola Tesla (Scientist), Arthur Ashe (Athlete), Georgio Armani (Designer), Sylvester Stallone (Actor), Robin Williams (Actor).

Leo (July 22 – August 21) The end of the first quarter of 2010 is your time to make yourself known at work and in the world.  Your creativity is wonderful in 2010, and you will find yourself doing a lot of behind the scenes work.  The middle of the year is a time of change and growth.  While finances are solid throughout 2010, new financial opportunities will come your way and you’ll want to build strategic agreements.  Famous Leo: James Gibbons (Ecclesiatic), Amelia Earhart (Pilot), Zelda Fitzgerald (Jazz Age Figure), David Belasco (Producer), Florence Entwhistle (Photographer), George B. Shaw (Writer), Karl G. Jung (Psychiatrist), Andre Maurois (Writer), Aldous Huxley (Writer), Estes Kefauver (Politician), Mick Jagger (Musician), Dorothy Hamill (Sports Figure), William Hamilton (Scientist), Ernie Pile (Journalist), Dolores del Rio (Actress), Napoleon (Emperor), Sri Aurobindo (Religious Leader), Menachem Begin (Prime Minister), Princess Anne (Royalty). Rose Marie Guy (Comedienne), T.E. Lawrence (Adventurer), G. Demaupassant (Writer), Sydney Omarr (Astrologer), Andy Warhol (Artist), Neil Armstrong (Astronaut), Patrick Swayze (Actor).  Cocoa Channel (Designer).

Virgo (August 22 – September 21) This year, you will continue to grow in your profession with opportunities for others to nurture or mentor you.  However, work will be intense and stressful throughout most of 2010.  If you feel a bit over your head, take time to meditate and find balance with your home life and career.  Decisions you make now will likely have lasting impacts and are worth careful consideration.

Libra (September 22 – October 22) Keep your financial decisions confidential from extended friends and family as there is potential for arguments or quarreling.  The success of your investments depends upon innovative financial decisions and upon following a budget.  Creativity, artistic pursuits, photography and multimedia work are all potential personal growth areas that could provide opportunities for commercial success.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 20) If you have been planning something in your professional career, this is the year to make your move.  However, political undercurrents might present obstacles, so pay attention and be mindful of potential control issues.  Towards the end of 2010, unfinished business, perhaps real estate, will come back to you and provide a beneficial opportunity.

Sagittarius (November 21 – December 20) Creativity and luck are on your side in 2010.  Finances should be good, but will fluctuate over 2010 so be mindful of a budget.  Towards the end of the year, share your dreams with loved ones.  During this time, you are lucky and anything can happen.  You’ll need the emotional support of loved ones to stay true to yourself.

Capricorn (December 21 – January 19) Finances are going to be volatile at times, but overall, finances should be better than 2009. Direct your energy carefully as family and career will put enormous stresses on you.  In the second quarter of 2010, you may encounter manipulation and control issues. May is a time to tighten the belt. Your career path takes some unexpected turns this year.  The last quarter should be a time of financial growth.  Towards the end of the year, you may need a vacation to recover from the roller coaster that this year brings.  Remember that work will be there for you when you return.  Famous Capricorns: Conrad Hilton (Famous Entrepreneur, founder Hilton Hotels), Henri Matisse (Artist), Elizabeth Arden (Entrepreneur), Denzel Washington (Entertainer), Edgar Allen Poe (Writer), Janis Joplin (Singer), Martin Luther King (Civil Rights), Aristotle Onassis (Entrepreneur, Industrialist), J.D. Salinger (Writer), Isaac Newton (Scientist).

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18) Change is inevitable in 2010, and there may be a need to barter or outsource with others to balance finances in 2010.  Finances will stabilize in July or August, and thereafter, finances should be good over the next several years.  So, if outsourcing with others requires you to do something that you do not want to do, then remember that it is probably in your interest.   In December 2010, your career path changes and is filled with a newly found energy.  Famous Aquarians: Edwin Aldrin (Astronaut), Christian Dior (Designer), Jack Nicklaus (Athlete), Lord Byron (Poet), Virginia Woolf (Writer), Douglas Macarthur (Military Leader),  Paul Newman (Actor), Wolfgang Mozart (Composer), Oprah Winfrey (Entertainer),  Franklin D. Roosevelt (President), Alfred Adler (Psychologist), Charles Dickens (Writer), Ronald Reagan (President), Farrah Fawcett (Actress), James Joyce (Writer), King Farouk (Egyptian Royalty), Abraham Lincoln (President), Jack Hoffa, Charles Darwin (Evolutionist), John Travolta (Actor).

Mercury retrogrades four times in 2010 with the below approximate dates:

  • December 26, 2009 – January 15
  • April 17 – May 11
  • August 20 – September 12
  • December 10 – December 31