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February 15th Virginia Inventors Forum (VIF) Meeting

February 5, 2010 by · Comments Off
Filed under: Business, Inventor & Entrepreneur Updates, Patent Articles 

RESCHEDULED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER — Please note the new date and location of the February meeting

February Virginia Inventors Forum (VIF) Meeting
Topic:  Prototyping, Manufacturing & Standards
WHEN:   Monday, February 15th 2010, 6:00PM to 9PM
WHERE:  James City County Library, 7770 Croaker Road, Williamsburg VA 23185
COST:  $5 – members,  $10 – non-members
SPEAKERS:  Aimee McCarthy (VP-MEP) and Carlton McFadan (Anvil)

Virginia Inventors Forum Meeting on January 13, 2010 at JCC Library, 6PM to 9PM

January 12, 2010 by · Comments Off
Filed under: Inventor & Entrepreneur Updates 
January Virginia Inventors Forum Meeting

Topic:  Minimum Patent Protection & Maximum Market Response

WHEN:   Wednesday, January 13th 2010, 6:30PM to 9PM

*registration to start at 6PM

WHERE:  7770 Croaker Road, Williamsburg VA 23188 (JCC library off I-64)

COST:  $5 – members,  $10 – non-members

SPEAKERS:  Galia Kouzmanova,  Bill Pryzbysz,  Bambi Walters

Bambi Faivre Walters to serve on the United Inventors Association National Board

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (January 11, 2010)

The law office of Bambi Faivre Walters, PC announces that Bambi Faivre Walters was voted to serve on the National Board of Directors for the United Inventors Association (UIA) through 2013.  Since 1990, the UIA is dedicated non-profit organization dedicated to inventor education and support.  The UIA is a registered 501(c)3 and represents more than 10,000 inventors worldwide.

Unlike inventors who enjoy financial/legal support from corporations or universities, independent inventors are often vulnerable to fraudulent invention marketing companies.  By collecting and sharing educational information with certified local inventor organizations around the country, the UIA has helped many inventors avoid such frauds and helped to build and strengthen the independent inventor community. The Virginia Inventors Forum, Inc. (VIF) is Virginia’s local UIA chapter and Ms. Walters also serves on VIF’s Board.  VIF holds monthly meetings from January through October, typically on the second Wednesday of the month with the next meeting on January 13, 2010 at the James City County Library from 6PM to 9PM.

Ms. Walters shared “As a patent attorney, I help inventors identify and protect new ideas.  However, the steps from patent protection to financial success require that an independent inventor learn how to run a business and, more important, to have an exit plan.  In my opinion, the best way to figure out how to get from dreams to dollars is to learn from other innovators and to be able to identify reliable resources.  My priority on the UIA Board is to help build and connect our local inventor clubs.  National and some of the local chapters have fabulous resources and letting others know about and have access to these resources is important.”

Ms. Walters is a registered United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) patent attorney (Reg. No. 45,197) and is admitted to the North Carolina State Bar.  Ms. Walters is the managing attorney of Bambi Faivre Walters, PC, a Native American, woman-owned legal services firm committed to protecting and promoting of the ideas, products, logos, services, creative works and other assets of each client. 

For more information, visit or call 888-388-9614 or 757-253-5729.

Virginia Inventors Sept 9 Meeting: Presentations of Inventions to Industry Panel

August 28, 2009 by · Comments Off
Filed under: Business, Patent Articles 

Upcoming event information:
Member’s Assistance Meetings James City County Library, 7770 Croaker Road Williamsburg, VA
Date: 9 September 2009, Wednesday 6 PM registration, meeting starts at 6:30PM

For members and newly joining members only (see membership page for fees)

Inventors Forum holds 10 regular Member’s Assistance Meetings (January through October)

WHERE: James City County Library, 7770 Croaker Road, Williamsburg, VA

WHEN: Registration at 6PM, meeting starts at 6:30PM.  This “members only” meeting.  The meeting usually lasts about 2 1/2 hours.

FEE: Door fees are $5 for members. Non-members can join at this meeting. Initial membership fees are $50 per year, half price for seniors 65+, full time students and disabled.

NOTES: Everyone must sign a confidentialty agreemeent. Inventor presentations with feedback from the whole group is focus with industry and professional panel members to assist with feedback. Refreshments are next and then inventors can meet in smaller groups where they can get specific help with their inventions.
Members are encouraged to bring any items or materials like books, software, directories, or catalogs etc. that could be helpful to others.

We are a non-profit group with no paid positions and the success of the group is totally dependent on what YOU bring to the meetings. So please share any helpful information you have. The hard working volunteers who keep VIF going appreciate any and all assistance.

Innovative Funding, Franchising & Finance

June 6, 2009 by · Comments Off
Filed under: Business, Inventor & Entrepreneur Updates, trademark 

Who: Virginia Inventors Forum

Where: Christopher Christoher Newport University, Business & Technology Center (SunTrust Building), Room 326

When:  Wed June 10, 2009, 6:30 – 9 PM (registration 6 PM)

Costs:  Member: $5       Public: $10

Overview: The June 2009 meeting will focus on innovative franchising, what it is like to be funded by venture groups, and some insights into business finance strategies for start ups and for businesses that need an infusion of capital to bridge the gap.

Featuring the Following Guest Speakers and Moderator:

Walter Ewell (CFE of Franchise Republic, LLC)
Walt will discuss innovative franchising models including the Delaware LLC series as well as some of experiences, lessons learned, and finance considerations.

Gary Warren (Managing Partner of IPX Partners)
Gary will focus on financial and business considerations in growing a business.  Gary founded URLabs and served as CEO for many years.  In the early 1990s, Symantec (Norton) bought out URL prior to a public offering.  Gary served as a Vice President to Symantec for several years, and then became the CEO of a communications technology company, funded through venture capitalists (VC) who pulled funding.  Thereafter, Gary founded IPX Partners – a business that focuses on innovative businesses finance, funding and practical considerations.

Bambi Walters (Bambi Faivre Walters, PC)
Bambi is the Director of the Virginia Inventors Forum.   She is also an intellectual property attorney and is on the Board of Directors for several companies. Bambi will provide a brief introduction on financing with someone else’ money, importance of identifying risks, and critical role of trying to keep an eye on everything all of the time (aka “accountability”).

Directions: From I-64

  • Take Exit 258-A, J. Clyde Morris Blvd. South (Rt. 17)
  • Continue straight down J. Clyde Morris Blvd. (Approx. 2 miles)
  • Take a right onto Warwick Bvd.
  • Continue straight down Warwick Bvd. (Approx. ½ mile)
  • Take a left onto Hiden Bvd. and we are located in the CNU building on the corner of Warwick Blvd. and Hiden Blvd.
  • Our office is on the 2nd Floor, Suite 201.