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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

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.

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.