May 19th Meeting

May 19th Meeting

The Lake Erie Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists Presents:

 Tama L. Drenski


Vaccaro’s Trattoria
1000 Ghent Rd
Akron, OH 44333

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Reception starts at 5:00 pm
Dinner begins at 5:30 pm

Dinner includes: Salad, Bread, 1 Beverage, and Homemade doughnuts

 Entree Selection:

  • Chicken Marsala
  • Eggplant Involtini
  • Grilled Vegetable Risotto

RSVP Info: Cost for members is $40 and non-members $50, pay by cash or check at the event.  Please RSVP to Steve Smith at by Friday, May 15th.

Please note that if you RSVP, you will be charged for the meeting cost.


There are three requirements for patentability: usefulness, novelty and obviousness. Proving that your invention is non-obvious can be the highest hurdle to overcome in applying for a patent. The Patent Office Examiner may take the position that your invention is merely an obvious combination of known materials. (Easy for him to say…isn’t hindsight always 20/20?). The burden is now on you to prove that your invention is not obvious. What does this mean and how may it be done? The basics of patent law will be discussed, and suggestions for anticipating and overcoming obviousness-type rejections will be provided. Actual cases will be reviewed in search of the elusive concept of “unexpected results.”



Tama Drenski is a principal attorney with Renner Kenner. Prior to becoming an attorney, Tama was a research chemist for British Petroleum. She is a co-inventor on five U.S. patents related to heterogeneous catalysts. Tama prepares and prosecutes U.S. and foreign patent applications for clients, and provides counseling and strategy concerning infringement and enforcement issues. Tama also provides full-service copyright and trademark representation, including domestic and foreign registration, strategic portfolio management, licensing and litigation. Tama participates in the Women in Law section of the Akron Bar Association, and serves as a mentor in the Lawyer-to-Law Student Mentor Program. She is active in American Chemical Society, where she is the local coordinator for Project SEED. In addition, Tama is a local officer of Iota Sigma Pi, a National Honor Society for Women in Chemistry.

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