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Patents: A Practical Introduction

Course Overview

Regardless of the position you have within the personal care industry, patents will impact your activities. Very often, a project will start with a patent search and end with a freedom to operate statement.  The goal of this course is to help the attendee to understand patents, how they work and the language of patent practitioners. By providing a practical, functional understanding of patents, their content, and use, inventors will be better able to communicate and work with attorneys to protect their ideas and discoveries while making certain not to infringe the patent rights of others.  This course is not intended to provide specific legal advice or recommendations, but to offer a framework to allow for more productive interaction between attorney and chemist.

Course Outline

  • Introduction - What Are Patents And Why Are They So Important? 
  • How To Read Patent Claims 
  • The Inventive Process – Advocating for your invention    
  • Do You Infringe A Valid Patent Claim?
  • The Patent Application Process 
  • Patent Peace Of Mind 
  • The Five Legged Chair 
  • Strategic Options – If Your Idea Is Claimed In Another Patent 
  • Correcting Patents 

Instructor: Tony O'Lenick

Format: Online


  • Monday, October 9, 2023
    (11:00am - 2:30pm ET)
  • Tuesday, October 10, 2023 
    (11:00am - 2:30pm ET)


  • $299 - SCC Member
  • $399 - Non-Member
  • $179 – SCC Junior or Student Member

In addition to the live instructions, course registrants will also receive a PDF copy of the course slides, as well as access to course replay recordings for 3 weeks following the live course dates.

Those completing the course will receive a course completion certificate from the SCC.

Note: companies registering 5+ SCC members for this course receive $25 off per registration. Companies registering 10+ SCC members for this course receive $50 off per registration. Discounted group registrations need to occur during the same online transaction. If you would like to submit a group registration of 5+ or 10+, or have any other questions about this event, please contact SCC Headquarters Staff.

If also applying for SCC membership, please allow up to five business days for application processing. Member pricing will not be in effect for CEP registrations until after the membership application is approved. 

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About the Instructor

Tony O'Lenick

Tony O’Lenick is President of Nascent Technology Corporation, a consulting and product development company located in Lawrenceville, Ga. Tony spent 40 years in technical and executive positions at various silicone, surfactant and specialty chemicals companies including; Siltech LLC, Alkaril Chemicals Inc, Henkel Corporation and Mona Industries. Tony has over 300 patents, written 6 books in various aspects of surfactant, silicone and organic chemistry, published over 70 technical articles in trade journals, contributed chapters to six compilation books. He teaches a course in silicone chemistry, surfactant chemistry and patent law. He has received a number of awards for work including the 1996 Samuel Rosen Award given by the American Oil Chemists’ Society, the 1997 Innovative Use of Fatty Acids Award given by the Soap and Detergents Association, and the Partnership to The Personal Care Award given by the Advanced Technology Group. Tony is a fellow in the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, and a board member of the American Oil Chemist Society. Tony was National President of SCC in 2015, Chair of Education of IFSCC and has won the 2018 Maison G de Navarre award and the 2019 SCC Merit award. Tony is currently Vice President of the SCC.