Hard to believe that we are gearing up for the 2019 annual conference.  Only a few weeks left on the early bird pricing.  This year we have two training courses on Saturday.  Sunday is a full slate of vendor workshops, then the PIUG business meeting and the opening reception.  Monday afternoon at the end the plenary is a workshop for the USPTO and EPO on changes to the CPC.  The awards banquet will be Monday evening.  Tuesday afternoon at the end of the plenary is a workshop from the EPO on patent insight reports.  Wednesday, the plenary ends at noon and the afternoon has 3 paid workshops and more exhibit time.  Thursday is the STN Patent Forum.   I think everyone will find many great educational opportunities.  Please see an19meeting for all the details.

We will also introduce a game on the meeting app in which you will get points for certain activities such as visiting vendors, attending talks and workshops and other fun things.  There will be daily winners and even some random drawings as well.

Thank you to all our sponsors and exhibitors 

Don't forget to stay at the conference hotel.  It is very important to our meetings that we have good hotel attendance.

We are coming up to the deadline for the Kaback award, so please get your nominations in.

I look forward to seeing everyone there.

Martha Yates

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