We are rapidly approaching the end of early bird registration and I wanted to highlight some of the workshops that are available this year.  We have training classes on Saturday (not exactly workshops but close).  Those are fee based.  You can just attend those, but you do get a discount if you are also coming to the meeting.  Sunday is the usual vendor workshops.  Again this year, none of them overlap, so you don't have to choose.  Monday afternoon is a workshop as part of the plenary from the USPTO and EPO entitled "Six years down the line: a CPC update on status and future development".  After that workshop will be a virtual tour of the USPTO.  The logistics of going over to visit were just not feasible, so they are coming to us.  Please stay for that.  On Tuesday as part of the plenary will be a workshop from the EPO entitled "Patent Insight Reports from the EPO: Future and Emerging Technologies".  Nigel Clarke will be the presenter and I am sure it will be very useful and entertaining.  

On Wednesday afternoon, we have 3 paid workshops to choose from (in addition to having additional exhibit time).  Stephen Adams will talk about the wonderful world of WIPO standards.  Parthiban Srinivasan will talk about Artificial Intelligence Basics for Patent Professionals.  Finally Tonya Heyboer and her team from Serco will talk about Leveraging CPC for Search.  This will involve some break out sessions for specific technology areas so they can focus where people are most interested.  Early bird pricing for all of these ends on Sunday as well.

Finally, the STN Patent Forum is on Thursday.

I hope everyone enjoys the enhanced educational opportunities at the PIUG 2019 Annual Conference.

See you in DC

Martha Yates

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