“Our goal in forming this group is to bring together all women who work in the IP field in Chicago to help them enhance their practices and skill sets, and to provide a forum for the many successful women IP lawyers in the city to give back to their colleagues and to the community.”


Kara E.F. Cenar, an Officer and founding member of ChiWIP 
and leader of the IP Practice Group at Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.


  • Apr 27, 12:00 PM CDT
    Please join us for a lunch discussion focusing on work-life balance. Well discuss navigating a work-life balance in a world where barriers between work and life have broken down and may stay fairly fluid.
  • Apr 29, 12:00 PM CDT
    Online Event
    Join us for the second installment of our fireside chats! This month, well be joined by Lizzy Diaz-Ortiz, VP, Senior Advisor, Governance & Inclusion at BMO Harris Bank.
  • Apr 15, 12:00 PM CDT
    Join us for this lunchtime panel discussion, where we'll hear from three speakers who are dealing with the ins and outs of these evolving issues daily, how they've adapted their practices so far, and considerations for implementing policies and best practices for the future.
  • Apr 13, 6:00 PM CDT
    Online Event
    Kristine Bergman will moderate this session for the book The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab. It is the story of a woman, Addie LaRue, who makes a deal with the devil in the 1700s she will live forever, although her immortality comes with the curse of being forgotten by everyone.
  • Mon, Mar 29
    Amazon Watch Party
    Mar 29, 8:00 PM
    Amazon Watch Party
    As part of celebrating International Women's Day 2021, please join other ChiWIP members for a Queen of Katwe watch party on Amazon Watch Party on Monday, March 29, at 8:00PM. Everyone who joins must buy or rent the video from Amazon.
  • Mar 24, 12:00 PM CDT
    Please join us for a lunch discussion focusing on mentorship. Well consider the differences between mentors, advocates, and sponsors, how to cultivate your relationships, the basics for maximizing your relationships, and the building blocks for effective connections.
  • Mar 19, 4:00 PM
    Online Event
    ChiWIP invites you to tidy your closet for a good cause! Join us as Kristyn Ivey, a professional home organizer and Chicago's first platinum certified KonMari Consultant, deliver a 60-minute lesson in decluttering our closets in pursuit of more calm, joyful and abundant living. ($25 per person)
  • Wed, Mar 10
    Virtual Event
    Mar 10, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM CST
    Virtual Event
    Girl Scouts can earn their IP Patch!
  • Feb 25, 5:30 PM CST
    Virtual Event
    For Law Students Interested in IP and IP Professionals
  • Feb 25, 12:00 PM CST
    Our discussion will focus on how to turn your review feedback into a string of successes over the next year.
  • Wed, Feb 17
    Online Event
    Feb 17, 6:00 PM CST
    Online Event
    Christine Filarski will moderate the session for the book Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah. Firefly Lane is a story of friendship between two women, the joys and sorrows of their lives, and how friendships have the power to raise us up, or to destroy us.
  • Jan 27, 1:00 PM
    This January, we will go further in depth with a speaker who is an experienced career coach and a speaker who is a partner at a law-firm and is well versed in the art of performance reviews.
  • Thu, Jan 21
    Jan 21, 6:00 PM
    Judy He will moderate as we kick off the first ChiWIP Book Club session with the novel Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. Christine Filarski will moderate the session for the book Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah.
  • Nov 02, 2020, 12:00 PM CST
    It's been a bumpy road, but 2020 is heading into its final months, and with that comes review season. Reviews have the potential to affect things like your salary or overall career trajectory. We want to help you be as prepared as possible. Join us for a panel discussion, which will be the first in
  • Tue, May 19
    The deadline to apply is May 19, 2020!!
    May 19, 2020, 5:00 PM
    The deadline to apply is May 19, 2020!!
    ChiWIP is now accepting applications for a Chair or Committee Member Role for a ChiWIP Committee! The deadline to apply is May 19, 2020!!


Chicago Women in IP (ChiWIP) is a networking and mentoring group committed to the connection, promotion and success of professional Chicago women in all stages of practice of every facet of IP law. 


Through regularly scheduled events, we offer seminars, knowledge sharing, career resources, and leadership opportunities for personal and professional development. ChiWIP provides a forum for women professionals in the field of intellectual property to share their successes and challenges with other women more openly than they might with colleagues at their own firms.


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Catherine Klima

Board Vice Chair; Committee Development Co-Chair, In-House Advisory Member

Catherine Klima is Intellectual Property Counsel at Continental Automotive Systems, Inc., which develops technologies for mobility, ranging from autonomous vehicle innovation to improvements for fuel efficiency and safety. Because the automotive industry is rapidly changing, the body of law surrounding it is similarly constantly evolving. Catherine, a lifelong learner, enjoys the challenge each new day brings. She supports Continental's IP needs with a focus on patents, and also Standard Essential Patents and issues related to AI. Her days are balanced between the steadiness of managing a patent docket and handling unexpected legal challenges that frequently arise. "It keeps my days exciting and fresh," she says.

“I think this could be a nice addition to the Chicago IP community and encourage the women to work better with one another from a mentoring and business development standpoint. It was nice to see many in-house counsel in attendance”

Jeanne Gills
Foley & Lardner


Chicago, IL, USA

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