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“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.


  • Girl Scout IP Patch Event
    Sun, Jun 04
    Foley & Lardner
    Jun 04, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM CDT
    Foley & Lardner, 321 North Clark, 321 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654, USA
    In partnership Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, ChiWIP will be hosting an event to educate Girl Scouts in both elementary and high school about all aspects of IP law, including the basics of patents, copyrights, and trademarks.
  • Breaking Gender Bias and Building Your Brand
    Jun 06, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM CDT
    Virtual Event
    Some of the topics we will be discussing include: breaking bias in the workplace, making work work for women, and defining your personal brand (internally and externally).
  • Summer Happy Hour
    Wed, Jun 14
    Jun 14, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM CDT
    Afterbar, 310 S Canal St, Chicago, IL 60606, USA
    Please join us for an early summer happy hour at the beautiful green space outside Afterbar! Attendees will purchase their own food and drink. Instructions for the meet up location will be sent to all registrants prior to the event.
  • Making the Most of Your Mentorship Relationships
    Jun 27, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT
    Please join us on June 27 at 12 noon CT for a Mentoring Circles event on leveraging mentorship relationships throughout your career. Whether you are a law student at a summer gig or a senior relationship manager, fostering and maintaining good mentoring relationships has numerous career benefits.
  • ChiWIP Book Club - I Have Some Questions for You
    May 24, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM CDT
    Online Event
    In this book, a successful film professor and podcaster, Bodie Kane, finds herself investigating a tragedy that tainted her adolescence - the murder of her roommate at her New Hampshire boarding school her senior year.
  • Dim Sum with ChiWIP
    Sun, May 21
    MingHin Cuisine
    May 21, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM CDT
    MingHin Cuisine, 2168 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616, USA
    Please join ChiWIP for a casual dim sum brunch to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month!
  • Lunch at Revival Food Hall
    Tue, May 09
    Revival Food Hall
    May 09, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT
    Revival Food Hall, 125 S Clark St, Chicago, IL 60603, USA
    Join the ChiWIP Social Committee for another lunch meet up at Revival Food Hall. This casual setting is a great opportunity to meet and chat with other ChiWIP members. Attendees will purchase their own food and drink.
  • Diversity in the Legal Profession
    Tue, May 02
    Chapman Spingola, LLP
    May 02, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM CDT
    Chapman Spingola, LLP, 190 S La Salle St ste 3850, Chicago, IL 60603, USA
    Join ChiWIP for a discussion about diversity and inclusion within the legal profession.
  • Webinar Series: In-House Counsel Life (Virtual Lunch & Learns)
    Apr 27, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT
    Join us for Part 3 of our lunchtime webinar series on in-house counsel life presented by the ChiWIP In-House Advisory Committee.
  • Virtual Roundtable: ChatGPT, IP, and More
    Apr 20, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT
    Online Event
    Join us for a roundtable discussion where we will cover what issues we all should be thinking about when it comes to using ChatGPT.
  • ChiWIP Student Ambassador - IP Careers and Networking
    Tue, Apr 04
    Fitch Even Tabin & Flannery LLP
    Apr 04, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM CDT
    Fitch Even Tabin & Flannery LLP, 120 S La Salle St suite 2100, Chicago, IL 60603, USA
    Interested in a practice in Intellectual Property? Join us for a discussion of the various aspects of an IP practice with our panelists, from both in-house and firms.
  • Women's History Month Afternoon Tea
    Wed, Mar 29
    Russian Tea Time Restaurant
    Mar 29, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM CDT
    Russian Tea Time Restaurant, 77 E Adams St, Chicago, IL 60603, USA
    Please join ChiWIP for a relaxing small-group afternoon tea service on Wednesday, March 29, 2023 from 4:30-6:00 pm in recognition of Women's History Month.
  • ChiWIP Book Club - Lessons in Chemistry
    Mar 22, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
    Taking place in the 1950s and '60s, this is the story of the brilliant scientist Elizabeth Zott as she navigates the male-dominated chemistry world, motherhood, and her eventual rise to fame hosting her own chemistry-based cooking show.
  • Webinar Series: In-House Counsel Life (Virtual Lunch & Learns)
    Mar 21, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT
    Join us for Part 2 of our lunchtime webinar series on in-house counsel life presented by the ChiWIP In-House Advisory Committee.
  • Night at the Art Institute with ChiWIP
    Thu, Mar 16
    The Art Institute of Chicago
    Mar 16, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
    The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603, USA
    Join ChiWIP for a night at the Art Institute of Chicago! The Institute is free for all Illinois residents through March. This is a great way to mingle with ChiWIP members and enjoy one of Chicago's greatest cultural offerings.
  • Volunteer with ChiWIP at GCFD!
    Fri, Mar 10
    Greater Chicago Food Depository
    Mar 10, 1:00 PM – 3:45 PM CST
    Greater Chicago Food Depository, 4100 W Ann Lurie Pl, Chicago, IL 60632, USA
    Join the Community Involvement Committee at the Chicago Greater Food Depository! Together, we will inspect and pack donated food to be distributed to participating food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters in Cook County.
  • Mentoring Circles: Developing Your Personal Brand and Elevator Pitch
    Mar 01, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM CST
    Greenberg Traurig, LLP (#Ste 3100), 77 W Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
    Join ChiWIP for a discussion and workshop about personal branding and effective networking. The conversation will focus on how to articulate the elements of your personal brand and how to use it to build your professional introduction.
  • ChiWIP Book Club - Shrines of Gaiety
    Jan 19, 7:00 PM CST – Jan 20, 8:00 PM CST
    This book of historical fiction takes place in 1926 London after the Great War and follows the story of Nellie Coker, the queen of the new nightlife culture emerging in London after the War, and her ambitious plots to advance her six children.


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.

Art Dealer

“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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