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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.


  • Annual Progressive Networking Dinner
    Feb 08, 5:30 PM CST
    The Dalcy, Third Floor, 302 N Green St, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
    We are eagerly looking forward to ChiWIP's progressive dinner this year, which everyone has come to know and love.
  • Black History Month Celebration Lunch
    Feb 28, 12:00 PM CST – Mar 01, 1:30 PM CST
    Taste 222, 222 N Canal St, Chicago, IL 60606, USA
    Celebrate Black History Month and join ChiWIP for lunch at Taste 222, a Black-owned restaurant known for upscale American cuisine with a Southern twist. Lunch is pay-your-own way. Space is limited so please reserve your spot by February 21.
  • ChiWIP Book Club - Lessons in Chemistry
    Mar 22, 7:00 PM CDT – Mar 23, 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.
  • 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.
  • ChiWIP at Christkindlmarket
    Tue, Dec 13
    Christkindlmarket Chicago
    Dec 13, 2022, 12:00 PM CST – Dec 14, 2022, 1:00 PM CST
    Christkindlmarket Chicago, 50 W Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602, USA
    Join the ChiWIP social committee for another Christkindlmarket meet up! We will meet at the Daley Plaza at noon to browse the market and pick up some hot food and beverages. Dress warmly! This event is outside. All meals and beverages will be purchased by individual attendees separately.
  • ChiWIP Happy Hour at Time Out Market
    Wed, Dec 07
    Time Out Market Chicago
    Dec 07, 2022, 5:30 PM CST
    Time Out Market Chicago, 916 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
    Join ChiWIP for another social hour (or two!) at Time Out Market in the Fulton Market District! We will grab a few tables in the food hall space. Attendees can purchase food or drink from the vendors inside the Market space. Grab a cocktail and some bites and come join us!
  • Mentoring Circles: Addressing Mental Health in the Workplace
    Dec 06, 2022, 12:00 PM CST – Dec 07, 2022, 1:00 PM CST
    Reed Smith LLP, 10 S Wacker Dr ste 4000, Chicago, IL 60606, USA
    Please join us for an open discussion on how to address mental health issues in the workplace.
  • IP Litigation Bootcamp
    Thu, Nov 10
    Nov 10, 2022, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
    Chicago, 233 S Wacker Dr #7100, Chicago, IL 60606, USA
    Join ChiWIP for a one-day litigation bootcamp on November 10, 2022!
  • November Book Club
    Thu, Nov 03
    Online Event
    Nov 03, 2022, 7:00 PM CDT
    Online Event
    This November join the ChiWIP Book Club in reading Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin. The story follows two friends over the course of 30 years who come together as creative partners in video game design.
  • ChiWIP is Partnering with Bright Endeavors
    Thu, Nov 03
    The candle sale will run through 12/15/22
    Nov 03, 2022, 12:34 PM – Dec 15, 2022, 12:00 PM
    The candle sale will run through 12/15/22
    ChiWIP is partnering with Bright Endeavors again for a candle sale to support the young moms at Bright Endeavors. Bright Endeavors is a social enterprise of young moms. Its approach puts families experiencing poverty in control of their goals and unleashes their potential.
  • So You Think You Want to Go In-House?
    Nov 02, 2022, 12:00 PM CDT – Nov 03, 2022, 1:00 PM CDT
    The In-House Advisory Committee is launching a series of lunchtime webinars during which committee members will share their insights on the in-house experience.
  • Dress for Success Clothes Sorting Event
    Thu, Oct 27
    Dress for Success Worldwide Central
    Oct 27, 2022, 1:00 PM CDT – Oct 28, 2022, 4:00 PM CDT
    Dress for Success Worldwide Central, 70 E Lake St #900, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
    We are looking forward to an afternoon at the Dress for Success boutique, where we will assist with sorting of merchandise and boutique maintenance.
  • Anti-Counterfeit Issues & IP in Europe + Wine & Nibbles at Gibson’s Italia
    Tue, Oct 11
    Michael Best & Friedrich LLP | #Ste 3200
    Oct 11, 2022, 3:00 PM CDT – Oct 12, 2022, 5:00 PM CDT
    Michael Best & Friedrich LLP | #Ste 3200, 444 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60606, USA
    Please join us for a 45-minute talk on the counterfeit issues brands face in Europe and the appropriate actions to take. Learn more about navigating the various cultures and languages and how they play a role in fighting the pirates efficiently and effectively!
  • Workout With ChiWIP
    Wed, Oct 05
    Bartelme (Mary) Park
    Oct 05, 2022, 5:30 PM – Oct 06, 2022, 6:15 PM
    Bartelme (Mary) Park, 115 S Sangamon St, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
    Empowering. Energy-inducing. Electric. Come join us and MVFitness for a 45 minute outdoor, full-body cardio dance workout designed to strengthen your body and your mind.
  • Mentoring Circles: Fertility and Family Planning
    Sep 29, 2022, 12:00 PM – Sep 30, 2022, 1:00 PM
    Microsoft Teams
    Join ChiWIP for a discussion about fertility and family planning in a post-Dobbs world. The conversation will focus on considerations that we, as female attorneys and professionals, will face and contemplate as we plan for and make decisions about having families.
  • Hispanic Heritage Month Dinner
    Tue, Sep 27
    Sep 27, 2022, 6:15 PM CDT – Sep 28, 2022, 8:15 PM CDT
    Carnivale, 702 West Fulton Market Street, Chicago, IL 60661, USA
    Come join us for dinner and drinks at Carnivale in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month!
  • September Book Club
    Wed, Sep 14
    Online Event
    Sep 14, 2022, 7:00 PM CDT
    Online Event
    Join us for the first Book Club of the new ChiWIP term! We will be reading The Candy House by Jennifer Egan, author of A Visit from the Goon Squad.
  • Lunch @ Willis Tower
    Thu, Sep 08
    Willis Tower - Outdoor Terrace
    Sep 08, 2022, 12:30 PM – Sep 09, 2022, 2:00 PM
    Willis Tower - Outdoor Terrace, 233 S Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606, USA
    Join ChiWIP for another food hall luncheon - this time at Willis Tower. Pick up your favorite meal from the food hall and join us outside on the beautiful 4th floor terrace of Willis Tower.


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.

Art Gallery
Second Annual Post-Holiday Dinner
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Cooking with ChiWIP at The Chopping
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looking at art
Girl Scouts IP Patch Event
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Art Dealer
Third Annual Post-Holiday Dinner
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Walking In Gallery
GirlForward Speed Networking
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Paintings In Gallery
Third Annual Post-Holiday Dinner
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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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