“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.


My Block My Hood My City Volunteering Event
Fri, Oct 09
13134 S Vernon Ave
Oct 09, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM CDT
13134 S Vernon Ave, 13134 S Vernon Ave, Chicago, IL 60827, USA
ChiWIP is joining forces with My Block My Hood My City ("M3") on October 9 to help the block club of 13100 S. Vernon Avenue transform the area. We're meeting at 10AM alongside local residents to pick up litter and help with other tasks to tidy up the neighborhood.
In-person events have been postponed and may become virtual events. New dates/locations will be updated once confirmed.
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Location is TBD Supreme Court Decision Panel
Fri, Aug 28
Aug 28, 12:00 PM CDT
Join panelists Maureen Beacom Gorman of Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP and Sara Suleiman of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP for a discussion on how the case reached the Supreme Court and the practical implications for .com brand owners and their attorneys in light of the Supreme Courts decision.
Women Representation at the PTAB
Thu, Jun 25
Jun 25, 12:00 PM CDT
The discussion will be a webinar on current statistics and initiatives the PTAB may want to consider to increase women attorney appearances.
Zoom Yoga for BLM Chicago
Wed, Jun 24
Jun 24, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT
Working from home has its advantages but the new sedentary lifestyle isn't one of them. Please join us for a special evening yoga event. Instructor Erin Cowan will lead us through an hour of yoga via Zoom. The event is $10 per person. All proceeds will be donated to Black Lives Matter Chicago.
Copyright in Social Media: Tweets, Photos & Memes
Tue, Jun 16
Jun 16, 12:00 PM CDT
This webinar discusses copyright basics, copyright infringement cases in social media, and provides some best practices for in-house counsel.
Join a ChiWIP Committee TODAY!
Tue, May 19
The deadline to apply is May 19, 2020!!
May 19, 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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