“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.


  • Hispanic Heritage Month Dinner
    Tue, Sep 27
    Sep 27, 6:15 PM CDT – Sep 28, 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!
  • Mentoring Circles: Fertility and Family Planning
    Sep 29, 12:00 PM – Sep 30, 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.
  • Workout With ChiWIP
    Wed, Oct 05
    Bartelme (Mary) Park
    Oct 05, 5:30 PM – Oct 06, 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.
  • Anti-Counterfeit Issues & IP in Europe + Wine & Nibbles at Gibson’s Italia
    Tue, Oct 11
    Michael Best & Friedrich LLP | #Ste 3200
    Oct 11, 3:00 PM CDT – Oct 12, 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!
  • Dress for Success Clothes Sorting Event
    Thu, Oct 27
    Dress for Success Worldwide Central
    Oct 27, 1:00 PM CDT – Oct 28, 4:00 PM CDT
    Dress for Success Worldwide Central, 70 E Lake St #900, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
    Please join us for an afternoon at the Dress for Success boutique, where we will assist with sorting of merchandise and boutique maintenance.
  • November Book Club
    Thu, Nov 03
    Online Event
    Nov 03, 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.
  • IP Litigation Bootcamp
    Thu, Nov 10
    Nov 10, 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!
  • ChiWIP Law School Ambassador Program
    Please submit your application by 10/14
    Online Event
    Please submit your application by 10/14
    Online Event
    We are looking for volunteers to be Law School Ambassadors to help ChiWIP better engage with law students in Chicago and the surrounding area. Responsibilities will primarily involve email communications with the students from the ambassador’s law school to encourage attendance in ChiWIP events.
  • September Book Club
    Wed, Sep 14
    Online Event
    Sep 14, 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, 12:30 PM – Sep 09, 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.
  • Riverwalk Happy Hour Meetup
    Wed, Jul 27
    Jul 27, 4:30 PM CDT – Jul 28, 6:30 PM CDT
    Chicago, 11 W. Riverwalk South, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
    Join us for happy hour on July 27th if you plan on going to the office, or if you're still working from home and just want to get away from your "desk." Riverwalk Wine Garden offers a welcoming space to relax and unwind with a glass of wine in a beautiful setting along the river.
  • June Book Club
    Wed, Jun 29
    Online Event
    Jun 29, 7:00 PM CDT
    Online Event
    Join ChiWIP for our June Book Club, reading Cloud Cuckoo Land by Pulitzer-Prize winning author Anthony Doerr.
  • ChiWIP's Annual Progressive Networking Dinner & Anniversary Party
    Jun 20, 5:30 PM CDT
    Chicago, 317 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654, USA
    After 2 years of social distancing and being apart from family and friends, we're eagerly looking forward to ChiWIP's progressive dinner, which everyone has come to know and love.
  • ChiWIP Revival Food Hall Lunch
    Tue, Jun 14
    Revival Food Hall
    Jun 14, 12:30 PM CDT – Jun 15, 1:30 PM CDT
    Revival Food Hall, 125 S Clark St, Chicago, IL 60603, USA
    We decided to take advantage of the opportunity to meet up for lunch downtown now that more people are returning to work. Join us for lunch if you plan on going to the office, or if you’re still working from home and just want to get away from your “desk.”
  • Mentorship in a Hybrid Environment
    May 25, 12:00 PM CDT
    Please join us on May 25 at 12:00 p.m. CT for a Mentoring Circle discussion focusing on mentorship of younger attorneys in a hybrid environment. The discussion will explore the unique opportunities and challenges in serving as and seeking a mentor that arise from the hybrid environment.
  • Dim Sum with ChiWIP
    Sun, May 22
    May 22, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM CDT
    Chicago, 2168 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616, USA
    In recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, please join ChiWIP for a small group casual meet up over dim sum on Sunday, May 22 at 2pm!
  • Virtual Information Session
    Thu, May 12
    Online Event
    May 12, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT
    Online Event
    ChiWIP will host an information session virtually on May 12 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm. Please join us for a chance to ask questions and to learn more about the committees and plans for the 2022-2023 committee term. New applicants are strongly encouraged to attend.
  • INTA Luncheon
    Mon, May 02
    May 02, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
    Washington, 901 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA


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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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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