“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.


  • ChiWIP Book Club
    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.
  • Taking Your Review Feedback into a New Year
    Wed, Jan 27
    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.
  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity
    Time is TBD
    Location is TBD
    Time is TBD
    Location is TBD
  • In-person events have been postponed and may become virtual events. New dates/locations will be updated once confirmed.
    Time is TBD
    Location is TBD
    Time is TBD
    Location is TBD
  • ChiWIP Best Practices Series: How To Prepare For Your Review
    Mon, Nov 02
    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
  • Join a ChiWIP Committee TODAY!
    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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