“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.


  • Summer Soiree!
    Thu, Aug 19
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    Aug 19, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM CDT
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    ChiWIP will be hosting small in-person gatherings at three committee members' homes in the greater Chicago area.
  • Mentoring Circles: Transitioning Back into the Office
    Sep 09, 12:00 PM CDT
    The transition back to working at the office can be overwhelming for many. Join us for an open and honest conversation on how to adjust to in-person work arrangements, after more than a year of working from home.
  • ChiWIP June Book Club - The Vanishing Half
    Jun 29, 6:00 PM CDT
    Online Event
    Join ChiWIP for our June Book Club reading The Vanishing Half, a historical fiction novel by American author Brit Bennett.
  • ChiWIP Pitch in for the Parks Clean-Up Event
    Jun 26, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM CDT
    Chicago, 6401 S Stony Island Ave, Chicago, IL 60637, USA
    Join your fellow ChiWIP members for a Pitch in for the Parks event at Jackson Park. Volunteers will pick up litter and clean the park's green spaces. Registration is recommended, but not required.
  • Diversity and Inclusion: Views from Across the Pond
    Jun 22, 11:00 AM CDT
    ChiWIP and the Women in IP Community of IP Inclusive are proud to join together for this one-of-a-kind international event. Join us as we listen to an all-star panel of experts discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in the U.S. and U.K.
  • Committee Applications – Deadline to Apply is May 19th!
    May 19, 11:59 PM
    Online Event
    ChiWIP is now accepting applications for Committee Chair and Member roles for all ChiWIP committees! The deadline to apply is May 19.
  • ChiWIP Group Peloton Ride: Alex and Tunde's Two-For-One Beyonce Ride
    May 18, 7:00 PM CDT
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    On Tuesday, May 18, 2021, from 7:00-7:30 pm, ChiWIP members will come together for a special "Session": Alex and Tunde's Two-For-One Beyonce ride.
  • Game Night for Good
    Thu, May 13
    Online Event
    May 13, 8:00 PM CDT
    Online Event
    ChiWIP invites you to join us for an evening of fun and virtual party games run by Game Night Out, where all proceeds will be donated to Chicago Period Project. All attendeeseven Aunt Flowill need to attend with their webcam on and with a pen and paper handy.
  • ChiWIP Committee Applications Information Session
    May 07, 12:00 PM CDT
    Online Event
    ChiWIP will host an information session virtually on May 7 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 2021-2022 committee term. New applicants are strongly encouraged to attend. Deadline to apply is May 19th!
  • Virtual Fireside Chat with DE&I Strategist, Lizzy Diaz-Ortiz
    Apr 29, 12:00 PM CDT
    Online Event
    Join us for the second installment of our fireside chats! This month, well be joined by Lizzy Diaz-Ortiz, VP, Senior Advisor, Governance & Inclusion at BMO Harris Bank.
  • Work-Life Balance: How to Strive for Balance as We Move into a Post-Pandemic World
    Apr 27, 12:00 PM CDT
    Please join us for a lunch discussion focusing on work-life balance. Well discuss navigating a work-life balance in a world where barriers between work and life have broken down and may stay fairly fluid.
  •  In-House Advisory Webinar Series: Protecting Your IP in a Remote World, Post-Pandemic and Beyond
    Apr 15, 12:00 PM CDT
    Join us for this lunchtime panel discussion, where we'll hear from three speakers who are dealing with the ins and outs of these evolving issues daily, how they've adapted their practices so far, and considerations for implementing policies and best practices for the future.
  • ChiWIP Book Club - The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
    Apr 13, 6:00 PM CDT
    Online Event
    Kristine Bergman will moderate this session for the book The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab. It is the story of a woman, Addie LaRue, who makes a deal with the devil in the 1700s she will live forever, although her immortality comes with the curse of being forgotten by everyone.
  •  ChiWIP Movie Night: Queen of Katwe
    Mon, Mar 29
    Amazon Watch Party
    Mar 29, 8:00 PM
    Amazon Watch Party
    As part of celebrating International Women's Day 2021, please join other ChiWIP members for a Queen of Katwe watch party on Amazon Watch Party on Monday, March 29, at 8:00PM. Everyone who joins must buy or rent the video from Amazon.
  • How to Identify, Build, and Leverage Your Connections
    Mar 24, 12:00 PM CDT
    Please join us for a lunch discussion focusing on mentorship. Well consider the differences between mentors, advocates, and sponsors, how to cultivate your relationships, the basics for maximizing your relationships, and the building blocks for effective connections.
  • Decluttering for a Cause with For the Love of Tidy
    Mar 19, 4:00 PM
    Online Event
    ChiWIP invites you to tidy your closet for a good cause! Join us as Kristyn Ivey, a professional home organizer and Chicago's first platinum certified KonMari Consultant, deliver a 60-minute lesson in decluttering our closets in pursuit of more calm, joyful and abundant living. ($25 per person)
  • Virtual Girl Scout IP Patch Event
    Wed, Mar 10
    Virtual Event
    Mar 10, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM CST
    Virtual Event
    Girl Scouts can earn their IP Patch!
  • ChiWIP Student Ambassador Virtual Trivia and Networking
    Feb 25, 5:30 PM CST
    Virtual Event
    For Law Students Interested in IP and IP Professionals


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