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CONNECTING WOMEN IN IP

“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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Happy Hour
    Happy Hour
    Mon, Jul 15
    Tiny Tapp
    Jul 15, 2024, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    Tiny Tapp, 55 W Riverwalk, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
    Jul 15, 2024, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    Tiny Tapp, 55 W Riverwalk, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
    Join us for Happy Hour along the beautiful Chicago Riverwalk! This will be a great opportunity to connect and socialize with fellow ChiWIP members. We look forward to seeing you there!
  • IP Case Review Webinar
    IP Case Review Webinar
    Thu, Jun 20
    Webinar
    Jun 20, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Webinar
    Jun 20, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Webinar
    Want to get up to date with the biggest intellectual property cases of 2023 and 2024? Join to discuss the most recent and impactful cases on patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law that have come out over the past year and the cases and rules to watch this year. CLE is pending.
  • ChiWIP Anniversary Party
    ChiWIP Anniversary Party
    Wed, Jun 12
    Morgan's on Fulton - The Penthouse
    Jun 12, 2024, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    Morgan's on Fulton - The Penthouse, 950 W Fulton St, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
    Jun 12, 2024, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    Morgan's on Fulton - The Penthouse, 950 W Fulton St, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
    Join us for an unforgettable evening as we celebrate the 9th anniversary of ChiWIP at Morgan's on Fulton. This summmer soirée promises to be a night filled with laughter, networking, and commemoration of our collective achievements over the past year.
  • Peloton Ride
    Peloton Ride
    Thu, May 23
    Online
    May 23, 2024, 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM CDT
    Online
    May 23, 2024, 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM CDT
    Online
    Start your day off right with a 30-minute Peloton group ride with fellow ChiWIP members. With the extra support and high-fives you might even set a new PR!
  • INTA Luncheon
    INTA Luncheon
    Tue, May 21
    Big Kahuna Atlanta
    May 21, 2024, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM EDT
    Big Kahuna Atlanta, 303 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA
    May 21, 2024, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM EDT
    Big Kahuna Atlanta, 303 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA
    Join ChiWIP for its Annual INTA Luncheon. Mingle with existing friends and make new ones away from the hustle and bustle of the conference. Tickets include a buffet lunch. This lunch is open to all women, so please invite your friends.
  • Join a ChiWIP Committee TODAY!
    Join a ChiWIP Committee TODAY!
    Fri, May 10
    Online
    May 10, 2024, 1:36 PM – 11:50 PM
    Online
    May 10, 2024, 1:36 PM – 11:50 PM
    Online
    ChiWIP is now accepting applications for Committee Chair and Member roles for all ChiWIP committees.
  • ChiWIP Book Club
    ChiWIP Book Club
    Wed, May 08
    Online
    May 08, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Online
    May 08, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Online
    The May meeting of the ChiWIP Book Club will be discussing Anita de Monte Laughs Last by Xochitl Gonzalez. This meeting will be virtual. As always, finishing the book is not required!
  • Lunch Meet-Up
    Lunch Meet-Up
    Tue, May 07
    The Old Post Office
    May 07, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT
    The Old Post Office, 433 W Van Buren St, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
    May 07, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT
    The Old Post Office, 433 W Van Buren St, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
    Join us for a lunch meet-up at the beautiful Old Post Office food hall. It will be a great opportunity to socialize and connect with other ChiWIP members. Bring your own lunch or purchase lunch from one of the many food vendors. Hope to see you there!
  • Committee Informational Meeting
    Committee Informational Meeting
    Wed, May 01
    Online
    May 01, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT
    Online
    May 01, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT
    Online
    Come learn about the various ChiWIP Committees before you submit your committee member application! Please contact Julie Langdon with questions about this event.
  • Adler Planetarium Meet Up
    Adler Planetarium Meet Up
    Wed, Apr 24
    Adler Planetarium
    Apr 24, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Adler Planetarium, 1300 S DuSable Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605, USA
    Apr 24, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Adler Planetarium, 1300 S DuSable Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605, USA
    The Adler Planetarium is free and open to Illinois residents on Wednesdays after hours! Come join the ChiWIP Social Committee on April 24 for an exploration of the night sky. We will meet on the front steps of the Planetarium around 6 pm.
  • Bring a Buddy to Yoga + Zen
    Bring a Buddy to Yoga + Zen
    Tue, Apr 16
    Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
    Apr 16, 2024, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, 320 S Canal St suite 3300, Chicago, IL 60606, USA
    Apr 16, 2024, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, 320 S Canal St suite 3300, Chicago, IL 60606, USA
    Bring a friend and join fellow ChiWIPers to meet their friends during a candlelit yoga class for 45 minutes that includes slow movements and flow with restorative meditation and quiet to soothe the soul. Class will be followed by refreshments and light bites.
  • ChiWIP Panel on IP Practice for Law School Students
    ChiWIP Panel on IP Practice for Law School Students
    Thu, Apr 11
    Fitch Even Tabin & Flannery LLP
    Apr 11, 2024, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM CDT
    Fitch Even Tabin & Flannery LLP, 120 S La Salle St suite 2100, Chicago, IL 60603, USA
    Apr 11, 2024, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM CDT
    Fitch Even Tabin & Flannery LLP, 120 S La Salle St suite 2100, Chicago, IL 60603, USA
    Interested in a practice in Intellectual Property? Join us for a panel discussion exploring the various aspects of an IP practice, followed by networking with ChiWIP members and law students from local Chicago schools.
  • Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession
    Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession
    Fri, Apr 05
    Chapman Spingola, LLP
    Apr 05, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT
    Chapman Spingola, LLP, 190 S LaSalle St ste 3850, Chicago, IL 60603, USA
    Apr 05, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT
    Chapman Spingola, LLP, 190 S LaSalle St ste 3850, Chicago, IL 60603, USA
    Join ChiWIP for a discussion about diversity and inclusion within the legal profession. In light of the challenges to diversity initiatives, the conversation will focus on the steps law firms and organizations can take to help create a more diverse work environment.
  • ChiWIP Book Club
    ChiWIP Book Club
    Wed, Mar 20
    Virtual Event
    Mar 20, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Virtual Event
    Mar 20, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Virtual Event
    Join the ChiWIP Book Club for its March meeting where we discuss The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store by James McBride. As always, finishing or reading the book is not required! This meeting will be virtual.
  • What is Happening to DE&I?: A Panel Discussion in the Aftermath of the Harvard Decision and Subsequent Litigation
    What is Happening to DE&I?: A Panel Discussion in the Aftermath of the Harvard Decision and Subsequent Litigation
    Thu, Mar 14
    McAndrews, Held and Malloy
    Mar 14, 2024, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    McAndrews, Held and Malloy, 500 W Madison St #35, Chicago, IL 60661, USA
    Mar 14, 2024, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    McAndrews, Held and Malloy, 500 W Madison St #35, Chicago, IL 60661, USA
    Chicago Women in IP is partnering with the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law to present a panel on the state of DE&I in law firms and companies in the wake of the Harvard affirmative action decision from the Supreme Court and the subsequent litigation and claims against law firms and companies
  • Girl Scouts IP Patch Event
    Girl Scouts IP Patch Event
    Sun, Mar 10
    Foley & Lardner
    Mar 10, 2024, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM CDT
    Foley & Lardner, 321 North Clark, 321 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654, USA
    Mar 10, 2024, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM CDT
    Foley & Lardner, 321 North Clark, 321 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654, USA
    In partnership with Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, ChiWIP will be hosting an event to educate Girl Scouts in both elementary and high school about all aspects of intellectual property law, including the basics of patents, copyrights, and trademarks.
  • ChiWIP Black History Month Heritage Lunch
    ChiWIP Black History Month Heritage Lunch
    Thu, Feb 29
    Taste 222
    Feb 29, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
    Taste 222, 222 N Canal St, Chicago, IL 60606, USA
    Feb 29, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
    Taste 222, 222 N Canal St, Chicago, IL 60606, USA
    Join ChiWIP in celebrating Black History month at Taste 222. We will gather together for a delicious lunch at a Black-owned restaurant and learn about the achievements of Black women in the legal field. Lunch is pay your own way. Please register by 2/23/2024.
  • Tips for Giving and Receiving Feedback
    Tips for Giving and Receiving Feedback
    Tue, Feb 27
    Reed Smith
    Feb 27, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CST
    Reed Smith, 10 S Wacker Dr Suite 4000, Chicago, IL 60606
    Feb 27, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CST
    Reed Smith, 10 S Wacker Dr Suite 4000, Chicago, IL 60606
    Giving and receiving feedback can be challenging. Join ChiWIP for a candid discussion about how to effectively manage and solicit feedback.

WHO WE ARE

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.

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

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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

CONTACT CHICAGO WOMEN IN IP

Chicago, IL, USA

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