“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.


  • 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
  • ChiWIP Book Club: The Murmur of Bees
    Apr 28, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
    Join ChiWIP for our April Book Club, reading The Murmur of Bees by Sofia Segovia.
  • Women's History Month Peloton Ride
    Mar 29, 6:30 PM CDT
    Peloton App
    Join ChiWIP in celebrating Women's History Month by working up a sweat to an all female artist playlist! The event is open to all who have access to the Peloton app. Please use the #ChiWIP hashtag on your Peloton profile and RSVP to Kahlia Halpern at
  • ChiWIP Student Ambassador Virtual Trivia and Networking
    Mar 08, 6:00 PM
    The Outreach Committee, along with the ChiWIP Student Ambassadors, is excited to bring back our virtual networking and trivia event for a second year! We will begin with 30 minutes of team trivia (focused on Chicago, Women and IP), and then be divided into breakout networking groups.
  • February Book Club
    Thu, Feb 24
    Online Event
    Feb 24, 7:00 PM CST
    Online Event
    Join ChiWIP for our February Book Club reading Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead. Please contact Francesca Cardillo to RSVP.
  • Virtual Girl Scout IP Patch Event
    Wed, Feb 23
    Online Event
    Feb 23, 4:30 PM CST – Feb 24, 5:30 PM CST
    Online Event
    Join ChiWIP for this annual event in which we help Brownie troops throughout Chicagoland attain their Girl Scout Inventor Patch and their IP Patch.
  • Pre-Galentine's Day Ride
    Fri, Feb 11
    Peloton App
    Feb 11, 12:00 PM – Feb 12, 12:30 PM
    Peloton App
    Celebrate Galentine's Day early with the ChiWIP Social & Networking Committee! Join us for a quick 30-minute ride over the lunch hour! Add #ChiWIP to your profile to find other ChiWIP members riding. The event is free and open to anyone with the Peloton App.
  • Mentoring Circles - Virtual Litigation
    Tue, Jan 25
    Microsoft Teams Virtual Platform
    Jan 25, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CST
    Microsoft Teams Virtual Platform
    Join ChiWIP for a discussion about virtual litigation. The conversation will focus on considerations prior to a virtual proceeding, strategies for preparation, use of technology, and presentation style that can ensure that you are well prepared for virtual advocacy.
  • Volunteer with ChiWIP at Lakeview Pantry
    Jan 22, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM CST
    Chicago, 5151 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60640, USA
    Join us at Lakeview Pantry to pack Home Delivery bags with food and help load up cars that will make the deliveries. Lakeview Pantry asks that volunteers wear close-toed shows and comfortable clothing. We will be asked to pack and move boxes throughout the shift.
  •  Women in Sports
    Wed, Jan 12
    Jan 12, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CST
    In preparation for cheering on your favorite women athletes at the Winter 2022 Olympics in Beijing, ChiWIP is hosting a Women in Sports Webinar!
  • New Year's Peloton Ride
    Thu, Jan 06
    Peloton App
    Jan 06, 6:00 PM CST
    Peloton App
    Let's start 2022 with a bang! Join ChiWIP for a New Year's Ride! Email Kahlia Halpern to RSVP. This event is free and open to anyone with the Peloton App.
  • ChiWIP at Christkindlmarket
    Wed, Dec 08
    Daley Plaza
    Dec 08, 2021, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM CST
    Daley Plaza, 50 W Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602, USA
    Bundle up and join your fellow ChiWIP members for a mug of Glühwein and some holiday cheer at this year's Christkindlmarket at the Daley Center!


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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looking at art
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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