ChIPs is a nonprofit organization focused on advancing and connecting women in technology, law and policy. ChIPs seeks to accelerate innovation in these areas by increasing diversity of thought, participation and engagement. At ChIPs, members are united in the belief that diversity, of all types, is essential to innovation and to a thriving, evolving society. Membership is open to anyone who shares this mission.
Founded in 2005 by seven women chiefs of intellectual property, it has expanded beyond those roots, now with over 2,000 members and seven regional chapters in the United States and abroad. Many members are engaged at the heart of current events — as active participants in the lawmaking, policymaking, judicial, advocacy and innovation processes.
Historically underrepresented at senior levels of legal and other professions, women have been even more scarce in the area of patents and intellectual property, as these fields traditionally require technical as well as law degrees. Given this paucity, ChIPs (“Chiefs in Intellectual Property”) was originally founded as an informal dinner group by these seven heads of IP from major technology companies in the Silicon Valley:
One of our core beliefs is to ``pay it forward,`` in recognition that none of us achieves our success on our own, and those who are now in a position to give back, should both do so for others and also work to drive increased equality, diversity, and inclusion within organizations with whom we interact and society overall.
With help from our early supporters, the initial dinner group of seven ChIPs founders steadily expanded through word of mouth into an international organization with over 1,500 members, multiple regional chapters, committees, and specialty subgroups that: