About ChIPs


Founded in 2005, ChIPs advances and connects women in technology, law, and policy. We seek to accelerate innovation in the confluence of these areas by increasing diversity of thought, participation, and engagement. Our membership is open to anyone who shares the ChIPs mission. We embrace and celebrate differences. We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization.


ChIPs has over 1,500 members in the United States and around the world whose backgrounds reflect the increasingly critical convergence of law, technology, and regulatory policy. Our community includes general counsels, chief intellectual property officers, chief litigation counsels, chief privacy officers, private practitioners, policymakers, judges, lawmakers, government officials, regulators, academics, students, board directors, technologists, innovators, investors, corporate executives, and entrepreneurs. Many of our members are engaged at the heart of lawmaking, policymaking, judicial, and advocacy process.

Chipsters, from left: Michelle Lee, Julie Mar-Spinola, Mallun Yen, Noreen Krall, Emily Ward, Mona Sabet and Anirma Gupta
Chipsters, from left: Michelle Lee, Julie Mar-Spinola, Mallun Yen, Noreen Krall, Emily Ward, Mona Sabet and Anirma Gupta


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:

  • Anirma Gupta (General Counsel, Tanium)
  • Noreen Krall (Vice President, Chief Litigation Counsel, Apple)
  • Hon. Michelle K. Lee (Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property; Director of the United States Patent & Trademark Office; former Head of Patents & Patent Strategy, Google)
  • Julie Mar-Spinola (Chief Intellectual Property Officer, Finjan Holdings)
  • Mona Sabet (Principal, Tribal Ventures; former GM, Grace Hopper Conference)
  • Emily Ward (Chief Executive Officer, Calla Nava; former Vice President, Chief Technology Counsel, PayPal)
  • Mallun Yen (Executive Vice President at RPX Corp.; former VP of Worldwide Intellectual Property, Cisco Systems, Inc.)


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:

  • Hold events designed to build relationships, inspire, and empower.
  • Provide a forum to educate and bring together individuals from different backgrounds to discuss key issues that will accelerate innovation and the progress of cutting edge legal issues, business and technology that benefit our society.
  • Motivate, train and provide opportunities to the next generation of women leaders in law, technology, and the government.
  • Seek to drive changes in organizations with whom we collaborate and society overall to be more inclusive and diverse.

For more information, visit the Get Involved page or e-mail info@chipsnetwork.org.


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