ChIPs was founded in 2005 by seven women; at the time, all were heads of intellectual property at major technology companies in Silicon Valley – positions typically requiring a technical degree and held by very few women. Our mission was simple, but critical: to support and promote the advancement, development, and retention of women where technology, law, and policy converge. Today, over a decade later, many of our members are engaged at the heart of current events – as active participants in the lawmaking, policymaking, judicial, advocacy, and innovation processes.
ChIPs is now international, with over 2,000 members and multiple regional chapters. Our extraordinary community includes general counsels; chief IP officers, chief litigation officers, and chief privacy officers; policymakers; lawmakers; judges; government officials; regulators; academics; students; board directors; technologists; innovators; investors; corporate executives; and entrepreneurs.