In 2005, a group of in-house counsel coalesced, all women, all the top intellectual property lawyers in their respective companies. They cleverly called themselves Chipsters – CHiefIP lawyers – and they have continued to meet. The lawyers worked or still work at such IP powerhouses as Apple, Alta, Cadence Design Systems, Cisco, eBay, Google, and Intuit. The seven members organize three or four informational and networking sessions each year. You can learn more from the ABA J., Jan. 2012 at 23-4.
Chipsters illustrates the benefits of gathering like-minded in-house counsel: mentoring, knowledge-sharing, networking, and friendship.