Chethan Srinivasa is a senior counsel and intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. His practice involves all aspects of patent protection and strategic counseling in electronics and software practice areas including autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, AI assistants, virtualization, cloud services, networking, content delivery, complex event processing, energy efficient lighting technologies, cable telecommunications (ingress/egress mitigation techniques), seismic exploration, GPS-enabled instrumentation, LED lighting solutions, conservation voltage reduction systems, and battery technologies. Chethan is a member of the firm’s Electronics Practice and the Technology and Automotive Industry Teams. He is also the co-editor of Dashboard Insights, the Automotive Industry Team blog.
Previously, Chethan gained experience with an in-house legal department where he performed patent prosecution, drafted, reviewed, and negotiated business agreements, and assisted with litigation in intellectual property, employment, and antitrust.
Chethan also interned with the Honorable Marianne B. Bowler, Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, where he did legal research, wrote bench memoranda, and briefed the judge on patent infringement mediations. He has worked with the Massachusetts Attorney’s General Office - Department of Business, Technology and Economic Development to prepare policy memoranda on a range of issues affecting businesses in the Commonwealth, including auto insurance regulations, Internet sales tax, data security breaches, and debt-collection regulations.
Prior to his legal career, Chethan worked as a radar systems engineer for a large defense company, where he was a subject matter expert on discrimination algorithms for a missile defense system. He also gained experience at mobile software and engineering companies and a transplant immunology research lab.
Chethan has an entrepreneurial background as well. He was a co-founder and chief executive officer for a portal advertising website, and worked as an independent invention researcher.
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Selected Presentations and Speaking Engagements
Chethan was selected for the Massachusetts Super Lawyers – Rising Stars® list (2017 and 2018), which recognizes the top 2.5% of Massachusetts lawyers under 40.
Chethan graduated from Northeastern University School of Law (J.D., 2011). During law school, he was the chair of the Intellectual Property Society, president of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, and Treasurer of the National Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, in electrical engineering and minor in math (B.S., 2005) from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he held officer positions in Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu.
Admissions and Professional Memberships
Chethan is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and is registered as a patent attorney before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is a member of the Boston Intellectual Property American Inn of Court and the Boston Patent Law Association.