Chethan K. Srinivasa


Chethan K. Srinivasa


Chethan Srinivasa is a partner 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, drones, 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.


Representative Experience

Representative Software-Related Patent Work

  • Autonomous Vehicles
  • Connected Cars
  • Autonomous Aerial Vehicle Technology for Defense Industry
  • Electric Vehicles, including Battery Management Systems, and Vehicle Dynamics Controllers
  • Online Advertising
  • Voice-based Assistants in home, TV, auto, and public-setting applications
  • Service Delivery Networking Platforms
  • Software Defined Radio
  • Electronic Medical Records and Electronic Health Insurance Processing
  • Remote Monitoring and Management Systems
  • Ticketing Systems for IT Support Systems
  • Machine Learning and Predictive Analytics Systems
  • Cybersecurity
  • Social Networking Platform

Representative Electrical Engineering-Related Patent Work

  • Electric Vehicles, including Battery Management Systems, and Vehicle Dynamics Controllers
  • Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems
  • Sensor-Based Vehicle Suspension, Brake, and Steering Control Systems
  • LED Drivers and Circuits
  • Smart Grid Voltage Optimization Systems
  • Utility Grid Security Systems
  • Systems, Methods, and Algorithms for Performing Seismic Surveys for Oil Exploration
  • Automatically Guided Cutting Tools

Representative Medical Technologies-Related Patent Work

  • Brain Entrainment Devices and Systems
  • Mesh Fixation Device

Awards and Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion to the Massachusetts Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers Magazine, which recognizes the top 2.5% of Massachusetts lawyers 40 or younger (2017, 2018, 2020, 2021, 2022)


  • Member, Boston Intellectual Property American Inn of Court
  • Member, Boston Patent Law Association

Presentations and Publications