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Sreenivasarao Vepachedu

Sreenivasarao Vepachedu

also known as Rao Vepachedu, Sreenivas Vepachedu

About me

Dr. Vepachedu is the Managing Director at Cardinal Risk Management. He is responsible for managing the technical and logistical issues involving patentability, invalidity, infringement, freedom to operate, clearance, due diligence, valuation of patent portfolios, assertion and defense studies, and IP insurance to enable clients to reduce or avoid risk associated with IP. He is also responsible for quality control and training and continuing education for IP analysts.


Rao brings to Cardinal his 13 years of IP management experience and 27 years of research, analysis and teaching experience in chemistry and law, with several patents and publications as an inventor and author, respectively. He specializes in a variety of fields including chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology.  Before joining Cardinal, Rao worked as a patent counsel and leader of India Focus Team at Abbott Labs, where he managed outside counsel and diverse portfolios from neuroscience to animal health, developed strategies for IP portfolio management, and received several awards for his services.


Rao earned his MS in organic chemistry with a gold medal for obtaining first rank in the class (Kakatiya University), JD in law (Osmania University), PhD in organic chemistry with the “Best Research Fellow” award (Indian Institute of Chemical Technology), and LLM in intellectual property and international law (Howard University School of Law).


Rao is a member of the State Bars of Michigan, Illinois and Andhra Pradesh, India, and the US District Court of Northern District of Illinois, and registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is also a Casualty & Fire and Surplus Line insurance producer licensed in Illinois.


Languages spoken: German, Hindi, Russian, Telugu, Urdu

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Practice areas


  1. Intellectual Property: 95%
    15 years
  2. Immigration: 3%
    20 years
  3. Insurance: 2%
    3 years



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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    I have known Sreenivasarao for 9 years, and worked with him for 3 years. He brings a great level of talent and experience to the practice, and always gives his clients a consistent and dependable level of service.


    Atul Trivedi Patent Application Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Scott Eugene Scioli

    I endorse Rao Vepachedu as an outstanding patent lawyer who is technically knowledgeable and skilled in the law.


    Scott Scioli Intellectual Property Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Cardinal Risk Management

1603 Orrington Avenue
Evanston, IL, 60201


ILActive And Authorized To Represent Corporate Employer Only200811/12/2015
MIActive And In Good Standing200511/03/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Neuroscience Inventor AwardAbbott Labs2011
Neuroscience Spot AwardAbbott Labs2010
Neuroscience Team AwardAbbott Labs2009
Neuroscience Spot AwardAbbott Labs2008
Intramural Research FellowshipNational Institutes of Health, Bethesda1997
Intramural Research FellowshipNational Institutes of Health1996
Intramural Research FellowshipNational Institutes of Health1995
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research FellowshipCouncil of Scientific and Industrial Research, India1991
Best Research FellowIndian Institute of Chemical Technology1991
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research FellowshipCouncil of Scientific and Industrial Research, India1990
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research FellowshipCouncil of Scientific and Industrial Research, India1989
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research FellowshipCouncil of Scientific and Industrial Research, India1988
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research FellowshipCouncil of Scientific and Industrial Research, India1987
Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial AwardJawaharlal Nehru Memorial Trust1986
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research FellowshipCouncil of Scientific and Industrial Research, India1986
Gold MedalKakatiya University1986
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Guest LecturerNorthwestern University2012 - Present
Director of IP Management and StrategyCardinal Intellectual Property, Inc.2011 - Present
Managing DirectorCardinal Risk Management2011 - Present
Registered Pastent AttorneyCardinal Law Group2011 - Present
PresidentVepachedu Educational Foundation1998 - Present
Patent CounselAbbott Laboratories2007 - 2011
AttorneyRosenbaum & Associates2005 - 2007
N/AScully Scott Murphy Presser2003 - 2004
PresidentVepachedu Professional Corporation2003 - 2007
N/AIncyte Genomics2001 - 2003
Adjunct ProfessorIllinois Institute of Technolgy2001 - 2006
Manager of Legal AffairsMediChemLife Sciences2000 - 2001
Medicinal ChemistEli Lilly & Company1998 - 2000
Part timeSamuel J. Levine, PC, Immigration Law Firm1996 - 1996
Intramural Research FellowNational Institutes of Health1995 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
The Surplus Line Association of IllinoisMember2012 - Present
District Court of Northern District of IllinoisAttorney2005 - Present
United States Patent and Trademark OfficeAttorney2000 - Present
Bar Council of the State of Andhra Pradesh, IndiaAttorney1988 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACC) inhibitors and their use in diabetes, obesity and metabolic syndromeGrant
Neutralizing monoclonal antibodies against the Nogo-66 receptor (NgR)Grant
Amyloid .beta.(1-42) oligomers, derivatives thereof and antibodies thereto, methods of preparation thereof and use thereofGranted
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Publication nameTitleDate
Intellectual Property TodayPatent Protection and the Pharmaceutical Industry in the Indian Union2004
Patent Application Publications, USPTOCompounds and methods for inhibiting MRP12004
US Patents, USPTOMethods and compounds for inhibiting MRP12004
US Patents, USPTOTricyclic compounds as MRP1-inhibitors2004
JAMA, 290, 2800-2801 (2003)Guggulipid and Cholesterol Levels2003
Patent Application Publications, USPTOTricyclic compounds as mrp1-inhibitors2003
Patent Application Publications, USPTOMethods and compounds for inhibiting mrp12003
Patent Application Publications, USPTOAutomated technology of screening of stationary phases2003
US Patents, USPTOCompounds and method for inhibiting MRP12003
Chem. Research Toxicol., 13 (9), 883-890 (2000)Marked Differences in Base Selecyivity between DNA and the Free Nucleotides upon Adduct Formation of Bay- and Fjord Region Diol Epoxides2000
Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds, 17, 85-94 (1999)Synthesis and Properties of Bay Region Episulfides of Benzo[a]pyrene1999
20th IUPAC symposium on Natural Products, Chicago, USA, Aug 15-20 (1996)Effect of DNA Structure on Adducts from Diol Epoxides1996
Acta Crystallographica, c51, 423 (1995)Structure of Tris(3,5-dimethylpyrazol-1-yl)methylsilicon1995
Vepachedu Educational Foundation, IncLEGAL AND SOCIAL EQUALITY IN INDIA1995
Carbohydr. Res., 226(1), 185 (1992)A general radical mediated stereo selective route to chiral furo[2,3-b]furans from D-glucose1992
Synthetic Comm., 20, 3403 (1991)Synthesis of (3S, 4R)-3- methyl-4- butyl octanolide from D-glucose1991
Tetrahedron, 47, 519 (1991)Stereo selective synthesis of (-)-canadensolide from D-glucose1991
Tetrahedron Lett., 31, 2491 (1990)A novel palladium catalyzed oxycarbonylation of dienones: A convenient method for the construction of cyclic acetals1990
Tetrahedron Lett., 31, 4931 (1990)A simple and stereo selective synthesis of avenaciolide from D-glucose1990
IUPAC symposium on natural products, New Delhi, Feb. 2-9 (1990)Studies directed towards the total synthesis of calcimycin1990
Synthetic Comm., 19, 705 (1989)Synthesis of (R)-2-benzyloxy-1-iodo-3-butene: A new chiral synthon from L(+) tartaric acid: Its application to (R)- caprolactone1989
The Telangana Science JournalScience and HealthN/A
The Andhra Journal of Industrial NewsPharmaceutical Industry and Intellectual PropertyN/A
Mana SanskritiOur CultureN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Howard University School of LawIntellectual PropertyLLM1997
Indian Institute of Chemical Technology & Kakatiya UniversityOrganic ChemistryPhD - Doctorate1992
Osmania University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
Kakatiya UniversityOrganic ChemistryMS1985
Osmania UniversityChemistry, Botany & ZoologyBS - Bachelor of Science1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WebinarPanel Discussion: First-Inventor-to-File Regime Created by the America Invents Act of 20112013
GOAL WebinarIP Litigation: Leveraging Information Technology and Software2013
McDermott CLEIP Risk Management and Strategy2012
IP Course Guest Lecture at NUPatent Research & Strategy - Part 22012
IP Course for MS at Northwestern UniversityPatent Research & Strategy - Part 12012
IP Course at NUPatent Research & Strategy2012
CLE at SLWKIP Risk Management and Strategy2012
CLE at Patterson-ThuenteIP Risk Management and Strategy2012
CLE at NavistarIP Risk Management and Strategy2012
CLE at Lock Lord BisselIP Risk Management and Strategy2012
CLE at Klintworth RozenblattIP Risk Management and Strategy2012
CLE at Cardinal Intellectual PropertyThe America Invents Act - An Overview2012