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.