Ragi A.I. Elias

Ragi A.I. Elias

Practice Areas
  • Rutgers University, BS, Biomedical Engineering
  • Seton Hall Law, Juris Doctor
  • Rutgers University, MS, Biomedical Engineering
Bar Admissions
  • New York Bar Association
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court in the District of New Jersey

Ragi A.I. Elias Associate

Philadelphia: 215.965.1221   F: 215.965.1331   E: relias@panitchlaw.com

Ragi A. I. Elias is a registered patent attorney who concentrates his practice on patent procurement and counseling, including representing clients before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the International Bureau and foreign patent offices. His practice focuses primarily on counseling clients, patentability and freedom to operate opinion work, as well as the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the mechanical and medical device arts and managing global patent portfolios.

Prior to joining Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP, Ragi practiced intellectual property law with McCarter & English, LLP in Connecticut. He is deeply knowledgeable about the U.S. patent system, having served as a patent examiner in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

A member of the New York and New Jersey bars, he also is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court in the District of New Jersey. Ragi has lectured on prosecution history estoppel and the doctrine of equivalents, and served as faculty for a CLE that reviewed the second anniversary of the America Invents Act of 2011, the most sweeping change to the U.S. patent system in decades.

Ragi earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biomedical engineering from Rutgers University and his law degree cum laude from Seton Hall University School of Law. While a graduate student at Rutgers, he co-authored “Mechanical Properties of Dura Mater from the Rat Brain and Spinal Cord” published in the Journal of Neurotrauma, and “Probing the influence of Myelin and Glia on the Tensile Properties of the Spinal Cord,” published in Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology.


  • NY State Bar Association
  • New Jersey Bar Association

Articles & Presentations

An Overview of US and Foreign Design Patents
Panitch attorneys Martin G. Belisario and Ragi A.I. Elias will discuss the basics of design patent application preparation in the US and abroad as well as enforcement issues, including International Design Patents filed under the Hague Agreement. Read more

Panitch Schwarze Client LugBug® Featured on ABC’s 'Shark Tank' // December 17, 2018
Panitch Schwarze congratulates its client LugBug on being featured on ABC’s Shark Tank. The LugBug Handle is an attachment for baby carriers that allows better range of motion for parents and caregivers. LugBug’s creator, Nathan Day, presented his invention to the Sharks on the Oct. 8 episode of season 10 of the popular program. Read more

Prosecution History Estoppel and the Doctrine of Equivalents // March 26, 2015
Ragi A. I. Elias and Carly A. Shanahan will be giving a presentation on Prosecution History Estoppel and the Doctrine of Equivalents. Lunch will be served. CLE will be applied for but is not guaranteed. Read more

USPTO AIA Second Anniversary Forum Review // September 26, 2013
Firm associate Ragi Elias will review and discuss the USPTO’s AIA Second Anniversary Forum. Elias specializes in patent prosecution, specializing in the fields of chemistry and biotechnology. Read more


April 22, 2021
The Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs
The Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial designs is an effective vehicle for centralized acquisition of design patents in multiple jurisdictions and subsequent maintenance thereof. Read more

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