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Ragi A.I. Elias is a registered patent attorney. He focuses his practice on intellectual property procurement and counseling, including managing clients’ global patent portfolios. His practice focuses primarily on counseling clients on patentability and freedom to operate, as well as on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the mechanical, automotive, and medical device arts.

Ragi A.I. Elias is a registered patent attorney who concentrates his practice on patent procurement and counseling, including representing clients and managing their global patent portfolios 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.

Prior to joining Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel, LLP, Ragi practiced intellectual property law with McCarter & English, LLP. He is deeply knowledgeable about the U.S. patent system, having previously 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 design patents, 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.


  • New Jersey Bar Association, 2018 — Present



“We have worked with Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel, LLP for years for our intellectual property needs across the board. Attorneys Dennis Butler and Ragi Elias are very professional, thorough, and a pleasure to work with. We have a small internal team, so we are very pleased when the team at Panitch can take very limited direction from us and follow-through with a well thought out plan and complete documentation for our review. They provide great advice and augment our technical team very well.”

– Anonymous

Outside of the office, Ragi spends the majority of his time with his wife and young children. In his free time, he enjoys church services, watching and playing sports, and working on his car.

Ragi Elias in a car driving
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