Rajit helps technology companies protect intellectual property. Recognized as a rising star in patent law, he specializes in helping clients build patent portfolios using effective invention harvesting techniques and creative patenting strategies. He also helps clients with freedom-to-operate opinions, trade secret issues, IP issues arising in technology transactions, and trademark and copyright issues.
Rajit has more than a decade of experience helping clients with patents across different technology sectors. Recently, he has been handling patents related to machine learning, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, autonomous vehicles, virtualization, enterprise mobility management, database management, graphical user interfaces, financial products and services, and computer software. In the past, he has also helped clients with medical devices, electronic medical record (EMR) systems, mobile device hardware and accessories, web applications, video games, multimedia networks and systems, satellite communications and positioning systems, cash handling devices, business methods, ergonomic office products, wind turbines, printers and multifunction devices, and mechanical devices.
At Banner Witcoff, Rajit serves as the co-chair of the firm’s recruiting committee and helps lead the firm’s efforts to recruit law clerks, summer associates, and entry and lateral attorneys.
He is a contributing author to the American Bar Association (ABA) Legal Guide to Video Game Development and to Banner Witcoff’s Patent Arcade blog, which covers developments in video game IP law. He is also a member of several professional organizations, including the Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court, the South Asian Bar Association of Washington, D.C., and the ABA. Within the ABA’s IP Law Section, Rajit is a member of the USPTO Ex-Parte Practice Committee and serves as chair of the Subcommittee on Global Dossier.
Rajit originally joined Banner Witcoff in 2007 as a 1L summer associate while attending law school. One of the better known software patent applications that Rajit drafted and filed in 2010 has since been granted as the now-ubiquitous “pull-to-refresh” patent, U.S. Patent No. 8,448,084, which was acquired from one of the firm's clients by a large social networking service.
In his free time, Rajit enjoys running along trails in Northern Virginia, taking Orangetheory Fitness classes, practicing hot yoga, and spending time with his family.
- B.S. 2006, magna cum laude, Tufts University
- J.D. 2009, George Washington University
- 2009, California
- 2011, District of Columbia
- 2016, Massachusetts
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
- American Bar Association (ABA)