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Rajit Kapur is a registered patent attorney who helps software developers and companies protect and enforce their intellectual property rights. His practice is primarily focused on designing and implementing intellectual property strategies that maximize value for clients and are tailored to their individual goals.
Rajit has particular experience in advising app developers and other mobile software companies with respect to the unique IP issues that they encounter, including protecting elements of their graphical user interfaces (GUIs), dealing with knockoffs and copy-cat apps introduced in mobile application stores in the United States and around the world, and identifying and protecting IP assets with an eye towards obtaining funding, increasing valuations, and protecting the features that distinguish and differentiate clients’ applications from those of their competitors in the marketplace.
Rajit assists and advises clients with respect to patents, trademarks, copyrights, and other forms of intellectual property. He primarily concentrates on preparing and prosecuting patent applications, and he has drafted and prosecuted numerous patent applications directed to computer software. One of the better known patent applications that Rajit drafted and filed in 2010 has since 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 addition to handling software patent applications, he also has experience handling patent applications directed to medical device information systems, mobile device hardware and accessories, web applications, video games, graphical user interfaces, financial products and services, multimedia networks and systems, satellite communications and positioning systems, business methods, ergonomic office products, wind turbines, printers and multifunction devices, and mechanical devices.
Rajit is a contributing author to the ABA Legal Guide to Video Game Development and to the Banner & Witcoff 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, DC, and the American Bar Association (ABA). Within the ABA’s IP Law Section, Rajit is a member of the USPTO Ex-Parte Practice Committee and serves as the Co-Chair of the Subcommittee on Global Dossier.
Prior to joining the firm as an attorney, Rajit was an associate in the Silicon Valley office of a large international law firm, where his practice focused on patent prosecution in the electrical and computer arts. During law school, Rajit was a summer associate and law clerk with Banner & Witcoff.
Rajit earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, magna cum laude, from Tufts University and his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School. He is admitted to the bar in California, the District of Columbia, and Massachusetts, and he is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
In his free time, Rajit enjoys running and cycling along trails in Northern Virginia, practicing hot yoga, and discussing healthcare policy issues with his wife.
Rajit is an attorney in the Washington, DC, office of Banner & Witcoff.
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