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Ralph W. Selitto Jr.

Ralph Selitto is a registered patent attorney having wide-ranging experience in all aspects of intellectual property law. Over the course of his decades-long career, he has assisted clients in the development and management of global patent, trademark and copyright portfolios, while counseling them on the strategic commercialization and valuation of their portfolios. His work has included the preparation and prosecution of numerous U.S. and foreign patent and trademark applications, as well as drafting license agreements and infringement, validity and freedom-to-operate opinions. Ralph’s efforts in these areas have allowed him to develop broad experience in the evaluation of intellectual property, from both a legal perspective and a business perspective.

In addition to his considerable prosecution and transactional experience, Ralph has gained wide-ranging, career-long litigation experience by representing clients in a number of lawsuits involving patents, trademarks, and copyrights. More recently, he has defended a number of clients in lawsuits involving patent invalidity defenses that resulted in the asserted patents being subjected to administrative challenges in the form of post grant or inter partes reviews in the United States Patent and Trademark Office.


  • Legal Areas
    • Patent prosecution (domestic/foreign)
    • Trademark prosecution (domestic/foreign)
    • Copyright registration
    • Litigation (patents/trademarks/copyrights)
    • Licensing
    • Due diligence investigations
    • Infringement/validity investigations
  • Technical Areas
    • Mechanical arts
    • Electrical arts
    • Metallurgy



  • Moldflow Corp. v. Simcon, Inc., 296 F.Supp.2d 34 (D. Mass. 2003)
  • Guest speaker and substitute professor at the Stevens Institute of Technology, lecturing on business law and on the interface between intellectual property law and technology


  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Patent, 2020 
  • Team Member, AZ Big Media, "Top 10 Law Firm - Rank #1," Intellectual Property, 2019 
  • Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2011-2018
  • Recipient, New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame Award for “Outstanding Contributions,” Oct 2016
  • Listed, IAM magazine, "IAM Patent 1000," Prosecution, 2012-2017
  • Member, Winning Team, New Jersey Law Journal, "General Litigation Department of the Year" award, 2013
  • Team Member, Lexology’s Client Choice Award USA & Canada, United States: New Jersey, 2013
  • Listed, Outstanding Young Men of America, 1982
  • Member, Board of Directors, AZ Tech Council 
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, New Jersey Bar Association
  • Member, New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, New York Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association


  • 法務博士, The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, 1974
    • Member, Law Review
  • B.E., with honors, Stevens Institute of Technology, 1971
  • New Jersey
  • 米国 ニューヨーク州
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Admitted in New Jersey, New York, and USPTO. Not admitted in Arizona. Practice in Arizona limited to federal patent, trademark and copyright practice.