From Complexity To Clarity®

Patents for Software, Electronics, Telecomm, Internet, Mechanical & Business Methods

Clear Prose. Clear Patents. Clear Protection.℠

Welcome to Oppenheimer Patents, a sole proprietorship specializing in clear, thorough patent drafting and illustration.

I am Steven Oppenheimer, Esq., J.D., M.A., a registered U.S. patent agent (Reg. # 57,418) and Maryland attorney. The signatures of my work, backed by thirty years of high technology writing experience, are:

  • Thorough coverage of essential information
  • Clear, concise language
  • Logical, accessible organization
  • Fine technical illustration



  • Patent Drafting: Drafting applications for electronics, software, telecomm, and mechanical inventions, based invention disclosures and inventor interviews

  • Patent Drawings and Flowcharts: Informatively designed drawings created with Visio and other graphics tools

  • Patent Prosecution: Replies to Office Actions and Examiner Interviews. I've drafted replies to several hundred Office Actions, and conducted two dozen Examiner interviews

  • Review/Editing of Patents: Review/editing of claims and specifications drafted by other patent professionals

  • Reworking/Editing Claims of Translated Foreign Applications: Reworked to meet USPTO requirements and conventions, as well as clarity in English

  • Skilled at Interviewing SMEs: Many years of experience interviewing SMEs (subject matter experts) for both technical writing and science writing, as well as patent work

Click here for sample patent applications I've drafted, and a list of all patents I've drafted.

Documentation and Science Writing

  • Users Guides and Reference Manuals for diverse hardware and software systems

  • Online Help

  • Technical Specifications for product function and design

  • White Papers for both specific product descriptions and technology overviews

  • Web Page text and design

  • Science Writing for general audiences

Click here for pdf's of technical writing and science writing samples.

Technologies / Technical Expertise

  • Cornell University Major in Physics and Engineering Math

  • Computer Science, Applied Math, and Electronics (ongoing studies)

  • Software APIs and related internal code and data structures

  • Communications protocols

  • Electronic Hardware at the system level

  • Telecommunications, Web and E-Commerce Technologies

  • Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) functionality at the register and hardware interface levels

  • Business Procedures and Business Methods

  • Programming (Java, C++, VB, SQL, HTML)

  • Object-oriented Programming

  • Spectrum Analysis

Why Oppenheimer Patents


Intellectual property protection requires a patent application drafted with excellent writing, narrative drawings, and intelligible, finely-tuned claims.

My strength is technical knowledge combined with a flair for effective language.

I craft text and drawings that enable the patent office to quickly grasp your inventive ideas, bringing clarity to your new software and hardware concepts, or to business methods.

In short, I make high technology clear.

My formal college degree, from Cornell University, was "College Scholar," an independent study major. Effectively, I completed the requirements for a B.A. in physics and applied math.

With that background plus additional studies in programming and electronics, I am especially well qualified to document the technical "insides" of advanced systems – software code, communications protocols, register level ASIC functionality and interfaces for electronic chips, internal computer operations, communications protocols, and mathematically-based functionality (for example, digital signal processing).

For patent claims drafting, I find the essential concept(s) behind an invention and convey them with a calibrated choice of terms that minimize ambiguity while clearly defining the technology at hand.


For corporate clients and start-ups, my experience in both technical writing and patent work provides a unique and cost-effective synergy.

Both patents and documentation entail learning curves, and learning curves cost money. By preparing both patent applications and also documentation for the related technologies, I can offer significant cost savings for the combined services. The combination of skills and effort in one individual is also quality conducive.


THIS WEB SITE IS ATTORNEY ADVERTISING. Oppenheimer Patents is a sole proprietorship owned and run solely by Steven C. Oppenheimer, a Maryland attorney and a Registered Patent Agent (USPTO Reg. # 57,418).  Oppenheimer Patents is based in the state of Maryland, United States of America.  Mr. Oppenheimer currently limits his services to: Patent drafting, patent prosecution, and other patent-related services before the USPTO.

This web site is advertising. No legal advice is offered by this web site, and no legal advice is intended to be offered via this web site. Use of this web site does not establish any attorney-client relationship between the user or viewer of this web site and Steven Oppenheimer or Oppenheimer Patents.

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