Carl Oppedahl is technically trained in physics, electrical engineering, mathematics, and software engineering, having earned a bachelor’s degree with a double major in physics with honors and mathematics with honors from Grinnell College in 1978 and a law degree in 1981 from Harvard Law School. Upon graduation from Grinnell College he was co-awarded the Linn Smith Prize for Excellence in Mathematics. He has written and prosecuted numerous patent applications in electrical engineering, computer software system, and mechanical areas. He is an active computer programmer and holds an Extra-class amateur radio license. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.