Practice Areas



  • IP Star, Managing IP, 2022-2023


  • State of New York, 2008
  • State of Connecticut, 2005
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1999


University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., with honors, 2005

Yale University, Ph.D., Biophysical Chemistry, 1995

Yale University, M.S., Chemistry, 1994

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, B.S., Chemistry, 1988

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, B.A., Biology, with honors, 1988

Teaching Positions

  • Adjunct Professor of Patent Law, University of Connecticut School of Law, 2020 - present
  • Adjunct Professor of Chemistry, Quinnipiac University, 1997
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Leslie-Anne Maxwell, Ph.D.

Partner and Chair of the Pharmaceutical Patent Practice
860.286.2929, ext. 1119

Leslie-Anne Maxwell provides all aspects of patent representation to clients working in chemical and life science research with a particular emphasis on the pharmaceutical and agricultural chemical industries, and Chairs the firm's Pharmaceutical Patent Practice. Anne has 20+ years’ experience drafting patent applications and prosecuting U.S. and non-U.S. patent applications in the areas of small molecule pharmaceuticals, drug delivery and formulations, biological therapeutics, chemical processes, medical diagnostics, biomaterials, and agricultural chemicals. Anne performs searches, determines patentability and freedom to operate, drafts and prosecutes patent applications, counsels clients in their development of effective patent protection worldwide, and assists clients with licensing and due diligence. Anne also prepares invalidity and non-infringement opinions and supports Cantor Colburn’s Litigation Department in Abbreviated New Drug Application litigation. Prior to joining Cantor Colburn, Anne worked as a patent agent and chemist at a biotechnology company.

Experience Highlights

Partner, Cantor Colburn LLP, 2014-present

Counsel, Cantor Colburn LLP, 2012-2013

Associate, Cantor Colburn LLP, 2005-2011

Patent Agent, Cantor Colburn LLP, 2003-2005

Patent Agent, Neurogen Corporation, Branford, CT, 1998-2003

Postdoctoral Fellow, Neurogen Corporation, Branford, CT 1995-1998




Professional Affiliations

Alpha Chi Sigma

Connecticut Intellectual Property Law Association

  • President, 2022-2023
  • Program Chair, 2017-2018

Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)

  • Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Issues Committee, 2023-2024