Deborah Maxwell

Deborah Maxwell

Partner - Patent Attorney

With extensive expertise in the field of design and engineering, Deborah specialises in drafting patent specifications, prosecuting patent applications through to grant, managing patent and registered design portfolios that include foreign patent families and advising on patent and registered design strategy.

She is also accomplished in patent searches, invention spotting and carrying out due diligence exercises. 

Deborah has experience working with local individuals, SMEs and large international companies, as well as investors. She is a regular attendee and speaker at high profile industry events across the UK and Europe, particularly in the product design and textile sectors.

Deborah is also the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (“EDI”) Partner at Potter Clarkson as well as Chair of the firm’s Inclusivity Group. The Group is committed to help drive the necessary change to ensure that Potter Clarkson provides a highly supportive, inclusive and stimulating workplace for all its people. As EDI Partner, Deborah reports findings and updates from the Group to the Exec Board throughout the year, therefore ensuring that EDI remains a key point on the Board’s agenda.



Patent and design matters in a range of engineering fields including textile manufacturing, garment design, drug delivery and other medical devices and automotive engine and transmission assembly


Deborah obtained a master’s degree in product design engineering from the University of Glasgow and Glasgow School of Art.


MEng, UK and European Patent Attorney, European Design Attorney, UK Intellectual Property Litigation Certificate

Awards & Recognition

MIP IP STARS - Notable Practitioner; MIP IP STARS - Rising Star 2020-2021