Mary has over 25 years of experience advising clients on international trademark, copyright, and licensing issues for a wide variety of clients, in such diverse areas as publishing, pharmaceuticals, sports, toys, food and beverages, and fashion. Her expertise includes the acquisition, maintenance, and enforcement of marks worldwide.
Mary manages the worldwide trademark portfolios of companies, including a multinational Fortune 500 company, and provides clients with practical advice on the strategic rollout of international intellectual property filing, maintenance and enforcement programs. Mary also handles U.S. opposition and cancellation actions in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and oversees local counsel’s activities in enforcing marks abroad. Transactional work includes licensing and worldwide assignment/merger/name change programs.
Mary is an active participant in the International Trademark Association (INTA). She has written several articles for INTA publications, including “Remarks” and The INTA Bulletin, and has been a frequent lecturer at INTA seminars. Mary is the Co‐Principal Editor of the INTA electronic publication “Trademark Administration: A Guide for Paralegals & Trademark Administrators,” an expanded and enhanced version of INTA’s training tool on trademark practice and procedures.
Honors & Recognitions
"Mary Donovan who re-joined the firm in 2017 is highly regarded throughout the IP community and well connected with local counsel worldwide, she is cost-conscious, responsive and resourceful. Moreover, she is extremely hands-on and possesses excellent judgement." 2018 WTR 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals
Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
The Top Women in Intellectual Property, New York Times insert (based on AV rating)
New York Super Lawyers 2000 - Present
Community & Professional Activities
International Trademark Association
Copyright Society of the USA
The Authors Guild
Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, 1981-1987
Darcy Donovan & Coleman, 1987-1989
Nims Howes Collison, 1990-1992
Proskauer Rose, 1992-1997
Donovan & Yee, LLP 1997-2015
Powley & Gibson, PC 2015-2017
- Mary has spoken at several INTA conferences, the Practicing Law Institute, and other venues and has been an active member of several INTA committees.
- Co-Principal Editor of INTA'sTrademark Administration: A Guide for Paralegals & Trademark Administrators
New York University Law School LLM (Donald Brown Fellow), 1979
Suffolk University Law School, JD, cum laude, 1978
University of Massachusetts, BA, cum laude, 1968
- New York
- New Jersey
- Federal Court, Third Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York