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‚ÄźPrincipal 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, Christopher Jensen and Maryann Licciardi bring impressive experience to bear in portfolio management, litigation and TTAB proceedings respectively. 2019 WTR 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals

"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


Speaking Engagements

  • 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's
    Trademark Administration: A Guide for Paralegals & Trademark Administrators

Practice Areas


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
  • Massachusetts
  • 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
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