Name. College. Year of Study.
S.Varsha, IV Year, School Of Excellence in Law, Chennai
R.Charulatha, IV Year, School Of Excellence in Law, Chennai
Name of the organization. City
APR IP Services, Chennai
Duration of the internship (example: March 15, 2013-April 15 2013). No. of days/week. Timings
2 months Full time internship. June 1, 2012-August 1, 2012 [10 am to 5 pm] followed by 6 months Part time internship [3.30 pm to 7 pm]
How big was the office? Team strength?
The APR IP Services’ office is basically a 3 BHK converted into an office with decent infrastructure, air-conditioning and furniture.
The team at the office consisted of 3 working partners and other associates including Mr. A. Prabhakar Reddy, Senior Legal Consultant with over 30 years experience in the field of IPR.
Application procedure. Internship contact details
The application procedure for the internship is simple. I, through one of my college seniors, got the contact number of one of the partners. I called up the number to express my interest in applying for the internship.
I received a very polite response following which a couple of formal email communications were made. A date and time was fixed for an informal interview. We went to their office in T. Nagar where two of the partners of the firm interviewed us.
Questions ranged from basic IPR knowledge to current developments in the field. Post the interview, we were communicated that we have been selected and a date and time was scheduled for our joining.
Accommodation: how, where, how was it?
As we are residents of Chennai, we did not have the need for alternate accommodation.
However, the firm is situated at the heart of the city well connected by road and rail [suburban rail] and finding affordable accommodation nearby shouldn’t be a difficulty.
First impression. First day, formalities etc.
There were no formalities at all. The atmosphere was very friendly and peaceful.
The seniors were totally approachable and helping. All the associates at the firm were very friendly and kind towards the interns.
The main task for the first few days included research on some current issues in the field of IPR and writing an article on them. The firm has a huge collection of reference books, texts and Caselaws.
Besides, they also have a decent internet connection. Hence, research was not an issue although the interns have to carry their personal laptops as the firm does not provide computer systems for the interns.
Following days, the tasks given to us ranged from drafting petitions, counter statements, evidence in support of application etc for Trademark dispute litigations, preparing diverse analysis reports for clients seeking legal opinion, making client phone calls in cases of renewal of trademarks and helping them throughout the procedure, preparing trademark search reports, status reports, preparing drafts of complete specifications for a couple of patent applications, general drafting of all forms of patent applications, research and analysis to provide legal opinion for clients seeking design registrations etc.
We also were given the task of submitting certain Forms at the Chennai PTO on one of the days of the internship. The tasks given to the interns generally vary according to the capability of the interns and the work to be done at the office for the day.
Work environment, people
As I already mentioned, the work environment was completely learner-friendly and the people at the firm were kind and concerned about the interns and the work allotted to them.
They always had time to answer our doubts.
The best thing about APR IP Services is that interns actually learn the work. The practical experience one gains out of this internship would be tremendous. The interns were treated on par with any junior associate with regard to the work allotted.
Unlike internships were interns do nothing but read and research to present a paper at the end of it, this firm lets interns to actually take part in the work.
I would be doing wrong if I left mentioning that they provided the interns with refreshments [Tea and snacks] twice a day [or how many ever times you ask for].
One bad thing would be frequent problems with the internet connection.
What did you do to chill?
We often have casual talks with the associates about anything under the sun. Those are some of the most rewarding times during the internship. You don’t have to step out to chill in fact.