Internship @ R.K. Dewan & Co. Pune (Trademark and Patent Attorneys): Good Work to the Deserving; No Stipend

 

Name. College. Year of Study

Neeati Narayan, Symbiosis Law School, Pune, 2nd year

Name of the organisation. City

R.K. Dewan & Co, Trademark and Patent attorneys

How big was the office? Team strength?

Huge branch office. Two stories of the building allocated to staff from different departments i.e. Human Resources, Patents, Legal and Engineering.

The team strength for legal department is 6-7 associates. Firm is headed by Mohan Dewan, owner of this sole proprietorship.

Application procedure. Internship contact details

I sent an email to [email protected].

Contact Person is Miss Rekha who is in charge of shortlisting candidates. Send an email (main body cover letter) with CV attached. They will get back to you soon.

I was required to submit a write-up on a random IPR topic and to describe myself. They then shortlisted me and called me for an interview. I was asked basic IPR questions and other stereotypical interview questions. Remain confident.

Duration in weeks. No. of days/week. Timings

4 weeks. Generally 6 days a week. But the even Saturdays are off. (Yay!). 10 am to 7 pm.

Accommodation: how, where, how was it?

I study in Pune so that front is sorted out for me. However, PG’s are available in the area easily.

First impression

First day, formalities etc. I was definitely impressed by the office as it was the first instance I was working in a formal, corporate scenario. The office is well-furnished, swanky and huge.

I got a whole desk-top to myself. Oh and guys, they make all the interns sign an agreement which is basically about trade secrets. Nothing dangerous! I was introduced to the legal department. All of them are cheerful people who are set about their work. However, the work atmosphere is very informal and relaxed.

Main tasks

Okay. I will come out clean here. The cardinal principle in the office is “You only get good work if you deserve it“.

There were interns with me who were sloppy in their work and hence, were only given random clerical works. Rest of the time they were free with nothing to do even when they asked for quality work. I, on the other hand, was given substantial amount of work. I made presentations about Copyrights, Patents and Trademarks.

There was a lot of research involved. They also made me proof-read several drafted documents for logical or legal fallacies (Whatever I could fathom at least) . The best part is, I got to draft. A LOT.

Another intern at the office and I were given the gigantic (but feel-good) work of drafting the entire litigation-related documents for a huge corporation in the issue of trademark infringement. Bottom line is, you provide your worth and you have a good (but tiring!) time.

I was also given a special task of researching, analysing and summarizing trademark cases and thereafter prepare a report about them.

Work environment, people

People, as I said, are laid-back, very informal and relaxed. It is not a very competitive work-place which has its pros and cons. Work environment was fulfilling but you seldom got the “corporate” feel out of it.

Best things?

I know it is standard, but they gave you tea or coffee twice a day (And it was really good). They also provide the entire staff with eatables during evening times (tasty stuff!) Also, if you stayed beyond 7 pm, you could order anything you wish to eat. ANYTHING.

I took full benefit of that scheme!

Bad things?

Lack of work sometimes. The no-care attitude generally prevalent in the system. Also, they were a little reluctant to let female interns go to the district court, which irked me a little.

What did you do to chill? Co-interns, colleagues

Have lunch together sometimes. Chat up, watch TV during break.

Stipend/ month

 None.

Anything else you’d like to tell

Not really. If you want to have a relaxed time with no huge responsibilities or risks, its a good place to be in!

Biggest lessons

To survive, prove your worth. That is all that matters.

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  1. I mean chill environment, Padmaja ma’am.

    And I know I worked better than most so by logical assumptions, I am guessing I deserved it?

  2. Hey Niyati,

    WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY LAIDBACK & RELAXED ENVIRONMENT??????
    WELL YOU HAVE ALSO BRAGGED ALOT OF YOU BEING DESERVING 😛

    • Er.. I haven’t bragged. I have stated I got more work than most of the other interns.

      P.s. I played a lot of games there. But only first two weeks. Got a lot of rebukes from Padmaja ma’am here. 😀

  3. the email address seems to have a mistake. Could you please clarify if its the same as mentioned?

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