Internship @ Solomon and Roy, Law Firm, Mumbai : Trademark Related Work, Great Work Enviro, Stipend 7500/M

Name of the organisation. City. Office Address. How was the office? Team strength.

Solomon & Roy, Mumbai.

D/214, 2nd Floor, Floral Deck Plaza, Central MIDC Road, Andheri
(East), Mumbai

The office was decently sized for the number of people working there, there were around 6 people in their Patent Department and 4 in their Trademark/Copyright Department, along with the partner. The office was occupying a major part of the second floor of the building it was in.

Duration of internship

One Month

Application procedure? Internship Contact Details

The application procedure was very simple. I sent an email to the partner, Mahua Roy Chowdhury and got a response the next day itself.

However, the HR person to contact for the internship is Mr. Blaise Courtinho . All my subsequent queries about the internship were handled by Mr. Blaise

Duration in weeks. Days of work per week. Timings.

I interned there for 4 weeks. The official timings are from 10 to 8, from Monday to Friday, and from 10 to 4 on Saturdays(Interns are supposed to be there on all Saturdays, associates have their system decided according to which not all have to be present on all Saturdays).

The 10 AM timing was not very strictly followed, though that might be because of the incessant Mumbai rains. In contrast, the 8 PM timing was strictly followed, and in case you had to leave earlier than that, you needed permission from the partner or the senior associates (in case the partner was out of town or in a meeting).

I did have to leave early once or twice because of exceptionally heavy rains, and was easily given permission to do so.

There are swipe in and out cards, even for the interns, so there is an electronic record of the time that you reach and leave. You are required to use the card even when you are going out for lunch.

There is a record of the same sent to HR daily. However, unless you’re grossly late everyday or taking a 2 hour lunch break, there are no questions asked about your in and out timings.

First impression, first day, formalities

My first impression about the firm seemed that it was a very happy place to work in! All the associates were very friendly with each other (which quite honestly is rare in most law firms), and made me feel right at home from the very beginning.

That turned out to be a major help, as I was the only intern for that month, and if they weren’t nice to me I could have ended up being very bored!

I was given my identity card (which was also the card I had to swipe in and out) as soon as I reached office. I was shown my desk, and discovered that I had a PC to myself where I could work. There were no other formalities as such.

Once Mahua Ma’am(the partner) came, she assigned me to the trademark department, and quickly allotted me work. However, I had to first sign a Non Disclosure Agreement, stating that I couldn’t disclose any details of what I worked on in the firm. She made it clear that I was to ask for work if I was free, and that there was lots of work to go around.

Overall, my first impression about the firm was good.

Main tasks

My work at Solomon and Roy was mainly related to trademarks, doing trade mark searches for clients and then formulating reports which could be finally sent, drafting trademark applications, etc. I also drafted a lot of replies to objections by the trademark registry, which involved a lot of research.

Other than that, I also did a lot of small research on matters Ma’am or any of the associates needed me to. This research wasn’t limited to trademarks however, it also involved reading up on CPC and CrPC. There were also case notes to make, from time to time.

Overall, I was never very hard up for work, there was always something to do.

Work environment, people

The work environment overall was happy, as the associates were very nice and helpful. They never made me feel out of place, and always tried to include me in what they were doing.

Any doubts about work, you could directly go to them and ask, and they would clear your doubts right there. This atmosphere would change with the partner was in a bad mood, however it always became okay after a while.

The rules however, could feel a little stifling, as I couldn’t leave after my 4 weeks were finished, I had to complete the entire month as the initial internship mail had specified the entire month.

The best things AND the bad things

The best part about the internship were the associates and the constant flow of work. The bad part was the absolute adherence to rules and the having to stay back till 8, even if your work for the day is over. Also, being the only intern got boring at times, having nobody of around my age.

Stipend/month

7500/month, however I only got 7000 as I took a few days off.

Accommodation etc. What did you to do chill in and around the office and the place of stay?

I stayed at my home in Mumbai, however there are PGs to be found near the area. It is also very well connected by train as well as by bus.

There are lots of restaurants in the vicinity of the office, so you can also chill there.

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  1. Hi Your internship sounds like a great experience!
    can you please help me with the following :
    the year you were in, during this internship?
    Also it would be really helpful if you please also post the email address where i can apply for the internship.

  2. Dear intern of the month!

    Thanks for the review provided.
    Hope it was one of the great learning experience for you.
    All the best for your future endeavor in your career.

    • Dear Intern,

      Thank you for your feedback. I would like to remark or clarify on certain feedbacks of yours.

      First of all, we all hate rules, but when you have to manage a team and several deadlines corresponding to the time zone of several countries, rules become necessary. Most of the time we get unexpected filings with statutory deadlines of next day from USA and Europe, where the interns can contribute and assist in such urgent filings. Thus a certain time for leaving. Work in our profession does not come to you with certainty but with patience.

      We have an internship programme of 1 month and not 4 weeks, that is from 1st to 30th/31st of the month. This cycle is now very well known by all who applies. We treat our interns as professionals and integral part of our team. Thus leaving of a team member prematurely affects the assignment in which he or she is working. Further, the next replacement joins only on 1st of the month.

      We allow 2 interns during summer and winter vacations as those are the most sought after time for students out of Mumbai and also depending on the work load.

      Lastly, I would like to share my mantra that ‘Journey to success is always lonely and there is not much space in the top too!!! Stay focussed and consistent. In the end, only self motivation helps to drive you all the time.

      We wish you all the Best and hope to see you again.

      Best Regards

      Mahua Roy Chowdhury

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