Internship Experience @ I – WIN IP Services, Hyderabad: IPR Research and Drafting Work, Court Visits, Attend Client Meetings

Name, Year and College:

Shravani Anapuru, 3rd year Student (BBA LLB), KL UNIVERSITY (Koneru Lakshmaiah Education Foundation) Vaddeswaram, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh.

Name of the organisation, Location city, Team Strength:

I – WIN IP Services, Flat Number 202, Above State Bank of India, Sri Siva Ramakrishna Mansion, Kamala Prasanna Nagar, Allwyn Colony, Kukatpally, Hyderabad, Telangana 500072, India.

This firm is exceptionally good in all aspects of intellectual property. There are three main associates in the firm. One main associate is Vijay Kumar sir who is specialized in IP related litigation. He has very good oratory skills.

The other two associates are Naveen sir and Kalpana Mam who is specialized in processing the applications for registration of patents, trademarks, copyrights, designs and geographical indications.

Apart from the senior associates, there is a team of another 03 junior associates who assist the senior associates.

Application Process:

One needs to send their CV along with a Cover letter to the email ID at vijay[at]i-winip.com and if one gets selected they will receive a mail from sir’s office.

Duration of internship and timings:

The minimum period of internship is one month. However, I would personally recommend that any interested person should intern for at least 4-6 weeks to get a wholesome litigation experience.

I have interned for a period of one month i.e. from June 03rd, 2019 to July 03rd, 2019. From 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure:

My first impression of the place was that an intern is welcomed and is made comfortable.

The office is centrally located in the heart of the city. On my first day, I reached the office by 10:00 a.m. and then I was asked to sign one Non-Disclosure form under which the intern should ensure confidentially with respect to all the files, documents and any other things provided to the intern.

I met Vijay Sir on the very first day; he is very kind and humble. He has stressed the importance of internship and told us to work with dedication. On the same day, he interacted with me related to Trade Marks basics and then accordingly he assigned me my work.

About the infrastructure, there is one room allotted for only interns to work in. Internet access is given to all the interns for research work. Subsequent to this, I was given a short briefing about the working hours, in-house practices and methodology.

I met the other associates and staff in the office, all of them was very friendly they guided me throughout the period of Internship.

Main tasks:

Here we deal extensively with diverse areas of Intellectual Property Right such as Trade Mark, Patent, GI, and Copyright even there were works pertaining to IP valuation and IP Audits.

The work which we were assigned were both related to office as well as visiting district courts and other courts and attending the hearings, getting to know about the cases and their judgements and also, we got to learn drafting and filing of the cases and their motions.

Some of the insights of the work that I was given were, for instance, Drafting Trade Mark notice of opposition, Drafting Rule 46 evidence affidavit, making the Hearing sheets for the upcoming dates and researching on various aspects like related to the recent copyright amendments etc.

I got to visit the district courts, High court where we were accompanied by associates and sir as well.

Sir even took me for Client meetings it was a very new and fresh exposure and indeed a very good one it gave me an idea about this side of working.

Work environment and people:

There was an outstanding work environment, Sir and all the associates are very helpful and approachable. Sir himself used to teach us facts regarding cases and made us learn a lot.

Sir, used to make sure that he takes us to the court whenever he was about to argue in the court, Even while we are on the way to courts beforehand only he used to give us a briefing about the case so that the matters do not seem to be alien to us. As I said, all the amenities were provided in the office.

The environment encouraged us to learn more since I had complete access to the books and the case files. People were also very kind and helpful in the office.

Accommodation:

I am from Hyderabad. So, the accommodation was not a concern for me. However, one can easily find accommodation at a reasonable cost near the office. The office is well-connected to the rest of the city and easy to commute to, either by road or metro.

Good things:

The particular internship proved to be very advantageous and helpful to me. The notable point is that it created a room for me to acquire knowledge regarding the court proceedings.

It helped me to acquire knowledge regarding the drafting and its basics and I have learnt how to draft a legal document. The environment they have provided to me was just boosting my confidence and morale.

It is very sure that the box of knowledge I have acquired will enhance the drafting skills and awareness about the situations which is going on in the legal field. On top of that, it was a great opportunity that I was able to interact with many of the lawyers.

Bad things:

No bad things as such.

Stipend:

Stipend given is by way of knowledge imparted. It is that knowledge which even money cannot afford to buy

Biggest Lessons:

I can say that I did not realize the importance of research before I interned here. But through this experience, I now know how important it is to do proper research to even turn a weak case into a stronger one.

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