Name of the organization. City
Remfry-Sagar Attorneys-at-Law. Gurgaon
Duration of the internship
How big was the office? Team strength?
The office is on 4 floors but it starts from the 6th floor only. I was with the Trademarks Opposition Team which had 6 people including the Partner.
Application procedure. Internship contact details
I applied through a source but they do take interns based on their CV. It is advised that you apply at least 4-5 months in advance. You can find the id on their website.
Duration in weeks. No. of days/week. Timings
4 weeks (they don’t offer an internship for more than 4 weeks). 5 days a week. 9:30-5:30. Try and be punctual.
Accommodation: how, where, how was it?
Since I live in Delhi, I used to travel by the Delhi Metro. The office is walking distance from IFFCO Chowk metro station.
The building is easy to spot since it has a triangular roof. And the name of the building is Remfry House, Millennium Plaza.
First impression. First day, formalities etc.
The office is not very exquisite but decent. A little weird thing is that the only entrance and exit to and from the office is via the 8th floor, no matter which floor you may have to go to.
On the first day, I was given a form requiring general details and then I was introduced to the Partner, Mr. Vishnumohan Rethinam. I was given a work station and I met all the Associates. First day was the usual file reading and understanding the work culture.
Mainly drafting work like:
- Notices of Opposition
- Counter Statements
- Evidence in Support of Opposition
- Evidence in Support of Application
- Written Submissions
- Opinion Letter
- Reporting to the client.
Other tasks included research work on IpIndia, OHIM, WIPO and USPTO.
I even got a chance to accompany one of the Associates to the Trademark Registry for a case. Although, unfortunately there were no arguments but the experience was great.
Work environment, people
Remfry has the most organized work environment I’ve ever seen. And the only firm I have interned with that will teach you a lot. The quality of the work they give here is bound to keep you busy and make you learn.
The Trademarks Opposition team is chilled out but very professional at the same time. Right from the Partner to the Associates, everyone will take out time to teach you and explain everything. Sometimes they might not have work for you so you will be sitting idle but mostly they will.
Also, I will specially mention that some Associates even take out time to review the work you have done to tell you the errors, if any. Its true that they are very busy and may not give you a feedback for everything but they try to review it as and when they can.
The entire team is super friendly and sweet. Vishnu sir, Shivam sir and Dhruv sir are the sweetest and very friendly and always there to talk to you and guide you with your career choices All the staff is also helpful.
The work and the way the Associates treat interns was the best thing for me. I was never given any clerical work and any doubts you have will not only be cleared but also explained in detail.
Since Remfry has 3 different teams for Trademarks (Prosecution, Opposition and Litigation) interning with one does not teach you anything about the other.
Moreover since Opposition and Prosecution sit on different floors, you cannot even go and ask the other for some work.
Since I was with Opposition, I did not learn anything about what happens at the Prosecution stage.
What did you do to chill? Co-interns, colleagues
There is nothing much you can do to chill since lunch break is only from 1:00 pm-1:40 pm.
The office premises has a small canteen type of a set-up where you get snacks and ice creams. Someday, if you have not got your lunch, you can go here and buy a thali for Rs. 70/-.
I used to eat my lunch in the garden downstairs with my co-interns since the dining hall gets a little suffocated at times. Also, with all the Associates and Partners sitting there, you may not find place.
Anything else you’d like to tell
Try and be on time since interns don’t have a separate room for themselves, you will be noticed if you are late every day. Don’t wait for work to come your way. Ask for it.
They are not very strict with deadlines but make an impression and do your work well.
My experience at Remfry Sagar has taught me more than I will be able to write over here. If you want to learn something in IP law, this is the place for you.