Internship Experience with White Collar Legal LLP, Pune: Filing TM Applications, Preparation of Information Files

Name, College, Year of Study of the Student Intern

Ubaidullah Kazi, 2nd Year Law, Durham University

Name of the Organisation Where you Interned and Its Full Address

White Collar Legal LLP, Office Number 5 and 6, 2nd Floor, Devika Heights, Above NITS Global, next to Bhawkar Garage, Shivajinagar, Pune – 411005, Maharashtra, India.

Duration of Internship

1 month (04/01/2021 – 03/02/2021)

How did you Apply?

I applied by emailing my CV and cover letter to office@whitecollarlegal.in & to Kunal Sir directly at kunal@whitecollarlegal.in.

First Day Formalities, Infrastructure, First Day Impressions

Due to the Pandemic, the office opened later than usual at 11 pm. On my first day, I met an associate there who I introduced myself to and began learning more about the work performed and what my main tasks would be for the duration of the internship. The office is quite easily accessible and is professionally set up as per the needs of those who wish to work there.

I was immediately made to draft and sign an internship agreement as my very first task, after which I was encouraged to gather information on the Indian IP laws from the official sites and go through the bare acts, manuals, and rules of operation for the first week. Overall, it was a heartwarming experience on the first day and I had become even more excited about the tasks that I would perform in the next few days.

Main Tasks

Since the duration of my internship was quite short I was given slightly smaller tasks that did not require much commitment or supervision of the work process from start to end. Thus, I spent quite a lot of time filing fresh trademark applications, checking their status regularly, drafting objection replies and researching the timelines and procedure of registering trademarks in India.

Additionally, I regularly prepared information files on the formation of public charitable trusts, LLPs and companies in India, the generation of software development agreements and the creation of employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs).

Work Environment

The environment was very welcoming, and Kunal Sir was very approachable and helpful. His guidance would help us understand the work better and produce quality results. I also benefitted greatly from our refreshing morning and evening tea sessions because there are times when one highly appreciates a good break.

Good Things

  • The timings of the office (11 am to 4 pm during my internship)
  • The reasonable quantity of workload does not destroy your work-life balance
  • The work is not restricted to simply one area of law, so there is a great deal of critical thinking involved
  • Everyone at the office is quite friendly, fun-loving and supportive

Bad Things

None.

Stipend (if any)

A performance-based stipend is provided along with your certificate, so ensure that you give your 100% while you work here. Sincerity and genuineness are highly-desired attributes at White Collar Legal.

Another Tip: It is always better to apply here for a duration longer than 1 month (preferably 3 months) since this shows that you are not interning simply to earn a flashy certificate.

Accommodation, Commuting to Office

I live in Pune, so accommodation was not a problem for me.

It is better to use a two-wheeler to reach the Pune office since the adjoining streets are rather narrow and parking can become an issue afterwards.

Anything Else

I would highly recommend this place for anyone who wishes to enter the legal profession for the areas of IP and Corporate. All tasks given are real-time and practical, so your efforts have an impact on the firm and its clients.

 

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