Name. College. Year of Study
Sanjana Tikkoo, Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia, IVth Year.
Name of the organisation. City
Knowledgentia Consultants, New Delhi
How big was the office? Team strength?
2 Partners. They basically run the place with the help of the support staff. (It’s a startup.)
Application procedure. Internship contact details
I applied personally via e-mail and received a prompt response. The contact persons are Ms Aparna Jain and Ms. Harinder Narvan. I had sent my application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Duration in weeks. No. of days/week. Timings
4 weeks. 5/6 days a week (They may ask you to work on Saturdays. Depends on the workload).
Timings are 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Timings can be extended till the partners do not leave office. This, again, entirely depends on the amount of work assigned to you, and the urgency of its completion.
The partners were very sweet indeed. On the few occasions that I was made to stay back late, they either offered to drop me home personally, or made their driver drive me home.
Accommodation: how, where, how was it?
I stayed at home. The office is a twenty minute autorickshaw ride away from my place.
For those who plan to commute over larger distances, I suggest the Delhi Metro’s Violet Line. Get down at the Kailash Colony Station. The office is a ten minute walk away.
First impression. First day, formalities etc.
After a brief introduction with the partners and other staff, I was assigned a workstation, complete with a Desktop, printer, et al.
Some research work was promptly assigned, and I was asked to familiarize myself with several IPR databases (USPTO, EPO, WIPO, JPO, SIPO and of course, the Indian Patent Office).
The firm mainly deals with Intellectual Property Law matters. The partners took a lot of personal interest in explaining everything in great detail.
Some of the tasks I completed included drafting and filing trademark applications and forms, preparing patent filing forms, drafting responses to trademark examination reports and making patent and trademark search reports.
I also assisted in drafting a patent application. This task involved some study of my long-forgotten-happily-discarded chemistry books and proved to be quite a challenge.
I was also asked to prepare an IP Audit questionnaire for corporate clients.
Further, I was asked to conduct research on compulsory licensing and several sections of IPR statutes.
During my internship period, the Firm had organised a workshop on “Identifying and Translating IP Assets into Business Profits” in association with FIEO. I helped organize the same.
Work environment, people
The best thing about this internship was the personal touch everything came with. Everyone was approachable and friendly.
I made several trips to the Patent Office in Dwarka for filing applications and forms. This served as an excellent opportunity to see a government office in its full, er, “glory”. These trips were mostly made with the Office clerk, and taught me more about getting a Trademark registered than any amount of reading or research could possibly have.
A lot of personal attention and practical exposure (as compared to what a bigger law firm would provide).
What did you do to chill? Co-interns, colleagues
M-Block Market, GK-I is a short walk/ rickshaw ride away. Although there were no co-interns in the duration of my internship, the partners took me out for lunch several times.
Advice for future interns: The pastries at Maxim’s, Kailash Colony Market are a must try.
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