Name. College. Year of Study
Neeati Narayan, Symbiosis Law School, Pune, 2nd year
Name of the organisation. City
R.K. Dewan & Co, Trademark and Patent attorneys
How big was the office? Team strength?
Huge branch office. Two stories of the building allocated to staff from different departments i.e. Human Resources, Patents, Legal and Engineering.
The team strength for legal department is 6-7 associates. Firm is headed by Mohan Dewan, owner of this sole proprietorship.
Application procedure. Internship contact details
I sent an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Person is Miss Rekha who is in charge of shortlisting candidates. Send an email (main body cover letter) with CV attached. They will get back to you soon.
I was required to submit a write-up on a random IPR topic and to describe myself. They then shortlisted me and called me for an interview. I was asked basic IPR questions and other stereotypical interview questions. Remain confident.
Duration in weeks. No. of days/week. Timings
4 weeks. Generally 6 days a week. But the even Saturdays are off. (Yay!). 10 am to 7 pm.
Accommodation: how, where, how was it?
I study in Pune so that front is sorted out for me. However, PG’s are available in the area easily.
First day, formalities etc. I was definitely impressed by the office as it was the first instance I was working in a formal, corporate scenario. The office is well-furnished, swanky and huge.
I got a whole desk-top to myself. Oh and guys, they make all the interns sign an agreement which is basically about trade secrets. Nothing dangerous! I was introduced to the legal department. All of them are cheerful people who are set about their work. However, the work atmosphere is very informal and relaxed.
Okay. I will come out clean here. The cardinal principle in the office is “You only get good work if you deserve it“.
There were interns with me who were sloppy in their work and hence, were only given random clerical works. Rest of the time they were free with nothing to do even when they asked for quality work. I, on the other hand, was given substantial amount of work. I made presentations about Copyrights, Patents and Trademarks.
There was a lot of research involved. They also made me proof-read several drafted documents for logical or legal fallacies (Whatever I could fathom at least) . The best part is, I got to draft. A LOT.
Another intern at the office and I were given the gigantic (but feel-good) work of drafting the entire litigation-related documents for a huge corporation in the issue of trademark infringement. Bottom line is, you provide your worth and you have a good (but tiring!) time.
I was also given a special task of researching, analysing and summarizing trademark cases and thereafter prepare a report about them.
Work environment, people
People, as I said, are laid-back, very informal and relaxed. It is not a very competitive work-place which has its pros and cons. Work environment was fulfilling but you seldom got the “corporate” feel out of it.
I know it is standard, but they gave you tea or coffee twice a day (And it was really good). They also provide the entire staff with eatables during evening times (tasty stuff!) Also, if you stayed beyond 7 pm, you could order anything you wish to eat. ANYTHING.
I took full benefit of that scheme!
Lack of work sometimes. The no-care attitude generally prevalent in the system. Also, they were a little reluctant to let female interns go to the district court, which irked me a little.
What did you do to chill? Co-interns, colleagues
Have lunch together sometimes. Chat up, watch TV during break.
Anything else you’d like to tell
Not really. If you want to have a relaxed time with no huge responsibilities or risks, its a good place to be in!
To survive, prove your worth. That is all that matters.