Urvi Mitra studying in 5th year of BLS/LLB
Rizvi Law College, Mumbai University
Period of Internship
Name of the Organisation
Agnihotri & Jha Associates.
You can send your CV along with a cover letter at this email address firstname.lastname@example.org , orelse check out their website www.adjlegal.com for further information. I applied to the above email id and within a week I got a call for interview from the firm. My interview was taken by Mr. Neeraj Jha who is one of the partners of the firm. He asked a few general law related and basic current affairs questions after which he asked me to join.
10.30AM to 7PM (Saturdays are Half Day)
First Day Impression, first day formalities
I was introduced to everybody in the firm by the Admin Head and was given a separate computer to work on. Since the firm strictly deals with IP Laws and I was totally unaware of Intellectual Property Law, the advocates of the firm advised me to read the Bare Acts related to Trademarks, copyright, designs and patent.
I met Mrs. Rati Agnihotri on my first day who happens to be the another partner of the firm and she encouraged me to read and ask her any doubts.
The firm has two separate offices. The main office is where Neeraj Sir and Rati Maam sit and there is another wide room where most of the interns and other associates and advocate sit.
Agnihotri and Jha Associates mainly deals with all types of IP laws dominantly working on the area of trademarks and copyrights and designs. My main task was to Conduct Public Searches in the Intellectual Property Website on various wordmarks, brand names for Trademark Application and Registration.
I also had to prepare availability reports on different word marks for Trademarks Application and give remarks in the report also to the concerned advocate and client on whether one can proceed with the filing of the Trademarks.
I drafted replies to the examination report for more than 20 Trademark Applications under Trademarks Act, 1999. Further conducted researches on various IP issues and also intimated the same to the associates.
I successfully handled one client regarding the registration of a logo name and was quite appreciated by all my colleagues.
Work environment and people
The work environment is really positive and makes the interns feel good about coming to work. The staff is nice and kind and the advocates are friendly but at times they use to become really strict when they wanted a particular work to get done in a certain manner.
Apart from all things that I have discussed above, the best thing about this internship was that the firm really takes their interns seriously and we are given equal responsibilities like the advocates. We are encouraged to do quality work like client handling, drafting of legal replies, notices and not just restrict to research work.
There were no bad things as such except that interns were not allowed to accompany the advocates of the firm to the Trademark Registry for the hearings.
It is a good internship if you are really interested in IPR Laws. Interning in this firm will actually lay a foundation in your career if you are planning to pursue a career in IPR in future.
None, however got a certificate from both Neeraj Sir and Rati Maam.
Since I live in Mumbai, accommodation was not a problem. However, you can find a lot of PGs and hostels near Goregaon, Jogeshwari, Oshiwara belt as these places are nearest from the office. The office is a 5 mins walk from Jogeshwari Railway Station, Western suburbs.