Internship Program at the Indian Patent Office

About THE Office

The Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trade Marks (CGPDTM) is located at Mumbai. The Head Office of the Patent office is at Kolkata and its Branch offices are located at Chennai, New Delhi and Mumbai. The Trade Marks registry is at Mumbai and its Branches are located in Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad and New Delhi. The Design Office is located at Kolkata in the Patent Office. The Offices of The Patent Information System (PIS) and National Institute of Intellectual Property Management (NIIPM) are at Nagpur. The Controller General supervises the working of the Patents Act, 1970, as amended, the Designs Act, 2000 and the Trade Marks Act, 1999 and also renders advice to the Government on matters relating to these subjects. In order to protect the Geographical Indications of goods a Geographical Indications Registry has been established in Chennai to administer the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999 under the CGPDTM.


This internship program aims to work towards the fulfilment of the following objectives of the National IPR Policy 2016:
– Objective 1
IPR Awareness: Outreach and Promotion – To create public awareness about the economic, social and cultural benefits of IPRs among all sections of society.
– Objective 2
Generation of IPRs – To stimulate the generation of IPRs
– Objective 7
Human Capital Development – To strengthen and expand human resources, institutions and capacities for teaching, training, research and skill building in IPRs


A. The applicant should:
(a) be a citizen of India; and
(b) is pursuing or has completed:
i. post-graduation / doctoral studies in science, or
ii. graduation / post-graduation / doctoral studies in engineering or technology
iii. graduation / post-graduation / doctoral studies in law, from any University established under law for the time being in force in the territory of India.
B. In case of candidates pursuing graduation / post-graduation / doctoral studies, internship should be a requirement specified under their course curriculum.
C. The graduation / post-graduation / doctoral studies shall be from a government recognized institute.
D. The application for internship shall be accompanied by a recommendation from the Head of Institution.

No of Interns

The number of interns to be taken every year by the office of CGPDTM will be decided by the office every year depending upon the requirement, infrastructure and other facilities of the office.


The duration of the internship shall be as per the requirement of the course curriculum.

Place of internship

Place of internship can be at the IP Office Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and RGNIIPM, Nagpur.


No honorarium of any sort shall be paid to the intern.

Intellectual Property Rights

All intellectual property rights relating to any protectable subject matter created by the intern under the course of internship shall belong to Office of CGPDTM. However due acknowledgement will be given to the interns in the certificate.


A leave of three days per month, excluding medical leave, will be provided to the intern.

Outcome of the internship

Interns will be given assignment on the emerging issues in patents and will be required to submit a research paper at the end of the internship program.


Upon successful completion of internship, a certificate shall be issued by the Head of Office where the intern has interned.

How to Apply?

Applicants are requested to submit their CV and a cover letter containing a brief synopsis of the proposed topic of study during the internship to Internships shall be filled by way of a selection process as adopted by the office of CGPDTM.

Selected interns will have to provide a certified copy of their certificates. Interns shall not be treated as staff members.