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LexTalk World Talk Show with Abhishek Mathur, Assistant manager at Dharampal Premchand Limited...



Abhishek Mathur is a Manager and has been handling the entire Intellectual portfolio of the Company. He completed his LLB from Symbiosis International University in the year 2019 and also holds a diploma in Competition Law from National Law University, Delhi. He possesses three years of focused experience in Intellectual Property Laws, Mergers and Acquisitions and Insolvency Laws. Before joining the company, he has represented various clients in matters before various Courts/Tribunals including DRT, DRAT, NCLT, NCLAT, High Courts and the Supreme Court. Currently, he manages the entire IP prosecution and represents his Company in various Registries and Courts.

Interview:


Host: What motivated you to choose the Legal sector as a domain of work and how has been your career span?


Abhishek Mathur: After completing my law degree, I started working as a criminal defense lawyer in a law chamber in Delhi covering the District Courts and the High Court of Delhi. My work required a lot of precision, from preparing the witnesses to the court procedures, drafting and arguing before the court.


Although, I had some interest in the IP area I wasn't able to explore it much before joining a law firm in Delhi where I was given exposure to variety of matters. I had explored the Intellectual Property Laws prevalent in India, found my interest in it and wanted to pursue that interest. Even during my college days, I had opted a specialization in IPR and then I got the perfect opportunity to practice that when I joined in Dharampal Premchand Limited. Since that day I have been handling the IP portfolio of the company and I have learnt the law while I was working.


Host: How did you grow your interest in this field, and what do you think about your current position, compared to your previous profession? (If you have changed your profession)


Abhishek Mathur: During the college days itself, we were taught of the importance of Intellectual Property and I had an interest in it from the beginning. The growth of the field is exponential which has helped me grow personally as well as professionally.


Host: Key lessons or experiences that have enriched you and are currently aiding you in your work profile.


Abhishek Mathur: While working in-house I got the opportunity to understand the importance of IP from the company's


perspective. It made me understand how important a 'Trademark' could be for a business and why companies are so much interested in their brand protection.

Working as a lawyer in a law firm and then working in-house for a company changes that perspective from handling client to being one.


Host: The pandemic saw some courts begin moving towards more remote proceedings and availability. Is this sustainable, and a possible way to increase access to justice, in your opinion?


Abhishek Mathur: Remote Proceedings have obviously made a positive impact. Earlier, I would liaison with local counsels for working on the matters in different jurisdictions but now I can effectively manage my company's work myself. In fact with online filings, the work has simplified in terms of meeting statutory deadlines.


The idea and the technological advancements which has introduced Virtual Hearings through Video Conferencing however requires a lot of refinement. Although, I have faced some problems but I believe that this is sustainable. Earlier the matters were pending for more than 3-4 years which has reduced to a few months, which is a proof that the system is working well.


Host: How would you rate the current legal system's drive towards encouraging access to justice? Is there tangible movement in closing the justice gap?


Abhishek Mathur: The Current Legal System has taken its time to evolve, but I believe we are on the right track. There have been technological advancements in terms of infrastructure, ease of filing and the mode of hearing which I believe is the way that makes access to justice a little easier. So, it would be appropriate to suggest that there has been a tangible movement in closing the justice gap.

 

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