15 APAC / Legal Awards 2020 , In 2009, at the age of 28, Sagar Chandra established his own firm as a first-generation lawyer. Bringing Ishani Chandra on a year later, Sagar Chandra & Associates was a small, but hard-working team of three. Today, however, the firm has grown into a well-recognised organisation with a leading practice made up of twenty-five young experts, that has picked up awards and accolades and played a role in some of India’s landmark Intellectual Property cases. A boutique IP firm serving national and international clients, Sagar Chandra & Associates provides creative, practical, ethical and business-oriented solutions for contentious and non-contentious matters in IP rights. Operating under the philosophy that ‘hard work is the only shortcut to success’, the firm works with clients closely and with honesty, transparency and a continuous devotion to the clients’ best interests and the growth of their business. Providing services in Trademarks, Copyrights, Patents, Designs, Geographical Indications, Domain Names, Trade Secrets and Confidential Information, Publicity and Privacy Rights and Unfair Competition and Media and Entertainment Laws, Sagar Chandra & Associates takes a holistic approach to providing solutions. Regardless of the scale of their clients’ businesses, Sagar Chandra & Associates strives to provide the best service by thinking creatively to obtain beneficial and long-lasting results, all for a reasonable cost. Sagar Chandra & Associates is dedicated to serving others, listening to them with open minds and empathy and considering all possible outcomes to create strategies and solutions that suit their needs over the firm’s. Sagar Chandra & Associates is able to help individuals and organisations tackle a diverse range of business and legal challenges and are in the unique position of being able to perform pro bono work, whilst contributing to the development of IP law in India. The firm actively encourages artists and entrepreneurs to innovate and create, while collaborating with them to educate them on their rights and protect their IP. Sagar Chandra & Associates also works with associated organisations to spread awareness of how IP can be monetised to boost innovation across the country as part of the firm’s contribution to the Make in India initiative. The firm was born through the two partners’ interest and aptitude for IP Rights that was revealed during their time at law school and Leading Specialists in IP Prosecution - India Sagar Chandra & Associates is a NewDelhi-based lawfirm specialising in Intellectual Property, that is dedicated to encouraging and protecting the entrepreneurial and artistic communities and their innovations. As an award-winning lawfirm, Sagar Chandra & Associates has been at the forefront of the landscape of IP law in India for over a decade, operating with a robust IP Litigation and IP Prosecution practice. We caught up with founding partner, Mr Sagar Chandra, to find out more. Aug20693 Sagar Chandra & Associates Contact: Ishani Chandra Company: Sagar Chandra & Associates Web Address: www.sagarchandraassociates.com curated during the beginning of their careers at one of India’s leading IP law firms. Sagar Chandra & Associates was set up so that they could make their own mark in the field of IP Rights and the firm has since been a part of landmark judgements in the establishment of IP law in India. The firm has also played an active role in topical and futuristic litigations which have been instrumental in creating an impact on existing IP laws in India. From a battle between FMCG giants of India concerning an infringement of trademarks and copyright to an important development with regard to the Trademarks Act of 1999, Sagar Chandra & Associates prides itself on its contribution to the legal system of India. As the firm’s growing portfolio of work continues to be a testament to Sagar Chandra & Associates’ skills and expertise, their founding principles of integrity, excellence and a commitment to growth and learning have remained unchanged since inception. Constantly developing their unparalleled insights into the grey areas of IP Rights, Sagar Chandra & Associates are looking to the future, with ambitious plans for growth. These include making their legal services more accessible across India, creating community outreach programmes that will spread awareness of IP Law and incentivise innovation. Meanwhile, internally the firm is also looking to leverage technology in communications with clients, increasing productivity, efficiency and sustainable practices. This digitisation has already begun during the company’s adaption to working from home as a result of the global pandemic. However, having encouraged flexibility and adaptability since the firm’s inception, the detrimental impact of Coronavirus has been practically non-existent for Sagar Chandra & Associates. Instead, the firm has continued to concentrate its efforts on providing the very best legal advice in IP Law for their clients, even in the midst of these unprecedented social climates.