Chuck Googe is the head of the Intellectual Property Group of the Corporate Department and the Chair of the firm’s Entertainment Department.
The Intellectual Property Group he leads focuses on all aspects of intellectual property, including copyright, trademark and patent. Chuck has special expertise in all forms of transactional work involving intellectual property and technology, licensing, due diligence, IP joint ventures, developing and implementing prosecution strategies, IP audits and other intellectual property counseling. He has specific experience in software, information technology and entertainment content development, acquisition and distribution over the Internet and other media. Chuck's experience covers a broad range of industries, intellectual property specialties and deal sizes. In addition to working closely with our most experienced lawyers in mergers and acquisitions, finance, tax, communications, antitrust, litigation and bankruptcy on structuring the intellectual property aspects of some of the firm's most sophisticated transactions, he has also represented many medium-sized and even start-up enterprises in connection with their intellectual property needs.
As Chair of the Entertainment Department, Chuck also focuses on the representation of individuals and companies involved in all aspects of the entertainment industry, including film, television, publishing, music, digital and live stage. More specifically, his film experience covers clients in the independent film world as well as producers, writers, directors and film editors working with major Hollywood studios. He represents record labels as well as several popular recording artists, stage producers, institutional theaters, authors, composer/lyricists, directors, choreographers and designers. Chuck has also been a key player in several notable transactions in the publishing industry.
Chuck served as a senior editor of the Columbia Law Review. He is also recognized as a "Band 1" media and entertainment lawyer in Chambers USA (2015), and clients praise him for being "very skilled at handling the artist's temperament." He is also recognized by The Legal 500 (2015) for his communications and technology practice and as a leading entertainment lawyer (motion pictures & television) by The Best Lawyers In America (2016). Additionally, Chuck is the Trustee of the Cole Porter Musical and Literary Trusts.