Professor Karol joined the full-time New England Law | Boston faculty in 2012. He teaches a wide range of intellectual property courses, as well as Property, and directs the school’s Intellectual Property concentration. Professor Karol focuses his scholarship on intellectual property matters generally, and art, copyright, and trademark law in particular.
He has recently published articles exploring the challenges of collecting and exhibiting contemporary and conceptual art in an age of reproducibility, trademark owners’ entitlement to injunctive relief, the requirements for federal service mark protection, the use of theft rhetoric in civil copyright trials, and constitutional limitations on federal trademark law. He is also interested in the nascent field of Intellectual Property and Human Rights, having recently introduced such a course to New England Law’s program on International and Comparative Human Rights Law in Galway, Ireland, where he was on-site director. His current research looks at whether and how visual artists might use certificates of authenticity as a tool to exert control over artworks after sale.