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Peter J. Karol
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Areas of Expertise
  • Patent Law and Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Trademark Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Copyright Law
  • Computer Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Business Law

Peter J. Karol

Professor of Law


BA Amherst College
JD Harvard Law School

Professional Background


Professor Karol joined the full-time New England Law faculty in 2012. He teaches a wide range of intellectual property courses, as well as Property, and coordinates the school’s new Intellectual Property Concentration. Professor Karol focuses his scholarship on intellectual property matters, generally, and copyright and trademark law, in particular. He has recently published articles challenging the requirements for federal service mark protection and the use of theft rhetoric in civil copyright trials, and proposing 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 | Boston’s program on International and Comparative Human Rights Law, in Galway, Ireland, where he was on-site director.
Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Karol was partner in the IP litigation, trademark, and copyright practice groups of Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP, in Boston, where he represented companies in complex litigation and appellate matters, including intellectual property litigation and appeals, and managed global trademark portfolios.

Learn about New England Law's IP Law Concentration.

Selected Publications

Extraction Point, Artforum International Magazine (2017)

The Threat of Termination in A Dematerialized Art Market, 64 J. Copyright Soc’y U.S.A. 187 (2017)

Trademark’s eBay Problem, 26 Fordham Intell. Prop. Media & Ent. L.J. 625 (2016)

The Constitutional Limitation on Trademark Propertization, 17 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law (2015)

Fair Use, Meet Ex parte Young, 89 Pat. Trademark & Copyright J. 689 (2015)

Affixing the Service Mark: Reconsidering the Rise of an Oxymoron, 31 Cardozo Arts & Ent. L.J. 357 (2013) Judged one of the best law review articles of the year related to IP Law and selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of the INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW REVIEW, an anthology published annually by Thomson Reuters (West);

Hey, He Stole My Copyright! Putting Theft on Trial in the Tenenbaum Copyright Case, 47 New England Law Review 887 (2013)

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Redigi?, Law360 (2013) (April 12, 2013)

Fair Use in the Digital Age: New Guidance for Electronic Course Materials at Universities, Intellectual Property Update (2012)

Navigating the Shoals of Copyright Termination, Intellectual Property Update (2012)

Trademark Terminations: A Lesson from the Music Industry?, 82 Pat. Trademark & Copyright J. 666 (2011)

Are the Glory Days Gone for Good? Trademark Board Checks Expansion of the Increasingly Popular Fraud Defense, Intellectual Property Update (2009)

Who’s at the Helm? The Federal Circuit’s Rule of Deference and the Systemic Absence of Controlling Precedent in Matters of Patent Litigation Procedure, AIPLA Q.J. (2009)

The Presumption of Validity: A New Crack in the Armor? Patent, 76 Pat. Trademark & Copyright J. 1869 (2008)