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  • Professor Karol joined the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law in 2023, after spending over a decade as associate dean, professor, and director of the intellectual property law certificate program at New England Law | Boston. In addition to teaching, Professor Karol also serves as the faculty director of the school’s renowned Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property. He focuses his scholarship on intellectual property matters generally and art, museum, copyright, and trademark law in particular.

    Professor Karol has published widely in top law reviews, including most recently, articles exploring the trademark cases of the German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer and the legal implications of the rise of certificate-based conceptual and contemporary art practices. He is a frequent contributor to Artforum’s opinion column, offering his views on everything from the Supreme Court’s Warhol v. Goldsmith decision to artist resale royalty rights in NFT smart contracts. Called one of our “favorite intellectual property law experts” by Radio Boston’s Tiziana Dearing, Prof. Karol also makes regular radio guest appearances to discuss intellectual property matters.

    Prior to becoming a full-time law professor, Professor Karol was a partner at Sunstein LLP, where he represented clients in complex intellectual property litigation and trademark portfolio development and enforcement. He remains Of Counsel at the firm.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2023 Albrecht Dürer’s Enforcement Actions: A Trademark Origin StoryVanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law.  25:421-421. 2023
    2023 After Warhol, The transformative impact of Warhol v. GoldsmithArtforum2023
    2021 Royalty CheckArtforum2021
    2020 Why Did the Guggenheim Decommission a Donald Judd?Hyperallergic2020
    2019 Permissive Certificates: Collectors of Art as Collectors of PermissionsWashington Law Review.  94:1175-1175. 2019
    The Threat of Termination in A Dematerialized Art Market, 64 J. Copyright Soc’y U.S.A. 187 (Spring 2017)J. Copyright Soc’y U.S.A..  64:187-187.
    Trademark’s eBay Problem, 26 Fordham Intell. Prop. Media & Ent. L.J. 625 (2016)Fordham Intell. Prop. Media & Ent. L.J..  26:625-625.
    What's the Use? The Structural Flaw Undermining Warhol v. GoldsmithJournal of the Copyright Society of the USA.  71.


    Year Title
    2022 Posthumous Art, Law and the Art Market The Afterlife of Art 2022
    Posthumous Art, Law and the Art Market


    Year Title
    2020 International Perspectives on Disability Exceptions in Copyright Law and the Visual Arts 2020

    Teaching Activities

  • Fund of Intellectual Property Taught course
  • Law Journal Editorial Board Taught course
  • Law Journal Staff Taught course
  • Law Journal Staff Taught course
  • LawSpcTop/Law& The Visual Arts Taught course
  • Property Taught course
  • Trademarks&Deceptive Practices Taught course
  • Education And Training

    Full Name

  • Peter Karol