Gregory N. Mandel

Provost, Temple University
Laura H. Carnell Professor of Law

Gregory N. Mandel is the Provost of Temple University and Laura H. Carnell Professor of Law at Temple Law School. Prior to serving as  Provost, he was Dean of Temple’s Beasley School of Law for five years. Provost Mandel is a leading international scholar on intellectual property law, innovation, and the interface among technology and law. His publications have been selected as among the best intellectual property and patent law articles of the year three times. His article Patently Non-Obvious was identified as one of the most cited patent law articles of the past decade, and his experimental studies have been cited by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and in briefs filed before the United States Supreme Court.

Mandel was awarded a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct a series of experiments on the psychology of intellectual property in the United States and China. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Intellectual Property Section of the American Association of Law Schools, an American Bar Association task force to brief the Environmental Protection Agency on arising nanotechnology legal issues, and is the recipient of a Fulbright Senior Specialist grant to teach U.S. intellectual property law to foreign law students. Provost Mandel is the author of over fifty scholarly publications and has given more than 175 presentations, including for the United Nations, National Academy of Sciences, American Bar Association, American Psychology Association, Environmental Protection Agency, Second Circuit and Federal Circuit, Patent and Trademark Office, and the European Commission.

Mandel was President of the Board of The Miquon School from 2013-2015 and on the Board for six years. His pro bono legal work includes a prominent asylum case before the Attorney General of the United States and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Provost Mandel served as the law school’s Associate Dean for Research from 2009-2016 and was Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Law at Albany Law School prior to joining Temple. Before entering academia, he practiced law with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, clerked for Judge Jerome Farris, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and interned with Chief Judge Anthony J. Scirica, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Provost Mandel worked on NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope prior to attending law school. He received his J.D. from Stanford Law School and his bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University with a double major in Physics and Astronomy.


J.D., Stanford Law School
B.A., Wesleyan University

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Awards and Recognition

  • National Science Foundation award grant (2013-2016)
  • Patently Non-Obvious article identified as one of the 20 most cited patent law articles of the past decade (2014)
  • Friel-Scanlan Award for Outstanding Scholarship (2013)
  • Another Missed Opportunity selected as one of the top Patent articles of the year (2008)
  • Patently Non-Obvious selected as one of the top Intellectual Property articles of the year (2006)
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