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Overview

The Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT) is a Centre established under Strathmore Law School. CIPIT was launched in 2012, under the leadership of Dr. Isaac Rutenberg. The scope of work includes evidence-based research and training in intellectual property, information technology law, and policy.

Background

Kenya is rapidly advancing toward its goal of becoming a middle-income country by 2030, and the Information Communication and Technology (ICT) sector is foundational to this growth. As it grows, the Kenyan industries are discovering the importance of intellectual property (IP). Kenyan businesses, entrepreneurs, government agencies, and civil society are eager to learn how to evaluate, acquire, trade, and leverage IP assets that were previously largely ignored. This need is, currently, largely unmet.

The Centre is founded on the research gap existing on intellectual property protection. Our research projects include but are not limited to IP aspects relating to a variety of subjects, ICT and media law; and Cybersecurity regulation.  We have also partnered with other IP organizations in the globe to facilitate our research here in Kenya. The CIPIT team has members drawn from full time researchers, admin staff, and interns recruited from the Law School. The research team comprises of both local and global research experts.

The Centre’s current budget is funded by research projects from various partners. Our research activities generate funds for our sustainability, through undertaking projects with the partner organizations.

Mission

Our Mission is to study, create, and share knowledge on the development of intellectual property and information technology, especially as they contribute to African Law and Human Rights.

Vision

Our Vision is to be a leading source of Intellectual Property and Information Technology training, research, and guidance on the African continent.

Values

Excellence in our output through ethical practice; partnerships and integrity.

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Director

Dr. Isaac Rutenberg

He is the Director of CIPIT and a senior lecturer at the Strathmore Law School.He has a BS in Math/Computer Science, a BS in Chemistry, a PhD in Chemistry, and a JD in Law, all from universities in the United States.

Dr. Rutenberg is actively involved in guiding IP and IT policy and academic work in Kenya through his research activities, blogging, direct interaction with governments, and civil society interactions.

Consultant

Moses Karanja

Moses is an Information Technology Consultant. He is a political scientist perched on the intersection between security and information controls in society. Moses holds an MA & BA in Political Science from the University of Nairobi with specialization on security studies in cyberspace.

His research resolves around information controls and counter-controls, privacy, human rights in the digital ecosystem, Cybersecurity and related disciplinary.

Research Fellow - ICT

Dr. Robert Muthuri

Robert is currently a Research Fellow – ICT at the Centre for IP and IT (CIPIT) at the Strathmore School of Law. He is a Legal Knowledge Engineer working at the intersection of legal theory and AI. Robert is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya who, with the conviction that technology had a lot more to offer the legal domain, further pursued a career in legal informatics.

Robert holds a PhD in legal informatics from the LAST-JD consortium in Europe), an LLM Innovation Technology and the Law from The University of Edinburgh, a Dip.KSL from the Kenya School of Law, an LLB from Moi University, and a Dip.BIT from Strathmore University.

Research Assistant

Grace Guyatu Diida

Grace Guyatu Diida is Research Assistant in the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT). She is young and passionate about the intersection of Law and Technology, more specifically, its relation to the development of society.

She has an LLB from Strathmore Law School and currently pursuing her Post Graduate Diploma at Kenya School of Law 

Project Admin

Betty Murithi

Betty Murithi is a Project Administrator at CIPIT. She has a Bachelor of Commerce from Strathmore University in Finance and Business Administration, and is currently in Part III of qualifying as a Certified Public Accountant.

Presently, she provides administrative support to CIPIT, manages its client relations, and maintains its online brand. Previously in her career, she worked as an Audit Intern for EKV & Associates and has volunteered for the Kianda Outreach Program, where she was drawing up business plans and educating women in rural areas on how to manage their finances.

Research Fellow

Liz Lenjo

Liz Lenjo is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. She has an LL.B (Hons) from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa and Postgraduate Diploma from Kenya School of Law. Ms. Lenjo has a Master of Laws (LL.M) in Intellectual Property Law from University of Turin (Italy) and WIPO Academy and also studied with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Summer School Program on Intellectual Property Management and Technology transfer (South Africa). She also has studied with HarvardX on US Copyright Law. 

She is also the Managing Partner, Kikao Law. A boutique legal services firm specializing in Intellectual Property Law, Entertainment Law, Media Law, Sports Law and Fashion Law. 

Graduate Intern

Charles Opiyo

Charles is the graduate intern at CIPIT and holds a LLB from Strathmore Law School.

Other than conducting research for the centre, he has written articles for various legal interest blogs such as SED Africa, ISHARA and the CIPIT Blog.

At CIPIT, his research interests include internet governance policy and hate speech laws.

He intends to be a Technology Media and Telecommunications Law practitioner in the future.

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