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Overview

The Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT) is a think tank and training centre established under Strathmore Law SchoolCIPIT 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.

Research Fellow

Malcolm Lee Kijirah

Malcolm is currently working as a project consultant/research fellow at the Centre for Intellectual property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT), at Strathmore University since April 2019.  His focus primarily is on technology law and policy. Malcolm is also a partner at Victor Lee Advocates a Corporate/Commercial law firm in Nairobi, Kenya specializing in in Technology Law and Project Advisory. He was admitted to the Kenyan bar on 21 st   November 2016. Prior to practicing in Kenya, Malcolm practiced for 8 years from 2008 - 2016 in Australia as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia. He therefoore has practiced as an advocate in both the Kenyan and Australian Jurisdictions and carries with him a wealth of experience in the legal profession.

Research Manager

Dr. Melissa Akinyi Omino

Dr Omino holds an LLB (cum laude) (University Of Fort Hare), LLM  (Stellenbosch University) and obtained an LLD (University of Fort Hare) in 2017. She is a member of the Kenyan Bar and practices law as a Partner in MJD Associates LLP in Nairobi, Kenya. Melissa has a special interest in intellectual property. Her current focus is academic research in the niche area of pharmaceutical patents and international trade in relation to the phenomena of “evergreening”. Melissa is also co-founder of the IPCheckIn a monthly meeting of IP enthusiasts that includes patent examiners, attorneys, professors, musicians and law students who offer their services in IP awareness and knowledge dissemination pro bono in Kenya.

Project Administrator

Betty Murithi

Betty Murithi is the Project Administrator at CIPIT. She has a Bachelor of Commerce from Strathmore University in Finance and Business Administration, a CPA 5, and is currently pursuing a MBA in Finance at USIU-Africa.

She has been with the organisation for over 5 years where she provides administrative support to the team, manages client relations, and maintains the online brand.

Research Assistant

Mitchel Ondili

Mitchel Ondili is a Research Assistant at CIPIT. She has an LLB from Strathmore Law School and is passionate about the intersection of technology and existing inequalities

Research Assistant

Mercy King'ori

Mercy has an LLB from Strathmore University. Her interests are in the intersection of the law with technology. As part of my internship, I have been involved in reviewing ICT related laws and policies and numerous other projects that look at the how ICTs interact with human rights.

Research Assistant

Cynthia Nzuki

Cynthia Nzuki is a law degree graduate from the Strathmore Law School and is currently undertaking her Advocates Training Programme at the Kenya School of Law. Her interests majorly lie in Intellectual Property Law and how proper securing of intellectual property rights can positively impact individuals and the society through the advancement and growth of the innovative and creative sectors; which in turn will lead to economic growth.

She is a Research Assistant at the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology (CIPIT).

Research Assistant

Jentrix Wanyama

Jentrix Wanyama is a Research Assistant at CIPIT. She is interested in bringing about the innovation evident in technology to the law, and has a research interest in the intersection between technology and  traditional areas of law, particularly human rights and constitutional law.

Jentrix holds an LL.B from Strathmore Law School, and a diploma in Constitutional Law from  Pazmany Peter Catholic University, Hungary. She is currently a pursuing a Post Graduate Diploma at Kenya School of Law

Research Assistant

Beatrice Mungai

A recent graduate from the Strathmore Law School, Beatrice Mungai is a privacy enthusiast with keen interests on gender and technology. She is currently a research intern in the ICT department of CIPIT as she pursues and a Law Diploma in the Kenya School of Law.

Research Assistant

John Kisangau

John is a Data Scientist with demonstrated experience in machine learning and databases. He received his master’s degree of Big Data from AIMS, Senegal in 2019 and immediately joined CIPIT as an IT Assistant. During his studies, John was actively involved in the Statistics and mathematics Club, where he participated in initiatives to coach mathematics in high schools in an effort to create a stronger mathematical community and culture of mathematics across Africa.

John has keen interest in the state-of-the-art data mining and machine learning techniques in law, medicine, epidemiology and food security. He is currently working on CYRILLA project developing database for digital rights laws from Sub-Sahara Africa. He also provides IT support to other projects.

Research Fellow

Caroline Wanjiru

Wanjiru is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya with 9 years post admission experience. She has practiced law in Kenya under various capacities with a bias on intellectual property law, corporate and commercial law. Wanjiru is currently a research fellow at the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology (CIPIT). She is working on the intersection of intellectual property law, innovation, start-ups, tech hubs and technology with an aim of informing the policy making process in Kenya. Wanjiru is passionate about agriculture and the law, women empowerment and intellectual property and its interface with the law. She is a convener, strategist, organiser and a participant of various IP forums in Nairobi and a two-time judge for IP and ICT Moot Court held at Strathmore Law School. Wanjiru is an amateur philanthropist and Member of the Rotary Club of Muthaiga North. 

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