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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.

The advisory committee includes the following;

  1. Brian Omwenga
  2. Dr. Marisella Ouma, Former Executive Director, Kenya Copyright Board
  3. William Maema, Partner, Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates

 

 


                                                                                       MEET OUR TEAM


           

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.

ICT Research Lead

Moses Karanja

Moses is the lead researcher in Information Technology at CIPIT. 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 cyber space.

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

Research Fellow

Victor B. Nzomo

Victor is CIPIT Research Fellow working primarily on the Open African Innovation and Research (Open A.I.R) Project. He holds a Bachelor’s degree (LL.B) in Law, from the University of South Africa and completed his Master’s degree (LL.M) in Law from the University of Nairobi.

He has served as Consultant Blogger and Editor of the CIPIT Blog which received the first-ever Best Education Blog Award at the 2015 Kenya Blog Awards. 

 

IP Research Lead

Lilian Makanga

Lillian is the lead in Intellectual Property research at CIPIT and also a lecturer at the Strathmore Law School. She is actively involved in the IP Clinic which provides legal advice and cost effective solutions to innovators on all aspects of their IP Rights.

In addition, she analyses developments in Kenyan and International IP Case law as well as the implications on the Intellectual Property Landscape.

Administrative Assistant

Betty Murithi

Betty holds a Bachelor of Commerce- Finance and Administration Degree from Strathmore University.

She joined CIPIT in 2014 whereby she has continued provide administrative support in the various projects.

 

Research Assistant

Jacquelene Mwangi

Jacquelene holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B) from Kenyatta University School of Law, which she obtained in 2015. At CIPIT, she is involved in the Open African Innovation and Research (Open AIR) project that blends into her research interests in technology and the law. She is also a contributor to the CIPIT blog.

Research Assistant

Louisa Matu-Mureithi

Louisa holds a Bachelors of Law degree(LL.B) from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU)and a Master’s Degree (LL.M) in Intellectual Property Law from University of Cape Town (UCT).At CIPIT, she is engaged in the Open African Innovation and Research (Open A.I.R) project and contribution to the CIPIT blog.

Google Fellow 2016

Riva Jalipa

Riva is a human rights activist with a LLB Law from the University of Leicester, Postgraduate Diploma from the Kenya School of Law and is currently pursuing a MSc in Public Policy and Management at the University of London. She has worked on both humanitarian and development issues including protection and freedom of expression and information most recently with ARTICLE 19 Eastern Africa where she focused on digital rights including developing cyber law.

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