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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.


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.


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.


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


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

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                                                                                       MEET OUR TEAM




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.

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 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.

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 


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