Welcome to the official blog of Strathmore Law School’s Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT).

Strathmore University is a leading institution of higher education in Kenya. The Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT) is a part of Strathmore Law School, and is an innovative Centre for evidence-based research and training in intellectual property and information technology law and policy.

As a training institute, CIPIT will provide practical courses and seminars initially targeting lawyers, business professionals, venture capitalists, media houses, and start-up incubators in areas of IP law, with a particular focus on issues unique to ICT. Example training topics will include IP portfolio management, IP valuation, patent drafting and filing, and effective IP licensing.

CIPIT will also provide training for government officials involved at the nexus between IP and ICT. For example, CIPIT has invited Judge James Ware, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, to train Kenyan judges in adjudicating IP-related cases.

To help guide the training and teaching aspects of CIPIT, research fellows will conduct original research. Primarily, such research will characterize the impact of foreign and domestic IP laws on development in East Africa, and enable policy makers to draft the most appropriate and beneficial IP legislation. For example, Kenya lacks a law providing specific protection to trade secrets, and research will be conducted to determine whether such a law would benefit the country.

As the institute grows in capacity, research and training will be added for IP law issues specific to agriculture, artistic works, and biodiversity. These sectors, along with ICT, will form the foundation of the Kenyan economy in the coming decades. CIPIT will enable key players in these sectors to make efficient use of IP both at home and abroad.

Personnel

Dr. Isaac Rutenberg, PhD, JD (Director and Lead Consultant). Dr. Rutenberg holds a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law (California, 2011) and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from California Institute of Technology (2005). He is a Registered Attorney with the California State Bar and he is registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Mr. Douglas Gichuki (Research Fellow and Assistant Lecturer). Prof. Gichuki holds an LLB degree from CUEA and an LLM in Intellectual Property, Information Technology and Internet Law from Norwich Law School (UK).

Mr. Victor Nzomo, (Member & Graduate Researcher) – LL.B (Hons) (South Africa) PGDip (KSL), LL.M (Cand) (Nairobi), Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. He is in charge of CIPIT’s Online and Digital Media Outreach Programme.