M-T Michele Rennie (LL.B, NP.)
Principal Legal Author and Editor
M-T. Michele Rennie (LLB, NP), is Head of Intellectual Property and Internet Law at Computalaw Ltd, with offices in London, Edinburgh and Port Louis, which gives online advice through www.computalaw.com. Michele has specialised in intellectual property and internet law worldwide since 1980 and has acted as international legal adviser to hundreds of IT companies round the world including many multinationals. In addition, Michele is legal advisor to numerous smaller pioneering companies in specialist niche areas such as an award-winning digital signature company which was among the first to created and implemented new electronic signature technology for remote document signing worldwide; a Cloud cComputing companiesy creating ‘Apps’ for the employment sector and mobile phone payment systems for the financial sector; a collaboration of US and EU companies providing certification services to the aerospace and other safety critical industries; and most recently, legal advisor to an exciting new technology company harnessing satellite data intelligence for environmental analysis and statistics required by multi-national organisations such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Michele has been a member of the International Bar Association Committee on International Computer & Technology Law since 1980, a member of . She was chairman of the British Computer Society of which she was former chairman of the Ecommerce Legal Task Group (1999–2004) and a member of the Intellectual Property and Electronic Commerce working parties of the Digital Alliance (formerly, European Informatics Market (EURIM). Michele was also the first legal adviser to the CTOSE Foundation, established to promote the results of the European Commission-sponsored CTOSE Project on Cybercrime which is now utilised worldwide.
Publications: Michele Rennie is a regular conference speaker and is the author of several publications on International Computer and Internet Contracts and Law (published worldwide by ThomsonReuters/Sweet & Maxwell/Thomson) in 1985, 1989 and the latest in 1994–2018, which is updated annually. This publication contains over 6,000 pages of computer and internet contracts and intellectual property law relating to Europe, the United States, Japan, Australia, India, China and the internet with specialist sections on Electronic Signatures and Online Dispute Resolution.
Michele is also the Editor of Computer and Telecommunications Law Review (CTLR) since 1999 for which she edits and writes IP articles. She has also written for the British Government’s Parliamentary Information Technology Committee Journal (Pitcom). Another aspect of her advisory work involved writing/contributing to briefing papers and research documents for the UK Members of Parliament and Members of the European Parliament through her membership of European Informatics (EURIM) and the British Computer Society.