Antonia Modkova

BSc (Computer Science) LLB
Patent Attorney (Trans-Tasman)
Associate, Terry IP Patent Attorneys Limited
Associate, Terry IP Law Limited

D: +64 4 894 8314

Specialist Areas

Patents, Designs, Copyright


Software, computer vision, machine learning and mechanics


  • Prior art searching
  • Prosecuting patent applications
  • Drafting patent applications
  • Freedom to operate assessment


Antonia joined Ellis Terry in 2013, after completing her Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Science conjoint at the University of Auckland. In the final year of her undergraduate degrees, she completed a summer research scholarship applying image processing and computer vision techniques to environmental CT scan data. Antonia is a registered Patent Attorney and practising lawyer. She sits on the Technology Law Committee of the Auckland District Law Society.

Her primary focus is the area of patents, ranging from pre-filing prior art searching through to assisting with patent oppositions.

Antonia is currently completing her Honours in Computer Science at the University of Auckland, with a strong focus on machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Outside work, her passion for innovation led her to found the EduTech start-up Osnova, which was accepted into 2017 Flux Accelerator at The Icehouse and is a finalist in the 2017 Innovation Awards.

Antonia and her colleague Hemma Vara won the 2017 John McLaren Emmerson QC essay prize, administered by the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ).  Their essay explored the forward-thinking question of who would be the rightful inventor of an invention devised by artificial intelligence, under both the New Zealand and Australian legal frameworks.