Antonia Modkova

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

D: +64 9 978 1632

Specialist Areas

Patents, Design Registrations, Copyright


Software, business methods, artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer vision, and mechanical inventions


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


Antonia joined Ellis Terry in 2013 and is a registered Trans-Tasman Patent Attorney and practising lawyer.  Her primary focus is the area of patents, and in particular the protection of computational inventions, both locally and internationally.

She has worked with clients developing augmented reality and graphical simulations employing artificial neural networks, cloud computing platforms, SaaS e-commerce systems, compliance software, online escrows, data visualisation tools and GNSS systems, among others.  Antonia is interested in the intersection between intellectual property law and technology and sits on the Technology Law Committee of the Auckland District Law Society.

In the final year of her Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Science conjoint, Antonia completed a summer research scholarship applying image processing and computer vision techniques to environmental CT scan data.  She is currently completing her Honours in Computer Science at the University of Auckland, with a strong focus on machine learning and artificial intelligence.  Antonia was also co-winner of the 2017 John McLaren Emmerson QC essay prize, administered by the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ).  Her 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.

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 was a finalist in the 2017 Innovation Awards.  Her experience during the Flux Accelerator has made her acutely aware of the commercial and practical issues which technology start-ups encounter as they develop their intellectual property strategies.