Auckland Twilight Seminar

DATE: Tuesday, 18 September 2018
TIME: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
VENUE: Offices of Simpson Grierson
Level 28
Lumley Centre,
88 Shortland Street
Auckland 1140 New Zealand

Antonia Modkova and Hemma Vara examine the real possibility that AI can produce patentable subject matter, and how under the New Zealand and Australian legal frameworks, AI cannot be recognised as an ‘inventor’ on a Patent application, which is problematic for a number of reasons. In 2017 their related article won the IPSANZ essay prize, and the importance of the issue has since been validated as it is being talked about by patent regulators.

 SPEAKER: Hemma Vara and Antonia Modkova
Hemma Vara is a former Intellectual Property lawyer and co-owner of a soon to be launched legal tech platform which uses cutting edge technology to assist IP applicants. Since her departure from the profession in October 2017, she has established herself as a freelance fashion and lifestyle writer and founder of ethical fashion store The Good Trend ( You can check out her recent New Zealand Fashion Week coverage at

Antonia Modkova is a lawyer and patent attorney who works alongside research scientists and engineers at Soul Machines ( Soul Machines is humanizing the interface between people and machines by bringing technology to life with emotionally responsive, hyper-realistic virtual humans. Their work has been picked up by The Wall Street Journal and identified as a Kiwi startup to watch.

COST: NZ$20.00 Members
NZ$35.00 Non-members
RSVP: Friday, 14 September 2018 (by email or post)


To register for this meeting, please return the below form as below:

Registration Form

Alison van Wyk, c/- Richmond Chambers
PO Box 1008, Shortland Street Auckland
Phone (09) 600 5500

Cancellations / Refunds
Cancellations after the RSVP date are non-refundable however are transferable to another member.