Wellington, Christchurch and Hamilton Seminars



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.

Presented by 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 (www.thegoodtrend.com). You can check out her recent New Zealand Fashion Week coverage at https://modelbasics.com/blogs/model-blog.

Antonia Modkova is a lawyer and patent attorney who works alongside research scientists and engineers at Soul Machines (www.soulmachines.com). 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.


Wellington Meeting

DATE: Wednesday, 19 September 2018
TIME: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
VENUE: Offices of AJ Park
Level 22, Aon Centre,
1 Willis Street,
COST: NZ$20.00 Members
NZ$35.00 Non-members
RSVP: Friday, 14 September 2018 (by email or post)

Christchurch and Hamilton

(Study group session with recording)

DATE: Wednesday, 3 October 2018
TIME: 12:00 pm
VENUES: Offices of James & Wells,
Level 12 KPMG Centre,
85 Alexandra Street,
Offices of James & Wells,
Level 4, State Insurance Building,
88 Division Street,
COST: NZ$20.00 Members
NZ$35.00 Non-members
RSVP: Friday, 28 September 2018 (by email or post)


All attendees of our Wellington and Auckland meetings will earn CPD points. Study groups in Hamilton and Christchurch where recordings of the seminars will be watched and open for discussion at the groups will be held on 1 November at 12noon.  Any questions unanswered at the groups will be followed up with the presenter.  This complies for CPD as per Law Society requirements.

Attendees at any of the above meetings who have RSVP’d and paid (or arranged payment) will receive a letter confirming their attendance for the purposes of CPD requirements.


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
Email: alison@richmondchambers.co.nz

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