In­ven­tor, 11, has patent

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

Most 11-year-old boys spend their free time play­ing video games or mess­ing about on their scoot­ers. Patrick Roskam is not one of them.

A young in­ven­tor, Patrick has been awarded his first patent and is in the process of set­ting up his own com­pany.

His in­ven­tion is the Gud­geon Pro 4 in 1 – a fenc­ing tool used to quickly and ac­cu­rately hang gates.

It works as a drill guide, mark­ing out pre­cise mea­sure­ments for gud­geon place­ment, with­out the use of a mea­sur­ing tape.

It can also be used as a lev­eller, has five and seven wire mark­ings for wire place­ment and is bat­ten height, so can be used as a mea­sure for post ram­ming.

Patrick first came up with the idea when his dad moved farms and was set­ting up a new race.

‘‘We were go­ing to change the width of all the races so we had to take all the gates off and re-mea­sure where to put all the gud­geons,’’ Patrick said. ‘‘ We thought there must be an eas­ier way of do­ing it.’’

Af­ter a huge amount of re­search, many tri­als and con­sul­ta­tion with fenc­ing con­trac­tors and farm­ers, the Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate stu­dent came up with a pro­to­type.

‘‘I thought I would give it a go and if it failed I would give it to my dad and he would use it. But it didn’t fail, it was a huge suc­cess.’’

Hamil­ton firm James and Wells In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty helped Patrick to se­cure a patent on the Gud­geon Pro and he was con­sid­er­ing sell­ing the de­sign to Gal­laghers.

That was un­til DairyNZ in­dus­try ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ta­tor Bill Bar­wood saw his in­ven­tion at the East Waikato Sci­ence Fair and told him it had huge po­ten­tial.

‘‘He told me: ‘This is go­ing to earn some­one a lot of money, you should sell it your­self.’’’

And that is ex­actly what he is go­ing to do.

As well as fin­ish­ing his school year, Patrick is re­ceiv­ing quotes from man­u­fac­tur­ers in China, set­ting up meet­ings with banks and seek­ing ad­vice from Busi­ness Men­tors New Zealand.

When asked who will be chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of his com­pany, the year 7 stu­dent grins and points to him­self.

‘‘My mates want to know if they can have shares.’’

Fenc­ing con­trac­tor Nick Evans helped to trial the Gud­geon Pro and said it would make his job a lot eas­ier.

‘‘It’s a great in­ven­tion – he’s an onto- it young fella. It’s good to see young kids out there break­ing the bell and go­ing the ex­tra dis­tance.’’

Mr Evans said he would be one of the first cus­tomers lin­ing up when the prod­uct hits the shelf.

Patrick has had a lot of sup­port and would like to thank Mr Evans, Bill Bar­wood, Al­lenco Marine, Allen Cos­sill, Mike Mor­gan from RD1, James and Wells and his mum and dad.

En­tre­pre­neur: Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate stu­dent Patrick Roskam, 11, with his patented in­ven­tion, the Gud­geon Pro 4 in 1. What is a gud­geon?: In fenc­ing terms, a gud­geon is a cylin­dri­cal fit­ting that is at­tached to a fence post to hang a gate.

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