Pro Bono

Patent Hog – encouraging commercial innovation across society



What is Patent Hog?
Patent Hog is a pro bono initiative started in October 2014, with the aim of helping anyone who is ambitious to innovate in their spare time. We present Patent Hog every month at public venues. Each presentation summarises how to protect home-grown innovation, especially inventions that are potentially patentable or in some other way can be shielded for the benefit of the inventor or team of inventors. So far, these events have been well attended.

Why attend a Patent Hog meeting?
Innovation has many benefits and often more than one beneficiary. It gives employed workers more stimulation in their full-time jobs. It demonstrates initiative, and a willingness to compete. It can be lucrative, especially when the invention is protected. There is also the reality that public service employees and students should logically seek to gain extra income based largely on thinking. Subject to understanding your contract of employment obligations or the policies of your governing university on private, non-work time projects, part-time innovation can be very worthwhile.

“I met Iain Sheridan in 2009 in Harbin, Heilongjiang province. In addition to precise legal advice, he also developed a practical approach to conducting business in China that I use to this day.”
COO and Co-Founder, UK Hedge Fund