United States: Foley & Lardner Attorney Creates Board Game "Patential™”
Last Updated: November 2 2004

Patent Attorney Richard Warburg's New Game Explores Pharmaceutical Development Industry

SAN DIEGO Foley & Lardner attorney Richard Warburg announced today the creation of the board game Patential™, which allows players to develop their own innovative products, guiding them from the idea stage to the marketplace.

In the game, players start as entrepreneurs and raise investment money from angel investors and venture capitalists. They then decide how to use that money to obtain patents, get FDA approval and bring the finished product to market. Patent concepts such as interferences, re-examinations and litigation are introduced to demonstrate the real-world challenges and opportunities of the pharmaceutical development industry.

"The game's most appealing factor is the entertaining and educational spin it puts on the complex task of patenting an invention and bringing a pharmaceutical to market," said Warburg. "The game portrays the real-life ups and downs of the pharmaceutical industry in a way that is easy to comprehend. The Patential game is for ages 12 and older and can be played by up to four players. To learn more about the game or purchase a copy, visit www.buypatential.com.

Warburg is a partner in the Intellectual Property Department of Foley & Lardner's San Diego/Del Mar office. He specializes in intellectual property litigation, strategic counseling and patent prosecution and has been lead trial counsel in a variety of patent and trade secret lawsuits. His practice has involved him in technical fields such as chemistry, biology, computers and mechanics, and he has secured patent protection for innovations worldwide. Warburg received his bachelor's degree and Ph.D. from Birmingham University in England and earned his law degree from Suffolk University Law School in Boston.

Foley & Lardner LLP is a provider of legal counsel to global companies. The firm's experience encompasses a full range of corporate legal services. Foley & Lardner's nearly 1,000 attorneys understand today's most complex business issues including corporate governance, securities enforcement, litigation, merger and acquisitions, intellectual property and IP litigation, labor and employment, and tax. The firm offers total solutions in the automotive, e-business and information technology, energy, financial services, food, golf and resort services, insurance, health care, life sciences, nanotechnology, and sports industries.

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