Moderna sues Pfizer and BioNTech alleging patent infringement on COVID vaccine

Moderna said on Friday that it is suing Pfizer and BioNTech, alleging that the two companies copied Moderna’s technology to make its COVID vaccine community.

“We believe that Pfizer and BioNTech illegally copied Moderna’s inventions, and they continued to use them without permission,” Moderna’s chief legal officer Shannon Thyme Klinger said in a statement.

According to a news release, the patent infringement lawsuits were filed in the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts and the Regional Court for Düsseldorf in Germany.

Moderna said it filed a patent from 2010 to 2016 for its mRNA technology, which was instrumental in the company’s manufacturing of its own COVID vaccine. The company alleges that Pfizer and BioNtech then copied the same technology for Comirnati.

The company’s CEO, Stefan Bansel, said, “We are filing these lawsuits to protect the innovative mRNA technology platform that we pioneered, invested billions of dollars in building, and developed over the decades before the COVID-19 pandemic.” patented during

“This foundational platform, which we began building in 2010, together with our patented work on coronaviruses in 2015 and 2016, enabled us to produce a safe and highly effective COVID-19 vaccine in record time after the pandemic ”

Bansal said the company continues to use the technology for the treatment of influenza and HIV, as well as autoimmune and cardiovascular diseases and rare forms of cancer.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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