is suing fellow
vaccine developers Pfizer
German partner BioNTech,
accusing it of infringing on patents related to
used in their
Comirnaty infringes on patents
it filed between
2010 and 2016
related to its mRNA technology.
“We believe that
Pfizer and BioNTech unlawfully copied Moderna’s inventions,
and they have continued to use them without permission,”
said Moderna chief legal officer.
The lawsuit against Pfizer was to be filed Friday in the
United States District Court
The complaint against BioNTech will be filed in the
Regional Court of Düsseldorf in Germany.
The same mRNA technology used in
help treat cancer.
Moderna accuses Pfizer and BioNTech of copyin
g two key features
of the company’s patented technologies, which they say are
“critical to the success of mRNA vaccines.”
One of the patented technologies was a
that helps avoid an
undesirable immune response
mRNA is introduced to the body.
The company said Pfizer and
BioNTech had four vaccine candidates
that didn’t infringe on
but ultimately decided to go with a vaccine that did.
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