The legal action comes amid a flurry of lawsuits centered on Covid vaccines
FILE PHOTO: A sign marks an entrance to a Moderna building in Cambridge, Massachusetts, May 18, 2020. © AP / Bill Sikes
Pharmaceutical giant Moderna has filed lawsuits against competitors Pfizer and BioNTech, claiming they “copied” technology used to create its coronavirus vaccine and infringed patents linked to the immunization.
The company announced the move on Friday, saying it would take Pfizer and BioNTech to court for intellectual property violations in both the United States and Germany, where the latter firm is headquartered.
“We are filing these lawsuits to protect the innovative mRNA technology platform that we pioneered, invested billions of dollars in creating, and patented during the decade preceding the Covid-19 pandemic,” Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel said in a statement.
The messenger RNA technology in question has been under development since 2010, Bancel added, noting that the platform was first patented for use with coronaviruses as early as 2015. The company now believes Pfizer and BioNTech “unlawfully copied Moderna’s inventions” for their own products and have “continued to use them without permission.”