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Moderna sues rival Pfizer/BioNTech over patent violation of mRNA Covid vaccine

The vaccine manufacturer Moderna has sued pharma major Pfizer and BioNTech, claiming that its rivals’ Covid-19 shot violates its patents protecting its ground-breaking technology

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Moderna said in a statement that Pfizer and BioNTech infringed on patents filed between 2010 and 2016 that covered its mRNA technology. Moderna, which is based in Cambridge, Mass., sued in the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts and the Regional Court of Düsseldorf in Germany, where BioNTech is based.

Christopher Ridley, a spokesman for Moderna, said the company did not have an estimate for the amount of damages it sought.

Pfizer and its development partner BioNTech were “surprised by the litigation,” said Jerica Pitts, a spokeswoman for Pfizer. She added that the companies “remain confident in our intellectual property supporting the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and will vigorously defend against the allegations of the lawsuit.”

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