Moderna sued Pfizer and BioNTech in U.S. and German courts Friday, accusing the vaccine competitors of copying its messenger RNA technology that was the novel basis for Covid vaccines.
“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 Shannon Thyme Klinger. Outside of 92 low- and middle-income countries that could obtain Covid vaccines through the Covax program, “Moderna expects Pfizer and BioNTech to compensate Moderna for Comirnaty®’s ongoing use of Moderna’s patented technologies.”
Moderna said it’s not seeking to have the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine removed from the market, nor is it seeking an injunction preventing future sales. But the company suggested it is seeking damages as of March 8, when it updated its pledge not to enforce any patents pertaining to Covid during the pandemic.