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Pfizer, BioNTech countersue Moderna over COVID-19 vaccine patents

/ 07:43 AM December 06, 2022
Pfizer-BioNTech fires back at a patent lawsuit filed by Moderna Inc over their rival COVID-19 vaccines.

FILE PHOTO: A test tube labelled “COVID-19 Test Positive” and a vial labelled “VACCINE Coronavirus COVID-19” are seen in this illustration taken December 11, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

Pfizer Inc and its German partner BioNTech SE fired back on Monday at a patent lawsuit filed by Moderna Inc in Boston federal court over their rival COVID-19 vaccines.

Pfizer-BioNTech is seeking a dismissal of the lawsuit and a court order that they did not infringe Moderna’s patents.

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Moderna first sued Pfizer in August, accusing the company of violating its rights in three patents related to innovations that Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Moderna said it pioneered before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moderna has also filed a related lawsuit against Pfizer and BioNTech in Germany. All three companies are also embroiled in U.S. patent disputes with other companies over the vaccines.

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The companies did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the Monday filing.

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine made over $26.4 billion for the New York-based company in the first nine months of 2022, while Moderna sold over $13.5 billion worth of its COVID vaccine over the same period, according to company filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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