Moderna Vows to Not Enforce Covid-19 Vaccine Patents During Pandemic - (The Wall Street Journal via NewsPoints Desk)

  • Moderna said it wouldn't enforce patents related to its experimental COVID-19 vaccine mRNA-1273 while the pandemic continues and is willing to license the patents to others after the pandemic, reported The Wall Street Journal.

  • The company has at least seven US patents related to its vaccine, including one for the invention of a vaccine using a gene-based technology to protect against a family of coronaviruses.

  • "We're quite studiously not asserting infringement," commented company president Stephen Hoge, adding "we're not interested in using that IP to decrease the number of vaccines available in a pandemic."

  • He explained that Moderna decided to publicly commit to not enforcing its patent rights during the pandemic because the company had been getting questions from investors about its patents.

  • According to the news source, Moderna has taken out a group of patents to cover its mRNA-based drugs and vaccines. In 2017, the company licensed rights to patents, held by Cellscript and mRNA RiboTherapeutics, that are based on mRNA research conducted at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Meanwhile, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has said it is seeking patent protection for its work related to spike-protein technology, to preserve the US government's rights and to provide an incentive for commercial partners to develop vaccines and make them available to the public.

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