CureVac Sues BioNTech Over mRNA and Covid Vaccines. Pfizer Stock Isn’t Spared.

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Pfizer and BioNTech developed a widely used Covid-19 vaccine that uses mRNA technology.

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is suing


over intellectual property rights linked to mRNA technology, putting the Covid-19 vaccine developed by




in the crosshairs.


(ticker: CVAC) said Tuesday that it had filed a lawsuit in the German regional court in Düsseldorf against BioNTech (BNTX) and two of its subsidiaries. The company said it is seeking fair compensation for the infringement of intellectual property rights that aided in the manufacture and sale of Comirnaty—the ubiquitous Covid-19 vaccine developed by BioNTech and



Detailing more than two decades of pioneering work in messenger RNA (mRNA) drug technology—which also underpins a vaccine from


(MRNA)—CureVac said its intellectual property includes mRNA vaccine formulations specific to Covid-19 shots.

“The CureVac intellectual property portfolio protects multiple inventions that are considered essential to the design and development of BioNTech’s SARS CoV-2 mRNA vaccine, among others,” CureVac said in a statement.

In a statement, BioNTech highlighted that its co-founders and their teams were able to rapidly and successfully create the world’s first approved Covid-19 vaccine, and pushed back on CureVac’s…


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