Alnylam Hits Moderna With Another Patent Infringement Suit-Related To COVID-19 Vaccine

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  • Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc ALNY added one more patent infringement lawsuit against Moderna Inc MRNA, claiming it violated a newly obtained patent.
  • The claim is over mRNA technology Moderna used in developing its COVID-19 vaccine, Alnylam says. 
  • In the lawsuits filed in U.S. district court in Delaware, Alnylam said its newly granted patent covers the vaccine's messenger-RNA delivery systems and violates an Alnylam patent on lipid nanoparticle (LNP) technology for delivering genetic material into human cells. 
  • Alnylam initially filed lawsuits against Moderna and Pfizer Inc PFE in March.
  • Related: Alnylam Hits Pfizer, Moderna With Patent Infringement Suits.
  • In previous lawsuits, Alnylam claimed the companies violated Patent No. 11,246,933, which covers "a breakthrough class of cationic biodegradable lipids used to form lipid nanoparticles that carry and deliver" mRNA-based vaccines. 
  • Alnylam is seeking royalties from the sales of the vaccines. 
  • Moderna responded that Alnylam sued the wrong party in the wrong court.
  • Under Federal law, claims against U.S. Government-contracted suppliers must proceed against the Government in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, thus providing statutory protection for authorized government suppliers, including Moderna.
  • Price Action: ALNY shares are up 1.60% at $140.75 during the market session on the last check Friday.
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