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"Why Moderna won't share rights to the COVID-19 vaccine with the government that paid for its development "

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Moderna's position was that Moderna scientists alone had selected the [mRNA-1273] sequence. ...

By contrast, the National Institutes of Health argued that three NIAID scientists – Kizzmekia Corbett, Barney Graham and John Mascola – had meaningfully contributed to the invention [...]. If true, patent law says they should be named co-inventors.
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But this dispute is not merely about scientific principles or technical aspects of the law. While patents are also regarded as proxies for measuring scientific reputation, their most immediate and powerful effect is to give patent holders a significant amount of control over the covered technology – in this case, the main component of the vaccine made by Moderna.
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