The Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) held “mRNA Vaccine Patent Analysis Briefing Session” at SK Bioscience, a vaccine developer located in Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province, on Sep. 9.
At the briefing session, major technologies by mRNA vaccine production processes, key patents, examples, and disputes were announced, and shared patent issues by production processes when developing and producing mRNA platform-based COVID-19 vaccine.
In addition to the mRNA patent analysis, the results of patent analysis on non-mRNA vaccines and raw materials were also introduced.
Following the briefing, KIPO Deputy Director Kim Yong-sun had a meeting with SK Bioscience President Ahn Jae-yong and other relevant officials to listen to the difficulties related to intellectual property rights during the vaccine development stage, and took a tour around the vaccine R&D site.
President Ahn said, “If we utilize the results of this mRNA patent analysis, it would be greatly helpful in determining the direction of future vaccine research and development.”
Deputy Director Kim said, “We will do everything we can to provide policy support so that Korea can be vaccine-independent and furthermore become the global hub to supply the vaccine to the world.”
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