Master Alliance Provisions Guide (MAPGuide)

Novavax – US Army Agreement for Research & Development of COVID-19 Vaccine

  • IP ownership & licensing | Ownership of background IP
  • IP ownership & licensing | Use of background IP

SOW: 7.0 Intellectual Property, Data Rights, and Copyrights 

7.1 Background IP 

(a) Ownership. Prior to June 8, 2020, Novavax had funded the development of NVXCoV2373, and other antecedent vaccine programs relevant to Novavax’ proprietary position in the development of NVX-CoV2373, as well as its sf9/baculovirus manufacturing platform, (all “Background IP”) through private funding or in collaboration with a funding partner other than the U.S. Government. Such private and non-governmental funding has continued since June 8, 2020 and is expected to continue during the performance of the Project Agreement. A list of all patents and patent applications included in the Background IP is provided below as Enclosure 4. Background IP also consists of (a) manufacturing know-how, including, without limitation, the NVAX-Cov2373 manufacturing process definitions, process development/characterization reports, laboratory scale process procedures, manufacturing records, analytical test methods, product quality target ranges/specifications, quality target product profile, critical quality attributes (collectively “Background Know-How”), (b) data from pre-clinical and clinical research studies, analytical and process development research, and data related to, or generated using, the Background Know-How (collectively, “Background Data”), and (c) proprietary manufacturing materials, including, without limitation, sf9 cell banks (master and working), baculovirus virus stock (master and working), product standards, reference standards, and critical reagents (“Background Materials”). On June 8, 2020, Novavax and the U.S. Department of Defense entered into a Letter Contract for specified U.S.-based clinical and manufacturing development of NVXCoV2373 which acknowledged Background IP and made no explicit U.S. Government claims to Background IP or subsequent data arising therefrom. The U.S. Government hereby acknowledges such Background IP in full and further acknowledges that it has no ownership rights to Novavax Background IP under this Project Agreement.

(b) Background IP Limited License to Government. Subject to the terms of the Project Agreement, Novavax grants the U.S. Government a nonexclusive, worldwide, nontransferable, non-sublicenseable license to use the Background IP to the limited extent necessary for the U.S. Government to review and use the Deliverables tendered by Novavax under this Agreement identified in Section 4.0 above, and for no other purpose; provided that the U.S. Government agrees that it may not disclose the Background IP to third parties, or allow third parties to have access to, use, practice or have practiced the Background IP, without Novavax’s prior written consent. To the extent that a Deliverable with Foreground IP incorporates or uses Background IP, the Deliverable shall be deemed and considered to comprise Background IP and shall be used by the U.S. Government in accordance with this Background IP Limited License. 

(c) Background IP License to Novavax. Subject to the terms of the Project Agreement, the U.S. Government grants to Novavax a nonexclusive, worldwide, nontransferable, irrevocable, paid-up license to any intellectual property (including patents and patent applications) to which the U.S. Government has rights thereto, provided that such license is limited to such intellectual property rights necessary to perform Novavax’s obligations under the Project Agreement.