This excerpt taken from the ABT 8-K filed Apr 24, 2009.
7. No Right to Compensation.
(a) Neither this Option, Shares issued upon its exercise, any excess of market value over Exercise Price, nor any other rights, benefits, values or interest resulting from the granting of this Option shall be considered as compensation for purposes of any pension or retirement plan, insurance plan, investment or stock purchase plan, or any other employee benefit plan of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries;
(b) The grant of an Option under the Program does not create any contractual or other right to receive additional Option grants or other Program benefits in the future. Nothing contained in this Agreement is intended to create or enlarge any other contractual obligations between the Company and the Employee. Future Option grants, if any, and their terms and conditions, will be at the sole discretion of the Committee or its delegate. Unless expressly provided by the Company in writing, any value associated with an Option granted under the Program is an item of compensation outside the scope of the Employees employment contract, if any, and shall not be deemed part of the Employees normal or expected compensation for purposes of calculating any severance, resignation, redundancy, dismissal, end-of-service payments, bonuses, long-service awards, pension or retirement benefits, or similar payments.
8. Transferability. Except as otherwise provided by the Committee or its delegate, the Option is not transferable otherwise than by will or the laws of descent and distribution and is exercisable during the Employees lifetime only by the Employee or the Employees guardian or legal representative. It may not be assigned, transferred (except by will or the laws of descent and distribution), pledged or hypothecated in any way, whether by operation of law or otherwise, and shall not be subject to execution, attachment, or similar process. Any attempt at assignment, transfer, pledge, hypothecation, or other disposition of the Option contrary to the provisions hereof, and the levy of any attachment or similar process upon such Option, shall be null and void and without effect.