BECTON DICKINSON & CO 8-K 2012
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) December 1, 2012
BECTON, DICKINSON AND COMPANY
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)
(Registrants Telephone Number, Including Area Code)
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K Filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):
On December 1, 2012, Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) signed a definitive settlement agreement with Gen-Probe in the action before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. Under the settlement, BD is granted a license to make, use and sell products accused of infringing Gen-Probe patents in the action. The payments that BD will make to Gen-Probe under the settlement, which include an upfront payment and ongoing royalties, are not material to BD, and the parties have requested that the Court dismiss the action.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Date: December 3, 2012