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Form 8-K for BARD C R INC /NJ/


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Item 8.01 Other Events

C. R. Bard, Inc. ("Bard") today announced that, in connection with the reexamination of Bard's patent number 6,436,135 (the "'135 patent"), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued an Office Action initially rejecting the reexamined claims of the '135 patent. It is common during the early stages of the reexamination process for claims to be initially rejected. During the reexamination process and until final determination, the patent and all claims, including the initially rejected claims, remain valid and enforceable. The company does not believe that this will materially impact the litigation proceedings. The '135 patent is the subject of Bard's patent infringement suit against W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. ("Gore"), and Gore has been found liable for infringing the '135 patent.

This Form 8-K contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which are based on management's current expectations, the accuracy of which is necessarily subject to risks and uncertainties. These statements are not historical in nature and use words such as "believe," and other words of similar meaning, in connection with any discussion of Bard's patent infringement suit against Gore and/or with respect to the amounts related to willfulness, which was remanded to the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona for review. Many factors may cause actual results to differ materially from anticipated results including the timing of final resolution of these matters. The company undertakes no obligation to update its forward-looking statements. Please refer to the Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information in our December 31, 2012 Form 10-K for more detailed information about these and other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied.

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