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: February 9, 2006
(Date of earliest event reported)
BIO-RAD LABORATORIES, INC.
(exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Commission File Number: 1-7928
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
1000 Alfred Nobel Dr.
Hercules, California 94547
(Address of Principal executive offices, including zip code)
(Registrants telephone number, including area code)
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ITEM 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement
Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (the “Company”) entered into the Connecticut Settlement Agreement, dated as of February 9, 2006 (the Connecticut Settlement Agreement), with Applera Corporation (Applera), Roche Molecular Systems, Inc. (Roche), MJ Research, Inc. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company), John Finney and Michael Finney (the Finneys). The Connecticut Settlement Agreement resolves the patent infringement lawsuit originally filed by Applera and Roche against the Finneys and MJ Research (acquired by the Company in 2004) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut in 1998 relating to base thermal cyclers and provides the financial terms of the settlement. In connection with the Connecticut Settlement Agreement, the Company entered into an Amended and Restated Thermal Cycler Supplier Agreement, dated as of February 9, 2006 (the Restated Thermal Cycler Supplier Agreement), with Applera, through its Applied Biosystems Group (ABI), which supersedes and replaces the Thermal Cycler Supplier Agreement between the Company and ABI dated as of April 1, 1998. Under the Restated Thermal Cycler Supplier Agreement, ABI grants a worldwide royalty-bearing license to the Company under certain of its patents relating to thermal cycler instruments.
The Company also entered into the Real-Time Settlement Agreement on February 9, 2006, with an effective date of April 1, 2005 (the Real-Time Settlement Agreement), with Applera. The Real-Time Settlement Agreement resolves the patent infringement lawsuit brought by Applera against the Company and MJ Research alleging infringement of a patent owned by Applera claiming technology related to real-time thermal cycler instruments, which lawsuit was originally filed in November 2004 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. In connection with the Real-Time Settlement Agreement, the parties entered into the Real-Time Instrument Patent License Agreement, dated as of February 9, 2006 (the Real-Time License Agreement), with Applera through ABI. Under the terms of the Real-Time License Agreement, ABI grants a royalty-bearing license in the research and applied fields (but not the human and veterinary in vitro diagnostics fields) to the Company relating to its real-time instrument business in the United States and a term limited license in the rest of the world.
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.
BIO-RAD LABORATORIES, INC.
Date: February 15, 2006
/s/ Christine A. Tsingos
Christine A. Tsingos
Chief Financial Officer