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UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Washington, D.C. 20549 _______________________________________________________________________ FORM 10-K _______________________________________________________________________ ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934 For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012 OR TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934 Commission file number: 000-09165 _______________________________________________________________________ STRYKER CORPORATION (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter) _______________________________________________________________________ Michigan 38-1239739 (State of incorporation) (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.) 2825 Airview Boulevard, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49002 (Address of principal executive offices) Registrant���s telephone number, including area code: (269) 385-2600 (Zip Code) _______________________________________________________________________ Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act: Title of each class Common Stock, $.10 par value Name of each exchange on which registered New York Stock Exchange Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. YES NO Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Act. YES NO Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. YES NO Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Website, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (��232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files). YES NO Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K (��229.405 of this chapter) is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant���s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K. Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See definitions of large ���accelerated filer,��� ���accelerated filer��� and ���smaller reporting company��� in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. Large accelerated filer Accelerated filer Non-accelerated filer Smaller reporting company Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act). YES NO Based on the closing sales price of June 30, 2012, the aggregate market value of the voting stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant was approximately $19,179,042,425. The number of shares outstanding of the registrant���s common stock, $.10 par value, was 380,512,172 at January 31, 2013. DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE Portions of the proxy statement to be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission relating to the 2013 Annual Meeting of Shareholders (the 2013 proxy statement) are incorporated by reference into Part III.