Slideshow: Ten Companies That Obama Is Out to Troll
President Obama is set to crack down on "Patent Trolls," companies that use patents over-aggressively to win lawsuits and earn extra income.
Benzinga examines the top 10 U.S. companies that received the most patents in 2012 as these companies are likely to see the biggest impact from a crackdown.
Eight of the country's largest technology companies headline the list, however two companies on the list may surprise you.
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1. IBM: 6,457 Patents
IBM topped the list in 2012 for being granted the most patents. IBM was granted 6,457 patents in 2012, more than double the next highest on the list.
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2. Microsoft: 2,610 Patents
Microsoft was second on the list for 2012. The company was granted 2,610 patents.
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3. GE: 1,650 Patents
General Electric came in third place in 2012. The company was granted 1,650 patents for the year.
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4. Hewlett-Packard: 1,393 Patents
Hewlett-Packard took fourth place in 2012. The company was granted 1,393 patents.
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5. General Motors: 1,374 Patents
General Motors rounded out the top five for 2012, bringing in 1,374 patents. The patents were granted through the company's Global Technology Operations arm.
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6. Qualcomm: 1,292 Patents
Qualcomm slid into sixth place just ahead of the next company. Qualcomm was granted 1,292 patents in 2012.
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7. Intel: 1,287 Patents
Intel just barely came in behind Qualcomm in 2012 having been granted 1,287 patents, five fewer than Qualcomm.
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8. Broadcom: 1,157 Patents
Broadcom was eighth for 2012 on the list. The company was granted 1,157 patents in 2012.
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9. Google: 1,151 Patents
Google finished just ahead of a key rival in ninth place for 2012. Google received 1,151 patents.
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10. Apple: 1,136 Patents
Apple rounded out the top 10 for 2012. Apple received 1,136 patents, just 15 fewer than arch-rival Google.
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