In an interview with MedCity News, David Kappos, Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property who directs the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), said the Obama administration hopes to add more than 2,200 patent examiners over the next three years and overhaul the office’s aging computer systems.

“Innovation has become the centerpiece of the American economy,” Kappos said. “And patents are the currency of innovation. We’re not going to be a low-cost manufacturing economy. People understand the one thing that protects innovations and that’s intellectual property.”