RALEIGH – Under the STOPfakes.gov initiative, the International Trade Administration regularly hosts a series of one-day seminars across the country to guide businesses on how to manage intellectual property issues.

This month, the roadshow series is coming to Raleigh’s PNC Plaza. On July 11, local startups, small- and mid-sized businesses, and independent creators can join to learn about strategies for seeking IP protection.

Intellectual property protection is increasingly important for startups in IP-intensive industries, such as equipment manufacturing, pharmaceutical development and entertainment.

In North Carolina, patent-intensive industries employ between 100-125% of the national average, comprising 2.8% to 3.5% of jobs, according to a 2016 report from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Startups with trademarks are five times more likely to grow, according to MIT. Among startups that apply for patents, the likelihood for growth is 35 times higher.

The STOPfakes.gov Roadshow Raleigh seminar will cover the process of obtaining patents, trademarks and copyright protection, and how businesses can enforce them online, domestically and internationally.

The sessions will be presented by representatives from several federal agencies, including the Patent and Trademark Office, the Small Business Administration, Homeland Security Investigations, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of State’s Office of Intellectual Property Enforcement, the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Administration.

The main event kicks off at 9 a.m. and ends at 3:15 p.m. After the program, attendees can participate in one-on-one consultations with federal agency representatives. Customs and Border Protection staff will be on-site to guide participants through the redecoration process, which helps to prevent counterfeit goods from entering the U.S.

Participants can also apply to register their work with the Copyright Office.

Tickets cost $45, with lunch included. Attendees can follow along with the event hashtag #STOPfakesRoadshows.