Published: 
1 April 2022

What is a sanction?  

Sanctions impose restrictions on activities that relate to particular countries, goods and services, or persons and entities, and seek to limit the negative consequences of these actions.  

The Australian Sanctions Office (ASO) is the Australian Government’s sanctions regulator. The ASO sits within the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). 

For more information on sanctions, visit About Sanctions | Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

How do Australia’s sanctions apply to IP? 

Australia’s targeted financial sanctions apply to all forms of property, including IP. 

For Australian businesses that might have dealings with IP owned by designated persons or entities (for example, senior military, financial and political figures/entities in Russia and Belarus) under Australian autonomous sanctions, we recommend that you seek legal advice with respect to your legal obligations.  

IP Australia is working to apply sanctions to the extent required with respect to the services we provide. 

Impacts to IP rights held in the Russian Federation?  

The Russian Federation has also recently passed laws that allow for the unauthorised use without payment of intellectual property from businesses of ‘unfriendly countries’, including Australian businesses. 

The Australian Government is closely monitoring these developments to better understand the possible impacts on Australian interests. 

We recommend that applicants and right holders seek legal advice and consider their options with respect to any of their IP rights applied for or protected in the Russian Federation. 

If you have questions about specific applications that may be delayed, please contact us on 1300 65 10 10 (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday) Canberra time.