This essay will explore the dynamics behind Paraguay's economy, political stability, legal culture, and geopolitical conditions that make the protection of IP rights a major challenge. Part I of this essay details Paraguay's current condition in a socioeconomic, political, and developmental context. Part II of this essay explores how Paraguay's lack of economic opportunities, relaxed enforcement regime, and cultural tradition create conditions where the counterfeiting industry flourishes. Part III of this essay examines some of the international IP rights agreements to which Paraguay is a party, and it examines how these agreements might help strengthen the IP rights regime in Paraguay. Part IV discusses the challenges inherent with chronic underdevelopment and provides some concluding thoughts about the issue of IP piracy in the context of the geopolitical challenges that confront Paraguay and the international community.
James M. Cooper & Carlos Ruffinelli, A Development Model Meets Piracy in Paraguay, 43 CAL. WEST. INT’L L.J. 197 (2012).