On June 18, 2015, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced that the United States and Paraguay signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on intellectual property rights (IPR) during a June 18 meeting of the United States-Paraguay Partnership Dialogue at the Department of State.  As part of the MOU, Paraguay has committed to take specific steps to improve its IPR protection and enforcement environment. Additionally, the MOU creates a bilateral partnership in which the United States intends to support Paraguay’s efforts to strengthen the legal protection and enforcement of IPR, including through the enhancement of creative and innovative industries, to promote Paraguay’s strategic priorities of growth and development. As a result of the MOU’s signing and the commitments Paraguay has assumed under the MOU to strengthen IPR protection and enforcement in Paraguay, USTR has removed Paraguay from the 2015 Special 301 Watch List pursuant to an Out-of-Cycle Review.