Rick Ruz, Esq.
Mr. Ruz is the founding member of the firm and has practiced in the area of Intellectual Property and business law since 2007. Since that time Mr. Ruz has played a major role in enforcing and defending the intellectual property rights of the firm’s clients before the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, as well as District Courts of other states. Mr. Ruz also represents clients in trademark cancellations, oppositions and appeals before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board. Additionally, Mr. Ruz has worked on a variety of trademark and copyright prosecutions as well as state litigation cases, district appeals, and transactional business matters. As a former computer tech and networks management consultant, he brings a unique expertise to cyberlaw cases.
In 2003, Rick Ruz, Esq., graduated magna cum laude from Florida International University with a Bachelor in Management Information Systems. In 2007, he obtained his law degree from the Florida International University College of Law, where he was a member of the Moot Court Team and Vice President of Appellate Advocacy. As a law student, he made the Dean's List every semester and won a Best Brief Award in the fall of 2005, as well as Book Awards (for the highest grades) in Contracts, Comparative Corporate Law, and Remedies.
Mr. Ruz is admitted to the Florida Bar and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida. He is fluent in Spanish
Florida International University College of Law, Miami, Florida
Juris Doctor, 2007
Honors: Moot Court Team, Deans List (every semester), Book Awards in Contracts, Evidence, Comparative Corporate Law and Remedies
Florida International University, Miami, Florida
Bachelor of Business Administration, 2003
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 2008
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2008
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, 2008
Dade County Bar Association: Member, Intellectual Property Committee, 2008 to Present
Florida Bar: Member, 11th Judicial Circuit Committee, Unlicensed Practice of Law, 2011 to Present
American Bar Association: Member, 2008 to Present
Cuban American Bar Association, Member, 2008 to Present
Super Lawyers, Florida Rising Stars 2014
Super Lawyers, Florida Rising Stars 2013
Reported Decisions/Representative Cases
Lopez v. Deisy's Fountain Paradise, Corp. et al., 12-cv-24548-UU (S.D. Fla. 2013).
Kilowatts Electric Supply, Corp. v. Kilowatt Depot Corp., 12-cv-24244-EGT (S.D. Fla. 2012).
Swiss Watch International, Inc. v. Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry, 101 U.S.P.Q.2d 1731 (T.T.A.B. 2012).
Menper Distributors, Inc. v. Germa Products, Inc., 2011 WL 2983716 (S.D. Fla. 2011).
Weinberg v. Siemens Financial Services, Inc., 2011 WL 4949814 (3d DCA 2011).
Tropical Foods v. Jetset Foods, Inc. et al, 11-cv-21174-CMA (S.D. Fla. 2011).
Promex, LLC v. Compromex, LLC et al, 09-cv-23709-MGC (S.D. Fla. 2011).
Promex, LLC. v. Multicell, Inc. et al, 11-cv-20801-PAS (S.D. Fla. 2011).
Promex, LLC v. Perez Distributing Fresno, Inc., 2010 WL 3452341 (S.D.Fla.,2010).
Menper Distributors, Inc. v. Healthtex Distributors, Inc et al, 10-cv-21095-PCH (S.D. Fla. 2010).
Promex, LLC v. Belmora, LLC et al, 09-cv-22288-CMA (S.D. Fla. 2010).
Cartier International N.V. et al v. ILS Holdings, LLC, 09-cv-01265-WHP (S.D. N.Y 2010).
Castillo Distributors, Corp. v. Menper Distributors, Inc. et al, 09-cv-23579-AJ (S.D. 2010).
Reservationsystem.Com, Inc. v. Domains By Proxy, Inc. et al, 07-cv-61470-PAS (S.D. Fla. 2009).
Millennium Travel and Promotions, Inc. v. Six Continents Hotels, Inc. 07-cv-21567-WJZ (S.D. Fla. 2009).
Bookit.com v. Booking.com, Limited, 08-cv-21636-FAM (S.D. Fla. 2009)
Posada et al v. TNS International, Corp. et al, 09-cv-20759-FAM (S.D. Fla. 2009).
Menper Distrubutors, Inc. v. Midway Importing, Inc. et al, 08-cv-22795-PAS (S.D. Fla. 2008).
American Valve, Inc. v. Asia Factory Direct, Inc., et al, 08-cv-00568-RCJ-LRL (D.N. 2010).
Millennium Travel & Promotions, Inc. v. V.I.P. Travel Reservations, Inc. et al, 07-cv-01303-GAP-DAB (M.D. Fla. 2008).
Millennium Travel & Promotions, Inc. v. Classic Promotions & Premiums, Inc. et al, 08-cv-00290-GAP-KRS (M.D. Fla. 2008).
Henin v. Athena Press Ltd., 997 So.2d 1170 (3d DCA 2008).
Continental Properties, Inc., v. Frank J. Biganski., Cancellation No. 92047831 (TTAB 2008).
Stockwire Research Group, Inc. v. Lebed, 577 F.Supp.2d 1262 (S.D. Fla. 2008).