The Key West Tourism Development Association ("TDA") recently filed a lawsuit alleging intellectual property violations stemming from alleged unauthorized use of the mark "FANTASY FEST" by Zazzle, Inc., a California business entity. Zazzle is the owner of the web site, zazzle.com, which according to the complaint, offers "blank" products such as t-shirts and coffee mugs that can be customized by consumers. TDA argues that, in so doing, Zazzle facilitates and benefits from the creation of counterfeit items. In its Complaint, TDA takes issue with Zazzle's use of meta tags, and the offering of products which feature the marks "FANTASY FEST," and "HABITAT FOR INSANITY," this year's festival theme.
The law suit is pending before the Southern District of Florida (Key West Division), and has been assigned to Senior Judge James Lawrence King. Press coverage regarding the law suit can be found here. A blog post regarding Mayor Michael Bloomberg's recent visit to Zazzle's San Jose, California facility can be found here.
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Mr. Ruiz is a partner with the firm, and is currently the President of the Federal Bar Association's South Florida Chapter. Mr. Ruiz is fluent in Spanish and concentrates his practice in Intellectual Property Litigation and Trademark Prosecution.
Mr. Ruiz earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, and a law degree from St. Thomas University School of Law, where he served as a board member for the Moot Court Board, and as President of the Student Bar Association. He is admitted to practice law in Florida and North Carolina state courts, as well as, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the Middle District of Florida, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Mr. Ruiz is an active member of several bar associations, as well as with the Rotary Club of Miami, where he serves as President-Elect of the club.