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Wynn suing Resorts World over architectural design

Wed, Dec 26, 11:12pm by Staff Writer

The corporate owner of the Wynn and Encore resorts is accusing a company building a $4 billion casino in Las Vegas of copying its building design.

A federal trademark infringement lawsuit has been filed by Wynn Resorts Holdings alleging that Resorts World Las Vegas wants to mislead the public into believing that it is affiliated with Wynn.

Wynn Resorts believes its incoming neighbour on the North Strip and that is has the rights to the concave façade, curved bronze glass and horizontal banding that is prominent on its building.

According to the Daily Mail, the lawsuit states that Wynn has proof that Resorts World asked a local architect for an identical design.

The suit alleged someone working for Resorts World visited an architect ‘and requested that they produce an identical or substantially similar architectural design and trade dress for purposes of trading upon the goodwill and reputation of [Wynn Resorts’] famous trade dress and architectural design.’

Resorts World to be the jewel in the crown on the Strip

The $4 billion Chinese-themed project is still under construction and is scheduled to open in late 2020.

It is being built on an 87-acre site and will feature more than 3,000 rooms.

The company has released further details of the plan, with one tower featuring 25 floors and the other 22 floors. It will stand 60 stories tall.

Malaysia’s Genting Group bought the site in 2013 from Boyd Gaming after an economic collapse left an unfinished hotel-casino.

Genting broke ground in 2015 and took its time getting started.

This was a deliberate plan according to John DeCree, the Director and Head of North America Equity at Union Gaming.

  1. “They are understanding the market and really calculating what they need to build and how they need to position that property to be competitive with the Las Vegas Strip,” he said.

The number of construction workers required will increase daily as work expands into different areas of construction.

Resorts World is the latest in a number of changes happening on the famous Strip, with the Drew, once known as the Fontainebleau posed to resume construction after being purchased by a new owner in 2017.

The nearby Las Vegas Convention Centre has also embarked on an expansion.

The 17-page filing states: ‘the architectural design embodied in defendant’s Resorts World Las Vegas hotel and casino is substantially similar to plaintiff’s registered copyrighted architectural work, and therefore defendant is violating plaintiff’s copyrights in addition to plaintiff’s registered and common law trade dress.’

Wynn opened its Las Vegas casino in 2005 and a twin building Encore launched three years later.

Macau Wynn was built in 2006 and that version of Encore opened in 2010.

Wynn Palace was added to the company’s stable in 2016.


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