Resorts World Las Vegas, Wynn Resorts settle design infringement dispute

Genting says the agreement with Wynn Resorts will allow it to proceed with its Las Vegas project with minimal impact to cost.

KUALA LUMPUR: Resorts World Las Vegas (RWLV) and Wynn Resorts have reached a settlement agreement on a dispute involving trade dress and copyright infringement claims surrounding the design of the US$4 billion (RM16.43 billion) RWLV project.

RWLV is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Genting Bhd.

“Genting’s RWLV project will be the launching point for the next generation of integrated resorts, and the aesthetics of the project will play an important role in its future success,” its senior vice-president for public affairs and development Michael Levoff said in a statement.

“While the company believes the design to have had differences with Wynn and Encore’s once fully realised, after further consideration and conversations with the Wynn team, we have directed our design team to make several changes that will clearly differentiate the two properties.”

He said the settlement will allow Genting to continue to develop RWLV with minimal impact to cost and overall project timeline.

Michael Weaver, the chief communications officer of Wynn Resorts, said in the statement that “Wynn’s world-renowned signature architecture and design are among the elements that have built our brand’s reputation for excellence”.

“Resorts World Las Vegas’ initial design had elements which had similarity to our resorts in Las Vegas, Macau and Boston.

“The new design changes offered by Genting will resolve the concerns we expressed about the similarity of the design.

“We welcome and look forward to RWLV’s opening. Their future success will benefit all of Las Vegas,” he said.

Wynn Resorts owns and operates Wynn and Encore Las Vegas.