IHOP Says Evangelical Group Stole Its Acronym

Law360, Washington (May 31, 2011, 2:27 PM EDT) -- International House of Pancakes LLC served up a trademark infringement suit against a church in Missouri on Friday, accusing Kansas City’s International House of Prayer of improperly borrowing the breakfast restaurant chain’s moniker.

IHOP alleges that the house of worship and a variety of related nonprofit corporations are guilty of dilution, trademark infringement and unfair competition in violation of the Lanham Act.

The first International House of Pancakes restaurant opened in Toluca Lake, Calif., in 1958, according to the complaint. In 1960, the company began to...
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