The International House of Pancakes has sued the International House of Prayer in federal court for trademark dilution and infringement.
The lawsuit, filed last week in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, says the restaurant chain has six registered trademarks for the IHOP acronym.
The religious group started 10 years ago in south Kansas City. It has drawn thousands of people from around the world and broadcasts all over the world through a live stream in Jerusalem.
The Kansas City Star reports that the restaurant chain says the church's use of the IHOP lawsuit says the religious group's use of the IHOP logo causes confusion for the public. In some locations the church has even been serving food, specifically pancakes, which further adds to the confusion.
This blogger has learned that IHOP isn't stopping there. It seems that other establishments and organizations have also been getting away with using their registered trademark.
The company has decided to wage war against those who are using their famous acronym now and those who might try to use it in the future. They have served notice that they will jealously protect their name from all cases of infringement.
The first suit will be filed against a particular egregious group using "IHOP" on as signage and on their letterhead is a Kansas kindergarten school,Int'l House of Patti-cake.
In Reno, Nevada, they have served cease and desist papers against the The International House of Poker, a small gambling casino.
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Apparently the announcement of the upcoming event appeared in the local papers as "IHOP." The organizers of the Ipanema Hooters on Parade event said they will fight the restaurant chain's suit.
Several adult entertainment establishments have been using the "IHOP" logo for their International House of Porn operations. A spokesman for the porn industry was quoted as saying, "That lawsuit is f**ked."
Several pizza shops have been cited for using "IHOP" for numerous locations under the name of International House of Pizza.
Other targets for the suit include:
A clinic that specializes in gastronomical disorders, called the International House of Poop.News of the impending lawsuits has caused considerable anger on many of the nation's university campuses.
A Pittsburgh cathouse known as the Independent Hookers of Pennsylvania
A tee-shirt silk screening company selling t-shirts bearing the lettering: IHOP - I'm Hooked on Phonics.
Attorneys for IHOP have discovered through FaceBook and Tweeter activity that unauthorized and secretive contests are being staged in the students' dormotories using an "IHOP" designation.
It seems that a popular dorm room activity, Intra-dorm Hours of Pillow-fighting, has been abbreviated as "IHOP" in many e-mails, text messages and tweets.
Said one co-ed who wished to remain anonymous, "It's ridiculous. It's just an abbreviation. Besides, we don't serve food." She giggled and then added, "Sometimes when there are three of us involved, we do sometimes serve up sandwiches." She giggled but did not elaborate.
If you ask this blogger, I think International House of Pancakes should worry more about serving their customers and less about serving up court summons.
If you'll excuse me, a little brunette and a redhead challenged me to a pillow fight. I love a challenge!