*IHOP (International House of Pancakes) is serious about their name, so the company has filed a lawsuit in California against a church group called the International House of Prayer claiming that the group is illegally using the pancake house’s famous acronym.
The Kansas City, Missouri-based church group “selected and adopted the International House of Prayer name, knowing it would be abbreviated IHOP. IHOP-KC intended to misappropriate the fame and notoriety of the household name IHOP to help promote and make recognizable their religious organization,” the lawsuit says.
The restaurant’s lawyers say the odds are stacked against the church group and provided the court with pages and pages of documentation of websites, newsletters and signs on buildings where the prayer group allegedly used the IHOP acronym.
The restaurant says it has used the acronym for more than 30 years and wants the church to get it together and stop using their name, basically.
As of Thursday, representatives from the International House of Prayer had not filed a response to the lawsuit, according to court documents.
According to the church group’s website, it started in 1999 in Missouri and now bills itself as 24/7 place for people to come and pray.