Restaurant group sues IHOP ministry in Missouri

Thursday, June 2, 2011 | 9:16 a.m. CDT

KANSAS CITY — The International House of Pancakes is again suing a Missouri ministry that calls itself the International House of Prayer.

IHOP, the California-based restaurant chain, recently filed a trademark infringement lawsuit in Kansas City federal court against the International House of Prayer, which is based in Grandview.

The restaurant chain dismissed a similar lawsuit five months ago in California.

The Kansas City Star reports that IHOP the restaurant contends that several people have been confused by House of Prayer's use of 'IHOP' on its signs and website. The chain says it has six registered trademarks for the IHOP acronym and has been using the initials since 1973.

International House of Prayer representatives have said the lawsuit is without merit.

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