IHOP sues prayer center over use of same name

KANSAS CITY, MO (AP) - The IHOP restaurant is suing a Kansas City-based religious group that uses the same name.

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.

      Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com
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