Thursday, September 23, 2010

IHOP vs IHOP, Pancake House has No Sense of Humor!

It's IHOP versus IHOP in a battle of trademarks!

It seems the International House of Pancakes (IHOP-pancakes) is out to get the International House of Prayer (IHOP-prayer) for trademark infringement! A religious group in Kansas City made the foolish decision to use a long-established trademark as its own logo.

What the heck were they thinking? Did IHOP-prayer think maybe Jesus would intervene and convince IHOP-pancake to ignore this deliberated infringement? That maybe IHOP-pancake would just love to have their pancake house associated with a Christian prayer group?

Or maybe they didn't even bother to check the law books about trademark rights, brand-name dilution and so forth.

Whatever their reasons, it was a dumb move. The law is crystal clear: IHOP-prayer is going to get hammered on this one.


  1. Pancakes are better than Prayer!

  2. And hear I thought IHOP meant, Irate Homosexuals on Parade, or so a certain Pancake house in Central Florida coined the phrase, and it stuck. Know the location, but not exactly when it happened.

  3. Jesus likes my pancakes the best. I get them nice and crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside.

  4. I'm not big on prayer or pancakes. One makes you stupid and the other makes you fat.

  5. God wins out ---lawsuit dismissed. What say you legal scholars?

  6. God wins out? Read the news again. The suit was DROPPED, not dismissed, most likely because IHOP-Pancake has shown IHOP-Prayer that they'll get hammered in court and lose a big pile of money. Trademark law is clear, and any company that doesn't defend its trademark vigorously risks losing it altogether. They're keeping quiet by mutual agreement, but I'll bet when the final announcement comes out, it will either be that the IHOP-Prayer group either changes their name, or else they sign some sort of trademark-use agreement and pay a token fee. If IHOP-Pancake doesn't defend their trademark, they're fools.


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