It's not everyday that IHOP sues IHOP.
The International House of Pancakes (IHOP) is accusing the International House of Prayer (also IHOP) of copyright infringement and of causing "great and irreparable injury and damage" to the pancake house's name. Pancakes don't need an extra advertising boost even from God, thank you very much.
The lawsuit contains page after page of IHOP signage demonstrating the
prayer group's infringement on the trademark. The suit contains other
gripes, such as the fact that IHOPrayer's coffee shop serves food and
beverage, a concept strikingly similar to that of IHOPancakes.
Also among IHOPrayer's named unlawful activities is the swiping of IHOPancake's 24/7 gimmick. While diners can go to the restaurant to eat pancakes 24 hours a day, IHOPrayer offers a prayer room where devotees can worship 24 hours a day.
IHOP.com is also upset at the similarity of the alleged leecher's website, IHOP.org.
Handily, IHOPrayer includes a list of commonly used acronyms on its allegedly impostor website. IHOP isn't there, but the list does include JoCo: apparently short for Joseph Company, an IHOPrayer group designed to cultivate intimacy with God in the secular world. Johnson County, it's time to stand up for what's yours. This totally jacks your concept of being in the secular world, too.