IHOP v. IHOP: House of Pancakes Sues House of Prayer
On September 3, 2010, IHOP IP, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, the owner of various IHOP registered trademarks in the United States, sued the International House of Prayer alleging various trademark infringement theories. The plaintiff IHOP brings two causes of action against the defendant. The first being the claim that the defendant through the use of various IHOP marks is engaging in dilution under 15 U.S.C. 1125(c). The second claim is straight trademark infringement under 15 U.S.C. 1114. Notably, the plaintiff IHOP did not bring a cause of action alleging likelihood of confusion, which is typically a ubiquitous cause of action in these types of cases.