As strange as it seems IHOP (formerly International House of Pancakes) is feeling threatened by a religious organization, even to the point of bringing a lawsuit to stop the religious group from using the same name which is a registered trademark of the restaurant chain.

It seems that the International House of Prayer has persisted in using the IHOP designation in spite of being asked to stop on several occasions.  Although one would not think that restaurants and churches are easily confused, the suit claims that this misuse of its trademark is causing IHOP “great and irreparable injury” and is confusing the public.  Go figure.