Pancake peace: IHOP drops trademark suit against church
The case of the pancake chain versus the church appears to be coming to an end.
The International House of Pancakes has dropped its trademark-infringement lawsuit against the International House of Prayer.
On Dec. 21, the Glendale-based restaurant chain dismissed its case against the church, with its lawyers citing "ongoing mediation with the defendants," according to documents filed in federal court in Los Angeles.
The chain sued the church in September, alleging it misappropriated IHOP trademarks on its website, ihop.org, and in signs and events at its headquarters in Kansas City, Mo., and in California ministries. The church has affiliates in Pasadena, San Jose, Santa Maria and Dublin, Calif. IHOP officials claimed the church's use of IHOP and related phrases confused customers, undermined trademarked uses and risked publicly linking the chain of 1,500 restaurants with a particular faith or church.
-- Bill Kisliuk, Glendale News-Press / Times Community News
Photo: Pancakes served up at an area IHOP. Credit: Los Angeles Times