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Lapsed patents force IHOP to interrupt franchising, update contracts, revise UFOC

GLENDALE, Calif. IHOP Corp. may have to correct some franchise agreements granted after October 2000 because patents on certain of the franchisor’s trademarks have expired, the company disclosed Friday.

The chain has also stopped offering franchises, but will resume “shortly” in 45 states and within a few weeks in the other five states, IHOP said.

The lapses in the patents could result in a delay of IHOP’s $200 million recapitalization, the company

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