It wasn’t according to the Court.
Both organisations are racing to roll out digital postbox services, which will allow people to collect and store documents such as bills and invoices online. Digital Post Australia, which is a joint venture between Computershare, Salmat and Zumbox announced its plans 11 days before Australia Post revealed its intent.
Digital Post Australia is a joint venture between Computershare, Salmat and US based company Zumbox Software (which provides the smarts behind the system which is already in use in the US). The three companies share ownership in the company on a 40, 40, 20 percent basis.
Australia Post meanwhile has also announced it will launch a digital mailbox service and that it plans to open 30 superstores where people can pick up physical mail or parcels around the clock in response to the rising demand for convenient delivery of goods purchased online.
On Friday the Federal Court threw out suggestions that Digital Post Australia was guilty of trade mark infringement, misleading and deceptive conduct or passing off.
The decision which was handed down by Justice Marshall noted that; “It is difficult to imagine that anyone who is competent with computer technology will have any doubt that Digital Post Australia is separate and distinct from Australia Post.”