The platform is valued at $US12.6 billion ($18.6 billion) and has aggressively targeted the local market since its launch here, offering discounted delivery and signing up restaurants without their permission.
The company was forced to fight for its name and online presence after Truckify and Mr Singh registered DoorDash as a business name with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission in 2018, followed by a trade mark application by Galaxzi and Mr Singh for DoorDash.
Mr Singh independently conceived of the name DoorDash in approximately March 2018.
By June 2019 Galaxzi and Mr Singh registered internet domain name DoorDash.com.au which stated “Join us. Become a restaurant partner”, depicted images of plates of food and requested restaurants and cafes sign up.
Galaxzi and Mr Singh also launched a Facebook page called DoorDash Australia which announced DoorDash’s impending launch in Australia and included a user recommendation from July stating “Good service. No hassle on ordering”.
The website and Facebook page are no longer available.
In its statement of claim, DoorDash claimed by March 2018 its trade mark “had acquired a substantial and distinctive reputation in the United States and Australia in relation to online food ordering and third party delivery services and related computer software”.
DoorDash claimed between 1 July 2017 and 31 March 2018 there were 33,600 visits to DoorDash’s DoorDash.com website from Australian IP addresses and 7,500 interactions with DoorDash’s app from Australian IP addresses.
It also claimed between 2013 and March 2018 “very substantial” numbers of Australian residents visited the United States and observed DoorDash in operation before returning alongside “very substantial” numbers of United States residents familiar with DoorDash and present in Australia.
DoorDash claimed between 1 April 2018 and 30 June 2019 there were 9.5 billion worldwide visits to the DoorDash.com website and 90 million sessions on its mobile app.
Of these visits 125,000 were from Australian IP addresses and 27,000 sessions with the mobile app were for Australia.
There were also 3,900 downloads of DoorDash’s app from Australian IP addresses.
However Galaxzi, Truckify and Mr Singh argued in their defence DoorDash was not offering any goods or services in Australia via the DoorDash platform in March 2018.
“Mr Singh independently conceived of the name DoorDash in approximately March 2018 as a name that described the nature of the goods and services to be provided by Galaxzi,” the defence stated.
The businesses and Mr Singh denied any contraventions of Australian Consumer Law through passing off, and denied their trademarks should be cancelled.
Galaxzi, Truckify and Mr Singh filed a cross claim last month which claimed DoorDash had infringed its trademarks in Australia.
DoorDash discontinued the proceedings on 11 October in a hearing before Justice O’Callaghan.
A spokesperson for DoorDash said the matter had been resolved, declining to give details on the terms of the settlement.
Galaxzi, Truckify and Mr Singh did not respond to requests for comment.
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Cara is the small business editor for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald based in Melbourne