Federal Circuit Upholds Global Tel Link’s (GTL) Successful Challenge of Securus Patent Claims

Ruling confirms invalidation of “crown jewel” patent in case where Securus misstated key facts in patent application

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Reston, Virginia (PRNewsWire) – December 14, 2016GTL, the leading provider of correctional technology solutions and an innovator in payment services solutions for government, today announced that the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld the decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) to invalidate two patents at the core of Securus Technologies, Inc.’s patent portfolio, including its “crown jewel” patent related to the provisioning of correctional communications using VoIP technology.

A three-judge Federal Circuit panel summarily affirmed the PTAB’s invalidation of all claims of two Securus patents – U.S. Patent Nos. 7,899,167 and 8,577,003 – that were once centerpieces in Securus’ decade-long strategy to intimidate competitors into settling patent lawsuits and paying millions in license fees. The unanimous decision signals an end to existing claims by Securus that GTL infringes the ‘167 patent in Texas federal court and will prevent any new suits based on these patents, opening the market to greater competition.

“This is another great victory for GTL and the correctional communications market,” said GTL CEO Brian Oliver. “Securus used these patents and others for years to bully our industry. First the PTAB and now the Federal Circuit have confirmed that these patents didn’t cover any genuine invention.”

In the earlier PTAB ruling on the ‘167 patent, Securus was found to have made “incorrect” statements of fact to patent officials during the original U.S. Patent and Trademark Office examination to have the patent issue, false statements that ultimately played a role in leading the USPTO to issue the patent.

“During the past three years we promised to challenge the patents that we believe represent the core of Securus’ portfolio,” Oliver continued. “As a result, we have invalidated hundreds of claims and confirmed what GTL has long said – Securus is merely a patent predator, not an innovator,” stated Oliver.

Securus had filed at least 12 patent infringement lawsuits against 19 industry competitors during a 12-year period, stifling innovation and creating confusion for customers and vendors alike.

“Since GTL took up the fight against these tactics nearly four years ago, other than baseless lawsuits against GTL, Securus has not filed a single new patent case against another industry competitor. That’s a victory for everyone.”

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GTL is the leading provider of integrated correctional technology solutions, delivering financial value, security, and ease of operation to our customers through visionary products and solutions at the forefront of corrections innovation. As a trusted correctional industry leader, GTL provides service to approximately fifty percent of inmates nationwide, including service to 32 state departments of corrections, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 32 of the largest city/county facilities. GTL is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, with more than 10 regional offices across the country. To find out more about GTL, please visit our website www.gtl.net. You can also view us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

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In the push to reduce the recidivism rate, correctional facilities are moving away from a traditional layout to one that is designed for inclusiveness and keeping inmates engaged with outside society. Studies have shown that maintaining a support structure is a key component to keeping inmates on the right path to successful reintegration into society after release. In Australia, a new maximum security prison opened this year that includes no cells. Instead, inmates are housed in dormitory-style accommodations with 25 inmates in 16 ‘pods’ that offer more access to education, entertainment, and communication with friends and families. This novel move seeks to enhance inmates’ daily lives by making these services more accessible and improve re-integration into society. Inmates have access to technology that connects them with friends and family members, news, books, movies, education, games, and more. They are required to work for up to five hours during the day and pursue education and other programs in the remaining time. This progressive approach aligns with GTL’s vision of technology and education being available to every inmate. “GTL has the technology portfolio to enable correctional facilities to execute their strategies,” said Gad Tobaly, President, GTL International. “Whether those strategies are similar to the open-plan jail approach or focus on a more traditional environment, we offer the innovations to help facilities become safer and more secure while providing inmates with access to programs that improve their lives during and after incarceration.” GTL creates new technologies and advocates for tablets, education, and other programs to help reduce recidivism rates. “These new facilities highlight the need for technology in corrections,” said Eric Gonzalez, Executive Director, Technology and Implementation Services. “Today’s inmates are digital natives, having grown up in the age of computers, cell phones, tablets, and more. It is only logical that providing them with technology and programs to learn and better themselves through those access points is the direction that corrections is taking.” As part of GTL’s ongoing mission to keep our offerings in line with global corrections trends, the company will once again be a sponsor at the International Corrections & Prisons Association (ICPA) Annual Conference. This year’s conference is being held at the Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain in Montreal, Canada. The conference theme of “Beyond Prisons: The Way Forward” will draw discussion on the underpinning philosophies, strategic direction, policies, and practices being instituted across the globe. More than 500 delegates from over 70 countries attend this prestigious conference. GTL and two collaborating organizations will present on two topics that relate to the use of technology in aiding the corrections and criminal justice systems. “Transforming the Inmate Environment: How and Why Facilities are Implementing Tablet Programs” will discuss how technology is used to humanize correctional efforts and will take place on Tuesday, October 23rd at 11:00 a.m. in Maisonneuve A Room. “Virtual-Enabled Justice: Delivering Swifter Outcomes and Improved Victim and Witness Experience” will discuss the use of technology to create ‘virtual courts’ that fuel efficiency, safety, and security, and will take place on Tuesday, October 23rd at 3:30 p.m. in Maisonneuve A Room. To learn more about our technology solutions, contact GTL today.