GTL Video Visitation Patent Deemed Valid By USPTO – GTL Now Clear to Seek Injunction Preventing Securus From Using GTL’s Patented Technology For Video Visitation Monitoring

PTAB Decision allows GTL to proceed to seek injunction in patent infringement case pending against Securus in Texas Federal Court

Reston, Virginia (PRNewsWire) – June 3, 2016 – Global Tel*Link (GTL) , today announced that the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) has completed its review of GTL’s video visitation patent 7,256,816 and has rejected the request for Inter Partes Review filed by Securus Technologies. The decision permits GTL to move forward with a fourth PTAB-validated patent to seek injunctions and damages of more than $100 million against Securus in pending infringement lawsuits in Texas federal court.

The PTAB preserved all 55 claims of the ‘816 patent, which protects GTL’s technology for video visitation monitoring, a fundamental security feature that enables corrections staff to observe visitation between an inmate and their friends and family, and which is a capability that is generally required in every jail and prison in the U.S. that utilizes visitation systems.

“We are pleased the PTAB determined all of the innovations were patentable, allowing GTL to move back to court to protect its technology for enabling law enforcement to monitor video visits,” said GTL CEO Brian Oliver. “Now we are only months away from being back in court to finally show a jury how Securus infringes this patent and three other GTL patents that were targeted by Securus for IPR challenges, but were ultimately validated by the PTAB,” Oliver said.

GTL has never granted a license to the ‘816 or any of the other patents in its suits against Securus to any other competitor in the market. The company is therefore seeking damages and an injunction that, if granted, would require Securus to cease using GTL’s patented technologies on its video visitation platforms at all facilities where infringement is occurring.

“Since 2001, Securus has established a pattern of suing and settling with industry competitors, and they are now combining new legal claims and vague accusations in the media that are designed to pressure us to settle our patent disputes on terms that are favorable them. These actions will not stop us from using the courts to defend our technology or to end their practice of bullying business counterparts for cash,” continued Oliver.

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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.