GTL Wins Milestone Victory Against Securus

GTL Wins Milestone Victory Against Securus

PTAB Invalidates Key Securus Data Analytics Patent Due To Similarity to Patents Held by GTL and Others

Reston, Virginia (PRNewsWire) – Feb 19, 2016 – In a capstone victory for Global Tel*Link’s two year campaign to end predatory patent litigation in the inmate telephone services market, the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) on Thursday issued a final written decision concluding that all claims of Securus patent 7,805,457 are unpatentable. The PTAB found that the data analytics and gang-member tracking ideas claimed by Securus were not innovations at all, but a group of concepts and technologies patented or developed by GTL and others years before.

The Board’s final written decision detailed how all 17 claims in the Securus patent were invalid primarily due to their similarity to existing GTL patents or other published materials known to the market as early as 2002 – more than five years before Securus filed its patent application for the ‘457 patent. During the past year, the PTAB invalidated or rendered useless five other Securus patents, including Securus’ “crown jewel” VOIP patent, one of several patents the company has used for nearly a decade to extract millions in settlements and license fees from competitors.

“I know imitation of a great idea is the best form of flattery, but imitation isn’t innovation and isn’t patentable,” said Brian Oliver, GTL CEO. “Securus tried to patent well known ideas, including GTL’s, as their own and they got caught with their hand in the cookie jar. There’s no explaining that away.”

The PTAB process and litigation have revealed that Securus misled patent examiners while seeking patents, sought patents for products already in the market, like Apple’s FaceTime, and misled its customers about the capabilities of its products. GTL has challenged the validity of seven additional Securus patents before the PTAB, and the PTAB has already determined that there is a reasonable likelihood GTL will prevail. Final decisions on these proceedings are expected by the end of the year.

“We are thrilled by the PTAB decision,” said Oliver. “Our team has spent years fighting these patents to end Securus’ predatory litigation practices and open the market to greater competition. I’m pleased to say we’re winning.”


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GTL Wins Milestone Victory Against Securus

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.