GTL’s Patent Challenge Targets Securus' IP Portfolio

GTL’s Landmark Patent Challenge Targets Securus Technologies’ IP Portfolio

Global Tel*Link Files 10 Petitions Under the America Invents Act Challenging the Validity of Securus Patents

Reston, Virginia (PRNewswire) –May 19, 2015 – Global Tel*Link Corporation (GTL) today announced that it had filed 10 more petitions at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) as part of an expanding effort to invalidate the core of Securus Technologies Inc.’s patent portfolio.

The petitions – 7 inter partes reviews, 2 post-grant reviews and 1 covered business method review – target a cross-section of the Securus portfolio, including patents on video calling, payment services, messaging, investigative solutions and inmate telephone services, among others. In its filings, GTL alleges that the Securus patents mimic available consumer products, like Apple’s FaceTime, and a range of other technology that was well known long before Securus’ patent applications were filed.

“GTL views these patents as roadblocks to free and fair competition, and we are challenging them to demonstrate to the marketplace that Securus is not the innovator it claims to be,” said GTL CEO Brian Oliver. “We believe that this latest action will, once and for all, bulldoze the patent toll booth that Securus has used to impose what amounts to a cost-of-doing-business tax on the industry. GTL seeks to expose these patents for what they are – a collection of ideas and inventions that others thought of first and which Securus wrongly claimed as their own.”

Securus has filed at least 12 lawsuits against 19 industry competitors over the last decade, often cornering smaller companies into settlements to avoid the high costs of litigation.

In its petitions to the PTAB, GTL has asserted that Securus inflated its intellectual property portfolio by filing duplicative patents with minor changes, obtained patents covering a wide range of technologies already in the public domain and patented by other companies, and secured patents without inventing any new technology.

GTL challenged 8 Securus patents at the PTAB last year. In those cases, the PTAB has already found that there is a reasonable likelihood that GTL will prevail in proving all of the 146 claims in those patents are invalid. The Board has instituted trial against all 8 patents, including against the Securus’ “crown jewel” ‘167 centralized call processing patent, which GTL alleges was approved on the basis of misleading statements by Securus to the patent examiner.

“GTL is determined to end Securus’ legacy of patent litigation,” Oliver said. “We are committed to exposing their baseless claims in court, to end their harassing lawsuits, and to stop the fear tactics that have been a plague on this industry for a decade.”
In these new filings before the PTAB, GTL alleges that 9 additional Securus patents and 209 additional patent claims are invalid. The patents that GTL has challenged include:

• A patent that offers telephone rate discounts to inmates for good behavior. (Patent No. 6,636,591). GTL says that this patent did not include any new technological innovation.
• A patent that describes switching from a voice call to a video call. (Patent No. 8,929,525). GTL alleges that Securus did not invent the equivalent of FaceTime for inmates.
• A patent that describes a resource allocation method that GTL maintains has been a fundamental part of computer operating systems since at least 1991. (Patent No. 7,324,637).

Patents Being Challenged by GTL in Current Petition Filings

Patents Previously Challenged by GTL

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GTL’s Landmark Patent Challenge Targets Securus Technologies’ IP Portfolio

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.