USPTO Validates Key Elements of GTL VoIP Patent; GTL Now Positioned to Pursue Injunction and Past Damages of More than $100M in Infringement Suit Against Securus

PTAB Decision allows GTL unobstructed path to pursue patent claims against Securus in Texas Federal Court

Reston, Virginia (PRNewsWire) – May 3, 2016 – Global Tel*Link (GTL) today announced that the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) had completed its review of GTL patent 7,551,732, preserving two key elements protecting GTL’s technology for connecting voice streams to storage devices – an essential component for storing inmate call recordings, which is required in nearly every jail and prison in the U.S. The decision enables GTL to pursue claims now pending in Dallas federal court that Securus Technologies infringes the ‘732, and where experts in the case have estimated Securus could be liable for more than $100M in damages for past use.

“We are pleased that the PTAB decision preserves GTL’s right to protect key components of our technology for safely storing inmate recordings, an almost universal requirement for providing inmate telephone service,” said GTL CEO Brian Oliver. “We intend to move quickly to court to demonstrate to a jury how Securus infringes this patent and is liable for past damages that independent industry experts have valued at more than $100M.”

GTL has never granted a license to the ‘732 or any of the other patents in its lawsuit against Securus. The company is therefore seeking damages and an injunction that, if granted, would require Securus to cease using GTL’s patented technologies on its platforms at all facilities where infringement is occurring. The PTAB preserved two of the ‘732 patent’s claims, while invalidating the remaining claims in its Final Written Decision. GTL is reviewing the decision to determine whether to pursue an appeal of the invalidated claims to the Federal Circuit.

“GTL is committed to continuing its investment in innovation, which is represented by its industry leading patent portfolio,” said Oliver. “We stand by our protection of our investment and our commitment to provide our customers with the highest quality technology.”

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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 33 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.

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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.