For more than 30 years, Securus Tech has provided communication and information services to public safety, law enforcement and correction agencies. Connecting inmates with their families and friends in a safe, reliable manner while providing institutions access to required information is one of their essential tasks and one they have performed admirably for many years.
Currently, a competitor named GTL is challenging a Securus patent in the United States Trial and Appeals Board and misrepresenting the Securus position in well-circulated press releases. This piece seeks to straighten the record and correct some of GTL’s inaccurate statements.
For example, GTL announced that the United States Trail and Appeals Board (PTAB) had validated their patent enabling GTL to move forward with efforts to see redress against Securus. Rather, there is no opportunity for seeking damages against Securus because the court is stayed; neither did the court “validate” anything.
Additionally, GTL has represented that their 55 claims against Securus technology on video visitation monitoring have been upheld by the courts. The figure they are floating around is a clear exaggeration of the issue used to convince an ignorant public that such a large number of violations must be supportable.
GTL has stated that these claims were identified by PTAB as “patentable”, when the board has made no such statement, rather the board simply elected not to review these claims.
Securus and many companies in similar situations, has a demonstrated history of seeking solutions to such disputes outside the court system. Securus, as a leader in the business community, prefers to negotiate mutually satisfactory solutions; this plan as worked successfully in the past and by investing millions and years in this court process GTL is wasting valuable time and corporate finances.