GTL is currently pursuing a challenge to several long-standing Securus Technology patents. Securus, long acknowledged as a leading edge communications and security technology provider to almost 50 institutions, is dedicated to correcting the misinformation currently circulated by GTL about these legal contests.
One of the prominent patent challenges placed before the United States Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) concerns patent No. 7,256, 816. Not only has the opposition to this patent not been validated by the PTAB, as claimed by GTL, but Securus is moving forward with rehearing arrangements. GTL has only a single independent claim against Securus, which believes that this individual claim does not conform to the “fundamental security feature” as claimed by GTL.
Additionally, the PTAB has not determined that any modifications or changes GTL says they have implemented were “patentable” nor that they are on the cusp of returning to court. Rather, PTAB has elected not to review the GTL claims. As for returning to court, that must be contingent upon the rehearing, which is also not yet scheduled so any court time is not close to being scheduled or even determined to occur.
Securus refutes any and all claims to patent infringement. In this case, GTL alleges that Securus is using a patented technology in its visitation platforms. Therefore, Securus is by no means threatened by GTL’s patent assault nor by any possible difficulties or penalties resulting therefrom.
Securus has a long tradition of making every effort to reach mutually acceptable financial arrangements with companies that use technology patented by Securus rather than dragging the courts into such discussions. Most often, Securus has managed satisfactory arrangements including with GTL in past circumstances.
This multimillion dollar and possibly multiyear process is wasting GTL funds and precious development time for both companies, but Securus is secure in their status and staying power.