Securus Technologies, an inmate communications company, recently refuted six specific claims that Global Tele Link (GTL) has accused Securus of violating. These claims are regarding patents that GTL has submitted for approval to the Untied States Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) and can be found in detail here. Specifically, one patent in particular, patent 816 in particular, which involves technology related to the safety features in GTL’s video visiting system for incarcerated inmates. Securus has flatly stated that they do not use the same safety feature that GTL is hoping to patent.
GTL did file a claim with PTAB, which was neither approved nor denied, regarding Securus’ violation of this claim. The complete Securus press release lists each point that GTL has made and includes what actions, if any, that Securus has performed. Securus has stated that they have never violated any current or pending GTL patents. Securus Technology is in the lead in the inmate communication technology race and has almost triple the amount of pending and active patents than that of GTL.
GTL has been trying to take this patent dispute to the court system, but the case is stayed with the Texas Federal court system, so the best GTL could hope for is to take Securus to court over the issue of misused technology, which Securus denies. Securus does have a good track record of leasing their technology out to other inmate communications companys in mutual cooperation. GTL will not be able to move forward with any of these legal claims until sometime this year when they can get their case heard and so far GTL’s patents are still in the approval process with PTAB.