Securus Technologies- The Case of the Patent on the Video Visitation Innovation

Securus Technologies is an American communication company that offers telecommunication services to prisons. With its headquarters in Dallas, Texas, Securus has a few other regional offices, employs up to 1,000 people, and has contracts with 2,600 prison facilities in the U.S. In July 2016, Securus announced that it had invested over $6,000 million in patents, acquisitions, and technologies in three years.

 

 

Securus Sets the Record Straight

 

 

In a press release issued on June 9, 2016, Securus Technologies made corrections to an earlier press release by GTL. According to Securus, GTL’s press release consisted of several statements that were inaccurate and misleading and the aim of their press release was to clarify these incorrect claims.

 

 

GTL claims that a recent decision by the United States Patent Trial gives them the right to seek injunctions and damages against Securus. Since the case in the Texas federal court has been stayed, GTL cannot seek any further relief. With regards to the patent that GTL claims to be PTAB validated, Securus asserts that it has not been validated and therefore, GTL cannot seek injunctions or damages against Securus.

 

 

The other issue is that PTAB ruled that GTL’s innovations were patentable. PTAB did not conclude that GTL innovations were patentable. They said they would not review the claims by GTL and this means the matter is not settled.

 

 

The other assertion by GTL that the hearing of the case is months away is untrue. The case is not scheduled for hearing any time this year. Moreover, when the trial resumes, Securus is confident that the jury will find that Securus did not use the methods claimed by GTL’s 816 patent.

 

 

Securus’ Parting Shot

 

 

GTL is optimistic that they will get an injunction against Securus to cause them to cease using their patented technologies. GTL also claims that Securus is using sly tactics to get GTL to settle. First, Securus is not using GTL’s patented technologies. Secondly, Securus does its best to reach mutually acceptable and intelligent financial agreements with organizations. Securus has even made license agreements with GTL in the past. Instead of engaging in unnecessary court battles, GTL is better off settling with Securus.

 

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