Securus Corrects Inaccuracies in Global Tel Link's (GTL) Grossly Inaccurate Press Release

GTL Wins Meaningless IPR While Losing the Patent War 239 to 66

Feb 22, 2016, 18:19 ET from Securus Technologies, Inc.

DALLAS, Feb. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Securus Technologies, a leading provider of civil and criminal justice technology solutions for public safety, investigation, corrections and monitoring, issued corrections to the grossly inaccurate press release GTL issued on February 19, 2016.

On February 19, 2016, GTL issued a press release that had some clearly misleading and inaccurate statements – the primary purpose of our press release is to correct GTL's errors.

GTL Point #1:

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) decisions are "final."

Securus Correction #1:

Securus will appeal the PTAB decisions – so they are not final.

GTL Point #2:

GTL invalidated the "crown jewel" of Securus' patent portfolio.

Securus Correction #2:

Securus does not have a "crown jewel." We have almost 4X as many patents as GTL – and they are all very valuable.

GTL Point #3:

GTL invalidated Securus' data analytics patents.

Securus Correction #3:

Securus has over 239 issued and pending patents – and many deal with data analytics in many forms so GTL has not invalidated all of our data analytics patents.

GTL Point #4:

The PTAB found that data analytics were developed by GTL.

Securus Correction #4:

The PTAB did not say that data analytics were developed by GTL.

GTL Point #5:

Securus got caught with their hand in the cookie jar.

Securus Correction #5:

That term is usually used when someone is caught stealing.  The patent in question was previously analyzed AND APPROVED by the United States Patent Office – only because of changed rules did GTL prevail.  Your hand in the cookie jar is more properly used as a description of the GTL consultant in Mississippi in 2015 who bribed the then head of the DOC and is going to prison for that offense  (of note, GTL holds the ITS DOC contract in Mississippi).  That represents a better example of a hand in the cookie jar, and, not surprisingly, GTL has actually been caught by authorities, with their hand in the cookie jar several times in the past regarding over-billings, double billings, deliberately adding minutes to calls, and not fulfilling contract requirements.

GTL Point #6:

The PTAB process and litigation have revealed that Securus misled patent examiners while seeking patents.

Securus Correction #6:

The examiners did not say or imply that – in fact, the United States Patent Office initially vetted and approved the Securus Patent.  Misleading is a term applied more accurately to GTL promising/committing in a contract to deploy managed access systems throughout California and failing horribly to comply with that contractual commitment.

GTL Point #7:

We want to end Securus' predatory litigation practices and open the market to greater competition.

Securus Correction #7:

Securus has had license agreements with all of the significant carriers in the sector including GTL [two (2) agreements over ten (10) years] until recently when they failed to renew their agreement.  We have a perfect 19-0 record in achieving reasonable license agreements – which is hardly predatory.

GTL Point #8:

I'm pleased to say that GTL is winning.

Securus Correction #8:

The score on IPRs based on patents filed is as follows:


GTL Filed  

Securus Filed




Securus Won  









GTL Point #9:

Securus is a "patent predator, not an innovator." They filed patents on material that others had invented.

Securus Correction #9:




Any suggestion that Securus patented what others were doing is wrong.  Securus fosters a culture of innovation, and has 96 separate and distinct inventors of its patents (GTL has only 29 different inventors). Securus has been filing patents for over 20 years, has the largest patent portfolio in the industry by far, and has challenged GTL to a "technology bake off" on multiple occasions. GTL has not agreed to that challenge – they have shied away from that for good reason. GTL has a smaller number of patents, Securus has invested more in technology than GTL in a material way, and has more development personnel.  Securus is a large developer of technology that benefits corrections and law enforcement. 

GTL Point #10:

Securus made incorrect and inaccurate statements to patent officials.

Securus Correction #10:

This is absolutely false. GTL is not telling the whole story and the facts are completely contrary to GTL's statement. GTL's suggestion that patent examiners were confused into allowing Securus patents by incorrect statements is dead wrong. The full written record with the patent examiners shows in black and white that the patent office understood the prior art and Securus' innovations and still determined that the invention was patent worthy.

"It comes as no surprise that GTL has mischaracterized the nature of the recent Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruling," said Richard A. ("Rick") Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Securus Technologies.  "GTL has attempted to use what I would call a trivial expected short term win before the PTAB to suggest that we don't have much technology, we don't have much software development, we don't have a much larger patent portfolio, and we don't have a much better 'win percentage' versus them – none of this is true. There is a reason why GTL has not accepted my technology challenge – and it is because we would likely defeat them soundly."

"GTL's recent Press Release reminds me of the football player who finally scores a touchdown while his team is being routed – and celebrates like crazy," said Smith.  "In this case, we are winning the technology game as well as the patent game by 239 issued and pending patents to GTL's 66 issued and pending patents with our win-loss patent license record of 19-0.  Not really much for GTL to celebrate there."

"We file patents for the same reason that GTL and others file patents – because we have developed proprietary technology and have spent over $800 million building software and products that aid the work of the corrections and law enforcement sectors. We protect that with US patents – that have been approved by the United States Patent Office – for GTL to suggest that we should not protect our work is truly incredulous," said Smith.

"With a poor history of issuing factually accurate patent-related press releases – it is not surprising to me that GTL gets wrong what they put in press releases," said Smith.

"GTL gives the carriers in our industry a black eye because of their current and historical behavior. GTL signed license agreements with Securus over the last ten (10) years – so they agreed in writing to paying a license fee for the use of our patents – and suddenly now, they are disregarding their long history with us."

"Our customers, including prisons, jails, inmates, friends and family, and all of society, can count on Securus to develop and implement solutions to their problems – and do the right thing; we always have and always will."

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and serving more than 3,450 public safety, law enforcement and corrections agencies and over 1,200,000 inmates across North America, Securus Technologies is committed to serve and connect by providing emergency response, incident management, public information, investigation, biometric analysis, communication, information management, inmate self-service, and monitoring products and services in order to make our world a safer place to live.  Securus Technologies focuses on connecting what matters®.  To learn more about our full suite of civil and criminal justice technology solutions, please visit

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