DALLAS, May 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Securus Technologies, a leading provider of civil and criminal justice technology solutions for public safety, investigation, corrections and monitoring, announced today its qualified support for a recent legal challenge to the inter partes review ("IPR") process where patents are often invalidated by a panel of administrative law judges.
"The current administrative IPR process clearly needs more work. There is something fundamentally wrong when a relatively small group of administrative judges can revoke vested patent property rights that the United States Patent Office spent years examining and approving," said Richard A. ("Rick") Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Securus Technologies. "What is especially concerning is that the entire process may run afoul of the 7th Amendment and Article III of the Constitution that provides for a jury trial in the federal court system on questions of patent validity. We are currently examining the arguments recently filed with the Supreme Court, and we feel there is merit to several of the points raised in the brief," said Smith.
"Securus has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in our patent portfolio over a 28-year period, and we currently have many more patents than the rest of our industry combined – and will file hundreds more in the future. Securus, like all American innovators, has a vested interest in making sure that the process for determining the validity of an issued patent complies with our Constitution and will take all legal actions necessary to insure that occurs," concluded Smith.
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