DALLAS, Oct. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Securus Technologies, Inc. filed suit in federal court against Global Tel*Link (GTL) Corporation asserting that GTL is infringing Securus's patents and seeking substantial damages for patent infringement, interest, costs, and attorney's fees. In the lawsuit, Securus also seeks an injunction permanently enjoining GTL from continuing to infringe Securus's patents. Securus believes that the requested injunction would significantly impede GTL's ability to exploit its current products and services in order to serve its existing or prospective clients in the inmate corrections industry. Securus intends to pursue the suit aggressively to a successful conclusion.
Securus, the industry leader in developing and patenting core, innovative technologies, has had over 100 patents issued by the United States Patent & Trademark Office and has 40 additional patents pending, far more than any of its competitors in the inmate corrections industry. Securus is zealously committed to developing and protecting its patents and other intellectual property rights against all unlicensed acts of infringement. Over the past ten years, Securus has successfully sued and won/settled against all major industry competitors for patent infringement, resulting in settlements and licensing agreements having an aggregate value in excess of $50 million. In that process, none of Securus' patents has ever been determined to be invalid or unenforceable.
Richard A. Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of Securus Technologies said, "It is well known that Securus Technologies has by far the largest patent portfolio in the corrections industry and we have spent in excess of $200 million developing sophisticated technology – and we have solid patents. You cannot operate in our industry legally without having a patent license agreement with us and GTL's license agreement expired in early August, 2013 – they did not renew the license agreement so we had to file this lawsuit."
"Without an agreement, GTL cannot legally provide the Securus patented services to prisons and jails – so they cannot run their business and we will ask the Court to stop them," said Smith. "If I was a GTL customer, I would be very concerned that they may not be able to continue my services – inmate calling is important to facilities and they cannot operate without this method of communication."
Securus Technologies, Inc. is the leading providers of detainee communications and information management solutions, serving approximately 2,200 correctional facilities and more than 850,000 inmates nationwide. Securus' sole focus is the specialized needs of the corrections and law enforcement communities. Securus is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and has regional offices in Montreal, Quebec; Atlanta, Georgia; and Melbourne, Florida. For more information, please visit the Securus website at www.securustech.net
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