On June 7th, 2016, GTL (Global Tel Link) issued an inaccurate press release that led readers to believe that GTL was further along in lawsuits against Securus, and that the possibility of these lawsuits going through were more successful than they are. These lawsuits have to deal with the issue of patents. An example of how GTL released an inaccurate press release was with the quote, “We are pleased the PTAB determined all of the innovations were patentable, allowing GTL to move back to court to protect its technology for enabling law enforcement to monitor video visits.” Securus made their rebuttal with “Despite these claims by GTL, the PTAB did not determine that any of the claimed innovations were “patentable”; they simply concluded that they would not review the claims. Given the current request for rehearing, the question of whether GTL will be able to “move back to court” on this patent is far from settled.”
Both companies are competitors in the security and monitoring business, but Securus has the upper-hand when it comes to the number of patents that it currently holds; Securus has 150 patents, while GTL has 51.
Securus Technologies, Inc. is one of the largest communication systems that are dealt with law enforcement. They specialize in detainee communications, government information management solutions, and parolee tracking. They currently serve over 2,500 correctional facilities, and they can be seen in 45 states. They are also international with operations in Canada and Mexico. Aside from tracking people, they also assist with the communications between those who are imprisoned and their families that are not imprisoned. Securus Technologies, Inc. also holds a positive review from the Better Business Bureau (BBB), and the grade that it receives is an “A+” that it received in 2016.