Securus Technologies, Inc is among the most popular providers of government information management systems, parolee tracking, and detainee communications. Securus serves up to 2,600 correctional centers in 45 states in Columbia, Mexico, and Canada and over 1,000,000 inmates across the country. A renowned leader in providing innovative and comprehensive technical solutions and customer service, Securus’ main focus is addressing the needs of law enforcement and corrections communities. Securus has four regional branches in the metro area of Dallas and one in Atlanta with its central office in Dallas, Texas.
GTL is one of Securus’ main competitors. On June 7, 2016, GTL issued a press release containing statements regarding Securus that were both inaccurate and misleading. In a press release on June 9, 2016, Securus aimed to clear its name and clarify some of the incorrect claims by GTL.
Claims by GTL and Securus’ Corrections
Some of the main statements by GTL that Securus sought to clarify in its press release are as follows:
One of the claims by GTL was that the U.S. patent trial and appeals board permitted it to seek damages and injunctions against Securus. According to Securus, the federal court case is stayed, therefore, GTL cannot seek relief. With regard to the validation of the 816 patent, Securus is pursuing a rehearing on the matter and as a result the 816 patent has not been validated. In this case GTL cannot seek damages or an injunction.
GTL claims that Securus has adopted a behavior of filing law suits and settling with competitors. GTL further asserts that Securus is combining vague accusations and new claims on media to pressurize it to settle on terms that are only favorable to Securus. According to Securus, they have a rich history of making mutually beneficial agreements and financial arrangements with companies they conflict with. This includes license deals with GTL. However, GTL has chosen to spend money on court battles over patents ignoring the fact that Securus’ patent metrics are better than GTL’s metrics.