GTL issued a press release on June 7, 2017, accusing Securus Technologies, one of the largest providers of inmate services, for infringing their patents and harassing their competitors into settling disputes on terms that are only advantageous to them. GTL is known for providing telecommunication services in correctional centers across the US and is currently locked in a legal battle with Securus over a breach of patent dispute over video visitation monitoring. This technology is a security feature allowing corrections staff to monitor the visits of friends and family members with inmates.
On the other hand, Securus released a press release refuting all the claims made by GTL and called them inaccurate and misleading. Richard A. Smith, CEO of Securus Technologies, explained that patent litigation can take years to settle which clearly puts a question mark on GTL’s financial practices and goals. However, Smith adds that they will both continue to defend their side of the arguments for as long as it takes.
While Securus has 239 issued and pending patents, GTL only has 66 issued and pending patents. This difference in number makes it a clear win situation for Securus.
As Securus is on the winning side here, I believe that GTL needs to pursue their patent lawsuit and other claims against Securus with powerful supporting evidence. In absence of which, not only the company but also the entire industry suffers a bad name. GTL also needs to realign their focus to provide better services to its customers and avoid trying to stain their competitor’s image based on unprovable accusations.