Securus Challenges Global Tel Link (GTL) to Patent Portfolio Bake Off
Press Release Jul 21, 2017
Securus Challenges Global Tel Link (GTL) to Patent Portfolio Bake Off
Securus Quadruples Down, Follows Up with Patent Bake Off on Top of Technology Bake Off Challenges Previously Offered
Securus Promotes a Patent Portfolio Challenge with Independent Judge That Will Determine the Most Valuable Portfolio of United States Patents
Securus Wins +$110 Million of Large Contracts from GTL in +5 Years
18,000 Jails and Prisons in the US Benefit by the Patent Bake Off Transparency
DALLAS, TX July 21, 2017 -- Securus Technologies, a leading provider of civil and criminal justice technology solutions for public safety, investigation, corrections and monitoring announced today that it has offered a challenge to its main competitor GTL (including Telmate/Intelmate/Pinnacle) to have an independent patent judge who has the expertise to examine both of our respective patent portfolios and determine who has the largest and most valuable United States patent portfolio.
“GTL has used litigation and ‘spun facts’ to try to say that their patents are comparable to ours,” said Richard A. (“Rick”) Smith, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Securus Technologies. “So – I want an independent judge to evaluate both patent portfolios – it isn’t a fair comparison to GTL because of the respective size of our patent portfolios and what we have invested here at Securus in the last seven (7) years. We have invested over a billion dollars back in our business including the acquisition of companies, technologies, and product development along with a state of the art Technology Center and US Customer Service Center, and GTL has invested less than 10% of what we have on a comparable basis. We put our money where our mouth is for sure.
“GTL is at their campaign of misinformation again. Over the last five (5) years, we have taken over $100 million of business from them, and they just don’t know what to do. We believe GTL is taking this tact of discussing patent infringement and misrepresenting the status of such cases because they want to shift focus from the Attorney General of Mississippi lawsuit against them wherein the Mississippi Attorney General indicated that “GTL knowingly and intentionally conspired to devise schemes such as bribery, kickbacks, unfair and deceptive trade practices, misrepresentations, fraud, concealment, money laundering, fraudulent use of “sole source” contracts when competitive bidding was required and other wrongful conduct, all with the intended purpose, and effect, of defrauding the State of at least $6,000,000.” In addition to the foregoing, the Mississippi Attorney General also brought claims against GTL for “a pattern of racketeering activity”, “violations of the Mississippi Antitrust Act”, “breach of fiduciary duty”, “common law fraud”, and “civil conspiracy”. This is clearly not good for them – so they can’t discuss the elephant in the room – lack of integrity,” said Smith.
Only July 13, 2017, a Class Action lawsuit was filed against GTL that requests the following:
- Injunctive relief terminating GTL’s contracts with the Mississippi DOC and all local Mississippi jails effective immediately;
- Injunctive relief banning GTL from the inmate calling services industry, nationwide, for a period of not less than five (5) years;
- Injunctive relief banning for life any GTL officer, director, employee, agent or contractor who knew, or reasonably should have known, of the racketeering activities leading to the procurement of the Mississippi DOC contract, from any association with any company involved in the inmate calling services industry.
“The Mississippi Class Action injunctive Prayer for Relief represents an existential risk for GTL – that cannot be underestimated,” said Smith.
"We know GTL's technology platforms because we used to use older, less efficient, less feature-rich, primarily premise-based systems, not fully centralized processing and storage systems, and have these comments when comparing the two (2) platforms:
- Securus owns a larger product set of useful services for the corrections sector;
- Securus has its own domestic based call center staffed by Securus employees. Our testing has indicated that Securus has call answer performance significantly better than GTL’s;
- Securus uses its own trained field technicians versus GTL contracting most of that work out to non-employees who do not have the same vested interest in serving customers well;
- Securus has created the largest Voice Over Internet Protocol Corrections calling platform in the world. This VOIP Platform provides facility customers with routine software upgrades that enable new products services to be seamlessly distributed to customers at a lower cost and much quicker versus GTL's premise-based older platforms;
- Of the former GTL facility customers that have converted to Securus – many have indicated that Securus' technology and customer service is superior to that offered by GTL. This is straight from customers who have direct knowledge of both."
“We issued a formal ‘Patent Portfolio Bake Off’ Challenge to GTL that went unanswered so we did something that was even better, I believe,” said Smith
“We used our outside counsel to engage three (3) independent, well-known, intellectual property consulting firms to compare and contrast our patent portfolio with GTL’s patent portfolio. Outside counsel did not disclose who their client was, so the comparison was independent, intellectually honest, and non-biased,” said Smith. “Counsel didn’t even tell the consulting firms what the list of patents was for each company. Securus didn’t provide any help or assistance to aid their analysis at all.”
Innography is widely used in the patent industry as a way to measure patent strength in an environment of litigation. Think of Innography as a measurement of a patent portfolio’s “value” in a litigation environment. Innography measures these components:
Based on the above Innography Analysis, Securus had over 4 times as many patents in the 70–100th percentile as GTL did which represents patents of the greatest strength. So, Securus is the clear winner in Study 2.
This patent portfolio analysis reviews these components:
Based on the above components, the cumulative Securus score was 6820 versus the GTL score of 3225. So again, Securus was the clear winner in Study 3.
“The three (3) independent patent portfolio analyses clearly show that by virtually any qualitative or quantitative measurement, Securus’ patent portfolio is much stronger, broader, and valuable than the other company’s portfolio,” Smith said.
“We did this work, spent this time, and paid a significant amount of money to make clear to everyone that you can use the legal system to cloud facts for a while, but the truth on the superior numbers and value of our patent portfolio will eventually prevail,” concluded Smith.
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