Anyone who works with law enforcement or the criminal justice system knows that this is a tough industry to be involved in. This is true for those who work with the technology involved with this industry. The technology side involves a lot of patents and who has the right to use those patents. In a highly competitive field such as this, conflict is sure to come up.
Securus Technologies is a technology firm that is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. They have been in business for three decades and work with over 3,400 law enforcement and correctional agencies all across North America. In these facilities, there are over 1,200,000 inmates that are affected by the technology that is put out by Securus Technologies.
In a recent press release, a Securus Technologies competitor, Global Tel Link, laid out many issues they have with Securus in regards to court proceedings and disputed patents. Securus Technologies responded to all of these claims in their own press release a few days later.
GTL stated that Securus Technologies does not have the right to use certain patents that they are currently using. Securus Technologies said that no final decision has been made yet and the issue is still in the hands of the court. They also stated that some of the issues in question are not even able to be patented so therefore, they are fair game to be used as Securus sees fit.
Securus and one of their competitors, Global Tel Link, have had their issues in the past. Patents have come up for dispute and legal action had to be taken. Securus Technologies does not enjoy being in court but they do feel the need to defend themselves. This is a process that could take many months to decide.