GTL said it acquired a portfolio of telecommunications, messaging, and inmate visitation patents from Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
“These patents complement other patents that GTL previously acquired when it purchased the MCI Department of Corrections line of business from Verizon Business Services in 2007,” said GTL.
GTL said it provides services to 32 state departments of corrections, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and 73 of the 100 largest city-county facilities, including 39 of the top 50, which comprise 1.9 million inmates nationwide.
GTL CEO Brian Oliver said: “It is fitting that these patents have come home to GTL, reuniting aspects of the Verizon portfolio with GTL and some of the inventors who helped create that technology while at MCI, and who have remained GTL employees.
“The acquisition of this portfolio of corrections patents strengthens GTL’s position in traditional technologies, as well as emerging technologies, that are critical to the corrections industry.
“This transaction is a true complement to GTL’s industry leading patent portfolio and will offer new capabilities to protect our inventions in the marketplace.”