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Questel acquires intellectual property translation leader MultiLing

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Questel, one of the world’s largest online intellectual property (IP) service providers, has acquired MultiLing, the global leader in patent translations. 

Founded in 1988 and based in Utah, MultiLing leverages their advanced technology platform to provide the highest quality patent translation services in the most cost-effective manner. Led by its founder, Michael Sneddon, and supported by over 200 employees across eight countries, MultiLing serves 350 clients globally (mostly large corporations) in their process of international filing of patents.

This acquisition is part of Questel’s strategy to build a one-stop-shop offering. MultiLing’s translation activities are highly complementary and synergetic to Questel’s ITIP Foreign Filing activities. The enlarged group reaches an annual turnover of c. MUSD 100 and 500 employees worldwide. This consolidates its rank among the global leaders of the IP industry.

“MultiLing is the right fit for Questel both culturally and strategically,” says Charles Besson, Questel CEO. “Translation is a key part in the foreign filing process where Questel became the world leader in 2017.”

“This is the combination of two recognized players with more than 80 years of cumulated experienced in IP,” adds Michael Sneddon, CEO and founder of MultiLing. “Our unique technology will also be used to improve the translated Questel patent databases which are searched and analyzed in Orbit, its online software platform.”

Questel is a true end-to-end intellectual property solutions provider to more than 5,000 clients and 1M users across 30 countries. We offer a comprehensive software suite for searching, analyzing and managing inventions and IP assets. Questel also provides services throughout the IP lifecycle, including prior art searches, patent drafting, international filing, translation, and renewals. These solutions, when combined with our IP cost management platform, deliver clients an average savings of 30-60% across the entire prosecution budget.

MultiLing is the premier, global provider of intellectual property language translation and support services, serving the world’s most demanding and sophisticated patent filers in over 200 unique language pairs. With the development of Savanta™, an innovative, intelligent cloud platform designed specifically for IP translation, and as pioneers of the industry-standard centralized model for translation, MultiLing continues to raise the bar for quality, customer satisfaction and innovation.