Turn information into value

Our Company

Questel provides a comprehensive suite of services dedicated to IP. Our offerings include:

Competitive intelligence and technological landscaping; ideation management and innovation capture; technology scouting and licensing-in; invention management and prior-art searching; portfolio management/pruning; licensing-out/monetisation; consulting services and training.

Established in 1978 and trusted by 3,000+ companies and 100,000 users worldwide, Questel’s solutions target a large audience in business development, R&D, legal, financial and licensing departments.

Our Mission

  • Quality and customer service will always remain our first priority.
  • Lead our customers to be accurate and productive when facing Intellectual Property challenges.
  • Providing the most comprehensive and current databases, and continually innovate to make our services more efficient.

Our History

Questel was created in 1978 as a subsidiary of Orange S.A., formerly France Télécom S.A.. In 2001, it spun off from France Telecom and focused exclusively on intellectual property. With premises in Europe, US, and Asia, it has become a worldwide leader through an active acquisition strategy and constant innovations becoming standard in the industry.

2017 Acquisitions

ULT, patent and trademark management software, Japan
ITIP, prosecution cost management and international filing, USA

2015-2016 Acquisitions

Intellixir, online IP and scientific analysis, France
Gem360, online IP management, France
IP Research, Prior-Art search services, USA

2015 LBO

Raise and Capazanine become minor investors in Questel exiting Syntegra

2009-2013 Acquisitions

Avenium, IP Consulting, France
ResearchDisclosure, defensive publication publisher, UK
PatentPilot, online patent alerting service, Germany

2012 Launch service

ExecutiveIP, IP eLearning service

2010 Launch service, replacing

2005-2009 Acquisitions

Specialized Patent Service, Prior-Art search services, USA
ThePatentPeople, Prior-Art search services, USA
Edital, online and offline trademark search service, Belgium
Digipat, File History provider, USA

2001 Spin-off

France Télécom Spin-off

1997 Launch service, first online patent search service ever developed

1978 France Télécom subsidiary

Télésystèmes, former name of Questel