Delivering intellectual property solutions across the innovation lifecycle

Our Company

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.

Our Values


As the 1st step toward respect
“Speak to everyone in the same way. And listen…”


With coworkers, partners and customers of course, but first with ourselves
“Know Thyself”


To try, to fail, and to try again.
“The journey, rather than the success”

« At Questel, management embraces collaborative leadership to support and facilitate employee initiative and autonomy. »
Charles Besson, CEO

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.

 2019 Launch service

Orbit Innovation
Orbit Partnering
Orbit Seed

2019 Acquisitions

Direct Validation, EP validation services, Sweden
Yoomap, open innovation software, France
Brandstock, intellectual property software and service, Germany
Concur IP, intellectual property services, India

2018 Launch service

Orbit BioSequence

2018 Acquisitions

MultiLing, intellectual property language translation services, USA
Expernova, scientific big data and open innovation, France

2018 LBO 3

IK Investment Partners invests in Questel

2017 Acquisitions

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

2017 Launch service

Orbit Chemistry

2016 Launch services

Orbit Intellectual Asset Management (IAM)
Orbit Trademark

2015 Launch service

Orbit Express

2014 Service launch

Orbit IP Business Intelligence

2015-2016 Acquisitions

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

2015 LBO 2

Raise and Capazanine invest 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

2008 LBO 1

Syntegra invests in Questel

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

1996 Launch service, first online patent search service ever developed

1978 France Télécom subsidiary

Télésystèmes, former name of Questel