We will help you make the right investments
We assist our client to use IP as a sophisticated and strategic asset for analysis and value creation.
Our studies help to foster and to secure the innovation life cycle.
In parallel we provide recommendations to build strong IP positions to get the right Return On Investment
Research and Innovation
Use and market screening
Questel Consulting helps organizations identify unmet customer needs and diversify their activities. Building upon our original IP analytics approach, we incorporate key business and economic perspectives for a project or an innovation, looking at technological, economical and regulatory issues influencing targeted markets. In addition to our own expertise, we leverage a broad-based set of resources including leading experts and web data to provide unmatched context.
Prioritize potential new markets for expansion and define best economic model
Diversify activities to add value to current business
Confront the innovation project to the market realities and needs through interviews
Address IP, technical barriers and regulatory constraints before entering a market
Identify potential collaboration partners
Understand how to build strong IP position to secure and maximize revenues
Technology and competency mapping
Questel Consulting’s combination of market intelligence, technical skills and industry experience provides R&D / IP executives and corporate management unique insights into shifting ecosystems and business model, competition and alliances between organizations. We are skilled at helping companies identify new levers of innovation, evaluate their position and accelerate decisions / actions to drive fast and improved results.
Map a technical field and obtain the technological state of the art to share with stakeholders
Identify trends, players and competitors’ positions in current and emerging R&D and products
Assess relative IP positions and developments across technology and industrial value chain
Benchmark key indicators and criteria for select peers or competitors to evaluate performance
Identify strategic advantages and opportunities for new development and focused improvement
Define a strategic approach to exist and grow in the landscape
Ideation and white space analysis
Questel Consulting helps companies prepare for and execute successful ideation & creativity sessions and programs. Whether creating the foundation for a session or defining the process, success metrics and incentives – we are skilled at helping companies manage their ideas portfolio and implement custom software solutions.
Highly-effective R&D programs go beyond fundamental research. They provide targeted research into technologies and applications that address specific market opportunities and customer needs, often free of protection. This is a white space. White space analysis from Questel Consulting provides data-driven insights that help companies target their innovation programs in the most promising areas where future high value may be captured.
Analyze the IP landscape and generate prospective analysis
Imagine new technology breakthroughs
Define white spaces with patent filing opportunities
Identify innovation challenges and expectations
Improve and foster creativity process
Match ideas with patented state of the art and internal knowledge
Technology scouting and in-licensing
Questel Consulting helps companies, advisors and research firms identify investment opportunities and navigate the decisions required during negotiations to bring them to completion. From sponsored research and licensing-in to corporate ventures and other alliances, our team understands how to help craft objectives, select “best” options, and manage external investments over time.
Stay aware of new developments and open innovation opportunities
Speed-up R&D programs thanks to outside innovation
Identify patents to reinforce a position
Hire experts to provide fast and effective answers to potential shortfalls
Conduct due diligence and support negotiation
Product and Market development
Questel Consulting provides organizations with a benchmark methodology to evaluate IP / R&D / innovation performance. With a strong experience working for many leading corporations, Questel Consulting execute multi-scale benchmark evaluations that can identify short and long-term trends, and assist in forming action plans to improve IP performance. We create a platform to communicate performance and to assist in monitoring competitor activities.
Define performance metrics aligned with corporate objectivesCompare and measure the balance of power with the competitors
Identify blocking patents and patents with the strongest impact on the ecosystem
Gain new insights and perspectives from the competition
Correct and improve IP position
Implement regular competition monitoring
Value chain Positioning and IP roadmaps
Questel Consulting helps companies evaluate and develop IP perspectives within their supply and value chain. Our clients mitigate risk with a secure supply of core technologies to their business lines and increase revenues with well designed and executed IP programs. All options for value creation in the value chain are considered. Key questions including alignment of a portfolio with business objectives and strategy are answered.
Developing high-value technologies, products and intellectual property portfolios is a complex and multi-dimensional process. Frequently, substantial value is missed or lost by failing to incorporate an IP perspective into this process. Identifying and capturing IP value is a core process for start-ups and large companies as they execute their marketing and operations. Questel Consulting is skilled at helping define an IP roadmap and action plan perfectly aligned with the business objectives.
Audit and align IP portfolio with business lines and objectives
Aggregate IP diagnosis and IP landscape
Conduct SWOT analysis and make recommendations
Secure your business positions into the value chain
Seize opportunities and reduce risks
Leverage and capture new IP value from customers and suppliers
Implement KPI and dashboards to measure the impact of IP
IP due diligence for investment
The most recent studies show that more than 50% of investments in start-ups and SME fail. There are numerous reasons for this, but it could often be avoided should the technology and IP rights be included in the investment evaluation, decision-making, transaction and on-going management. Our due diligence efforts routinely identify unexpected risks and opportunities that inform transaction terms and value.
Analyze business plan and innovation programs to match IP with competitive advantages and promises
Provide encumbrances analysis
Generate elements to assess freedom to operate
Measure IP contribution to overall value of the investment
Make recommendations to reinforce IP
IP monetization programs, tax efficiencies, M&A, investment, IP based loan collateral etc. all require IP valuation. Questel Consulting is skilled at delivering strategic financial valuation of IP assets within each specific context. If and when required we work with and for accounting companies.
Assess every option for value creation: partnership, license, assignment, start-up creation
Define parameters which impact the valuation process
Aggregate technical and economic data needed for the valuation
Select appropriate method
Identify comparables and interview experts
Calculate and provided evidence-based financial value of assets
Enforcement and cross licensing
Questel Consulting helps companies prepare cross licensing program and prevent/resolve IP disputes by providing unique insights that crystallize likely outcomes and negotiated settlements. Economics, time and results matter whenever litigation is anticipated or occurs. We frequently work with the world’s leading law firms, corporate counsel and executive teams to identify the technical and market data that supports case development and decisions.
Identify potential infringers to support monetization and assertion programs
Conduct patent product mapping, reverse engineering and claim charting
Anticipate attack and prepare defense strategy
Balance the bargaining power between two companies to avoid unnecessary royalty expenses
Measure the respective value of the patents in negotiation
Evaluate options and the risk over potential returns balance
Out licensing and technology transfer
Transferring technology and related IP rights can generate significant revenues for companies and research institutions seeking to obtain returns from their research and development efforts. While not easy, successfully establishing and maintaining technology transfer efforts over time can drive superior financial and commercial outcomes. Questel Consulting helps companies transfer technology and related IP rights and support transactions that maximize financial and strategic returns.
Confirm patent value and reinforce with other valuable assetsValidate technical and market potential
Define possible transfer options : partnership, license, assignment, start-up creation
Identify and rank targets in regard of strategy, product, R&D program, patent portfolios
Develop negotiation strategy and action plan
Manage IP licensing programs and provide ongoing support throughout transaction