Questel enhances the customer view by analyzing patent to extract consumer insights related to interests, activities and projects.

Our Company

Questel provides a comprehensive suite of web-based services for productivity and collaboration dedicated to intellectual property. Covering the entire innovation lifecycle, from idea to product, Questel’s offerings include:

  • Competitive intelligence and technological landscape,
  • Ideation management and innovation capture,
  • Technology scouting and licensing-in,
  • Invention management and prior-art searching,
  • Portfolio management and pruning,
  • Licensing-out and monetization,

Our comprehensive and unique collection of intellectual property databases can be analyzed, shared and archived.

For each stage of innovation, we also offer consulting services as well as online and onsite training.

Established in 1978, Questel is present in more than 30 countries with offices in Paris, London, Bonn, Washington, Sao Paulo, Tokyo and Shanghai. Trusted by more than 3,000 companies worldwide and 100,000 users, its solutions target a large audience across the business developement, 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.

2015 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

Our Team

charles_bessonCharles Besson

Chief Executive Officer

Renaud_June_2013Renaud Garat

Development and
Marketing Director

miguel_iglesiasMiguel Iglesias

Sales Director

Gilles_CruanesGilles Cruanes

European Sales Director

Ruiling Hou

Asia Sales Director

christophe_marchisioChristophe Marchisio

US East Coast Sales Director

austin_englertAustin Englert

US West Coast Sales Director

frederic_tcherneianFrédéric Tcherneian
Chief Financial Officer

LaurentHillLaurent Hill

Chief Technology Officer

laetitia_aymoninLaetitia Aymonin

Communication Director

tom_colsonTom Colson


guillaume_ferreGuillaume Ferre

Questel Consulting

patrick_pierrePatrick Pierre

Founder and Partner
Questel Consulting