About Questel

How we became a world leader in IP and Innovation


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.

2020 Launch Services

  • Orbit Capture
  • Orbit Blockchain

2020 Acquisition

  • NRI Cyber Patent, IP analytics, intellectual asset management, Japan
  • AboutInnovation, intellectual asset management software, France

2019 Launch Services

  • Orbit Innovation
  • Orbit Partnering

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 Launch Service

  • 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

  • Orbit.com, replacing Qpat.com

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

  • Qpat.com, first online patent search service ever developed

1978 France Télécom subsidiary

  • Télésystèmes, former name of Questel