Questel announces the acquisition of RenewalsDesk, a UK-based company specializing in patent annuity services. RenewalsDesk was founded in 2013 by a patent owner who discovered high hidden fees with their former provider, with a mission to bring honesty and transparency to the IP Renewals sector, for all clients, regardless of their portfolio size.

“As the IP industry undergoes rapid consolidation, we believe Questel is the best home for RenewalsDesk,” says John Keogh, CEO, who will remain on board.

With this acquisition, Questel accelerates its successful strategy of transforming the IP industry by providing centralized, transparent, and cost-effective IP services across the entire innovation lifecycle.

“RenewalDesk will fit perfectly with our IAM software solutions, Orbit Asset and Orbit Capture,” added Charles Besson, Questel CEO.


Questel is a true end-to-end intellectual property solutions provider to more than 6,000 clients and 1 Million 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.


RenewalsDesk is the first online direct-to-consumer patent renewals service that allows you to sign up directly online and start making patent renewals immediately, regardless of how many or how few patents you own. The company’s goal is to provide an automated and easy specialist service for keeping track of, calculating, and paying your regular patent renewal fees such that companies and individuals can substantially reduce costs by carrying out renewals without legal assistance.​

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