IP software firm snapped up by international legal tech business

IP software firm snapped up by international legal tech business

Tom Parish, Equinox commercial director, and Sam Nicholson, Equinox managing director

A Leeds company that provides software for intellectual property law firms worldwide has been acquired by an international legal technology company.

Equinox has joined Questel, a global legal technology company headquartered in France.

Founded and operated in Leeds since 2006, Equinox provides software for intellectual property law firms worldwide.

The company has grown in recent years, supplying almost 250 organizations in 25 countries.

Questel is a provider of technology for intellectual property professionals. Its services encompass the entire innovation and intellectual property life cycle.

By joining Questel, Equinox is hoping to grow its international market share further.

The Equinox team is comprised of tech professionals from a variety of disciplines with development, data management, and support specialists. The company will continue to operate in Leeds and maintain its full team as part of Questel.

Sam Nicholson, managing director at Equinox, said: “Questel is an ideal organization for Equinox to join and we’re excited to share knowledge and resources as we continue to grow internationally. Equinox has already carved a strong presence in the global IP tech market and by leveraging the technology and services of Questel we expect to better establish ourselves as a market leader while expanding what we can offer to our subscribers.

“We’ve worked closely with the Questel team and we’re confident that we share the same core values. Both organizations take a tech-first approach to IP software, bringing together innovative thinking that will develop advanced, industry-leading solutions.”

Charles Besson, chief executive at Questel, added: “Equinox is experiencing strong traction in Europe and we are looking forward to bringing this state-of-the-art solution to law firms around the world. Alongside this acquisition, Questel is on track to become the global leader in the IP Management System market.

Equinox was advised by Ward Hadaway, Ahead Business Consulting and Azets.

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