FRESCO began in 1998 near Tours, France as a service organization under the leadership of Ellen Krabbe, originally from Wisconsin. The name is the acronym for FRench English Services and COmmunication. Main activities have been technical training, business coaching and translation. The range of clients has been entrepreneurs, major French research centers, universities, publishing firms and multinational corporations. (A few references)

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Technical training and coaching has been grounded in research. It has been individualized with clearly defined goals for the acquisition of competencies. Meeting those goals has allowed individuals and organizations be successful.

Translations have included diverse topics from general information to technical and to post-doctoral research. Best practices for translation and customer satisfaction have been key to long-term success.

Key to our success:

  • Research
  • Innovation
  • Communication
  • Customer focus

In 2010, Ellen Krabbe (the scientist) returned to the United States and partnered with Isobel Hie (the English specialist), to provide translation services in both Europe and the United States. Ellen and Isobel had already been working together for a number of years.

In 2011, Ellen took research and communication skills in a new direction by accepting a full-time position in a multinational manufacturing corporation. A considerable amount of time was committed to studying intellectual property in general and patents in particular. Skills acquired include portfolio management, knowledge of US and international patent law, searching and analysis. Working with divisions in North America, Latin America and Europe, was a great opportunity to use existing technical skills and apply newly acquired skills in intellectual property. For more details see Ellen’s LinkedIn profile at https://www.linkedin.com/in/ellenkrabbe

Fresco Services

2016 saw Isobel continuing to manage FRESCO and translation services in Europe, while Ellen launched FRESCO Services LLC in the United States focused on intellectual asset creation and management. With more than 30 years of experience in research, science and engineering, Ellen and FRESCO Services provide patent and research services to entrepreneurs and organizations in Northeast Wisconsin that  are focused on innovation.

The goal is simple; provide world-class patent services to promote dynamic innovation and research-based decision.


Ellen Krabbe – Bilingual scientist and researcher passionate about patent searching and the use of patents for technical information and strategic decision-making.

Ellen received her bachelor’s degree in medical technology and biology, from UW-Oshkosh. As a scientist and researcher, she enjoyed working in France as a technical coach and translator. She founded FRESCO in 1998 and clients included research centers, and pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer, Sanofi-Aventis among others.
In 2010, Ellen returned to Wisconsin and became an avid patent searcher and intellectual property liaison for multiple Bemis Company divisions: Healthcare, Advanced Technologies, Latin America, and Europe.
Fresco Services was created to offer world-class intellectual property services to organizations and entrepreneurs.