Qi Patent Licenses

Products that implement the wireless power specifications may infringe patents owned by members and non-members. You may need patent licenses for implementing Qi-compliant products.


Royalty-free patent licenses for low power receivers

Members will not charge royalties for patents that are essential for implementing low power receivers.

A wireless power receiver is a ‘low power receiver’ when it is a consumer product, such as a mobile phone or battery, capable of receiving no more than 5 Watt from a wireless power transmitter. These royalty-free licenses are available until 2014. After 2014, royalty-free licensing will continue if the market has reached a total installed base of 50 Million receivers by the end of 2014.

This paragraph is an informal summary of the license conditions for low power receivers. The membership agreement (also called the Consortium Charter) contains the details. You can download the latest version of the membership agreement from our website.

Patent licenses on RAND terms for transmitters and other receivers

The members have agreed to license their patents on reasonable and non-discriminatory terms and conditions. Although none of the member companies have announced detailed license terms yet, the members agree that RAND terms and conditions will be determined such that they promote adoption of the Qi standard and rapid growth of the market.

This paragraph is an informal summary of the intellectual property rules of the consortium. The membership agreement (also called the Consortium Charter) has the details. You can download the latest version of the membership agreement from our website.