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Frequently asked questions

Background and Objectives

What is the role of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC)?

The Wireless Power Consortium created and maintains Qi (pronounced “chee”), the global standard for compatible wireless charging. The Qi standard guarantees that any device carrying the Qi logo will work with any charging surface that carries the Qi logo, regardless of manufacturer or brand. Qi is backed by hundreds of industry-leading companies who support it because it allows design freedom, product differentiation and guaranteed wireless charging interoperability .WPC also provides easy access to the essential patents using reasonable and non-discriminating terms (RAND).

Who heads the Consortium?

The Steering Group is the management team of the consortium. Each regular member has one seat in the Steering Group. Working groups are chaired by individuals from a variety of member companies. The Working Groups report to the Steering Group.  IEEE-ISTO is contracted to provide administration for the Consortium.

What progress has been achieved since the Consortium was originally launched?

The Wireless Power Consortium published the Qi low power specification in August 2009, 18 months after the first meeting. The first product was certified in September 2009.

Initially wireless charging of mobile phones required a sleeve. The first mobile phones with integrated Qi receivers were announced at CTIA in March 2011 and by NTT-Docomo in May 2011. There are now over 70 models of phones that are Qi-enabled from leading manufacturers like Google, HTC, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Sony and others.

Structure and Membership

Where is WPC located?

WPC is a global consortium based in the United States. The administrative support of the Wireless Power Consortium is provided by IEEE-ISTO in Piscataway, New Jersey.

Who can join WPC?

Any company can join WPC.

How do you join WPC?

Membership requires signing two original membership agreements and paying the membership dues.  To become a WPC member, go to our How to Join page.

Is it too late to join WPC? Is there a deadline for joining WPC?

Any company may join WPC at any time. There is no deadline to join WPC. There is no plan to limit the number of companies that join WPC.

How much does it cost to join WPC?

The current fees are on the How to Join page.

Does WPC offer discount to small business companies?

A small business with annual dues of less than $10,000,000 USD can join the Wireless Power Consortium at a discounted rate.

What are the levels of membership?

WPC has three levels of memberships.

  1. Associate Members have rights and obligations as stated in the consortium charter, access to a Qi trademark license, early access to draft versions of the specification, the opportunity to influence the development of the specification by commenting on these draft specs, the possibility to participate in interoperability testing of prototypes, participate in working groups.  Associate members have no voting rights. Small companies with revenues of $10M or less that wish to join as associate members pay discounted dues.
  2. Regular members have voting rights, and are expected to make significant technical contributions. They are expected to assign at least one full time employee to make technical contributions and to attend between 6-8 WPC meetings per year in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
  3. Full members have the same access and responsibilities as Regular members, but do not have voting rights

Who approves the membership applications?

Associate membership applications are approved automatically. The WPC Steering Group decides the approval of applications for regular and full membership.

How long does it take to become a member?

Associate applications take about two weeks and Regular applications may take longer.

Are Associate members allowed to participate in work groups?

Associate members may participate in work groups that are open to all members (Promotion work groups, Infrastructure Applications Group and the Cordless Kitchen Work Group).

Can my company still apply as a regular member even if the maximum number of regular companies in a specific profile is fulfilled?

No. You would need to apply as an Associate or Full member. It may be possible to increase the maximum number of companies in a specific profile in the future.

Access and trademark/licensing info

Is there a limit to the number of user accounts assigned for each a member company?

No. Member companies may request user accounts for their employees to access the confidential members area website.

When do you need the trademark license agreement?

The trademark license is needed to use the Qi logo on any product or in commercial documents. The information can be found on Developers/Logo Trademark License.

Can non-members use the Qi logo?

No, only members can use the logo. See the rules on the website here.

Is certification available to non-members?

Certification is available only for members

How long does certification take?

It will depend on the schedule of the test lab you selected.

How much does certification cost?

The cost depends on the test lab you selected.

Do our customers need to sign the Logo License agreement if our company manufactures the products?

No. Your customers don’t need to sign. Your company would need to join WPC and sign the logo license agreement and ensure technical compliance of the products.

Can a battery that uses the Qi technology be certified?

A battery can be certified. You have to send the battery to the test lab. If the battery passes all the Qi tests, the test lab will issue a test report and your company can use the logo on the battery.

Does WPC sell products?

No. WPC does not sell products. Our members sell Qi products. The certified products database may be seen here.