Licensing

Introduction

Philips has had a long history of research, development, investments, and contributions to the advancement and adoption of wireless power technology.  As a founding member of the Wireless Power Consortium (now Wireless Power Consortium, Inc.), these contributions have been part of the foundation and continued development of the Qi Standard.   Through this Wireless Power Patent Registration Program, Philips makes available its patents to implementers of wireless power technology while maintaining its strong support for the technology’s continued growth and development.

The Philips Wireless Power Patent Registration Program provides companies access to a large portfolio of patents directed to Wireless Power Technology that are used today in many mobile and electronic devices such as smart phones and their wireless chargers. Today you can find Wireless Power Technology in many everyday locations including automobiles, hotel rooms, airports and fast food restaurants. The Philips Wireless Power Patent Portfolio comprises over 1200 granted rights and approximately 250 pending applications in 150+ families across 31 counties, and it continues to grow.

In addition to patents based on Philips R&D, the Philips Wireless Power Patent Portfolio also includes the wireless charging related patents previously held by Access Business Group (dba Fulton Innovation, LLC) as well as certain patents previously held by other companies active in the development of Wireless Power Technology, including Broadcom, Panasonic, and Sanyo.

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Technology

Wireless Power technology is based on the transfer of power by induction between at least two coils, at least one in a power transmitter (e.g., in a wireless power charger) and one in a power receiver (e.g., in a mobile device such as a smart phone). This enables cable-free charging of battery powered devices by simply placing the device on a wireless charger or on a surface with a built-in charger, for example in a desk or in a car. As the technology continues to develop and gain adoption, additional implementations for higher power devices, such as laptops, power tools, kitchen appliances and electric vehicles are expected to become more prevalent.

Many electronic and mobile devices and compatible chargers today implement wireless charging according to the Qi standard developed by the Wireless Power Consortium which was founded in 2008. Philips was one of the eight founding members of the Wireless Power Consortium.

The Philips Wireless Power patent portfolio comprises patents that are essential to the Qi standard as well as patents that cover beneficial implementations. The Philips Wireless Power Patents cover various aspects of Wireless Power Technology, such as communication, power control, transmitter and receiver design, safety, foreign object detection, coil configurations, electronic circuitry, and shielding.

By making these patented technologies and innovations available to all participants in the implementation value chain, Philips facilitates market access to Wireless Power Technology and continues its ongoing efforts for the adoption and advancement of this technology.

Royalties

Within this Wireless Power Patent Registration Program, the right to use the technology covered by the Philips Wireless Power Patents is granted by way of a legal release for prior sales. Philips grants the releases after submission of each quarterly royalty report and payment in full of all royalties due.  To provide access to this technology, royalties can be paid at different levels of the implementation value chain.  Additional details are available in the terms of the corresponding Registration Agreement available in the Downloads section.


Philips offers the following royalty rates for consumer electronics receivers and free-standing transmitters which implement wireless power functionality to receive or deliver power up to 30 Watts:

  Consumer Electronics Receivers Free-Standing Transmitters
Qi Standards Essential Patents only* $0.12 ** $0.15***
Philips Wireless Power Portfolio, including Qi Standard Essential Patents * $0.25 **   $0.35***

 * *) Tiered royalty rates based on committed annual volumes are available for the Philips Wireless Power Registration Agreements.

**) No royalties are due for the Qi Standard Essential Patents for Wireless Power Receivers that are fully compliant with the Qi Wireless Power standard and are not capable of receiving more than 5 Watts of power from a Wireless Power Transmitter.  This exclusion does not apply to Power Accessories, Power Tools, and Medical Devices as defined by the Wireless Power Consortium.

***) Additional rates apply for devices with Wireless Power Transmitter functionality configured for facilitating wireless power transfer to multiple Wireless Power Receivers simultaneously.

Philips fully respects and adheres to the RAND licensing conditions required by the Wireless Power Consortium for Qi Standard Essential Patents.
 

Becoming a registrant

Joining the Philips Wireless Power program is easy; just contact us to get started. Philips IP representatives operate globally and are ready to respond to your questions.
1. Meet with a Philips IP representative
     One of our specialists will be your company’s personal Philips contact. This contact person will explain the Program in detail and answer any questions you may have.
2. Portfolio Analysis
     You know the operation of your products the best so we will work with you to identify which of your products should be covered under an Agreement and discuss the type of Agreement to execute.
3. Sign the Appropriate Agreement
     Discuss with the Philips IP representative whether the Qi Essential Patents (Standard Essential Patents “SEPs”), Qi Implementation Patents (Non SEPs) or the entire Philips’ Wireless Power Patent Portfolio is best for your company and your product offerings, then just sign the appropriate Registration Agreement.

Downloads

The following downloads are currently available, more will follow.
Wireless Power Template Registration Agreement (Standard Essential Patents for either Integrated Circuit or Wireless Power Unit suppliers)
Annex B* - Philips Qi Essential Patents  or
Annex B* - Philips Wireless Power Portfolio Patents

*) The Patents listed in Annex B correspond to the type of Registration Agreement signed and Royalty Rate agreed to.  Philips reserves its rights to update, modify, add, and delete the patents listed in Annex B without notice.
 

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