Ensure device interoperability
The Bluetooth Qualification Process promotes interoperability by requiring members to confirm compliance to specifications through testing and documentation. If a company is making available a product that implements Bluetooth® technology and/or uses any of the Bluetooth® trademarks (including the word “Bluetooth®”), it must become a Bluetooth SIG member and complete the Bluetooth Qualification or Declaration Process.
The Bluetooth SIG administers a process for members to demonstrate and declare that the products they build, brand, or otherwise represent as their own, are compliant with the requirements of the Bluetooth® license agreements companies sign when they become a member of the SIG. The two licensing agreements are:
If you are a retailer or supplier who is simply selling or distributing another company’s Bluetooth® product and you are not branding or representing the product as your own, you do not need to qualify the product.
If you do not qualify your product, you become subject to enforcement action. Read the updated policy where we outline the escalation schedule. If no corrective actions are taken, your Bluetooth SIG membership could be suspended or revoked.
When a company applies for membership, they agree to the membership agreements including the Bluetooth Trademark License Agreement. This allows a member company to use the Bluetooth® word mark and logos with fully qualified and listed products. A company planning on selling a Bluetooth® enabled product under their own company/brand name must:
It is in the best interests of all licensees of the Bluetooth® trademarks to work to protect them. To facilitate in this effort, the Bluetooth SIG established a brand enforcement program - where misuse of the Bluetooth® brand can be researched and followed up on.
The Qualification Enforcement Program protects all Bluetooth SIG members by ensuring Bluetooth® products are properly qualified. The program monitors the market and performs monthly audits to ensure that Bluetooth® products are being sold by member companies that have successfully completed the Bluetooth Qualification Process.
It is important to note that customs officials use the Bluetooth SIG’s Bluetooth Products Database to verify if a product using Bluetooth® technology has completed the Bluetooth Qualification Process. If customs officials are unable to locate a product in the database, customs may seize the product.
The Bluetooth Products Database is also used by distributors and online retailers. If online retailers or Bluetooth SIG is unable to locate a product in the qualification database that product may be removed from the online retailer.
Bluetooth SIG members are a major source of information for this program by reporting violations. If you suspect a product is in violation, you may report that
If a member company wishes to engage a Bluetooth Qualification Consultant to provide qualification-related services, the member company will need to engage the consultant directly. Bluetooth Qualification Consultants are not employed by or representatives of Bluetooth SIG. Each member that engages a Bluetooth Qualification Consultant is responsible for establishing the terms of its relationship with the Bluetooth Qualification Consultant, including with respect to payment and scope of services.
One of the core responsibilities of the Bluetooth SIG is to help member companies ensure their Bluetooth® products properly comply with collectively, the Bluetooth License Agreements. This promotes global product interoperability and reinforces the strength of the Bluetooth® brand to the benefit of all SIG members. The Bluetooth SIG manages this responsibility through the Bluetooth Qualification Process. You must complete this process for any product to which you would like the Bluetooth License Agreements applied. To learn more about how, visit the Qualify Your Product page on the Bluetooth® website.
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