The product I am working on requires an HDMI output.
I would like a clear response - not a subjective interpretation please.
Am I allowed to put an HDMI connector and output on my product, and to sell it, without claiming we are an HDMI device nor using the logo ?
The product is not yet industrial - we would like to sell pre-industrial versions for testers and partners.
Thank you in advance
I think your best bet is to seek professional legal advice. It is ultimately what hdmi.org advised me to do when I contacted them.
If you want my interpretation, yes you need to licence HDMI. HDMI.org have created an ecosystem around the connector. Their licencing agreement specifies royalties if you don't use the logo. The royalties are higher if you don't use the logo because they want you to promote the "brand".
If I was you, I would look at a DVI port and use a DVI to HDMI adapter cable of some description.