I know this has been touched on in other posts but I can't find a definitive answer.
I am making a product that sends data from a handheld joystick to a base station using Bluetooth (think of it like a remote controlled car). I am making both the controller and the base station, and there will only ever be comms between the two halves. I am thinking of using the Laird BL652 module on a custom PCB at both ends.
I do not want to use the word Bluetooth, trademark or any reference to Bluetooth (the industry I'm in doesn't 'trust' Bluetooth, so this is being marketed as a RF device).
As both ends are using BT modules that are 'qualified End Product' modules which are unmodified, and as I am making on reference to Bluetooth, do I still need to pay the $8000 to get the product listed?