Kohler Co.’s Commitment
At Kohler Co., because we live on the leading edge of design and technology, our intellectual property (IP) is one of our greatest assets. Our IP is key to our competitive advantage and supports our mission of creating a higher level of gracious living for those who are touched by our products and services.
As associates, we commit to protecting our IP and other confidential information and expect our business partners to do the same. Likewise, we only use other companies’ IP with proper authorization. To support our commitment, we:
Our obligation to protect IP remains even after we end our employment at Kohler Co.
An engineering team worked for a year on breakthrough technology, with a signiﬁcant amount of money invested in research and development. During that time, an associate from the product team lost their laptop at an industry trade show. Two months before product launch, a competitor introduced the breakthrough technology.
Exposing intellectual property can ruin a brand’s reputation, give the competition an unwarranted competitive edge, and potentially demoralize the associates of the Company. Protecting IP and confidential information must be a top priority. If this type of information is lost or unintentionally exposed, immediately contact Legal.