I am being asked to sign a contract after I completed the work. I do not fully understand the following non-exclusivity and non-solicitation clauses. What does "solicit sales" mean? Also it never defines "Competing Product" so could this in theory be extremely wide? Also are these two clauses contradicting each other?
- Non-Exclusivity. The parties expressly acknowledge that the Company is free to engage others to perform services of the same or similar nature to those provided by the Consultant and the Consultant is entitled to offer and provide services to others solicit other clients and otherwise advertise the services offered by the Consultant.
- Non-Solicitation. During the term of this Agreement and for one year after the termination of this Agreement, Consultant will not directly or indirectly, for itself or any third party:
(a) solicit sales of any Competing Product from any person who was a customer or prospective customer of Company during the term of this Agreement or encourage any such person to reduce their purchases from the Company; or
(b) solicit or encourage any Personnel of Company or its affiliates to terminate employment with, or cease providing services to, Company or its affiliates. "Personnel" means any employee or contractor of the Company or its affiliates during the term of this Agreement. "Competing Product" means any product or service that competes or competed with any product or service sold, provided, or intended to be sold or provided by Company or any affiliate at any time during the term of this Agreement.