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MELD’s IT specialization includes legal advice regarding contracts (drafting, negotiation), intellectual property rights, personal data processing, electronic services, e-commerce, as well as employment issues.

We also provide comprehensive legal services regarding purchase and sale of businesses related to software development or the provision of electronic services.

Our experts advise in particular on:

  1. Drafting, amending and negotiating license contracts, contracts for creation and development of software, implementation contracts, contracts for maintenance of IT systems.
  2. Verification of contract templates and drafting contracts with software developers, graphic designers, with particular focus on copyright issues (B2B, employment contracts, specific aim contracts, service contracts, non-disclosure and non-competition agreements, copyright transfer contracts).
  3. IP audits, including verification of compliance with the terms of the licence, legal title to created or purchased software.
  4. Legal verification of new IT products, including mobile applications, i.a. from perspective of the provisions on personal data protection, provision of electronic services and consumer law.
  5. Distribution of software, including drafting distribution contracts, drafting clauses related to applications available on-line, including the SaaS model, as well as legal opinions on the qualification of providing the software as a service or as a license.
  6. Processing of personal data in IT systems.
  7. Application of 50% of tax-deductible costs to the remuneration of employees.
  8. Drafting employment regulations tailored to IT companies (work regulations, remuneration and bonus regulations, home office regulations),
  9. Registration of trademarks.
  10. Assistance in transactions relating to companies operating in the IT or e-commerce sector encompassing sale of shares, stocks, enterprises / organized parts of enterprises, mergers by acquisition, divisions by separation.

The IT specialization is headed by Agnieszka Oleszczuk-Sowa who has over 10 years of experience in rendering services for IT companies, gained among others within an international law firm belonging to BIG4.

Examples of MELD experts’ experience in the above-mentioned fields:

  1. Preparation and implementation of procedures for the application of 50% of tax-deductible costs in over a dozen IT companies and several IT departments of financial institutions.
  2. Drafting and negotiation of cooperation contracts regarding software development and R&D works for an international capital group in the gaming industry.
  3. Drafting a set of contracts (general licence conditions, detailed licence, implementation contract) for IT company developing business software for companies.
  4. Negotiating an implementation contract between the bank and a consortium of a consulting and IT company regarding software implementation and data migration.
  5. Negotiating a contract for the implementation and maintenance of key business software for a company from the chemical industry.
  6. Legal due diligence of a computer software company.
  7. Drafting contracts for the website and software development for an online store and the content of consents, regulations and other legal content to be posted on the website.
  8. Drafting and negotiation of a joint-venture contract for the development of innovative technology between entities from three countries, preceded by advisory at the conceptual stage and verification of legal title to the developed technology.
  9. Advisory related to an in-kind contribution of a software producer, including preparation of an agreement for sale of the enterprise.
  10. Legal and tax opinion on contracts concluded in the SaaS model.

Agnieszka Oleszczuk-Sowa

Partner | Attorney at Law