“A Google lawyer testified on Tuesday that the software maker, pursuant to its contractual obligations, agreed to take over defense of some of the claims in Apple’s current patent lawsuit as well as to indemnify Samsung should it lose on those claims,” Ina Fried reports for Re/code.

“Apple played deposition testimony from Google lawyer James Mccoun, who verified e-mails in which Google agreed to provide partial or full indemnity with regards to four patents as well as to take over defense of those claims,” Fried reports. “Apple has sued Samsung for infringement of five patents and argued it should have to pay upwards of $2 billion.”

Fried reports, “Mccoun’s testimony included references to a variety of e-mails between Google and Samsung from between May and December of 2012 detailing Google’s willingness to take on Samsung’s legal defense.”

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MacDailyNews Take: In cahoots.

Apple’s products came first, then Samsung’s:

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Here’s what Google’s Android looked like before and after Apple’s iPhone:

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