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Google agreed to pay some of Samsung’s costs, assume some liability in latest Apple case

Models display Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy Nexus smartphones, running Google Inc.'s Ice Cream Sandwich Android operating system.
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Models display Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy Nexus smartphones, running Google Inc.'s Ice Cream Sandwich Android operating system.

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.

Apple played deposition testimony from Google lawyer James Maccoun, who verified emails in which Google agreed to provide partial or full indemnity with regard to four patents as well as to take over defense of those claims.

Of the four patents, Google over which offered to cover at least some costs, two were dropped from the case before the trial began. The two patents that remain in the case, the '414 and '959 patents, cover background synchronization and universal search, respectively.

A Samsung representative declined to comment as to which, if any claims, Google was handling the defense and/or providing indemnification. A Google representative declined to comment.

Re/code has much more on the story.

By Ina Fried, Re/code.net.

CNBC's parent NBC Universal is an investor in Re/code's parent Revere Digital, and the companies have a content-sharing arrangement.

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