Judge Richard Posner ruled to dismiss the case "with prejudice" which allows for an appeal, not blocks the two sides from refilling the case again.
In his dismissal ruling, the Judge noted that Apple appeared to be seeking to complain that Motorola Mobility's phones "as a whole ripped off the iPhone as a whole," which goes far beyond the technical issue of patent infringements.
The Judge wrote that Motorola's actions were a perfectly legal competition with Apple.
He also noted that Apple had failed to show that it had "suffered loss of market share, brand recognition, or customer goodwill" from the other patent infringements being disputed.
Apple was seeking an injunction barring the sale of infringing Motorola products in the USA.
The decision was heralded last week when the Judge indicated that he was minded to dismiss the case.
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