) -- A U.S. judge has dismissed
patent case against
Motorola Mobility unit, according to published media reports.
On Friday, Judge Richard Posner of the seventh circuit court of appeals in Chicago dismissed the litigation with prejudice, which means that neither side will be able to refile claims, according to a report by
The Wall Street Journal
Representatives for Apple declined to comment, according to the
, while Motorola representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment, both news outlets reported.
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Motorola, which Google acquired last month, kicked off the patent battle with Apple in October 2010, but Apple quickly filed its own claims against the device maker.
The trial was scheduled to start last week, but Posner had already made pretrial rulings canceling almost all of Motorola's patent claims, so Apple had more to gain from the trial,
Shares of Apple closed Friday up $4.43 at $582.10, while shares of Google ended the session up $6.27 at $571.48.
This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.