Spotify USA Inc. and Rhapsody International Inc. beat part of a patent infringement suit June 14, when a federal court invalidated one of the patents involved.

A U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware magistrate judge said a patent covering the generation of metadata covered only “an advance in the realm of abstract ideas.”

The decision highlights that while “you may win the battle” in getting the Patent and Trademark Office to grant a patent, “you may lose the war in the courts if you didn’t craft your claims for the different views of Section 101,” Monte Falcoff, principal...