A patent asserted against Spotify USA Inc. covering user recommendations based on similar profiles was invalid because it was directed to an abstract idea, the District of Delaware said April 24.

U.S. Patent No. 7,035,863 is the second patent the court has invalidated of five patents asserted against Spotify in the case. The court invalidated another patent in March because it was directed to the abstract idea of recommending an item based on a user’s environment.

S.I.SV.EL Societa Italiana per lo Sviluppo Dell’elettronica S.p.A. sued Spotify and Rhapsody International Inc. for infringing a group of patents that included the ‘863...