A new patent has been filed to cover the invention of a system that would let you pay to block certain phone numbers from appearing on your cell phone bill.
As first reported by Geekwire, the patent became public yesterday and was filed last fall by an affiliate of Intellectual Ventures, the patent-holding company run by former Microsoft tech guru Nathan Myhrvold.
The filing makes an obvious reference to Tiger Woods, who was caught in a scandal last year when his then-wife Elin Nordgren discovered texts to other women:
For example, it was extensively reported recently that a well-known and well-admired professional athlete was discovered having an extramarital affair by his spouse. It was widely reported that the spouse discovered this affair when she found a voice message from her husband’s mistress on her husband’s cellular telephone. Because the husband (i.e., famous professional athlete) in that incident had not erased or was not able to hide or disguise the voice message from his mistress, the husband had to endure considerable public humiliation and substantial financial loss due to loss of commercial endorsement income.