Do not e-mail Frank Underwood: US patent granted to Kevin Spacey for unwanted mail filter


Hollywood has a new side business: actor Kevin Spacey and producer Dana Brunetti were recently granted a US patent, which describes an e-mail delivery service. Patent US9306887 describes a filter for unwanted mail. Spacey and Brunetti are listed as inventors.

The idea of the system was born after both were confronted with having to change their e-mail address on a regular basis, because strangers got the know their contact details.

The patented e-mail system tries to overcome this by sending unapproved e-mail senders a note that they are not on the recipient’s approved list. Newly approved senders have to input a code before correspondence can take place while those who have already been e-mailed by the recipient are automatically added to the list of approved senders.
To date, the system is a mere virtual idea and has not yet put into practice. Spacey and Brunetti are now looking into its development.

It is not the first time that Tinseltown and the entertainment industry tout court are involved in the patent business: the technology used in Deadpool was recently the scene of a patent conflict, and both Michael Jackson and Prince are notorious patent owners as well.




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