Yes, Apple, the kings of patent whoredom, have successfully patented the lanyard, or "Ornamental Harness" as they call it. This essentially looks like a Wiimote strap with a male iPod dock connector on the bottom, but to be honest, that would work. Exspect this accessory to show up on the Apple Store soon (and yes, it will likely be overpriced to hell).

Patent [Via Gadget Lab]