Phone Arena reports that Apple has finally been awarded with the patent for the original iPad. According to Phone Arena, Apple filed a patent application for the design with the USPTO on the day before Steve Jobs announced the very first iPad, back in January 2010, although it seems much longer ago than that! Steve Jobs and Jonathan Ive are just two of several people named in the patent. Apparently the iPad’s design also refers back to another patent from 1947. What this actually means for Apple is that its lawyers will now be able to use the fact that Apple holds the iPad patent should any more cases arise where they accuse rival tablets of copying the iPad’s design. Apparently the patent is not concerned with the inner workings of the iPad, instead concentrating on, “the ornamental design for a portable display device, as shown and described.” The patent is number: D669, 069.
Source: Apple receives patent for original Apple iPad design; it's one more arrow in the quiver