Apple receives patent for original Apple iPad design; it's one more arrow in the quiver
Late Steve Jobs introduces the OG Apple iPad
The good news for Apple is that it gives their attorneys another piece of paper that could be used in any of the cases involving a claim by Apple that a rival's tablet looks too much like Apple's device. The patent doesn't deal with any of the tablet's innards, but covers "The ornamental design for a portable display device, as shown and described." For those who keep track of such things, Apple received patent D669,069.
source: USPTO via Engadget