It’s a good day for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). On Tuesday morning, the world’s most valuable company received a design patent for the iPad 2.  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted the tech giant with rights for a design patent.

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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) filed the patent back in 2011, prior to the unveiling of the iPad 2. The documents cite old patents that date back to 1947.

This patent was designed to create protection for the device. Unlike the original iPad, this second generation brought forth a thinner design, thinner aluminum sides, and two cameras. There’s another report that Apple was granted 33 more patents, including a patent for a technology that shares voice commands, which utilizes contextual information. That patent is to protect Siri.

Apple’s patent protection laws should not only protect the company’s technology designs, but it should also increase their value as a company.

Tuesday’s winning streak should continue, as Apple prepares to unveil their iPad Mini and possible other devices at 10:00 AM Pacific Standard Time/1:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.

The iPad Mini is predicted to measure 7.85 inches and start at $299, which will make it a prime competitor against the Android-based tablets from Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) continues to trailblaze through the market, and it doesn’t appear that it’s going to slow down anytime soon. A Japanese court recently put a stop on two pending patent lawsuits Samsung was holding against Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Last month it was reported that the courts couldn’t find proof that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) was infringing, and in early October it was discovered that the Cupertino-based tech giant wasn’t violating a Samsung patent for mobile devices on airplanes.

At the rate things are going, it really looks like Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) doesn’t have to worry too much about the future.  Innovation and change always trump duplicates.