- Forum: iPad
It's because "mini" is the describing word. If it was part of the name (such as Mini Cooper) then you could patent it. If we allowed it, then you could patent colours and sizes too. Then it gets stupid. iPad green iPad huge iPad 2.0 iPad 5x Etc.... Apple doesn't patent their iOS numbers either. It's a descriptor. "iOS" is patentable. The 4, 5, 6, 6.1, etc are not.