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SINGLE-ENDED COMBINATION WRITING INSTRUMENT AND COMPUTER INPUT STYLUS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013008D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-12
Document File: 1 page(s) / 26K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Described is a device that combines a conventional retractable writing instrument with a stylus at the same end of the instrument. The stylus, instead of having a point, is the whole circular end of the instrument. This allows the instrument to be a stylus when the writing portion is retracted, and a writing instrument when it is extended. The writing instrument may be a ballpoint pen, pencil or any other type of writing implement. There may be multiple different selectable instruments in the device, as long as all may be retracted at the same time. There are no limitations on the overall shape of the device. There are no limitations on the presence or absence of clips, ornaments or other embellishments. The tip of the barrel on the writing end of the instrument should made of material optimized for use as a computer input stylus, both in terms of its shape and its material. 1

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  SINGLE-ENDED COMBINATION WRITING INSTRUMENT AND COMPUTER INPUT STYLUS

   Described is a device that combines a conventional retractable writing
instrument with a stylus at the same end of the instrument. The stylus, instead
of having a point, is the whole circular end of the instrument. This allows the
instrument to be a stylus when the writing portion is retracted, and a writing
instrument when it is extended.

   The writing instrument may be a ballpoint pen, pencil or any other type of
writing implement. There may be multiple different selectable instruments in the
device, as long as all may be retracted at the same time. There are no
limitations on the overall shape of the device. There are no limitations on the
presence or absence of clips, ornaments or other embellishments.

   The tip of the barrel on the writing end of the instrument should made of
material optimized for use as a computer input stylus, both in terms of its shape
and its material.

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