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TRANSLUCENT RULERS Disclosure Number: IPCOM000010982D
Publication Date: 2003-Feb-06

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This discloses the designs of three rulers designed by Olfa Corporation, of Osaka, Japan. In each, the body of the ruler is transparent, and there is printed on the back side thereof unique patterned-graduations, which are observed by user from the front side through the transparent body. These comprise a rectilinear grid, with a circular arc and radial angle lines. Frost-treatment (frosting) is applied to the backside on which the graduations are printed, so that user can clearly recognize the graduations on the ruler which is placed on an object to be cut. The Frost-treatment (frosting) makes the ruler translucent as a whole. This disclosure is the first making available of the design to the public in the European Community, and marks the beginning of the term of protection as an unregistered Community Design. There is a related application for a registered Community Design, agent’s reference D00004919EM, entitled Translucent Ruler, Locarno Class 19-06, which will have a filing date of April 1st, 2003.