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This paper is focused on the application of open split ring resonators (OSRRs) and their dual counterparts, open complementary split ring resonators (OCSRRs), to the synthesis of composite right/left-handed transmission lines, that is, artificial lines exhibiting backward wave propagation at low frequencies and forward wave propagation at high frequencies. Due to the small dimensions of these resonators, the resulting lines are very compact. Several artificial lines, with different electrical characteristics and topologies, are reported as illustrative examples. It is shown that these artificial lines can be applied to the synthesis of dual-band components and bandpass filters, and two prototype device examples are designed and fabricated in coplanar waveguide technology: a dual-band impedance inverter applied to a dual-band power divider, and an order-3 wide-band bandpass filter. Finally, it is also demonstrated that OSRRs and OCSRRs can be combined for the synthesis of band pass filters in microstrip technology. Since OSRRs and OCSRRs are described by means of series and shunt resonant tanks, respectively, and they are electrically small, their potential to the design of semi lumped planar microwave devices is very high.