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A novel coplanar waveguide (CPW) antenna is proposed for dual-band WLAN applications. It comprises a rectangular patch, a rectangular notch cut at the lower edge of the patch and a CPW transmission line. The rectangular patch together with the ground plane of the coplanar waveguide radiates at the lower frequency band, 2.4 GHz for IEEE 802.11b/g, while the rectangular notch resonates in the upper band, 5.2/5.8 GHz for IEEE 802.11a. The designed antenna is only 32 ?? 5 mm, which can provide stable omnidirectional radiation patterns with an average gain of 2 dBi in both the bands. The antenna is very compact and suitable for 2.4 and 5.2/5.8 GHz WLAN operations.