Accessory for use in copying bound materials

  • US 6,195,152 B1
  • Filed: 11/09/1999
  • Issued: 02/27/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/09/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. An accessory for use in copying a page of a bound material using a copier, the copier having a scanning window and an optical reader on one side of the window, the accessory comprisinga page engaging member for engaging a face of the page to be copied, the page engaging member having a light transmitting element engageable with a main portion of the face, and a side edge engageable with the face near a binding region of the bound material, said light transmitting element being adapted to transmit light from the copier to the main portion and back to the copier for processing by the optical reader;

  • a locator coupled to the page engaging member for locating the page in a selected position relative to the light transmitting element; and

    means coupled to the page engaging member for positioning the accessory relative to the copier with the light transmitting element in registration with the window;

    whereby, when the accessory is so positioned, the page of the bound material may be placed face down against the page engaging member in a selected position using the locator with the main portion of the face engaging the light transmitting element and the side edge engaging the face near the binding region such that an opposite page or pages of the bound material can be made to extend beyond said side edge in a direction towards the window to minimize stress to the binding region and to ensure that the page to be copied will lie effectively flat for the purpose of producing a clear or complete copy.

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