Document reading device

  • US 7,570,400 B2
  • Filed: 11/08/2005
  • Issued: 08/04/2009
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/11/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A document reading device configured to read an image of an original document placed on a document platen, comprising:

  • a document tray for an original document to be stacked thereon;

    an output tray for receiving the original document that is output after an image thereof is read;

    a document transport path on which the original document is transported, the original transport path leading from the document tray through an image reading area to the output tray;

    a movable member that serves as part of a bottom surface of the document reading device, the movable member being supported pivotably around a pivot axis that is perpendicular to a document transport direction on the document transport path, and the movable member having a free end and a pivotal end; and

    a document holder that includes a flexible sheet, the document holder being positioned so as to extend over the whole length and breadth of the document platen,wherein the movable member is pivotable from a position to cover a portion of the document transport path to a position to expose the portion toward the document platen, andwherein the document holder is fixed at portions other than a portion that is positioned immediately below the pivot axis, to the bottom surface of the document reading device.

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