Image reading apparatus and copying machine equipped with the same
Patent 7542181 Issued on June 2, 2009. Estimated Expiration Date: August 26, 2024. Estimated Expiration Date is calculated based on simple USPTO term provisions. It does not account for terminal disclaimers, term adjustments, failure to pay maintenance fees, or other factors which might affect the term of a patent.
An image reading apparatus has a read table on which a source document is mounted, a document cover openably/closably held on the read table, a detection section detecting state of the document cover, a switching section switching between a continuous read mode where the source document is read when the detection section detects a closed state of the document cover after detecting an opened state and an ordinary read mode where the source document is read according to an instruction by a user regardless of the state of the document cover, a timer section measuring elapsed time since switching to the continuous read mode, and a reset section resetting the elapsed time when the detection section detects the closed state in the continuous read mode, wherein the switching section switches from the continuous read mode to the ordinary read mode when the elapsed time reaches a first predetermined time.