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CLAIM AMENDMENTS 


1 . (Currently amended.) A hand held cleaning utensil having an extendable 
elongate handle with a working head at one end of the handle, the handle being 
assembled of at least a first length to which the working head is mounted and a 
second length that is coupled to the end of the first length remote from the 
working head, and which is adapted to be moved from a first position, in which 
the second length is stowed alongside or substantially coaxial with the first length 
but not obstructing the working head so that the utensil may be used, to a second 
position, in which the second length is substantially aligned with the first length to 
provide an extended overall handle length , wherein the second length is pivotally 
mounted to the first length by an articulated oivot. the pivot being slidinqly 
moveable whereby during alignment, or when aligned, one length may be moved 
lonoitudinallv toward the other to bring the second length closer into cooperative 
engagement with the first length to provide a secure robust interconnection of the 
first and second lengths . 

2-3. (Cancelled.) 

4— (Currently amended7)nA-hand-held"cleaningutens1l'as^laimedirTela^ 
claim 1 . wherein the second length is configured to fold back against the first 
length to stow nested with the first length, substantially coaxially aligned with the 
first length, one length being at least partly accommodated within the other, 
whereby the user may comfortably grip the handle comprising the nested first and 
second lengths to operate the utensil. 

5. (Currently amended.) A hand held cleaning utensil as claimed in eiatfn-2 
claim 1 . wherein the pivot comprises a pair of opposing axle stubs on one of the 
handle lengths. 

6. (Original.) A hand held cleaning utensil as claimed in claim 5, wherein the 
axle stubs cooperate with a slot in the other of the handle lengths. 


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7. (Original.) A hand lield cleaning utensil as claimed in claim 6, wherein the 
axle stubs are adapted to cooperatively engage with a pivot component which 
bridges therebetween, in use. 

8. (Original.) A hand held cleaning utensil as claimed in claim 7, wherein the 
bridging pivot component serves to lock the second handle length to the first 
handle length and is mounted in the slot to allow articulating movement of the 
moveable pivot. 

9. (Original.) A hand held cleaning utensil as claimed in claim 7, wherein the 
bridging pivot component is an annulus. 

10. (Currently amended.) A hand held cleaning utensil as claimed in claim 7 
[[8 or 9]], wherein the bridging pivot component has a keyhole aperture shape on 
each opposing face, which is complementary to a corresponding key shape of the 
axle stubs for cooperative engagement of the axle stubs with the bridging pivot 
component. 

1 1 . (Currently amended.) A hand held cleaning utensil as claimed in claim 7 
-er9=eH^7wherein-the-axle-stubs-arexonfigured to snap-fitlnto-the-bridg 

component, having hook means to lock them in place. 

12. (Currently amended.) A hand held cleaning utensil as claimed in claim 7 
0. 9, 10 or 11 , wherein the length of the handle having the slot to receive the 
bridging pivot component has ramp means to slightly splay the axle stubs and 
guide them into effective cooperative engagement with the bridging component. 

13 (Currently amended.) A hand held cleaning utensil as claimed in claim 7 
0, 9, 10, 11 or 12 , wherein the pivot bridging component is integrally moulded 
molded with one of said first and second lengths of the handle, being linked to it 
by a frangible link. 


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14. (Currently amended.) A hand held cleaning utensil as claimed in any 
pr e c e ding claim claim 1 . wherein the working head is d e mountab l y releasably 
mounted to the first length of the handle, in use. 

15. (New.) 10. (Currently amended.) A hand held cleaning utensil as claimed in 
claim 8, wherein the bridging pivot component has a keyhole aperture shape on 
each opposing face, which is complementary to a corresponding key shape of the 
axle stubs for cooperative engagement of the axle stubs with the bridging pivot 
component. 

16. (New.) A hand held cleaning utensil as claimed in claim 8, wherein the axle 
stubs are configured to snap fit into the bridging pivot component, having hook 
means to lock them in place. 

17. (New.) A hand held cleaning utensil as claimed in claim 8, wherein the 
length of the handle having the slot to receive the bridging pivot component has 
ramp means to slightly splay the axle stubs and guide them into effective 
cooperative engagement with the bridging component. 

18— (Newr)-AHiand held-cleaning-utensil-as-clarmed-in-claim-8rwherein-the pivot 
bridging component is integrally molded with one of said first and second lengths 
of the handle, being linked to it by a frangible link. 

19. (New.) A hand held cleaning utensil as claimed in claim 4, wherein the 
working head is releasably mounted to the first length of the handle, in use. 

20. (New.) A hand held cleaning utensil as claimed in claim 5, wherein the 
working head is releasably mounted to the first length of the handle, in use. 


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