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1. (WO1997021492) LIQUID DISPENSER WITH FLOW CONTROL
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What is claimed is:
1. A liquid dispenser comprising:
a dispenser body having a pump mechanism, an intake port adapted for fluid communication with a source of liquid, an intake liquid flow path providing fluid communication between the intake port and the pump mechanism, a first check valve in the intake liquid flow path configured for permitting fluid flow from the intake port to the pump mechanism and for checking fluid flow from the pump mechanism to the intake port, a discharge port, a discharge liquid flow path providing fluid communication between the pump mechanism and discharge port, and a second check valve in the discharge liquid flow path configured for permitting fluid to flow
downstream from the pump mechanism to the discharge port and for checking fluid flow from the discharge port to the pump mechanism; and
a flow restrictor in the discharge liquid flow path moveable between first and second positions, said flow restrictor being configured for permitting fluid flow from the pump mechanism to the discharge port when the flow restrictor is in its first position, said flow restrictor being configured for at least partially impeding fluid flow from the pump mechanism to the discharge port when the flow restrictor is in its second position.
2. A liquid dispenser as set forth in claim 1 wherein the flow restrictor is configured for preventing fluid flow from the pump mechanism to the discharge port when the flow restrictor is in its second position.
3. A liquid dispenser as set forth in claim 1 further comprising a positioning member for facilitating movement of the flow restrictor between its first and second positions, said positioning member being mounted on the dispenser body for movement relative to the dispenser body between first and second positions, said positioning member being operatively connected to said flow restrictor such that movement of the positioning member between its first and second positions causes movement of flow restrictor between its first and second positions.
4. A liquid dispenser as set forth in claim 3 wherein said positioning member comprises a toggle switch.
5. A liquid dispenser as set forth in claim 3 wherein said positioning member comprises a twist knob.
6. A liquid dispenser as set forth in claim 3 wherein said positioning member comprises a thumbwheel.
7. A liquid dispenser as set forth in claim 3 wherein the dispenser body further includes an elongate conduit, said elongate conduit at least in part defining the discharge fluid pathway, said flow restrictor being configured for moving within the elongate conduit along a longitudinal axis X1 of the elongate conduit upon movement of the positioning member between its first and second positions.
8. A liquid dispenser as set forth in claim 7 wherein said flow restrictor is mounted to the dispenser body for sliding movement relative to the dispenser body along said longitudinal axis X1 between its first and second positions.
9. A liquid dispenser as set forth in claim 7 wherein said positioning member is mounted on the
dispenser body for pivoting about said longitudinal axis X1 between its first and second positions.
10. A liquid dispenser as set forth in claim 7 wherein said positioning member is mounted on the
dispenser body for pivoting about an axis X2, different from said axis X1.
11. A liquid dispenser as set forth in claim 7 wherein said flow restrictor is configured for blocking fluid flow from the pump mechanism to the discharge port when the flow restrictor is in its second position.
12. A liquid dispenser as set forth in claim 1 wherein said dispenser body and flow restrictor cooperate to dispense liquid from the discharge port in a first dispensing pattern when the flow restrictor is in its first position and to dispense liquid from the discharge port in a second dispensing pattern when the flow
restrictor is in its second position, the first
dispensing pattern differing from the second dispensing pattern.
13. A liquid dispenser as set forth in claim 13 wherein the first dispensing pattern comprises a stream and wherein the second dispensing pattern comprises a spray pattern.
14. A liquid dispenser as set forth in claim 1 wherein said flow restrictor includes a spinner having a swirl chamber for swirling the liquid in the discharge liquid flow path before the liquid is dispensed through the discharge port.
15. A liquid dispenser as set forth in claim 1 wherein the flow restrictor is spaced a first distance from the discharge port when the flow restrictor is in its first position, and is spaced a second distance from the discharge port when the flow restrictor is in its second position.
16. A liquid dispenser comprising:
a dispenser body having a pump mechanism, an intake port adapted for fluid communication with a source of liquid, an intake liquid flow path providing fluid communication between the intake port and the pump mechanism, a first check valve in the intake liquid flow path configured for permitting fluid flow from the intake port to the pump mechanism and for checking fluid flow from the pump mechanism to the intake port, a discharge port, a discharge liquid flow path providing fluid communication between the pump mechanism and discharge port, and a second check valve in the discharge liquid flow path configured for permitting fluid to flow
downstream from the pump mechanism to the discharge port and for checking fluid flow from the discharge port to the pump mechanism; and
a flow restrictor in the discharge liquid flow path moveable relative to the dispenser body between a first position in which the flow restrictor is spaced a first distance from the discharge port of the dispenser body and a second position in which the flow restrictor is spaced a second distance from the discharge port;
said dispenser body and flow restrictor
cooperating for dispensing liquid from the discharge port in a first dispensing pattern when the flow restrictor is in its first position and for dispensing liquid from the discharge port in a second dispensing pattern when the flow restrictor is in its second position, the first dispensing pattern differing from the second dispensing pattern.
17. A liquid dispenser as set forth in claim 17 wherein the first dispensing pattern comprises a stream and wherein the second dispensing pattern comprises a spray pattern.
18. A liquid dispenser as set forth in claim 17 wherein the flow restrictor includes a spinner having a swirl chamber for swirling the liquid in the discharge liquid flow path before the liquid is dispensed through the discharge port.
19. A liquid dispenser as set forth in claim 19 wherein the flow restrictor and dispenser body are configured such that at least some liquid flowing through the discharge liquid flow path and out the discharge port bypasses the swirl chamber when the flow restrictor is in its first position.

20. A liquid dispenser as set forth in claim 17 further comprising a positioning member for facilitating movement of the flow restrictor between its first and second positions, said positioning member being mounted on the dispenser body for movement relative to the dispenser body between first and second positions, said positioning member being operatively connected to said flow restrictor such that movement of the positioning member between its first and second positions causes movement of flow restrictor between its first and second positions.
21. A liquid dispenser as set forth in claim 21 wherein the dispenser body further includes an elongate conduit, said elongate conduit at least in part defining the discharge fluid pathway, said flow restrictor being configured for moving within the elongate conduit along a longitudinal axis X1 of the elongate conduit upon movement of the positioning member between its first and second positions.
22. A liquid dispenser as set forth in claim 22 wherein said positioning member is mounted on the
dispenser body for pivoting about said longitudinal axis X1 between its first and second positions.
23. A liquid dispenser as set forth in claim 22 wherein said positioning member is mounted on the
dispenser body for pivoting about an axis X2, different from said axis X1 .
24. A liquid dispenser as set forth in claim 17 wherein the flow restrictor is adjacent the discharge port when the flow restrictor is in its second position.

25. A liquid dispenser comprising:
a dispenser body having a pump mechanism, an intake port adapted for fluid communication with a source of liquid, an intake liquid flow path providing fluid communication between the intake port and the pump mechanism, a first check valve in the intake liquid flow path configured for permitting fluid flow from the intake port to the pump mechanism and for checking fluid flow from the pump mechanism to the intake port, a discharge port, a discharge liquid flow path providing fluid communication between the pump mechanism and discharge port, and a second check valve in the discharge liquid flow path configured for permitting fluid to flow
downstream from the pump mechanism to the discharge port and for checking fluid flow from the discharge port to the pump mechanism; and
a spinner member in the discharge liquid flow path moveable relative to the dispenser body between a first position in which the spinner member is spaced from the discharge port of the dispenser body and a second
position in which the spinner member is adjacent the discharge port;
said dispenser body and spinner member cooperating for dispensing liquid from the discharge port in a first dispensing pattern when the spinner member is in its first position and for dispensing liquid from the
discharge port in a second dispensing pattern when the spinner member is in its second position, the first dispensing pattern differing from the second dispensing pattern.

AMENDED CLAIMS
[received by the International Bureau on 3 April 1997 (03.04.97);
original claims 17-24 amended;
remaining claims unchanged (2 pages)]

communication between the pump mechanism and discharge port, and a second check valve in the discharge liquid flow path configured for permitting fluid to flow
downstream from the pump mechanism to the discharge port and for checking fluid flow from the discharge port to the pump mechanism; and
a flow restrictor in the discharge liquid flow path moveable relative to the dispenser body between a first position in which the flow restrictor is spaced a first distance from the discharge port of the dispenser body and a second position in which the flow restrictor is spaced a second distance from the discharge port;
said dispenser body and flow restrictor
cooperating for dispensing liquid from the discharge port in a first dispensing pattern when the flow restrictor is in its first position and for dispensing liquid from the discharge port in a second dispensing pattern when the flow restrictor is in its second position, the first dispensing pattern differing from the second dispensing pattern.
17. A liquid dispenser as set forth in claim 16 wherein the first dispensing pattern comprises a stream and wherein the second dispensing pattern comprises a spray pattern.
18. A liquid dispenser as set forth in claim 16 wherein the flow restrictor includes a spinner having a swirl chamber for swirling the liquid in the discharge liquid flow path before the liquid is dispensed through the discharge port.
19. A liquid dispenser as set forth in claim 18 wherein the flow restrictor and dispenser body are configured such that at least some liquid flowing through the discharge liquid flow path and out the discharge port bypasses the swirl chamber when the flew restrictor is in its first position.

20. A liquid dispenser as set forth in claim 16 further comprising a positioning member for facilitating movement of the flow restrictor between its first and second positions, said positioning member being mounted on the dispenser body for movement relative to the
dispenser body between first and second positions, said positioning member being operatively connected to said flow restrictor such that movement of the positioning member between its first and second positions causes movement of flow restrictor between its first and second positions.
21. A liquid dispenser as set forth in claim 20 wherein the dispenser body further includes an elongate conduit, said elongate conduit at least in part defining the discharge fluid pathway, said flow restrictor being configured for moving within the elongate conduit along a longitudinal axis X1 of the elongate conduit upon movement of the positioning member between its first and second positions.
22. A liquid dispenser as set forth in claim 21 wherein said positioning member is mounted on the
dispenser body for pivoting about said longitudinal axis X1 between its first and second positions.
23. A liquid dispenser as set forth in claim 21 wherein said positioning member is mounted on the
dispenser body for pivoting about an axis X2, different from said axis X1.
24. A liquid dispenser as set forth in claim 16 wherein the flow restrictor is adjacent the discharge port when the flow restrictor is in its second position.
25. A liquid dispenser comprising:
a dispenser body having a pump mechanism, an intake port adapted for fluid communication with a source of liquid, an intake liquid flow path providing fluid communication between the intake port and the pump mechanism, a first check valve in the intake liquid flow

Statement Under Article 19(1)
The amendments to Claims 17-24 made under Article 19(1) bring the claims pending in the international application into conformance with claims currently pending in the United States patent application Serial No.08/569,878, from which the international application claims priority.