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1. (WO2019006543) APPAREIL DE NETTOYAGE DE SURFACE À MAIN
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CLAIMS:

1 . A hand vacuum cleaner having a front end, a rear end, an upper end, a lower end and first and second laterally spaced apart sides and comprising:

an air flow path extending from a dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet;

a cyclone assembly comprising a cyclone chamber positioned in the air flow path and having a cyclone air inlet, a cyclone air outlet and a cyclone axis of rotation, wherein the cyclone axis of rotation extends generally in a forward/rearward direction;

a pre-motor filter positioned downstream of the cyclone air outlet; and, a suction motor positioned in the air flow path downstream of the pre- motor filter and upstream of the clean air outlet and having a suction motor axis of rotation,

wherein the pre-motor filter is vertically spaced from the cyclone axis of rotation when the upper end of the hand vacuum cleaner is positioned above the lower end of the hand vacuum cleaner, and

wherein air travels generally rearwardly from the pre-motor filter to the suction motor.

2. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 1 wherein the pre-motor filter is vertically spaced from the cyclone chamber when the upper end of the hand vacuum cleaner is positioned above the lower end of the hand vacuum cleaner.

3. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 1 wherein the cyclone assembly comprises a sidewall that extends generally parallel to the cyclone axis of rotation and the pre-motor filter has an upstream surface that extends generally parallel to the sidewall of the cyclone assembly.

4. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 3 wherein the pre-motor filter has a downstream surface that is opposed to the upstream surface, and air exits the downstream surface in a generally vertical direction when the upper end of the hand vacuum cleaner is positioned above the lower end of the hand vacuum cleaner.

5. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 4 wherein the pre-motor filter at least partially overlies the cyclone chamber.

6. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 4 wherein the suction motor axis of rotation is generally parallel to the cyclone axis of rotation.

7. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 1 wherein the suction motor is positioned rearward of the cyclone chamber and the suction motor axis of rotation is generally parallel to the cyclone axis of rotation.

8. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 1 wherein the pre-motor filter comprises a generally cylindrical filter having a hollow interior wherein the suction motor has an inlet end that faces towards the hollow interior.

9. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 8 wherein the generally cylindrical filter has an outer upstream surface and an inner downstream surface defining the hollow interior and the suction motor axis of rotation intersects the hollow interior.

10. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 9 wherein the cyclone chamber comprises a sidewall that extends generally parallel to the cyclone axis of rotation and the upstream surface of the pre-motor filter extends generally parallel to the sidewall of the cyclone chamber.

1 1 . The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 10 wherein the pre-motor filter at least partially overlies the cyclone chamber.

12. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 1 further comprising a handle having a hand grip portion that extends upwardly and forwardly when the upper end of the hand vacuum cleaner is positioned above the lower end of the hand vacuum cleaner wherein the suction motor is located at an upper end of the handle.

13. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 12 wherein the suction motor is positioned rearward of the cyclone chamber.

14. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 13 wherein the suction motor is located at an upper end of the hand grip portion.

15. A hand vacuum cleaner having a front end, a rear end, an upper end, a lower end and first and second laterally spaced apart sides and comprising:

an air flow path extending from a dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet;

a cyclone assembly comprising a cyclone chamber positioned in the air flow path and having a cyclone air inlet, a cyclone air outlet and a cyclone axis of rotation, wherein the cyclone axis of rotation extends generally in a forward/rearward direction;

a generally cylindrical pre-motor filter positioned downstream of the cyclone air outlet and having a hollow interior; and,

a suction motor positioned in the air flow path downstream of the pre- motor filter and upstream of the clean air outlet and having a suction motor axis of rotation that is generally parallel to the cyclone axis of rotation, wherein the suction motor has an inlet end that faces towards the hollow interior.

16. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 15 wherein the generally cylindrical filter has an outer upstream surface and an inner downstream surface defining the hollow interior and the suction motor axis of rotation intersects the hollow interior.

17. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 16 wherein the cyclone assembly comprises a sidewall that extends generally parallel to the cyclone axis of rotation and the upstream surface of the pre-motor filter extends generally parallel to the sidewall of the cyclone assembly.

18. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 17 wherein the pre-motor filter at least partially overlies the cyclone chamber.

19. A hand vacuum cleaner having a front end, a rear end, an upper end, a lower end and first and second laterally spaced apart sides and comprising:

an air flow path extending from a dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet;

a handle having a hand grip portion that extends upwardly and forwardly when the upper end of the hand vacuum cleaner is positioned above the lower end of the hand vacuum cleaner;

a cyclone chamber positioned in the air flow path and having a cyclone air inlet, a cyclone air outlet and a cyclone axis of rotation;

at least one energy storage member positioned in an energy storage chamber; and,

a suction motor positioned in the air flow path upstream of the clean air outlet, wherein the suction motor is located at an upper end of the handle and rearward of the at least one energy storage member when the upper end of the hand vacuum cleaner is positioned above the lower end of the hand vacuum cleaner.

20. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 19 wherein the suction motor is located at an upper end of the hand grip portion.

21 . The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 19 wherein the at least one energy storage member comprises a plurality of energy storage members wherein at least some of the plurality of energy storage members are arranged one above another in a generally upwardly extending configuration when the upper end of the hand vacuum cleaner is positioned above the lower end of the hand vacuum cleaner and the suction motor is positioned rearward of at least some of the energy storage members when the upper end of the hand vacuum cleaner is positioned above the lower end of the hand vacuum cleaner.

22. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 21 wherein the cyclone axis of rotation intersects a volume defined by the generally upwardly extending configuration of energy storage members.

23. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 22 wherein the cyclone axis of rotation extends generally in a forward/rearward direction.

24. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 19 wherein the at least one energy storage member comprises a plurality of energy storage members wherein at least some of the plurality of energy storage members are arranged one above another in a generally upwardly extending configuration when the upper end of the hand vacuum cleaner is positioned above the lower end of the hand vacuum cleaner and the suction motor is positioned rearward of an upper end of the plurality of energy storage members when the upper end of the hand vacuum cleaner is positioned above the lower end of the hand vacuum cleaner.

25. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 19 wherein the cyclone axis of rotation extends generally in a forward/rearward direction.

26. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 25 wherein the suction motor is positioned above the cyclone axis of rotation when the upper end of the hand vacuum cleaner is positioned above the lower end of the hand vacuum cleaner.

27. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 19 further comprising a pre-motor filter positioned in the air flow path downstream of the cyclone chamber, the pre-motor filter comprising a generally cylindrical filter having a hollow interior wherein the suction motor has an inlet end that faces towards the hollow interior.

28. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 27 wherein the generally cylindrical filter has an outer upstream surface and an inner downstream surface defining the hollow interior and the suction motor axis of rotation intersects the hollow interior.

29. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 28 wherein the cyclone assembly comprises a sidewall that extends generally parallel to the cyclone axis of rotation and the upstream surface of the pre-motor filter extends generally parallel to the sidewall of the cyclone assembly.

30. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 29 wherein the pre-motor filter at least partially overlies the cyclone chamber.

31 . The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 19 wherein the dirty air inlet has a dirty air inlet axis that extends generally rearwardly and is positioned above the cyclone chamber.

32. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 31 wherein the dirty air inlet axis intersects a volume defined by a pre-motor filter housing.

33. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 31 wherein the dirty air inlet axis intersects the suction motor.

34. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 31 wherein the dirty air inlet axis intersects the suction motor.

35. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 19 further comprising a pre-motor filter positioned in the air flow path downstream of the cyclone chamber, the pre-motor filter comprising a generally cylindrical filter having a hollow interior wherein the dirty air inlet has a dirty air inlet axis that extends generally rearwardly and intersects the hollow interior.

36. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 35 wherein the dirty air inlet axis intersects the suction motor.

37. A hand vacuum cleaner having a front end, a rear end, an upper end, a lower end and first and second laterally spaced apart sides and comprising:

an air flow path extending from a dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet;

a handle having a hand grip portion that extends upwardly and forwardly when the upper end of the hand vacuum cleaner is positioned above the lower end of the hand vacuum cleaner, the handle being positioned at the rear end of the hand vacuum cleaner;

a cyclone chamber positioned in the air flow path and having a cyclone air inlet, a cyclone air outlet and a cyclone axis of rotation that extends in a forward/rearward direction;

a pre-motor filter positioned downstream of the cyclone chamber and upstream of the suction motor; and,

a suction motor positioned in the air flow path upstream of the clean air outlet, wherein the suction motor has a suction motor axis of rotation that extends in a forward/rearward direction, wherein the suction motor is located at an upper end of the handle, and wherein the suction motor axis of rotation is vertically displaced from the cyclone axis of rotation when the upper end of the hand vacuum cleaner is positioned above the lower end of the hand vacuum cleaner.

38. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 37 wherein the suction motor is located at an upper end of the hand grip portion.

39. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 38 wherein the cyclone axis of rotation intersects the hand grip portion.

40. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 37 wherein the suction motor is located rearward of the cyclone chamber.

41 . The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 37 wherein the suction motor has an inlet that faces towards the pre-motor filter.

42. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 37 wherein the suction motor axis of rotation intersects a volume defined by a pre-motor filter housing.

43. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 37 wherein the suction motor axis of rotation extends through a central portion of a volume containing the pre-motor filter.

44. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 42 wherein the pre-motor filter is positioned above the cyclone axis of rotation when the upper end of the hand vacuum cleaner is positioned above the lower end of the hand vacuum cleaner.

45. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 37 wherein the pre-motor filter is positioned above the cyclone axis of rotation when the upper end of the hand vacuum cleaner is positioned above the lower end of the hand vacuum cleaner.

46. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 37 wherein the pre-motor filter is positioned above the cyclone chamber when the upper end of the hand vacuum cleaner is positioned above the lower end of the hand vacuum cleaner.

47. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 37 wherein the cyclone axis of rotation intersects the hand grip portion, the pre-motor filter is positioned above the cyclone axis of rotation when the upper end of the hand vacuum cleaner is positioned above the lower end of the hand vacuum cleaner and the suction motor axis of rotation extends through a pre-motor filter housing.

48. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 37 wherein the pre-motor filter comprises a generally cylindrical filter having a hollow interior wherein the suction motor axis of rotation intersects the hollow interior.

49. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 48 wherein, after exiting a downstream side of the pre-motor filter, air travels generally linearly to the suction motor.

50. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 37 wherein, after exiting a downstream side of the pre-motor filter, air travels generally linearly to the suction motor.

51 . The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 37 wherein the pre-motor filter comprises a generally cylindrical filter having a hollow interior wherein the dirty air inlet has a dirty air inlet axis that extends generally rearwardly and intersects the hollow interior.

52. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 51 wherein the dirty air inlet axis intersects the suction motor.

53. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 52 wherein the cyclone axis of rotation intersects the hand grip portion.

54. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 53 further comprising a plurality of energy storage members wherein at least some of the plurality of energy storage members are arranged one above another in a generally upwardly extending configuration when the upper end of the hand vacuum cleaner is positioned above the lower end of the hand vacuum cleaner, and the suction motor is positioned rearward of at least some of the energy storage members when the upper end of the hand vacuum cleaner is positioned above the lower end of the hand vacuum cleaner.

55. The hand vacuum cleaner of claim 37 further comprising a plurality of energy storage member wherein at least some of the plurality of energy storage members are arranged one above another in a generally upwardly extending configuration when the upper end of the hand vacuum cleaner is positioned above the lower end of the hand vacuum cleaner and the suction motor is positioned rearward of at least some of the energy storage members when the upper end of the hand vacuum cleaner is positioned above the lower end of the hand vacuum cleaner.