Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Douglas L. Miller
  • Patent number: 6380455
    Abstract: The feminine sanitary protection package and method provide a vaginal insertion device and a panty shield configured to fit the pudendal region of a woman. The panty shield is tri-folded over the vaginal insertion device. A pouch contains the combination including the panty shield and the vaginal insertion device. The pouch provides for transporting and disposing of the panty shield and vaginal insertion device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Susan Jean Moder, Richard William Kubalek
  • Patent number: 6264642
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article has a liquid impermeable backsheet, a liquid permeable topsheet, and an absorbent structure therebetween. The backsheet defines a liquid barrier zone on both sides of the absorbent structure, and a pair of liquid impermeable containment flaps overlie the liquid barrier zones. Leg elastic members are disposed along the side edges of the backsheet, and flap elastic members are disposed in the liquid impermeable containment flaps. A liquid barrier is in each liquid barrier zone, and extends between the front edge and back edge of the liquid impermeable backsheet. Each liquid barrier is desirably between a respective leg elastic member and flap elastic member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2001
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: David Arthur Kuen, John Irvin Van Deurzen
  • Patent number: 6231715
    Abstract: A printing process prints a continuously moving substrate with elongate, semi-tone graphics. The printed substrate is incorporated into a composite elastic material, in which the substrate is contracted, thereby forming a desired full-tone graphic from the semi-tone graphic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Joseph Schleinz, Daniel James Conrad, Joseph S. Kucherovsky
  • Patent number: 6093138
    Abstract: A method is provided for making a universal packaging bag that has a window through which a component on a product can be visually perceived. The method provides for the bag to be used on differently designed bagging machines, such a right-handed bagging machine or a left-handed bagging machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse Paul Sorenson, Jack Lee Couillard, William Joseph Meyer, Gregory Allen MacDonald, Michael Andrew Machurick, Glenn Chance Dunlap, III, Aric Anton Melzl
  • Patent number: 6092002
    Abstract: A process and apparatus for controllably registering two continuously moving layers of material is provided. A continuously moving first layer has a plurality of components, and a continuously moving second layer has a plurality of reference marks representing a respective plurality of components. The process and apparatus control the distance between reference marks of the second layer to a selected distance, and then controllably registers each reference mark of the second layer to a respective component of the continuously moving first layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Lee Kastman, Robert Griffiths Brandon, Louis Maurice Chapdelaine, Joseph Daniel Coenen, Robert Lee Popp, Devertt DeWayne Woolwine
  • Patent number: 6033112
    Abstract: A universal flexible packaging bag is provided that contains a stack of products, such as a plurality of disposable absorbent training pants, in which each product has a component, such as a graphic on a front panel of a training pant, that is to be visually perceived through a window in the bag. The bag is uniquely designed to accommodate differently designed bagging machines, such as a right-handed bagging machine and a left-handed bagging machine, so that a stack of products can be positioned in the bag such that the component is visible through the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse Paul Sorenson, Jack Lee Couillard, William Joseph Meyer, Gregory Allen MacDonald, Michael Andrew Machurick, Glenn Chance Dunlap, III, Aric Anton Melzl
  • Patent number: 6033502
    Abstract: A process and apparatus for controllably registering two continuously moving layers of material is provided. One of the layers is elasticized and has a plurality of reference marks representing a plurality of separate and distinct components, and the other of the continuously moving layers has a respective plurality of components thereon. The process and apparatus controls the distance between reference marks to a selected distance, and controllably registers each reference mark to a respective component of the continuously moving second layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Daniel Coenen, Robert Griffiths Brandon, Louis Maurice Chapdelaine, Scott Lee Kastman, Robert Lee Popp, Devertt DeWayne Woolwine
  • Patent number: 5980087
    Abstract: An apparatus for controllably registering two continuously moving layers of material is provided. One of the layers of material has a plurality of reference marks representing a plurality of separate and distinct components, and the other of the continuously moving layers has a respective plurality of different components thereon. The apparatus controls the distance between reference marks to a selected distance, and controllably registers each reference mark to a respective component of the continuously moving second layer. An article is provided in which a graphic is controllably registered within a designated area thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Griffiths Brandon, Louis Maurice Chapdelaine, Leonard Michael Kaczmarzyk, Scott Lee Kastman, Marci Elizabeth Kuske, Thomas Michael Lager, Stephen Lawrence Miller, Robert Lee Popp, Richard Thomas Wehrle, Devertt DeWayne Woolwine
  • Patent number: 5967665
    Abstract: A flexible polymer packaging bag is provided with an easy-open end seal feature for easily tearing through a fused seal. The bag has a pair of side walls, a pair of end walls, a top wall, and a bottom wall, in which the walls form an interior space. A stack of articles are contained in the interior space. A seal is in one of the walls and includes at least one seal area and at least one weakened zone. A frangible line for opening the bag is in the one wall and intersects the seal at the weakened zone, so that the frangible line can be easily tom where it intersects the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Allen MacDonald, Thomas Michael Lager, Michael Andrew Machurick, Jesse Paul Sorenson
  • Patent number: 5954201
    Abstract: An individually packaged absorbent article, such as a catamenial device, is disclosed. The absorbent article has an outer periphery with first and second ends and first and second longitudinal sides. The absorbent article further has first and second major surfaces, with the second major surface having an garment attachment adhesive secured thereto. The absorbent article is enclosed by a wrapper having first and second ends, first and second longitudinal sides, and first and second major surfaces. The first major surface of the wrapper is releasably affixed to the garment attachment adhesive such that the first and second ends of the wrapper and the first and second longitudinal sides of the wrapper extend beyond the outer periphery of the absorbent article. An attachment device, such as a line of an adhesive or one or more dots of adhesive, is secured to the second major surface of the wrapper and is located closer to the first end than to the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Wordwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Valerie Victoria Finch, Pamela Jean DeShaney, Tammy Jo Balzar, Janet Jessie Larsen, James Dell Milner
  • Patent number: 5941639
    Abstract: A universal flexible packaging bag is provided that contains a stack of products, such as a plurality of disposable absorbent training pants, in which each product has a component, such as a graphic on a front panel of a training pant, that is to be visually perceived through a window in the bag. The bag is uniquely designed to accommodate differently designed bagging machines, such as a right-handed bagging machine and a left-handed bagging machine, so that a stack of products can be positioned in the bag such that the component is visible through the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse Paul Sorenson, Jack Lee Couillard, William Joseph Meyer, Gregory Allen MacDonald, Michael Andrew Machurick, Glenn Chance Dunlap, III, Aric Anton Melzl
  • Patent number: 5931825
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article has a liquid impermeable backsheet, a topsheet, and an absorbent structure therebetween. The backsheet defines a liquid barrier zone on both sides of the absorbent structure, and a pair of liquid impermeable containment flaps overlie respective liquid barrier zones. Each liquid impermeable containment flap includes a flap elastic member and a leg elastic member. A liquid barrier is in each liquid barrier zone, and extends between the front edge and the back edge of the backsheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: David Arthur Kuen, John Irvin Van Deurzen
  • Patent number: 5930139
    Abstract: A process and apparatus for controllably registering two continuously moving layers of material is provided. A continuously moving first layer has a plurality of components thereon, and a continuously moving second layer has a plurality of reference marks representing a respective plurality of components thereon. The process and apparatus control the distance between reference marks of the second layer to a selected distance, and controllably registers each reference mark of the second layer to a respective component of the continuously moving first layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Louis Maurice Chapdelaine, Robert Griffiths Brandon, Joseph Daniel Coenen, Scott Lee Kastman, Robert Lee Popp, Devertt DeWayne Woolwine
  • Patent number: 5895382
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article includes a waste containment assembly that has a liner, outer cover, and an absorbent between the liner and outer cover, and a pair of containment flaps that are operatively joined in a foreshortened state to the waste containment assembly. Methods are provided for making the absorbent article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1999
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Lee Popp, Frank Steven Glaug, Julia Mae Luben, Shirlee Ann Weber, David Arthur Kuen
  • Patent number: 5891127
    Abstract: A feminine sanitary protection packaging is disclosed which includes a packaging article and method. The feminine sanitary protection packaging provides a vaginal insert or insert applicator and a panty liner configured to fit the pudendal region of a woman. The panty liner is C-wrapped longitudinally to form a longitudinally C-wrapped combination panty liner and vaginal insert or insert applicator. A pouch encloses the longitudinally C-wrapped panty liner and vaginal insert or insert applicator combination. The pouch provides a means for transporting and disposing of the longitudinally C-wrapped combination. The vaginal insert includes a tampon or a vaginal suppository. The vaginal insert applicator includes a tampon applicator or a vaginal suppository applicator. The pouch is sealed and optionally can be perforated on at least one closed end for ease in opening. The pouch can be formed from the release strip of the panty liner and can be sealed around the longitudinally C-wrapped combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1999
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Susan J. Moder, Richard W. Kubalek
  • Patent number: 5873971
    Abstract: A method is disclosed of forming a tampon is which can be comfortably withdrawn from a body cavity. The method includes the steps of cutting an individual absorbent member from an absorbent strip. Each absorbent member is then shaped to form an elongated absorbent having an outer periphery. A liquid-permeable cover is secured to the outer periphery of the elongated absorbent to form a softwind. The softwind has a first end and a second end and is folded on itself such that the first and second ends are aligned adjacent to one another. The softwind contains two folds therebetween which divide the softwind into first, second and third portions. A withdrawal string is secured to the second portion of the softwind and then the softwind is compressed into a cylindrically shaped pledget. The pledget has an insertion end and a trailing end and the insertion end located adjacent to the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Assignee: Kimberly Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Tammy Jo Balzar
  • Patent number: D440398
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Patricia A. Mitchler, Herb F. Velazquez, Richard L. Rothe
  • Patent number: D475849
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Patricia A. Mitchler, Herb F. Velazquez, Richard L. Rothe
  • Patent number: D433132
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Herb F. Velazquez, Patricia A. Mitchler
  • Patent number: D433796
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Zack