Patents Represented by Attorney Thomas J. Mielke
  • Patent number: 6994698
    Abstract: Disclosed is a mechanical fastening tab formed from a substrate adapted to be joined to a disposable absorbent product and a first mechanical fastener component. The fastening tab has a Gurley stiffness value of less than about 1000 milligrams in an area of the fastening tab which includes said first mechanical fastening component. Also disclosed are disposable products comprising such mechanical fastening tabs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: A. Todd Leak, Apiromraj Srisopark Roslansky, Paul Theodore Van Gompel, Georgia Lynn Zehner, Edward Herman Ruscher, Yung Hsiang Huang
  • Patent number: 5669896
    Abstract: Disclosed is an absorbent garment including a pair of outer containment flaps and a pair of inner containment flaps, said outer and inner containment flaps being formed from a first integral sheet of containment flap material having a length, said inner containment flaps having a length less than the length of said first sheet of containment flap material. Also described is a method of producing the absorbent garments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1997
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: David Peter Kielpikowski
  • Patent number: 5660666
    Abstract: Disclosed is an improved fastening tape for use on a disposable absorbent garment. The fastening tape comprises a first substrate and an interlocking material attached to said first substrate. The interlocking material extends the entire width of the fastening tape, and the interlocking material is longitudinally spaced from both transverse edges of the fastening tape. Also disclosed is a process for manufacturing the fastening tape. The process involves providing a continuous length of an interlocking material having a width and traveling in a first direction. The interlocking material is attached to a first substrate to form a composite. The composite is then cut along a second direction to form fastening tapes suitable for attachment on a disposable absorbent garment. The second direction is substantially perpendicular to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1997
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Rebecca Lyn Dilnik, Allen Todd Leak, Michael A. Snyder, Patrick Sean McNichols, Scott Leslie Williams, Robert John Leveille, Scott Lee Pennings, Paul John Serbiak, Bruce Michael Siebers, Robert Eugene Vogt, Georgia Lynn Zehner, Thomas David Ehlert, John Gerard Hein, Timothy Raymond Heindel, Tim Joseph Janssen, Kathleen Ann Peterson
  • Patent number: 5656111
    Abstract: Disclosed is an improved fastening tape for use on a disposable absorbent garment. The fastening tape comprises a first substrate and an interlocking material attached to said first substrate. The interlocking material extends the entire width of the fastening tape, and the interlocking material is longitudinally spaced from both transverse edges of the fastening tape. Also disclosed is a process for manufacturing the fastening tape. The process involves providing a continuous length of an interlocking material having a width and traveling in a first direction. The interlocking material is attached to a first substrate to form a composite. The composite is then cut along a second direction to form fastening tapes suitable for attachment on a disposable absorbent garment. The second direction is substantially perpendicular to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 12, 1997
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Rebecca Lyn Dilnik, Allen Todd Leak, Mark Michael Mleziva, Michael A. Snyder, Patrick Sean McNichols, Scott Leslie Williams, Robert John Leveille, Scott Lee Pennings, Paul John Serbiak, Bruce Michael Siebers, Robert Eugene Vogt, Georgia Lynn Zehner, Thomas David Ehlert, John Gerard Hein, Timothy Raymond Heindel, Tim Joseph Janssen, Kathleen Ann Peterson
  • Patent number: 5651862
    Abstract: Described is a wet-formed composite. The wet-formed composite is formed from a combination of fibers and absorbent material. Specifically, the wet-formed composite is formed from absorbent material and a fiber slurry wherein the absorbent material is swellable in the dispersion medium of the slurry. Also disclosed is a method of forming the wet-formed composite. The method involves forming a fiber slurry, combining an absorbent material with the fiber slurry prior to forming the composite and then forming and drying the composite. The absorbent material is swellable in the dispersion medium of the fiber slurry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 29, 1997
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Allen Anderson, Richard John Schmidt
  • Patent number: 5635239
    Abstract: An absorbent structure comprising a fibrous web of cellulosic material, a first complex forming material present within said web and a second complex forming material present within said web. When wetted, the first and second complex forming materials form a complex thereby providing the fibrous web of cellulosic material with improved integrity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 3, 1997
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Franklin M. C. Chen, David L. LeMahieu, William S. Pomplun, Dave A. Soerens
  • Patent number: 5612411
    Abstract: Described is a method for preparing a water-swellable, substantially water-insoluble material. The method involves forming a first solution containing a water-soluble phycocolloid. The first solution is then added to a second solution containing an ion capable of rendering the water-soluble phycocolloid substantially water insoluble. The phycocolloid material is then removed from the second solution and subjected to a solvent exchange to remove water present in the phycocolloid material. Hollow particles can be formed by including a gelation-retarding agent in the first solution. Also described is a water-swellable, substantially water-insoluble particle defining an interior void. The particle comprises an outer shell formed from a water-insoluble phycocolloid. The outer shell defines an interior void which contains a phycocolloid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1997
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Corporation
    Inventor: James R. Gross
  • Patent number: 5601542
    Abstract: One aspect of the present invention relates to an absorbent composite suitable for use in a disposable absorbent garment. The absorbent composite includes means for containing a superabsorbent material and a superabsorbent material contained by said containment means. The superabsorbent material has a Pressure Absorbency Index of at least 100 and a 16-hour extractable level of less than about 13 weight percent; a Pressure Absorbency Index of at least 100 and a Vortex Time of less than about 45 seconds; or a Pressure Absorbency Index of at least about 110. The superabsorbent material is present in said containment means in an amount of from about 30 to about 100 weight percent based on total weight of the containment means and the superabsorbent material. In a second aspect, the present invention relates to a disposable absorbent garment including an outer cover, a body-side liner, and an absorbent composite such as that described above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1997
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Corporation
    Inventors: Mark K. Melius, Sandra M. Yarbrough, Melissa C. Putzer, Stanley R. Kellenberger, Shannon K. Byerly
  • Patent number: 5582606
    Abstract: Disclosed is an absorbent article, including a pair of containment flaps, which containment flaps are particularly well suited for use on an absorbent article having a relatively narrow crotch. Specifically, the containment flaps include a proximal edge and a distal edge. The proximal edge is adhered to a bodyside liner of the absorbent product with the distal edge being adhered to the bodyside liner at a point outboard of the proximal edge. Alternatively, the proximal edge and distal edge are adhered to the bodyside liner in a manner to form a C-fold in the containment flap. The C-fold may be inboard or outboard facing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1996
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clarke Corporation
    Inventors: Mary A. Bruemmer, Paul J. Serbiak, Daniel R. Schlinz
  • Patent number: 5558658
    Abstract: An absorbent article which delimits a front waistband section, a rear waistband section and an intermediate section which interconnects the front and rear waistband sections. The article includes a substantially fluid-impermeable backsheet layer, a liquid-permeable topsheet layer positioned in facing relation with the backsheet layer, and an absorbent body located between the backsheet layer and topsheet layer. The article further defines a humidity transfer area in at least one of the waistband sections. A humidity transfer material overlays the humidity transfer area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1996
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Corporation
    Inventors: Karen M. Menard, Thomas W. Odorzynski, Joel S. Sherman
  • Patent number: 5556703
    Abstract: Described is a method for preparing a water-swellable, substantially water-insoluble material. The method involves forming a first solution containing a water-soluble phycocolloid. The first solution is then added to a second solution containing an ion capable of rendering the water-soluble phycocolloid substantially water insoluble. The phycocolloid material is then removed from the second solution and subjected to a solvent exchange to remove water present in the phycocolloid material. Hollow particles can be formed by including a gelation-retarding agent in the first solution. Also described is a water-swellable, substantially water-insoluble particle defining an interior void. The particle comprises an outer shell formed from a water-insoluble phycocolloid. The outer shell defines an interior void which contains a phycocolloid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1996
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Corporation
    Inventor: James R. Gross
  • Patent number: 5550189
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for producing a water-swellable, generally water-insoluble modified polysaccharide having improved age-stable absorption properties. The method involves forming a mixture of a modified polysaccharide, water, and, optionally, a crosslinking agent, recovering the modified polysaccharide from the mixture and, optionally, heat-treating said recovered modified polysaccharide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1996
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Corporation
    Inventors: Jian Qin, James R. Gross, William J. Mui, Xin Ning, Wen Z. Schroeder, Tong Sun
  • Patent number: 5549775
    Abstract: A method for producing an absorbent article in which a backsheet layer is provided. A hinged cutout section is formed in the backsheet and defines a hinged line. The hinged cutout section is folded along the hinge line to define a vapor-permeable panel. An absorbent body is positioned on the backsheet layer, and a liquid-permeable topsheet layer is positioned in facing relation with the backsheet layer. The absorbent body and the folded, hinged cutout section are located between the topsheet layer and the backsheet layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1996
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas W. Odorzynski
  • Patent number: 5531731
    Abstract: An absorbent article includes a garment with a tape fastener that provides for the display of printed information only when the garment is not being worn. The garment has opposite inner and outer surfaces and first and second waistband sections. The tape fastener, which is bonded to the first waistband section, includes an interior tape member and an exterior tape member. The interior tape member is bonded to the inner surface, and in one embodiment, contains the printed information. The exterior tape member includes a factory-bond section, which is bonded to the first waistband section, and a user-bond section, which is formed of a transparent material and includes an adhesive surface adapted to releasably engage the interior tape member. The printed information will not show through clothing when the garment is being worn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1996
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Corporation
    Inventor: Carl J. Brusky
  • Patent number: 5507909
    Abstract: A threadlike or ribbonlike elastic strand is provided with a substantially continuous filament of adhesive helically wrapped around the elastic strand. The elastic strand is suitable for use in disposable absorbent products such as diapers and adult incontinent products. Also disclosed is a method and, apparatus for making such adhesive-wrapped elastic strands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1996
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Corporation
    Inventors: Neal A. Rollins, John A. Rooyakkers
  • Patent number: 5501756
    Abstract: A threadlike or ribbonlike elastic strand is provided with a substantially continuous filament of adhesive helically wrapped around the elastic strand. The elastic strand is suitable for use in disposable absorbent products such as diapers and adult incontinent products. Also disclosed is a method and apparatus for making such adhesive-wrapped elastic strands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1996
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Corporation
    Inventors: Neal A. Rollins, John A. Rooyakkers
  • Patent number: 5498705
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for producing a surface-crosslinked, modified polysaccharide having improved absorption properties. The method involves forming a mixture of water and a crosslinking agent, adding a generally water-soluble, modified polysaccharide to said mixture wherein the surface of the polysaccharide becomes crosslinked, and drying the modified polysaccharide. Also described is a surface-crosslinked, modified polysaccharide having improved absorption properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1996
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Corporation
    Inventor: Jian Oin
  • Patent number: 5496298
    Abstract: Disclosed is an elastomeric ear suitable for use on a disposable absorbent article. The elastomeric ear is formed from an elastomeric material which defines a proximal edge, a distal edge, a first connecting edge and a second connecting edge. The first and second connecting edges connect the proximal and distal edges. The second connecting edge is non-parallel to the first connecting edge, and the proximal edge is longer than the distal edge. A fastener is joined to the elastomeric ear. Also described is a disposable absorbent article including such an elastomeric ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 5, 1996
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Corporation
    Inventors: Rebecca J. Kuepper, Christine A. Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 5489282
    Abstract: A growth adjustable diaper for newborn babies is adjustable in length by use of a foldable absorbent panel at the front edge of the diaper and is adjustable about the waist of the baby by means of ear members that can overlap and attach to each other or not overlap and attach to the front section of the diaper. Cushion barriers are provided at the crotch section and back waist edge to protect the newborn's sensitive, tender skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 6, 1996
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Corporation
    Inventors: Georgia L. Zehner, Paulette M. Rosch, Thomas W. Odorzynski, Bruce M. Siebers, Timothy J. Blenke
  • Patent number: 5470964
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for producing a surface-crosslinked, modified polysaccharide having improved absorption properties. The method involves forming a mixture of water and a crosslinking agent, adding a generally water-soluble, modified polysaccharide to said mixture wherein the surface of the polysaccharide becomes crosslinked, and drying the modified polysaccharide. Also described is a surface-crosslinked, modified polysaccharide having improved absorption properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 28, 1995
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Corporation
    Inventor: Jian Qin