Patents Examined by Jacqueline Stephens
  • Patent number: 10273463
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are fluff pulp compositions, absorbent articles comprising the fluff pulp compositions, and related methods. The fluff pulp compositions comprise a chemiluminescent system configured to produce visible light upon contact with an aqueous system. Representative absorbent articles include disposable diapers and adult incontinence products. Representative chemiluminescent systems include bioluminescent systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL PAPER COMPANY
    Inventors: Brent A. Petersen, Venketa R. Parthasarathy
  • Patent number: 10265223
    Abstract: A textured laminate structure and absorbent articles having a component formed of the textured laminate structure are disclosed. The textured laminate structure may have a first layer formed of a nonwoven web having a preexisting pattern of first apertures therethrough, a second layer, and one or more elastic members disposed between the first and second layers in a prestrained condition. The laminate structure may be discontinuously joined or bonded such that the first layer is joined or bonded to the structure in first portions and unjoined or unbonded to the structure in second portions. The structure provides a stretch laminate with tactilely and visually interesting features, and may be used to form components of a disposable absorbent article such as a side panel thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Sarah Marie Wade, Masaharu Nishikawa, Kaoru Ishihara, Tina Marie Glahn, Gary Dean Lavon
  • Patent number: 10265221
    Abstract: Disposable pull-on diapers of the present disclosure may have optimized waist circumferential length and leg opening length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Koichi Morimoto, Takashi Umeo, Hiroyuki Ueno, Katsuhiro Yonemura
  • Patent number: 10258513
    Abstract: A wing-shaped flap has a front side outline extending outward from a main body, a back side outline which extends outward from the main body and a tip end side outline which connects the front side outline and the back side outline. The tip end side outline includes a tip end side outline front portion extending outward from an end portion of the front side outline and a tip end side outline back portion extending outward from an end portion of the back side outline, and an intersection between the tip end side outline front portion and the tip end side outline back portion forms an outermost side end portion in a width direction of the wing-shaped flap and is located on a front side with respect to a center point of a length between the end portion of the front side outline and the end portion of the back side outline in a longitudinal direction of an absorbent article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: DAIO Paper Corporation
    Inventor: Mihoko Kuramochi
  • Patent number: 10240260
    Abstract: An absorbent article containing a nonwoven web that includes a plurality of polyolefin fibers is provided. The polyolefin fibers are formed by a thermoplastic composition containing a continuous phase that includes a polyolefin matrix polymer and nanoinclusion additive is provided. The nanoinclusion additive is dispersed within the continuous phase as discrete nano-scale phase domains. When drawn, the nano-scale phase domains are able to interact with the matrix in a unique manner to create a network of nanopores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Vasily A. Topolkaraev, Ryan J. McEneany, Antonio J. Carrillo, Mark M. Mleziva, Andy J. Meyer
  • Patent number: 10231874
    Abstract: A wound dressing, a method of manufacturing a wound dressing, and a method of treating a patient are disclosed. The wound dressing may include an absorbent layer for absorbing wound exudate; and an obscuring element for at least partially obscuring a view of wound exudate absorbed by the absorbent layer in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew PLC
    Inventors: Ella Lynn Mumby, Helene Anne Lecomte
  • Patent number: 10231885
    Abstract: An undergarment configured to help absorb leaks of bodily fluids from a person suffering from mild to moderate incontinence or other conditions includes a main body made of a material that allows the absorption of bodily fluids and a crotch piece made of a material that allows the absorption of bodily fluids that overlays the crotch portion of the main body. The crotch piece of the undergarment can extend high enough and be wide enough on the front side of the garment's main body so as to offer an adequate area of protection to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Glenna Rae Hovey
  • Patent number: 10231883
    Abstract: An absorbent structure includes a first area of fibrous absorbent material and a second area of fibrous absorbent material. The first area has a greater basis weight than the second area. The second area includes a plurality of segments separated by vertical interfaces. Each of the vertical interfaces has a width less than 1 cm. Bridging of fibrous absorbent material extends across the vertical interfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Greg Joseph DeGrave, Michael Barth Venturino, Michael John Niemeyer
  • Patent number: 10226387
    Abstract: A cervical pad is provided for absorbing and collecting body fluids. The cervical pad comprises a resilient circular rim configured to span a vaginal opening adjacent the cervical os. A central body portion spans the area defined by the rim. The body portion includes a pad comprising an upper membrane layer, a lower membrane layer sealingly connected to the rim, and a flexible absorbent insert is disposed in a space defined between the inner membrane layer and the outer membrane layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventor: Gwynne Marie Hite
  • Patent number: 10213349
    Abstract: A patient incontinence and lifting pad is an apparatus utilized to absorb urine excreted by a bedridden patient as well as to facilitate turning and lifting the patient. The apparatus includes a bed pad on which the patient is able to lie as well as an attached first securing strap and a second securing strap used to anchor the bed pad to a hospital bed railing or similar structure. An elongated band of the first securing strap and the second securing strap may be attached to itself in order to anchor the bed pad. An absorbent incontinence pad insert for absorbing urine is inserted within a slot on the bed pad and may be removable/replaceable. The absorbent incontinence pad insert may be held in place within the slot by a peripheral hook fastener strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Charleen Suzanne Solomon
  • Patent number: 10206823
    Abstract: A disposable diaper having features that improve its ability to lay open in a flat configuration is disclosed. The diaper may include fastening members having a minimum basis weight, and a minimum width and a minimum surface area relative the chassis dimensions, along with other features that tend to cause the diaper to lay open in a flat configuration, for the convenience of the caregiver during application of the diaper to a baby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Astrid Annette Sheehan, Nelson Edward Greening, II
  • Patent number: 10201460
    Abstract: A double gusset cloth diaper including an inner surface and an outer surface forming an hourglass shape, having a groin area proximate a center line of the reusable diaper and defining at least one recess therebetween. A fluid absorbent material is removably located in the recess through the opening. A first gusset is attached to the reusable diaper to form a first seal between the inner surface and the legs of the user. A second gusset is attached to the reusable diaper proximate the first gusset. The gussets are formed of an elastic material attached to the wrong side of the inner surface in a channel formed by stitching the inner surface to form channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Kanga Care, LLC
    Inventor: Julie Ekstrom
  • Patent number: 10195094
    Abstract: The invention relates to slit absorbent articles and the use of slits in absorbent materials to provide improved liquid intake rate, flexibility and softness compared to the unmodified material. The absorbent material, including superabsorbent materials, are particularly useful as absorbent cores in disposable absorbent articles such as diapers, incontinent products, sanitary napkins and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: DSG Technology Holdings Ltd.
    Inventors: Andrew Wright, Patrick King Yu Tsang
  • Patent number: 10195095
    Abstract: Absorbent article suppressing occurrence of malodor after use while preventing a rash on a wearer's skin. The absorbent article includes an absorbent body, and a fumaric acid-supported sheet disposed on a skin surface side of the absorbent body. The fumaric acid-supported sheet is a sheet which supports fumaric acid particles having an average particle diameter of 30 ?m or less, and/or a sheet in which at least a part of constituent fibers is coated with fumaric acid. When being in contact with the body fluid or the like, fumaric acid is not immediately but slowly dissolved so that alkalization at the area around fumaric acid can be prevented over a long period of time. In addition, fumaric acid has an action of inhibiting proliferation of putrefactive bacteria and, therefore, can prevent occurrence of malodor from the absorbent article having absorbed the body fluid or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: LIVEDO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshihisa Ota, Motoko Nishida
  • Patent number: 10195090
    Abstract: An absorbent article includes an absorbent body provided between a liquid permeable topsheet and a backsheet; and embosses formed at both sides of the liquid permeable topsheet, wherein each of the embosses includes a body fluid expelling part emboss formed at an area corresponding to a body fluid expelling part along a longitudinal direction of the absorbent article, and is constituted of a shaped line protruding outward in a width direction of the absorbent article, longitudinal direction embosses formed at front and rear of the body fluid expelling part emboss along the longitudinal direction of the absorbent article, respectively, and inclined embosses extending from outer end portions of the longitudinal direction embosses, respectively, and being inclined toward a center side in the width direction of the absorbent article, and wherein end portions of the right and left inclined embosses are spaced apart from each other in the width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: DAIO PAPER CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryoko Kurihara
  • Patent number: 10188561
    Abstract: An absorbent article comprising an exterior sheet formed of a nonwoven fabric laminate (1) in which a first nonwoven fabric layer (2), a second nonwoven fabric layer (3) and a third nonwoven fabric layer (4) are laminated from the outer side, wherein the first nonwoven fabric layer (2), the second nonwoven fabric layer (3) and the third nonwoven fabric layer (4) are joined to each other at a first joining part (6) by heat-embossing, and the second nonwoven fabric layer (3) and the third nonwoven fabric layer (4) are further joined to each other at a second joining part (7) by heat-embossing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: LIVEDO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuki Takahashi, Kenji Nakaoka
  • Patent number: 10166153
    Abstract: A pant-type absorbent article, such as a pant diaper, a sanitary pant or incontinence pant, includes a front portion, a back portion and a crotch portion, wherein lateral side portions of the front portion and back portion are superposed so that their inner surfaces face each other and being joined to each other along side seams. At least part of said front and back portions comprises an elastic laminate including first and second fibrous layers and an elastic film layer located therebetween, the first fibrous layer forms an inner wearer-facing side of the elastic laminate having a basis weight of between 13 and 30 g/m2 and the basis weight of the first fibrous layer is between 10 and 300% higher than the basis weight of the second fibrous layer, and wherein the first fibrous layers face each other along said side seams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: ESSITY HYGIENE AND HEALTH AKTIEBOLAG
    Inventor: Inge W├ągdahl
  • Patent number: 10166154
    Abstract: A shaped non-woven fabric for an absorbent has a first surface and a second surface and is usable with the second surface facing a constituent member of an absorbent article. The shaped non-woven fabric is includes a thermoplastic resin fiber. The non-woven fabric includes a plurality of first recesses which have openings in the first surface and are recessed toward the second surface, and a plurality of through-holes which penetrate from the first surface to the second surface. Each of the plurality of first recesses has a peripheral wall section which extends in the thickness direction from the end edges of the openings toward the second surface, and a bottom section connected to the end edge of the peripheral wall section. At least a portion of the plurality of first recesses includes a hole section which penetrates from the first surface to the second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tatsuya Hashimoto, Tetsuo Okubo, Huanhuan Chen
  • Patent number: 10166152
    Abstract: In an incontinence pad having an absorber 4 interposed between a permeable front surface sheet and a back surface sheet, the absorber is provided with an absorber recessed part, without relying on compression, on a surface of the permeable front surface sheet along an incontinence pad longitudinal direction and over a longitudinal direction range including a body fluid discharge site. By embossing from a front surface of the permeable front surface sheet, an embossed part imparted with an emboss width smaller than a groove width of the absorber recessed part is disposed along the absorber recessed part in the inside of the absorber recessed part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: DAIO Paper Corporation
    Inventors: Yoko Suzuki, Kaori Umemoto
  • Patent number: 10166155
    Abstract: An absorbent article includes a first waist region, a second waist region, and a crotch region, wherein the first waist region and second waist region are joined with each other such that a pair of side seams are formed and the absorbent article has two leg openings and a waist opening. At least one of the first waist region or the second waist region include a first graphic zone, a second graphic zone, and a third graphic zone, wherein the first graphic zone, the second graphic zone, and the third graphic zone are disposed at a side seam of the absorbent article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Tina Marie Glahn, Rachael Eden Walther, Gary Dean LaVon, Amanda Margaret Bicking, Diana Woehnl Juratovac, Sara Jon Shipley, Vanessa Marie Melendez, Fred Naval Desai, Margaret Henderson Hasse