Patents Examined by Karin Reichle
  • Patent number: 7378566
    Abstract: An absorbent core is provided including a substrate that performs at least one fluid handling function. At least a portion of at least one region of the substrate has been modified by aperturing, calendering, coating, creping, heating, printing, stretching, or a combination thereof to impart at least one different fluid handling function. The substrate is folded to provide a plurality of panels wherein at least a portion of one panel corresponds to at least a portion of the modified region of the substrate. An absorbent article including the absorbent core and a process for making the absorbent core are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Dave Allen Soerens, Cathleen Mae Uttecht, Hoa La Wilhelm
  • Patent number: 7337922
    Abstract: An infusion pump for expelling a fluid from a collapsible fluid reservoir to a patient. The pump includes a housing having a chamber therein for receiving the fluid reservoir. A first wall is provided on the housing for contacting the fluid reservoir, and a second wall is movable from a first position distanced from the first wall to form the chamber therebetween, and a second position relatively closer to the first wall. Advancing the movable wall from the first position to the second position expels fluid from the collapsible reservoir at a substantially constant rate by applying increasing force on the fluid reservoir through the dispensation cycle. Preferably, the first and second walls are provided with non-planar complementary surface configurations for contacting the collapsible reservoir. Retraction mechanisms for retracting the movable wall from the second position to the first position, and user readable indicium of the status of the dispensation cycle are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: I-Flow Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Rake, Orvil L. Judge, Donald M. Earhart, Charles J. McPhee
  • Patent number: 7335810
    Abstract: Disclosed is an absorbent article including: a liquid-permeable topsheet; a backsheet; an absorbent storage layer between the topsheet and the backsheet; and a cushion layer between the topsheet and the absorbent storage layer. When a tensile force of 490 mN per 25 mm width is applied to the topsheet in a transverse direction crossing the cushion layer, an extension is at least 30%. When the absorbent article is pressed from above in a region having the cushion layer, an initial thickness T0 of the pressed region of the absorbent article for a pressure of 49 Pa is at least 10 mm, a compressive hardness (LC value) is 0.5 to 0.65, and a compressive recovery (RC value) is at least 35%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Wataru Yoshimasa, Kazuya Nishitani
  • Patent number: 7320673
    Abstract: A feminine hygiene product which has a tampon and a tampon applicator. The tampon applicator has a rupturable membranous cap permanently associated with a tampon holder tube. The tampon holder tube has a hollow interior portion, an interior surface, an exterior surface, an outer perimeter, a longitudinal axis, a first end dimensioned for insertion into a vaginal cavity, and a second end positioned oppositely to the first end. The tampon is housed in the tampon holder tube within the hollow interior portion of the tampon holder tube and is substantially aligned with the longitudinal axis of the tampon holder tube in a pre-expelled position. The rupturable membranous cap covers at least a portion of the tampon. During expulsion of the tampon from the tampon holder tube, the rupturable membranous cap reorients the tampon into a direction substantially non-aligned to the longitudinal axis of the tampon holder tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Diana Lynne Gann, Thomas Ward Osborn, III
  • Patent number: 7264615
    Abstract: An absorbent insert for use with an absorbent garment has a body-facing outer surface and a garment-facing outer surface. The garment-facing outer surface is at least partially permeable to fluids. The insert also includes one or more absorbent layers and one or more delay layer(s) adapted to substantially affect the flow of fluid through the insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Earle Harry Sherrod, Stephen Bradford Cook, David Arthur Fell, Cornelis Jacobus Bosselaar, Courtney M. Nelson, Paul Joseph Datta, Mary Anne Bruemmer-Prestley
  • Patent number: 7261701
    Abstract: Skin antiseptic composition dispensers and methods of use are disclosed. The skin antiseptic composition dispenser may include a container with one or more walls that are substantially impermeable to ethylene oxide gas during normal ethylene oxide sterilization processes. In some embodiments, the container may include flexible walls free of metallic foil barrier layers. The containers may also include one or more vents in addition to one or more openings used to dispense the skin antiseptic composition within the container. The dispenser may include an applicator with a hydrophilic foam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Co.
    Inventors: Robert A. Davis, Matthew T. Scholz, Mark V. Johnson, Triet M. Lu, Robert A. Asmus, John D. Dell
  • Patent number: 7217259
    Abstract: An interlabial absorbent article is provided for disposition primarily within the vestibule of a female wearer. The article includes a liquid permeable top sheet, a polymeric film back sheet, and an absorbent material disposed between the top sheet and back sheet. The polymeric film back sheet is also liquid permeable such that the article may be disposed at generally any orientation within the wearer's vestibule and absorb bodily fluids at any such orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Mary L. McDaniel
  • Patent number: 7166095
    Abstract: A protective undergarment having an outer layer of fluid-resistant material shaped to conform to the buttock and leg region of a user, and an elongated sling of material connected to the outer layer. Opposite sides of the sling are bowed inward and joined together at a first end of the sling to form a first pocket part for retaining one end of a fluid absorbent pad. A cuff is connected between the first end of the sling and the outer layer. The second end of the sling is connected to the outer layer, and an intermediate portion of the sling between the first and second ends of the sling is folded longitudinally into an S-shape so as to provide three plies of the material establishing a second pocket part for retaining an opposite end of the fluid absorbent pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: Tailored Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Fredrica V. Coates
  • Patent number: 7154020
    Abstract: A body fluid absorbent wearing article includes a liquid-absorbent panel. The panel is composed of a first fibrous assembly panel lying on the side of a topsheet and a second fibrous assembly panel underlying the first sub-panel. The first sub-panel has a flat portion, a plurality of protuberant portions and a plurality of wall portions. The first sub-panel has a fiber density that increases toward the second sub-panel which has a fiber density higher than that of the first panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventor: Masashi Nakashita
  • Patent number: 7125400
    Abstract: A wearing article such as a disposable diaper is provided in predetermined regions of the article with hook members. These predetermined regions are elastically stretchable at least in one direction. Each of the hook members includes a plurality of hook assemblies which are, in turn, attached to each of the predetermined regions so as to be spaced apart one from another in the one direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Takamitsu Igaue, Maki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 7122021
    Abstract: An eye rinsing device including a flask that contains an eye rinsing liquid and that is sealed by a closure element that projects up from the future opening of the flask. The flask includes an eye cup and is adapted to co-act with a flask holder. The eye cup is situated around the closure element and a sleeve surrounds the eye cup. The sleeve is non-rotatably affixed in the closure element. After the flask has been opened, by twisting the sleeve relative to the flask, it is difficult to return the flask to the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: Cederroth International AB
    Inventors: Tom Ahlström, Hans Ehrich, Jochen Ratjen
  • Patent number: 7118557
    Abstract: A disposable diaper includes a liquid-impermeable topsheet, a liquid-permeable backsheet and an absorbent core therebetween. A pair of barrier cuffs which are elastically extendable in a longitudinal direction of the diaper are provided along transversely opposite side flaps of the diaper. Front and rear ends of the barrier cuffs are bonded to the diaper at longitudinally opposite ends thereof. Outer side edges of the barrier cuffs are bonded to outer edges of the flaps and inner side edges of the barrier cuffs are bonded to the flaps along lines defined between the outer side edges and transversely opposite side edges of the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Hironao Minato, Yasushi Sayama
  • Patent number: 7118550
    Abstract: A dispenser for delivering a suppository within a body cavity. The dispenser has two main components: a barrel and a plunger. The barrel includes a head, a foot, and a body having a length and extending between the head and the foot. The barrel further defines an axial passage disposed along substantially the entire length of the body beginning at the foot and ending proximate the head, and includes a side aperture providing external access through the body of the barrel to the axial passage at the head of the barrel. The plunger includes a nose, a tail, and a frame extending between the nose and the tail. The plunger is sized to travel within the axial passage of the barrel between a relaxed position and a compressed position, in which a suppository is ejected from the side aperture, upon actuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: B. Braun Medical
    Inventor: Benjamin N. Loomis
  • Patent number: 7087043
    Abstract: An external urinary catheter includes a housing, an annular base, and a cap which are assembled to form a container which is placed over the penis to receive urine passing from the urethra. A fitting in the side of the container permits one to connect the container to a remote receptacle. A stretchable condom-like sleeve secured around the base prevents liquid leakage between the base and the penis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Inventor: Donald L. Dolan
  • Patent number: 7056313
    Abstract: A personal care garment having side seams with a discreet or aesthetically pleasing appearance. The side seams can extend from a waist opening to each of two leg openings between a front side panel and a back side panel. In one embodiment, a ribbon cover is attached to an outer surface of the garment to secure the side seam and provide a finished, aesthetically pleasing appearance. In another embodiment, an embossing pattern can be applied to the side seam to provide a finished, aesthetically pleasing appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark S. Franke, Cynthia Louise Wyngaard, Heather S. Mortell
  • Patent number: 7048726
    Abstract: An absorbent article (1) having a liquid-retentive absorbing layer (2), a liquid-impermeable leakproof layer (3), and standing gathers (4) on each side. The gathers have an elastically extensible portion (40) coming into planar contact with the wearer's skin while worn. The elastically extensible portion (40) is made of a sheet (44) and at least one elastic member (45), the elastic member (45) being fixed to the sheet (44) discretely in the longitudinal direction in its stretched state, and the parts of the sheet where the elastic member (45) is not fixed are raised by contraction of the elastic member (45) to form a plurality of hollow ridges (43) on the side of the elastically extensible portion (40) to be brought into contact with the wearer's skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Kao Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuya Kusagawa, Atsushi Murai, Mitsugu Hamajima, Jinko Noguchi
  • Patent number: 7001368
    Abstract: A disposable pull-on wearing article folded along a folding zone extending across a crotch region in a transverse direction so that the inner surface of the article comes in contact with itself. The folding zone is formed at a position displaced toward a front waist region so that a front peripheral edge portion of a waist-opening defined by the front waist region lies at a longitudinally lower position than that of a rear peripheral edge portion of the waist-opening defined by a rear waist region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventor: Toshifumi Otsubo
  • Patent number: 6989005
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article suitable for absorbing and retaining aqueous body fluids includes a backsheet that is substantially liquid impervious except at a discontinuity therein and an absorbent core between the backsheet and a topsheet. The absorbent core includes a non-removable component and a removable and replaceable component in fluid communication with the non-removable component. Access for the removal and replacement of the removable component is provided by the discontinuity in the backsheet. The replaceable absorbent core component may be removed and a like component may be substituted in place of the removed component without removal of the absorbent article from the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gary Dean LaVon, Gerald Alfred Young, Theodora Beck
  • Patent number: 6974891
    Abstract: An absorbent structure in an absorbent article such as a diaper, incontinence guard, sanitary napkin, wound dressing, bed protection and the like, formed from at least two superposed layers (5?; 5?) of one or more web-shaped absorption materials (5), said layers (5?; 5?) having different widths as seen in the transverse direction of the article. The absorbent structure (4) made of said layers has been compressed to a thickness which is substantially the same over the width of the structure, in such a way that the structure has a higher density in the areas thereof where the layers overlap each other and a lower density in other areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventor: Leif Wallström
  • Patent number: 6960197
    Abstract: Absorbent pants having a waist opening, two leg openings, and a waterproof outer barrier layer, which is arranged outside the pants layer. The pants layer has a surface area which is greater than that of the outer barrier layer and is joined in parts with itself or includes a device for enabling it to be joined in parts with itself, so that during use of the pants it alone constitutes the waist opening and the leg openings of the pants, and that the load-bearing parts of the pants and all of the parts lying against the body of the user are formed only from the pants layer. The pants are also elastic, where the outer barrier layer is essentially inelastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Assignee: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventors: Anders Gustafsson, Urban Widlund