Patents Examined by Paula L. Craig
  • Patent number: 10149788
    Abstract: Disposable absorbent diapers are provided with improved comfort, fit and liquid transportation. The absorbent core of the disposable absorbent diapers includes at least one absorbent structure comprising a substrate layer and an absorbent layer with channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Carsten Heinrich Kreuzer, Rodrigo Rosati, Blanca Arizti, Hans Adolf Jackels, Ernesto G. Bianchi, Donald Carroll Roe
  • Patent number: 10123920
    Abstract: An absorbent article for wearing about the lower torso of a wearer includes a topsheet, a backsheet joined to at least a portion of the topsheet, and an absorbent core disposed between the topsheet and the backsheet. The absorbent core includes a first layer and a second layer, wherein the first layer is disposed in fluid communication with the second layer. The first layer has a first shape and the second layer has a second shape. The first shape is different from the second shape. Each of the first layer and second layer comprise less than about 20 percent airfelt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: John Peter Lankhof, Yukio Heki, Masahiro Kondo, Niels Hollenberg, Steven Stuart Bullock, Toshiyuki Iwata
  • Patent number: 10117979
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for sensing fluid in a dressing on a patient and producing an electrical signal. In one instance, a galvanic cell is used as an electronic detection device. The galvanic cell is placed in the dressing and produces voltage when the dressing is substantially saturated. In one instance, the dressing is a reduced-pressure, absorbent dressing. Other systems, methods, and dressings are presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Daniel John Coulthard, Malcolm Thomson, Rico Jaeger
  • Patent number: 10117774
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a drug-delivery device includes one or more reservoirs that may each contain a therapeutic agent for delivery to a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Mark S. Humayun, Sean Caffey
  • Patent number: 10112023
    Abstract: A device, system, and method for isolating a ventilator from one or more patients in which the delivery conditions of gas delivered to an isolation device from a ventilator may drive the delivery of breathing-gas delivered to one or more patients, the breathing-gas having the same or different delivery conditions. In one embodiment, an isolation device may have a housing and a movable partition. The movable partition may be joined to the housing, The movable partition may have a patient side on a first side of the partition and an actuating side on a second side of the partition. The isolation device may include an inlet pressure regulator on the actuating side and/or an exhaust pressure regulator on the patient side. These regulators may alter the delivery conditions (including, but not limited to, pressure and volume) of breathing-gas delivered to a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: The Research Foundation for The State University of New York
    Inventors: Bradley P. Fuhrman, Mark S. Dowhy
  • Patent number: 10085895
    Abstract: In a disposable diaper, a back waist region includes a belt region extending in a transverse direction on a skin-facing surface and a downward openable pocket facing, in a front-back direction, a central sub-region in the transverse direction of the belt region. The pocket is defined by a pocket outside wall facing the middle portion in the front-back direction and extending upward from the crotch region, a pocket inside wall facing the pocket outside wall and the belt region, respectively, in the front-back direction, and being continuous with the pocket outside wall through a folded portion and extending downward from the fold line so as to become continuous with the pocket inside wall of the middle portion in the belt region, and both pocket lateral portions formed from the respective lateral portions of the inside and outside walls, and tucked inward in the transverse direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shunsuke Takino, Hideaki Maki
  • Patent number: 10064765
    Abstract: A wearing article including cover sheets used to cover front and rear ends of a liquid-absorbent structure and improved to alleviate undesirable irritation due to such cover sheets potentially experienced by the wearer. A diaper includes front and rear waist members and a liquid-absorbent structure by which the front and rear waist members are connected. The liquid-absorbent structure has front and rear ends overlapping the front and rear waist members, and front and rear cover sheets are laminated on these front and rear ends to cover them. The front and rear cover sheets are formed with bonded regions adapted to be bonded to the liquid-absorbent structure or the front and rear waist members, outside non-bonded regions lying outboard of the bonded regions and inside non-bonded regions lying inboard of the bonded regions. The inside non-bonded regions are respectively folded back along fold lines toward the wearer's body to form turnbacks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Unicharm Corporation
    Inventor: Shunsuke Takino
  • Patent number: 10058471
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for performing hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatment to stop a cascading effect of an inflammatory response to an injury. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is performed during the inflammation to suppress the release of cytokines, most preferably, within 72 hours of sustaining the injury. Subject to evaluation of the patient, at least a second hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatment is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventors: William M. Vaughan, Gerald W. Surrett
  • Patent number: 10022281
    Abstract: Sanitary product disposal containers include an invertible container body having first and second ends, the container body including a first container wall having a first container wall exterior surface; a second container wall carried by the first container wall, the second container wall having a second container wall exterior surface; an end container wall extending between the first container wall and the second container wall generally at the first end of the container body; a concave sanitary product cavity formed by and between the first container wall, the second container wall and the end container wall generally at the first end of the container body; a container opening formed by and between the first container wall and the second container wall generally at the second end of the container body; and a container seal carried by the first container wall exterior surface of the first container wall and the second container wall exterior surface of the second container wall generally at the second end
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Shallan Alaura Ramsey
  • Patent number: 10017309
    Abstract: A packaging unit for hygiene articles that is formed from a sheet of material having an inner surface comprises an edge zone comprising an inner edge portion and an outer edge portion. At least one of the outer and inner edge portions comprises at least one region provided with a resealable adhesive. The sheet has at least one folding axis dividing said sheet into a first and second regions region. The sheet is folded about said at least one folding axis with said first and second regions in an overlapping configuration, thereby providing a packaging unit. Overlapping outer edge portions of the sheet layers are at least partly adhesive-free and are at least partially connected to each other by a mechanical interaction providing a sealing strength of 0.2 to 1.5 N. A method for forming the packaging unit is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventors: Conny Dahlqvist, Ulrika Persson, Sofia Ekstedt
  • Patent number: 9993374
    Abstract: An absorbent personal care article, such as a sanitary napkin or incontinence pad, having a longitudinal centerline and a transverse centerline and including a pair of opposed first and second wings extending along the longitudinal sides of the article. The first wing includes two or more peaks with furrows there between and the second wing includes one or more peaks. The peaks of the first and second wings are sized and positioned on the article such that when folded under the article and around the wearer's undergarments, the peak of the second wing extends across the longitudinal centerline of the article and into the furrow of the first wing. The inter-meshing wings help wearer's properly don the articles, improve the attachment of the article to the wearer's garment and/or reduce unwanted twisting or bunching of the article during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Luciana V. Mercer, Rogerio B. Bastos, Paula C. Winkel
  • Patent number: 9974699
    Abstract: Absorbent cores for disposable absorbent articles are provided. The absorbent cores each comprise at least two absorbent structures comprising a substrate layer and an absorbent layer, of which one absorbent structure comprises channels and one is free of channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Carsten Heinrich Kreuzer, Rodrigo Rosati, Blanca Arizti, Hans Adolf Jackels, Ernesto G. Bianchi, Donald Carroll Roe
  • Patent number: 9937084
    Abstract: [Object] To provide an absorbent article and an absorbent body having excellent absorption performance. [Solution] The present invention provides an absorbent body having at least two or more layers, the absorbent body comprising: a water absorption layer having a water absorption region where a water absorbent resin powder is disposed and a thickness-direction-penetrating opening region; and a layer having a diffusion region where a diffusibility improvement material having an under-load liquid passing rate of 15 seconds or less is disposed, as a lower layer of the water absorption layer, wherein the lower layer has the diffusion region disposed at least a part of a portion located below the opening region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: LIVEDO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshihisa Ota, Motoko Nishida
  • Patent number: 9931251
    Abstract: An aspect of the invention is a liquid sensor having a galvanically energizable power source capable of activating a remotely detectable signal in response to liquid. In a preferred embodiment, a liquid sensor includes a plurality of electrodes, a circuit, and a transmitter thereon. The electrodes are coupled to generate electrical power when in contact with liquid. The circuit is electrically connected to the electrodes so as to be activated by the electrical power, detect an electrical parameter of the electrical power, and generate a plurality of data packets indicating a degree of wetness corresponding to the detected electrical parameter. The transmitter is electrically coupled to the circuit to receive the plurality of data packets and transmit representations of the plurality of data packets as electromagnetic signals. Other aspects include a liquid absorbent wetness sensor and a computer-based wetness monitoring system, and method of detecting liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: etectRx Inc.
    Inventors: Neil Euliano, Glen Flores, Jerry Yachabach, Eric Buffkin
  • Patent number: 9919072
    Abstract: Provided according to some embodiments of the invention are wound dressings that include a polymer matrix and nitric oxide-releasing polysiloxane macromolecules within and/or on the polymer matrix. Also provided are wound dressing kits and methods of using and forming such wound dressings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Novan, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Stasko, Susanne Bauman, Pranav R. Joshi
  • Patent number: 9901366
    Abstract: Systems and methods make medical items more visible during a medical procedure. An example medical item includes an absorbent material adapted to absorb fluid during a medical procedure, the absorbent material having an outer surface that reflects one or more first wavelengths of light to provide the absorbent material with one or more first colors. The medical item may include one or more enhancing materials disposed on at least one portion of the outer surface of the absorbent material, the one or more enhancing materials reflecting or emitting one or more second wavelengths to provide the enhancing materials with one or more second colors. Alternatively, an enhancing device is coupled to the absorbent material, the enhancing device reflecting or emitting one or more second wavelengths, the one or more second wavelengths being different from the one or more first wavelengths of the absorbent material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventor: Lawrence A. Colby
  • Patent number: 9901495
    Abstract: The present invention addresses the problem of providing an absorbent article that is provided with a liquid-permeable layer, said liquid-permeable layer having convex portions that are hollow inside, has an improved ability to transfer menstrual blood from the liquid-permeable layer to an absorbent body and can reduce the amount of the menstrual blood remaining in the liquid-permeable layer (in particular, the internal cavities in the convex portions). To solve this problem, provided is a sanitary napkin provided with a liquid-permeable top sheet, a liquid-impermeable back sheet and an absorbent body that is interposed between the top sheet and the back sheet, wherein convex portions, said convex portions being hollow inside and formed in an excretion orifice contact region of the top sheet, are coated with a blood lubricity-imparting agent that has a kinetic viscosity of 0.01-80 mm2/s at 40° C., a water retention rate of 0.01-4.0 mass % and a weight-average molecular weight of less than 1,000.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masashi Uda
  • Patent number: 9895275
    Abstract: An absorbent article of the present invention may comprise a topsheet, an outer cover, and an absorbent core disposed therebetween. The outer cover may comprise an extrusion bonded laminate. The EBL may comprise a multi-layer coextruded elastomeric film and a nonwoven. The film may comprise a core layer, a first outer layer, and a second outer layer, wherein the core layer is between the first and second outer layers. The nonwoven may comprise fibers and/or filaments. The first outer layer may be non-adhesively joined to the nonwoven via extrusion coating. Further, the outer cover may be elastic to at least about 50% engineering strain. The nonwoven may have high chemical affinity for the first outer layer. The first outer layer may have a low chemical affinity for the core layer. And, the first outer layer may comprise an amount of draw down polymer greater than about 45 wt %.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Jean-Philippe Marie Autran, Iyad Muslet, David G. Bland, Leopoldo V. Cancio, Janet Neton, Todd Leon Mansfield
  • Patent number: 9883932
    Abstract: An applicator for dispensing a therapeutic agent to an animal including a housing including first and second sections coupled together, the first and second sections defining a channel therebetween that includes at least one outlet; a hub integral with the first section and extending therefrom, the hub defining a conduit; and a bent path connecting the conduit to the channel. In accordance with this embodiment, the conduit, the bent path and the channel are fluidly connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignees: Aircom Manufacturing, Inc., Eli Lilly and Company
    Inventors: Mick A. Trompen, Gregory A. Lyon, Terrence Patrick Clark, Garret Conrad Newbound
  • Patent number: 9877877
    Abstract: The present invention provides a tampon pledget with one or more of the following properties: increased absorbency rate; high absorbent capacity and fluid retention; rapid expansion potential; and ease of ejection of the pledget from the applicator. Surprisingly, the one or more properties are achieved by using a modified dual cross-pad, folded, compressed tampon pledget design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Edgewell Personal Care Brands, LLC
    Inventors: Keith Edgett, Robert Jorgensen, Eugene Dougherty, Yinka Abdul