Patents by Inventor Anthony J. Zoia

Anthony J. Zoia has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 5053028
    Abstract: A disposable garment or diaper including a laminate and a hook and loop fastener for fastening together portions of the laminate to secure the diaper to an individual. The fastener includes a loop fastener portion adjacent a first end of the laminate comprising a multiplicity of loops, a pair of flexible elongate polymeric tab assemblies having first end portions attached at opposite sides to the laminate adjacent a second end of the laminate and having distal end portions unattached to the laminate, and hook fastener portions at the distal end portions of the tab assemblies comprising a plurality of projecting hook members adapted to make releasable engagement with the loops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1991
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Anthony J. Zoia, Roland R. Midgley, Donald L. Plaschko, William L. Melbye, Leigh E. Wood, Susan K. Nestegard, John A. Miller
  • Patent number: 4857067
    Abstract: The back ears of a contoured disposable diaper are shirred to become stretchable and elastically retractable. Because of this, the diaper can be pulled snugly around the buttocks and the waist merely by applying ordinary fingertip pressure to the fastening tabs. The shirring can be provided by incorporating into the back ears of a flat diaper-forming blank a piece of heat-elasticizable material and then heating each diaper that is cut from the blank to shrink the piece. A preferred heat-elasticizable material comprises a substantially flat inelastic web to which is heat bonded a plurality of parallel elastomeric strands extended to at least about three times their relaxed length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1989
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Leigh E. Wood, Anthony J. Zoia