Patents by Inventor Michael J. Garvey

Michael J. Garvey 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: 9901492
    Abstract: A mass produced absorbent article having an image of a quality that is commercially acceptable. The image is produced by ink jet printheads applying ink to a web moving at high speed under the jets in the course of manufacturing the article. The image is printed at low resolution but is characterized in part by a higher coverage area ratio and brightness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Kimberly D. Baer, Michael J. Garvey, Melissa C. Putzer, Timothy J. Probst, Eric D. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20150173976
    Abstract: A mass produced absorbent article having an image of a quality that is commercially acceptable. The image is produced by ink jet printheads applying ink to a web moving at high speed under the jets in the course of manufacturing the article. The image is printed at low resolution but is characterized in part by a higher coverage area ratio and brightness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Publication date: June 25, 2015
    Inventors: Kimberly D. Anderson, Michael J. Garvey, Melissa C. Putzer, Timothy J. Probst, Eric D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9006509
    Abstract: A mass produced absorbent article having an image of a quality that is commercially acceptable. The image is produced by ink jet printheads applying ink to a web moving at high speed under the jets in the course of manufacturing the article. The image is printed at low resolution but is characterized in part by a higher coverage area ratio and brightness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Kimberly D. Anderson, Michael J. Garvey, Melissa C. Putzer, Timothy J. Probst, Eric D. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20130211361
    Abstract: A mass produced absorbent article having an image of a quality that is commercially acceptable. The image is produced by ink jet printheads applying ink to a web moving at high speed under the jets in the course of manufacturing the article. The image is printed at low resolution but is characterized in part by a higher coverage area ratio and brightness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Kimberly D. Anderson, Michael J. Garvey, Melissa C. Putzer, Timothy J. Probst, Eric D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8273066
    Abstract: A mass produced absorbent article having an image of a quality that is commercially acceptable. The image is produced by ink jet printheads applying ink to a web moving at high speed under the jets in the course of manufacturing the article. The image is printed at low resolution but is characterized in part by a higher coverage area ratio and brightness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Kimberly D. Anderson, Michael J. Garvey, Melissa C. Putzer, Timothy J. Probst, Eric D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 7964276
    Abstract: A fastening system that includes an auto-adhesive layer and a cover layer. The cover layer engages the auto-adhesive layer such that the auto-adhesive layer is exposed as the cover layer is stretched. In some embodiments, stretching the cover layer causes the cover layer to rupture (i.e., tear) so that the auto-adhesive layer may be exposed for subsequent bonding. The term “auto-adhesive” refers to self-adhesive properties of a polymeric material where an auto-adhesive is substantially non-adhesive with respect to many other materials. Also disclosed is a method of joining a fastening system to an item. The method includes positioning the fastening system near the item. The method further includes exposing an auto-adhesive layer by stretching a cover layer that is engaged with the auto-adhesive layer and then engaging the auto-adhesive layer on the fastening system with an auto-adhesive layer on the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory K. Hall, Michael J. Garvey
  • Publication number: 20090064028
    Abstract: Devices and downloads employing analysis software executed by a processor. Instructions display questions and receive user input to identify a topic. Instructions display questions and receive user input to define circumstances within the identified topic. Instructions present an output information relating to the identified topic as a function of the defined circumstances wherein the output information comprises at least one of a solution, a course of action or a definition of a problem.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2007
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Garvey, Jason C. Cohen
  • Patent number: 7074484
    Abstract: The present invention relates to shape deformable materials, which are capable of (1) being deformed, (2) storing an amount of shape deformation, and (3) recovering at least a portion of the shape deformation when exposed to electromagnetic radiation (EMR) energy. The shape deformable materials can advantageously be in the form of films, fibers, filaments, strands, nonwovens, and pre-molded elements. The shape deformable materials of the present invention may be used to form products, which are both disposable and reusable. More specifically, the shape deformable materials of the present invention may be used to produce products such as disposable diapers, training pants, incontinence products, and feminine care products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Vasily A. Topolkaraev, Thomas Walter Odorzynski, Dave Allen Soerens, Michael J. Garvey, Duane Girard Uitenbroek
  • Publication number: 20040006323
    Abstract: Garments have elastomeric composites and elastomeric composite laminates including reinforcement strands incorporated into an elastomeric adhesive film. The strands may vary in terms of levels of tension. Facing layers, such as nonwoven webs, can be laminated to both surfaces of the elastomeric composite to form laminates. The facing layer laminates can then be incorporated to provide expandable areas such as elastomeric cuff areas or containment flaps for garments to improve the elastic characteristics of such areas thereby providing good aesthetics and performance for such garments. Alternatively, the elastomeric composite of reinforcement strands incorporated into an elastomeric adhesive film can be utilized directly between two primary layers of a garment, e.g., the liner and the outer cover, to produce a laminate which is an integral part of the garment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2002
    Publication date: January 8, 2004
    Inventors: Gregory K. Hall, Tim J. Janssen, Michael J. Garvey, Thomas W. Odorzynski
  • Publication number: 20030119402
    Abstract: Absorbent articles having stabilized absorbent structures are discussed. The absorbent structures include binder fibers and absorbent composites. The absorbent composites include a particle of superabsorbent material and an energy receptive additive. The absorbent structures having the absorbent composites are particularly suitable for exposure to dielectric heating, in general, and microwave heating, in particular.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2002
    Publication date: June 26, 2003
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Shannon K. Melius, William G. Reeves, Peter R. Elliker, Michael J. Garvey
  • Publication number: 20030119400
    Abstract: An absorbent article having a liner, an outer cover, and an absorbent body disposed therebetween. The absorbent body includes a non-woven absorbent structure having a length, a thickness, a width and opposite side edges generally defining the width of the structure. The thickness of the absorbent structure is non-uniform along at least one of the length and the width of the absorbent structure and the opposite side edges of the absorbent structure are substantially uncut along the length of the absorbent structure. The absorbent structure is of unitary construction of absorbent fibers and binder fibers activated to form inter-fiber bonds within the absorbent structure. In another embodiment, the width of the absorbent structure is non-uniform along the length of the absorbent structure and the opposite side edges of the absorbent structure are substantially uncut along the length of the absorbent structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Publication date: June 26, 2003
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Beitz, Frank P. Abuto, Jayant Chakravarty, Michael J. Garvey, Timothy J. Rymer, Michael B. Venturino, Robert E. Vogt, Bernhardt E. Kressner
  • Publication number: 20030119405
    Abstract: An absorbent article having a liner and an outer cover in generally opposed relationship with the liner. An absorbent body disposed therebetween includes a non-woven absorbent structure having a length, a width and a thickness. The absorbent structure is constructed of absorbent fibers and binder fibers activatable to form inter-fiber bonds within the absorbent structure, with the binder fibers being multi-component fibers in which at least one binder fiber component has a melt temperature that is lower than a melt temperature of at least one other binder fiber component. The width of the absorbent structure is non-uniform along its length prior to activation of the binder fibers. In another embodiment, the absorbent structure is of unitary construction and the concentration of binder fibers therein is non-uniform along at least one of the length, the width and the thickness of the absorbent structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Publication date: June 26, 2003
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank P. Abuto, Mark J. Beitz, Jayant Chakravarty, Michael J. Garvey, Timothy J. Rymer, Michael B. Venturino, Robert E. Vogt
  • Publication number: 20030119413
    Abstract: An absorbent article having a liner, an outer cover, and an absorbent body disposed therebetween. The absorbent body includes a non-woven absorbent structure of unitary construction. The absorbent structure is constructed of absorbent fibers and binder fibers activated to form inter-fiber bonds within the absorbent structure, and has a length, a width, a thickness and a permeability throughout the absorbent structure of greater than about 20 square microns. In another embodiment, the absorbent structure has an outer surface and a core, the absorbent structure having less than about five times more oxidation at its outer surface than at its core. In another embodiment, the binder fibers have an energy receptive additive in the range of about 2 to about 40 weight percent and a dielectric loss factor of at least about 0.5.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Publication date: June 26, 2003
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Jayant Chakravarty, Frank P. Abuto, Mark J. Beitz, Michael J. Garvey, Timothy J. Rymer, Michael B. Venturino, Robert E. Vogt
  • Patent number: 6533987
    Abstract: The present invention relates to shape deformable materials, which are capable of (1) being deformed, (2) storing an amount of shape deformation, and (3) recovering at least a portion of the shape deformation when exposed to electromagnetic radiation (EMR) energy. The shape deformable materials can advantageously be in the form of films, fibers, filaments, strands, nonwovens, and pre-molded elements. The shape deformable materials of the present invention may be used to form products, which are both disposable and reusable. More specifically, the shape deformable materials of the present invention may be used to produce products such as disposable diapers, training pants, incontinence products, and feminine care products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Vasily A. Topolkaraev, Thomas Walter Odorzynski, Dave Allen Soerens, Michael J. Garvey, Duane Girard Uitenbroek
  • Publication number: 20020135103
    Abstract: The present invention relates to shape deformable materials, which are capable of (1) being deformed, (2) storing an amount of shape deformation, and (3) recovering at least a portion of the shape deformation when exposed to electromagnetic radiation (EMR) energy. The shape deformable materials can advantageously be in the form of films, fibers, filaments, strands, nonwovens, and pre-molded elements. The shape deformable materials of the present invention may be used to form products, which are both disposable and reusable. More specifically, the shape deformable materials of the present invention may be used to produce products such as disposable diapers, training pants, incontinence products, and feminine care products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2000
    Publication date: September 26, 2002
    Inventors: Thomas Walter Odorzynski, Dave Allen Soerens, Michael J. Garvey, Duane Girad Uitenbroek
  • Publication number: 20020115772
    Abstract: The present invention relates to shape deformable materials, which are capable of (1) being deformed, (2) storing an amount of shape deformation, and (3) recovering at least a portion of the shape deformation when exposed to electromagnetic radiation (EMR) energy. The shape deformable materials can advantageously be in the form of films, fibers, filaments, strands, nonwovens, and pre-molded elements. The shape deformable materials of the present invention may be used to form products, which are both disposable and reusable. More specifically, the shape deformable materials of the present invention may be used to produce products such as disposable diapers, training pants, incontinence products, and feminine care products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2000
    Publication date: August 22, 2002
    Inventors: Vasily A. Topolkaraev, Thomas Walter Odorzynski, Dave Allen Soerens, Michael J. Garvey, Duane Girard Uitenbroek
  • Publication number: 20020112950
    Abstract: The present invention relates to shape deformable materials, which are capable of (1) being deformed, (2) storing an amount of shape deformation, and (3) recovering at least a portion of the shape deformation when exposed to electromagnetic radiation (EMR) energy. The shape deformable materials can advantageously be in the form of films, fibers, filaments, strands, nonwovens, and pre-molded elements. The shape deformable materials of the present invention may be used to form products, which are both disposable and reusable. More specifically, the shape deformable materials of the present invention may be used to produce products such as disposable diapers, training pants, incontinence products, and feminine care products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2000
    Publication date: August 22, 2002
    Inventors: Vasily A. Topolkaraev, Thomas Walter Odorzynski, Dave Allen Soerens, Michael J. Garvey, Duane Girard Uitenbroek
  • Publication number: 20020115977
    Abstract: The present invention relates to shape deformable materials, which are capable of (1) being deformed, (2) storing an amount of shape deformation, and (3) recovering at least a portion of the shape deformation when exposed to electromagnetic radiation (EMR) energy. The shape deformable materials can advantageously be in the form of films, fibers, filaments, strands, nonwovens, and pre-molded elements. The shape deformable materials of the present invention may be used to form products, which are both disposable and reusable. More specifically, the shape deformable materials of the present invention may be used to produce products such as disposable diapers, training pants, incontinence products, and feminine care products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2000
    Publication date: August 22, 2002
    Inventors: Vasily A. Topolkaraev, Thomas Walter Odorzynski, Dave Allen Soerens, Michael J. Garvey, Duane Girard Uitenbroek
  • Patent number: 6419798
    Abstract: The present invention relates to shape deformable materials, which are capable of (1) being deformed, (2) storing an amount of shape deformation, and (3) recovering at least a portion of the shape deformation when exposed to electromagnetic radiation (EMR) energy. The shape deformable materials can advantageously be in the form of films, fibers, filaments, strands, nonwovens, and pre-molded elements. The shape deformable materials of the present invention may be used to form products, which are both disposable and reusable. More specifically, the shape deformable materials of the present invention may be used to produce products such as disposable diapers, training pants, incontinence products, and feminine care products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Vasily A. Topolkaraev, Thomas Walter Odorzynski, Dave Allen Soerens, Michael J. Garvey, Duane Girard Uitenbroek
  • Patent number: 5407594
    Abstract: A tablet of compacted particulate detergent composition in which the tablet, or a discrete region thereof, consists essentially of a matrix of particles substantially free of particles <200 .mu.m. Particles of detergent-active compound and detergent builder and optionally particles of detergent base powder are individually coated with binder/disintegrant capable, when the tablet is immersed in water, of disrupting the structure of the tablet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1995
    Assignee: Lever Brothers Company, Division of Conopco, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan J. Fry, Michael J. Garvey, William J. Iley, Geoffrey Newbold, Douglas Wraige