Patents by Inventor Michael Lostocco

Michael Lostocco 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).

  • Publication number: 20110308751
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the present invention provides a method of forming a cellulose article having a specific volume of less than 3 cc/gm. The method includes the step of incorporating cellulose fibers with a compound, wherein the compound includes an aqueous dispersion. The aqueous dispersion may have at least one polymer selected from the group consisting of an ethylene-based thermoplastic polymer, a propylene-based thermoplastic polymer, and mixtures thereof; at least one polymeric stabilizing agent; and water. In certain embodiments, a combined amount of the at least one polymer and the at least one stabilizing agent comprises about 25 to about 74 volume percent of the aqueous dispersion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Inventors: Brad M. Moncla, Ronald Wevers, Wenbin Liang, Henk Felix, Johan van Rijsbergen, Michael Lostocco, Troy M. Runge, Thomas J. Dyer, Deborah J. Nickel
  • Patent number: 8029646
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the present invention provides a method of forming a cellulose article having a specific volume of less than 3 cc/gm. The method includes the step of incorporating cellulose fibers with a compound, wherein the compound includes an aqueous dispersion. The aqueous dispersion may have at least one polymer selected from the group consisting of an ethylene-based thermoplastic polymer, a propylene-based thermoplastic polymer, and mixtures thereof; at least one polymeric stabilizing agent; and water. In certain embodiments, a combined amount of the at least one polymer and the at least one stabilizing agent comprises about 25 to about 74 volume percent of the aqueous dispersion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Brad M. Moncla, Ronald Wevers, Wenbin Liang, Henk Felix, Johan van Rijsbergen, Michael Lostocco, Troy M. Runge, Thomas J. Dyer, Deborah J. Nickel
  • Publication number: 20080073045
    Abstract: Sheet-like products, such as tissue products, are disclosed containing an additive composition. The additive composition, for instance, comprises an aqueous dispersion containing an alpha-olefin polymer, an ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer, or mixtures thereof. The alpha-olefin polymer may comprise an interpolymer of ethylene and octene, while the ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer may comprise ethylene-acrylic acid copolymer. The additive composition may also contain a dispersing agent, such as a fatty acid. The additive composition may be incorporated into the tissue web by being combined with the fibers that are used to form the web. Alternatively, the additive composition may be topically applied to the web after the web has been formed. The additive composition can improve various properties of the sheet-like product. For instance, in one embodiment, the additive composition can reduce lint and increase softness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Publication date: March 27, 2008
    Inventors: Thomas Dyer, Michael Lostocco, Deborah Nickel, Troy Runge, Kenneth Zwick, Mike Goulet, Jeffrey Timm, Perry Clough, Michael Rekoske
  • Publication number: 20080000602
    Abstract: Wiping products are disclosed containing an additive composition that enhances the cleaning properties of the product. The additive composition, for instance, comprises an aqueous dispersion containing an alpha-olefin polymer, an ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer, or mixtures thereof. The alpha-olefin polymer may comprise an interpolymer of ethylene and octene, while the ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer may comprise ethylene-acrylic acid copolymer. The additive composition may also contain a dispersing agent, such as a fatty acid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Publication date: January 3, 2008
    Inventors: Thomas Dyer, Michael Lostocco, Deborah Nickel, Troy Runge, Kenneth Zwick, Mike Goulet, Jeffrey Timm, Perry Clough, Michael Rekoske
  • Publication number: 20080000598
    Abstract: Tissue products are disclosed containing an additive composition. The additive composition, for instance, comprises an aqueous dispersion containing an alpha-olefin polymer, an ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer, or mixtures thereof. The alpha-olefin polymer may comprise an interpolymer of ethylene and octene, while the ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer may comprise ethylene-acrylic acid copolymer. The additive composition may also contain a dispersing agent, such as a fatty acid. The additive composition may be incorporated into the tissue web by being combined with the fibers that are used to form the web. Alternatively, the additive composition may be topically applied to the web after the web has been formed. For instance, in one embodiment, the additive composition may be applied to the web as a creping adhesive during a creping operation. The additive composition may improve the strength of the tissue web and/or improve the perceived softness of the web.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Publication date: January 3, 2008
    Inventors: Thomas Dyer, Michael Lostocco, Deborah Nickel, Troy Runge, Kenneth Zwick, Mike Goulet, Jeffrey Timm, Perry Clough, Michael Rekoske, Christopher Fetner
  • Publication number: 20070295465
    Abstract: Wiping products are disclosed containing an additive composition that enhances the cleaning properties of the product. The additive composition, for instance, comprises an aqueous dispersion containing an alpha-olefin polymer, an ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer, or mixtures thereof. The alpha-olefin polymer may comprise an interpolymer of ethylene and octene, while the ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer may comprise ethylene-acrylic acid copolymer. The additive composition may also contain a dispersing agent, such as a fatty acid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Publication date: December 27, 2007
    Applicant: Dow Global Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Dyer, Michael Lostocco, Deborah Nickel, Troy Runge, Kenneth Zwick, Mike Goulet, Jeffrey Timm, Perry Clough, Michael Rekoske
  • Publication number: 20070295464
    Abstract: Wiping products are disclosed comprising a sheet and an additive composition. The additive composition, for instance, comprises an aqueous dispersion containing an alpha-olefin polymer, an ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer, or mixtures thereof. The alpha-olefin polymer may comprise an interpolymer of ethylene and octene, while the ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer may comprise ethylene-acrylic acid copolymer. The additive composition may also contain a dispersing agent, such as a fatty acid. The additive composition may be incorporated into the sheet by being combined with the fibers that are used to form the sheet. Alternatively, the additive composition may be topically applied to the sheet after the sheet has been formed. For instance, in one embodiment, the additive composition may be applied to the sheet as a creping adhesive during a creping operation. The additive composition may improve the strength of the sheet and/or improve the perceived softness of the sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Publication date: December 27, 2007
    Applicant: Dow Global Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Fetner, Thomas Dyer, Michael Lostocco, Deborah Nickel, Troy Runge, Kenneth Zwick, Mike Goulet, Jeffrey Timm, Perry Clough, Michael Rekoske
  • Publication number: 20070254543
    Abstract: A wet wipe comprises a nonwoven material. The nonwoven material comprises a fibrous material and a binder composition. The binder composition includes a cationic ion-sensitive emulsion polymer, which can comprise the emulsion polymerization product of at least one hydrophobic monomer which has been stabilized by a solution-polymerization-derived cationic ion-sensitive polymer stabilizer. In some aspects, a solution-polymerization-derived cationic ion-sensitive polymer binder can be solution blended with the already-formed cationic ion-sensitive emulsion polymer to provide additional benefits. In other aspects, the solution-polymerization-derived cationic ion-sensitive polymer binder is the same as the s-solution-polymerization-derived cationic ion-sensitive polymer stabilizer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2006
    Publication date: November 1, 2007
    Inventors: W. Bunyard, Michael Lostocco, Kelly Branham
  • Publication number: 20070144697
    Abstract: Sheet-like products, such as tissue products, are disclosed containing an additive composition. The additive composition, for instance, comprises an aqueous dispersion containing an alpha-olefin polymer, an ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer, or mixtures thereof. The alpha-olefin polymer may comprise an interpolymer of ethylene and octene, while the ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer may comprise ethylene-acrylic acid copolymer. The additive composition may also contain a dispersing agent, such as a fatty acid. The additive composition may be incorporated into the tissue web by being combined with the fibers that are used to form the web. Alternatively, the additive composition may be topically applied to the web after the web has been formed. For instance, in one embodiment, the additive composition may be applied to the web as a creping adhesive during a creping operation. The additive composition may improve the strength of the tissue web and/or improve the perceived softness of the web.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2006
    Publication date: June 28, 2007
    Inventors: Thomas Dyer, Michael Lostocco, Deborah Nickel, Troy Runge, Kenneth Zwick, Mike Goulet, Jeffrey Timm, Perry Clough, Michael Rekoske
  • Publication number: 20070137809
    Abstract: Tissue products are disclosed containing an additive composition. The additive composition, for instance, comprises an aqueous dispersion containing an olefin polymer, an ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer, or mixtures thereof. The olefin polymer may comprise an interpolymer of ethylene and octene, while the ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer may comprise ethylene-acrylic acid copolymer. The additive composition may also contain a dispersing agent, such as a fatty acid. The additive composition may be incorporated into the tissue web by being combined with the fibers that are used to form the web. Alternatively, the additive composition may be topically applied to the web after the web has been formed. For instance, in one embodiment, the additive composition may be applied to the web as a creping adhesive during a creping operation. The additive composition may improve the strength of the tissue web without substantially affecting the perceived softness of the web in an adverse manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Publication date: June 21, 2007
    Inventors: Thomas Dyer, Michael Lostocco, Deborah Nickel, Troy Runge
  • Publication number: 20070137810
    Abstract: Tissue products are disclosed containing an additive composition. The additive composition, for instance, comprises an aqueous dispersion containing an alpha-olefin polymer, an ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer, or mixtures thereof. The alpha-olefin polymer may comprise an interpolymer of ethylene and octene, while the ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer may comprise ethylene-acrylic acid copolymer. The additive composition may also contain a dispersing agent, such as a fatty acid. The additive composition may be incorporated into the tissue web by being combined with the fibers that are used to form the web. Alternatively, the additive composition may be topically applied to the web after the web has been formed. For instance, in one embodiment, the additive composition may be applied to the web as a creping adhesive during a creping operation. The additive composition may improve the strength of the tissue web without substantially affecting the perceived softness of the web in an adverse manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Publication date: June 21, 2007
    Inventors: Thomas Dyer, Michael Lostocco, Deborah Nickel, Troy Runge
  • Publication number: 20070137808
    Abstract: Tissue products are disclosed containing an additive composition. The additive composition, for instance, comprises an aqueous dispersion containing an olefin polymer, an ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer, or mixtures thereof. The olefin polymer may comprise an interpolymer of ethylene and octene, while the ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer may comprise ethylene-acrylic acid copolymer. The additive composition may also contain a dispersing agent, such as a fatty acid. The additive composition may be incorporated into the tissue web by being combined with the fibers that are used to form the web. Alternatively, the additive composition may be topically applied to the web after the web has been formed. For instance, in one embodiment, the additive composition may be applied to the web as a creping adhesive during a creping operation. The additive composition may improve the strength of the tissue web without substantially affecting the perceived softness of the web in an adverse manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Publication date: June 21, 2007
    Inventors: Michael Lostocco, Thomas Dyer, Deborah Nickel, Troy Runge, Jerry Baker, Thomas Shannon
  • Publication number: 20070137813
    Abstract: Tissue products are disclosed containing an additive composition. The additive composition, for instance, comprises an aqueous dispersion containing an olefin polymer, an ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer, or mixtures thereof. The olefin polymer may comprise an interpolymer of ethylene and octene, while the ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer may comprise ethylene-acrylic acid copolymer. The additive composition may also contain a dispersing agent, such as a fatty acid. The additive composition may be incorporated into the tissue web by being combined with the fibers that are used to form the web. Alternatively, the additive composition may be topically applied to the web after the web has been formed. After the additive composition is applied to the web or otherwise incorporated into the tissue web, the tissue web is embossed. During embossing, the additive composition forms well defined embossments in the web that are water resistant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Publication date: June 21, 2007
    Inventors: Deborah Nickel, Michael Lostocco, Thomas Dyer, Troy Runge
  • Publication number: 20070137811
    Abstract: Premoistened wiping products are disclosed. The premoistened wiping products contain one or more wetlaid tissue webs. The tissue webs may contain an additive composition which includes a thermoplastic resin. Once the additive composition is applied to the web, the web is embossed forming liquid resistant embossments. The embossments also form bond areas that can bond multiple plies of the tissue webs together. Once embossed, the one or more tissue webs are then contacted with a wiping solution in order to form the premoistened product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Publication date: June 21, 2007
    Inventors: Troy Runge, Michael Lostocco, Deborah Nickel, Thomas Dyer
  • Publication number: 20070141936
    Abstract: The present invention provides a wet wipe with improved sheet-to-sheet adhesion properties. The wet wipe comprises a non-woven web saturated with a wetting composition. In another embodiment, the wet wipe comprises a non-woven web with an anti-blocking composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Publication date: June 21, 2007
    Inventors: William Bunyard, Kelly Branham, Michael Lostocco, Thomas Dyer, Jeffrey Hockersmith, Kevin Possell
  • Publication number: 20070129517
    Abstract: A process of making the flexible superabsorbent binder polymer composition includes preparing a preneutralized monomer solution having at least about 40 mol % degree of neutralization, preparing a monomer solution including monoethylenically unsaturated monomers, one of which includes an alkyloxysilane functionality, preparing initiator system solutions and adding the solutions to the monomer solution, mixing the foregoing solutions into a polymerization solution, cooling the polymerization solution, and post neutralizing the polymer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Publication date: June 7, 2007
    Inventors: Angela Lang, Dave Soerens, Iqbal Ahmed, Scott Smith, Michael Lostocco, W. Bunyard
  • Publication number: 20070010155
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to ion triggerable, water-dispersible cationic polymers. The present invention is also directed to a method of making ion triggerable, water-dispersible cationic polymers and their applicability as binder compositions. The present invention is further directed to fiber-containing fabrics and webs comprising ion triggerable, water-dispersible binder compositions and their applicability in water-dispersible personal care products, such as wet wipes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2006
    Publication date: January 11, 2007
    Inventors: Kelly Branham, W. Bunyard, Frederick Lang, Kevin Possell, Michael Lostocco
  • Publication number: 20060147505
    Abstract: A wet wipe contains fibrous material, a binder composition for binding the fibrous material into an integral web, and a wetting composition containing water, a salt, and at least about 10 wt % of an organic solvent. The binder composition contains an ionic copolymer. The wet wipe is not dispersible in the wetting composition, and is dispersible in water containing up to 200 ppm of one or more multivalent ions. The ionic copolymer may be the polymerization product of a vinyl-functional cationic monomer and at least one non-ionic vinyl monomer. The ionic copolymer may be the polymerization product of a vinyl-functional anionic monomer and at least one non-ionic vinyl monomer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2004
    Publication date: July 6, 2006
    Inventors: Richard Tanzer, Michael Lostocco, Kelly Branham, W. Bunyard
  • Publication number: 20060137842
    Abstract: Fibrous products containing a durable softening agent are disclosed. The softening agent generally comprises a polysiloxane containing a plurality of first functional groups. In order to improve the wet retention of the softening agent on cellulosic fibers, the softening agent is reacted with a retention agent. The retention agent generally comprises a cationic polymer having a second functional group. In one embodiment, for instance, the softening agent contains epoxy groups or anhydride groups, while the retention agent contains amine groups. Products that may be made according to the present invention include tissue products, wipes and other absorbent articles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2004
    Publication date: June 29, 2006
    Inventors: Gil Bernard Garnier, Michael Lostocco, Troy Runge, Thomas Schulz
  • Publication number: 20060070712
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention is a fibrous structure that may comprise: cellulosic pulp fibers and pretreated cellulosic pulp fibers. The pretreated cellulosic pulp fiber is formed by pretreating cellulosic pulp fiber with a thermoplastic resin having a property selected from the group consisting essentially of water soluble, water dispersible, and combinations thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2004
    Publication date: April 6, 2006
    Inventors: Troy Runge, Lisa Flugge, Michael Lostocco, Thomas Shannon