Patents by Inventor Michael T. Morman

Michael T. Morman 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: 8328780
    Abstract: An absorbent article incorporates a material having a base layer of a generally fluid permeable material and at least two strips or regions of elastomeric material attached to the base layer material with a space therebetween such that a center region of the base layer material is bordered on at least two sides by composite regions of the elastomeric materials and the base layer material. The center region of base layer material remains generally non-elastic and the composite regions are stretchable in at least a first direction as a result of tensioning and necking-in the base layer material prior to attaching the elastomeric materials. The material may be incorporated as a bodyside liner in the absorbent article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael T. Morman, Patricia H. Calhoun, James M. Carr
  • Publication number: 20110272076
    Abstract: A method of making a mechanical fastening system for an article includes forming an oriented nonwoven loop material from a nonwoven web of substantially continuous fibers by drawing the nonwoven web using an applied force to align constituent fibers of the nonwoven web without substantial necking or gathering of the nonwoven web in a direction perpendicular to the applied force. The drawn nonwoven web is disposed on a disposable absorbent article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Applicant: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Robert L. Popp, Debra Durrance, Paul VanGompel, Michael T. Morman, Paul M. Linker
  • Patent number: 8007485
    Abstract: In a mechanical fastening system for an article, a first fastening component of the fastening system is constructed of an oriented nonwoven loop material. The nonwoven loop material is constructed at least part of an nonwoven web of fibers that is extensible from a relaxed configuration to an extended configuration wherein in the extended configuration a greater number of fibers of the nonwoven web are oriented in the direction in which the web is extended than in the relaxed configuration of the web. In one embodiment, the web is in its extended configuration and secured to a substrate A second fastening component of the mechanical fastening system comprises a hook material wherein the oriented nonwoven loop material of the first fastening component is adapted for releasable connection with the hook material of the second fastening component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert L. Popp, Debra Durrance, Paul VanGompel, Michael T. Morman, Paul M. Linker
  • Patent number: 7838724
    Abstract: An absorbent garment includes an extensible backsheet having opposite side regions, a liquid permeable topsheet having opposite side portions, and a retention portion having opposite side edges and an inner surface defining an area. The retention portion is disposed between the topsheet and the backsheet with the inner surface facing the topsheet and with the opposite side portions of the backsheet and the topsheet extending beyond the side edges of the retention portion. The opposite side portions of the topsheet are attached to the opposite side portions of the backsheet on opposite sides of the retention portion. Less than 30% of the area of the inner surface of the retention portion is attached to the topsheet. A method for absorbing bodily exudates with an absorbent garment is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul T. Van Gompel, David A. Fell, Jacqueline A. Gross, Yung H. Huang, Michael T. Morman, Thomas H. Roessler
  • Patent number: 7651653
    Abstract: A method for producing a machine direction and cross-machine direction elastic laminate includes the steps of providing a one direction elastic laminate material including at least one elastic layer and one facing layer and having a single direction of elasticity and coursing the one direction elastic laminate material through at least one stretching apparatus, such that the stretching apparatus stretches the laminate material in a direction perpendicular to the single direction of elasticity of the elastic laminate material, thereby producing a material that extends in a direction perpendicular to the direction of elasticity and also extends the elastic performance of the laminate in the single direction of elasticity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael T. Morman, Paul Theodore Van Gompel, Jennifer Marvin, Thomas Harold Roessler, James M. Carr, Yung Hsiang Huang, Mary Jo Meyer, Eric Donald Johnson
  • Patent number: 7591810
    Abstract: An absorbent garment includes a front body panel having a terminal waist edge and a terminal crotch edge and a rear body panel having a terminal waist edge and a terminal crotch edge. The terminal crotch edge of the rear body panel is longitudinally spaced from and forms a gap with the terminal crotch edge of the front body panel. An absorbent composite bridges the gap between the front and rear body panels with first and second terminal edges overlying and connected to the front and rear body panels respectively. In one embodiment, the terminal edges of the absorbent composite are the only portion of the absorbent composite connected to the front and rear body panels. In another embodiment, the absorbent composite is further connected to the front and rear body panels at first and second attachment locations proximate a longitudinally extending centerline of the absorbent composite and longitudinally spaced from the first and second terminal edges. Methods of using the absorbent garments are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael T. Morman, James M. Carr, Yung H. Huang, Eric D. Johnson, Jennifer L. Marvin, Mary Jo Meyer, Thomas H. Roessler, Paul T. Van Gompel
  • Publication number: 20080161765
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article has a stretchable multilayer chassis having a longitudinal axis, a lateral axis, an inner surface, and an outer surface. The chassis is stretchable at least laterally. An absorbent body has an inner surface, an outer surface facing the inner surface of the chassis, and terminal edges. The absorbent body is affixed along at least a portion of its outer surface to the inner surface of the chassis whereby the inner surface of the absorbent body lies against a wearer of the article during use. The inner surface of the absorbent body is uncovered at the terminal edges thereof to permit contact of the absorbent body with the wearer of the article at the terminal edges of the absorbent body. The absorbent body is sized relative to the chassis such that a portion of the chassis is uncovered by the absorbent body to permit contact of the inner surface of the chassis with the wearer of the article. The chassis is stretchable about the wearer independent of the absorbent body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael T. Morman, Thomas H. Roessler
  • Patent number: 7294593
    Abstract: A material is provided that is particularly suited for use in absorbent articles. The material has a base layer of a generally non-elastic material and at least two strips or regions of elastomeric material attached to the base layer material with a space therebetween such that a center region of the base layer material is bordered on at least two sides by composite regions of the elastomeric materials and the base layer material. The center region of base layer material remains generally non-extensible and the composite regions are stretchable in at least a first direction as a result of tensioning and necking-in the base layer material prior to attaching the elastomeric materials. The invention includes methods for making the material, as well as absorbent articles incorporating the materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael T. Morman, Patricia H. Calhoun, James M. Carr
  • Patent number: 7198689
    Abstract: A method of assembling an expandable absorbent garment includes providing an absorbent composite having a length, opposite ends and opposite side regions. The absorbent composite includes a backsheet, a topsheet and a retention portion disposed between the backsheet and topsheet. The backsheet includes at least one fold formed along at least one of the opposite side regions, wherein the absorbent composite is laterally expandable at least at the opposite ends thereof. The at least one fold of the backsheet is unfoldable along at least the opposite ends of the absorbent composite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul T. Van Gompel, David A. Fell, Jacqueline A. Gross, Yung H. Huang, Michael T. Morman, Thomas H. Roessler
  • Patent number: 6900147
    Abstract: A neckable nonwoven web is provided with a central region and two edge regions, the central region being selectively easier to neck than the two edge regions. The nonwoven fibers in the central region have a polymer composition and/or physical properties which differ from the nonwoven fibers in the two edge regions. The selectively easier necking in the central region causes the central region to neck to about the same extent as the two edge regions, which otherwise would experience greater necking than the central region if the starting nonwoven web were completely uniform. Necked nonwoven webs and neck-bonded laminates made using the improved neckable nonwoven web, are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael T. Morman, Charles J. Morell
  • Patent number: 6863959
    Abstract: New methods for and patterns of applying meltsprayed materials in single-layer web and laminate constructions so as to control various characteristics in the webs and laminates is provided. The patterns of adhesive produce scrim or cell-like patterns that allow for control of desirable characteristics. For example, the loft of a laminate may be enhanced, as well as strength properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Howard M. Welch, Jay S. Shultz, Leslie D. Dobbins, James R. Fitts, Jr., Charles J. Morell, Donald V. Willitts, Michael T. Morman, Jason K. Wehner, Jessica M. Rawls, David M. Schertz
  • Patent number: 6803009
    Abstract: A process for making a necked nonwoven web having improved cross directional uniformity includes the steps of passing a nonwoven web between a first nip having a first surface velocity and a second nip having a second surface velocity, necking the nonwoven web between the first and second nips, and selectively increasing the necking of a central region of the nonwoven web relative to two edge regions or selectively decreasing the necking in the edge regions. The selective increase in necking in the central region or selective decrease in necking in the edge regions offsets the relatively higher necking in the edge regions which is inherent in conventional necking processes. A process for making a laminate having improved cross-directional uniformity is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2004
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael T. Morman, Sjon-Paul L. Conyer, Randall J. Palmer, Charles J. Morell
  • Publication number: 20040122408
    Abstract: An elastic laminate having at least one layer of non-elastic material and an elastic layer including a dry-blended elastomer made from a blend of olefinic plastomers and elastomeric styrenic block copolymers and essentially free of tackifiers and fillers yields an inexpensive elastomeric blend material with adequate elastic properties for use in personal products while permitting greater flexibility and control of material to the manufacturer of thermoplastic materials for personal products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2002
    Publication date: June 24, 2004
    Inventors: Prasad S. Potnis, David M. Matela, Sjon-Paul L. Conyer, Gregory T. Sudduth, Randall J. Palmer, Michael T. Morman, Nathan T. Mitchell, Steven R. Inabinet
  • Publication number: 20040122397
    Abstract: An absorbent garment includes a front body panel having a terminal waist edge and a terminal crotch edge and a rear body panel having a terminal waist edge and a terminal crotch edge. A crotch member extends between and is coupled to the front and rear body panels. The crotch member includes a retention element having a trapezoidal shape. In another aspect, a method of manufacturing an absorbent garment includes moving first and second webs of body panel material in a first machine direction, moving a web of absorbent material in a second machine direction, and cutting the web of absorbent material and thereby forming a plurality of trapezoidally shaped retention elements, with each of the plurality of retention elements having non-parallel side edges. The method further includes successively coupling the plurality of retention elements to the first and second webs with the side edges extending in a cross-direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2002
    Publication date: June 24, 2004
    Inventors: Michael T. Morman, Paul T. Van Gompel, Jennifer L. Marvin, Thomas H. Roessler, James M. Carr, Yung H. Huang, Mary Jo Meyer, Eric D. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20040122412
    Abstract: An absorbent garment includes a front body panel having a terminal waist edge and a terminal crotch edge and a rear body panel having a terminal waist edge and a terminal crotch edge. The terminal crotch edge of the rear body panel is longitudinally spaced from and forms a gap with the terminal crotch edge of the front body panel. An absorbent composite includes a first and second longitudinally spaced terminal edge and opposite laterally spaced side edges. The absorbent composite bridges the gap between the front and rear body panels with the first and second terminal edges overlying and connected to the front and rear body panels respectively. In one embodiment, the terminal edges of the absorbent composite are the only portion of the absorbent composite connected to the front and rear body panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2002
    Publication date: June 24, 2004
    Inventors: Michael T. Morman, James M. Carr, Yung H. Huang, Eric D. Johnson, Jennifer L. Marvin, Mary Jo Meyer, Thomas H. Roessler, Paul T. Van Gompel
  • Publication number: 20040102755
    Abstract: An absorbent article incorporates a material having a base layer of a generally fluid permeable material and at least two strips or regions of elastomeric material attached to the base layer material with a space therebetween such that a center region of the base layer material is bordered on at least two sides by composite regions of the elastomeric materials and the base layer material. The center region of base layer material remains generally non-elastic and the composite regions are stretchable in at least a first direction as a result of tensioning and necking-in the base layer material prior to attaching the elastomeric materials. The material may be incorporated as a bodyside liner in the absorbent article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2002
    Publication date: May 27, 2004
    Applicant: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Michael T. Morman, Patricia H. Calhoun, James M. Carr
  • Publication number: 20040102754
    Abstract: A material is provided that is particularly suited for use in absorbent articles. The material has a base layer of a generally non-elastic material and at least two strips or regions of elastomeric material attached to the base layer material with a space therebetween such that a center region of the base layer material is bordered on at least two sides by composite regions of the elastomeric materials and the base layer material. The center region of base layer material remains generally non-extensible and the composite regions are stretchable in at least a first direction as a result of tensioning and necking-in the base layer material prior to attaching the elastomeric materials. The invention includes methods for making the material, as well as absorbent articles incorporating the materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2002
    Publication date: May 27, 2004
    Applicant: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Michael T. Morman, Patricia H. Calhoun, James M. Carr
  • Publication number: 20040097898
    Abstract: An absorbent garment includes an extensible backsheet having opposite side regions, a liquid permeable topsheet having opposite side portions, and a retention portion having opposite side edges and an inner surface defining an area. The retention portion is disposed between the topsheet and the backsheet with the inner surface facing the topsheet and with the opposite side portions of the backsheet and the topsheet extending beyond the side edges of the retention portion. The opposite side portions of the topsheet are attached to the opposite side portions of the backsheet on opposite sides of the retention portion. Less than 30% of the area of the inner surface of the retention portion is attached to the topsheet. A method for absorbing bodily exudates with an absorbent garment is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2003
    Publication date: May 20, 2004
    Inventors: Paul T. Van Gompel, David A. Fell, Jacqueline A. Gross, Yung H. Huang, Michael T. Morman, Thomas H. Roessler
  • Patent number: 6733484
    Abstract: An absorbent garment comprising a longitudinally extending and laterally expandable absorbent composite having opposite ends and opposite side regions. The absorbent composite comprises a backsheet, a topsheet and a retention portion disposed between the backsheet and the topsheet. In one preferred embodiment, the backsheet and retention portion each comprise at least one fold formed along at least one of the opposite side regions, with the folds being interfolded. A pair of front body panels are attached to the opposite side regions of the absorbent composite adjacent one of the opposite ends of said absorbent composite and a pair of rear body panels are attached to the opposite side regions adjacent the other of the opposite ends of the absorbent composite. In a preferred embodiment, the front and rear body panels are joined to form a pair of side body panels. A method for using the absorbent garment also is provided, together with a method for assembling the absorbent garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul T. Van Gompel, David A. Fell, Jacqueline A. Gross, Yung H. Huang, Michael T. Morman, Thomas H. Roessler
  • Publication number: 20040045665
    Abstract: A method of assembling an expandable absorbent garment includes providing an absorbent composite having a length, opposite ends and opposite side regions. The absorbent composite includes a backsheet, a topsheet and a retention portion disposed between the backsheet and topsheet. The backsheet includes at least one fold formed along at least one of the opposite side regions, wherein the absorbent composite is laterally expandable at least at the opposite ends thereof. The at least one fold of the backsheet is unfoldable along at least the opposite ends of the absorbent composite.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2003
    Publication date: March 11, 2004
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul T. Van Gompel, David A. Fell, Jacqueline A. Gross, Yung H. Huang, Michael T. Morman, Thomas H. Roessler