Patents by Inventor Robert Lee Popp

Robert Lee Popp 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: 10076453
    Abstract: An absorbent article has attachment regions having body adhesive. The attachment regions have a protected condition where the body adhesive is fully covered. The attachment regions are adapted to transition from the protected condition to a fixed donning condition where a portion of the body adhesive is exposed and a portion of the body adhesive is covered. The attachment regions are adapted to transition from the fixed donning condition to a fully exposed condition where the body adhesive is fully exposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Lee Popp, Thomas Harold Roessler
  • Patent number: 9980859
    Abstract: An absorbent article is provided that can include a fastening system configured to attach the rear waist region to the front waist region to define a wear configuration of the absorbent article. The fastening system can comprise a primary fastening system and a secondary fastening system, the secondary fastening system including at least one secondary first fastening component and at least one secondary second fastening component. A region of flexibility can be provided between adjacent components of the absorbent article between the at least one secondary first fastening component and the bodyside liner in an area under the at least one secondary first fastening component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Lee Popp, David Fleger Bishop, David John Enz, Catherine Marguerite Hancock-Cooke, Wendy Lynn VanDyke, Alanna Nicole Haessler, Jeffrey Alan DeBroux
  • Patent number: 9867743
    Abstract: An absorbent article includes a chassis having longitudinally opposite ends, transversely opposite sides, a bodyside liner at least in part defining the inner surface of the article, an outer cover at least in part defining the outer surface of the article, and an absorbent core disposed between the liner and the outer cover. A pair of ears extends transversely outward from the opposite sides of the chassis at the second waist portion thereof. A primary fastening system has a primary first fastening component located on each of the pair of ears and a primary second fastening component. A secondary fastening system has a secondary second fastening component located on each of the ears and corresponding secondary first fastening components. A non-linear strip attached to an outer surface of the article includes the primary second fastening component and the secondary first fastening components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Sara Jane Wille Stabelfeldt, David Fleger Bishop, Wendy Lynn VanDyke, Robert Lee Popp, David John Enz, Catherine Marguerite Hancock-Cooke, Alanna Haessler
  • Patent number: 9700079
    Abstract: A boxer-style pant and a method of making a boxer-style pant having side seams, a contracted crotch region, and hanging legs. A web is provided. The web is cut along transversely opposed edges of the web to define leg openings. The leg openings may be formed by cutting slits along the transversely opposed edges of the web. The web is contracted in a selected area between the leg openings. Front and back regions are then joined together to form the side seams. An absorbent structure may be attached to the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Mark Steven Franke, Kathleen Irene Ratliff, Heather Schenck Mortell, Robert Lee Popp, Joseph Daniel Coenen
  • Publication number: 20170112684
    Abstract: An absorbent article having improved handling of body exudates. The absorbent article can minimize the amount of body exudates in contact with a wearer's skin and can minimize the incidence of leakage of body exudates from the absorbent article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Applicant: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Scott S.C. Kirby, David Glen Biggs, Andrew Thomas Hammond, Eric Donald Johnson, Candace Dyan Krautkramer, Robert Lee Popp, Leila Joy Roberson, Daniel Robert Schlinz, Kendell Jean Williams, Niall Finn, Andy R. Butler
  • Patent number: 9629757
    Abstract: An absorbent article having a first and a second containment flap each having a stem, an inner flap projection, and an outer flap projection. The absorbent article can include a first and a second folding line for packaging each being substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis. The first and second containment flaps can be positioned in the absorbent article such that the distal end of the outer flap projections can be positioned laterally inside of each folding line, the distal ends of the inner flap projections can be positioned laterally outside of each folding line, or such that the first fold line extends through at least a portion of the inner or the outer flap projection of the first containment flap and the second fold line extends through at least a portion of the inner or the outer flap projection of the second containment flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Lee Popp, Julie Ann Paveletzke, Michael John Faulks
  • Patent number: 9615980
    Abstract: An absorbent article can include a fastening system configured to attach the rear waist region to the front waist region to define a wear configuration of the absorbent article. The fastening system can include a primary fastening system and a secondary fastening system. The primary fastening system can include at least one primary first fastening component and a primary second fastening component. The secondary fastening system can include at least one secondary first fastening component and at least one secondary second fastening component. The absorbent article can further include a strip coupled to the outer cover. The strip can include the primary secondary fastening component. The at least one secondary first fastening component can be coupled to a first carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: David John Enz, Robert Lee Popp, David Fleger Bishop, Wendy Lynn VanDyke, Sara Jane Wille Stabelfeldt, Catherine Marguerite Hancock-Cooke
  • Patent number: 9597237
    Abstract: An absorbent article is provided. The absorbent article includes an absorbent assembly having a liquid permeable inner layer, an outer layer, and an absorbent body between the inner and outer layers. A pair of ears extend transversely outward from opposite sides of the absorbent assembly in a back waist region, each of the ears having a primary first fastening-component that is selectively engagable with a primary second fastening-component in a front waist region. There is a pair of spaced-apart secondary first fastening-components disposed on the outer layer in the front waist region, each of the secondary first fastening-components being selectively engageable with the secondary second fastening-components. Each secondary first fastening-component fits into a fastener region, wherein each fastener region is defined by an outline. Each outline has a waist edge and an opposite leg edge connected by an outer edge and an inner edge. The length of the outer edge is shorter than the length of the inner edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc
    Inventors: David John Enz, Sara Jane Wille Stabelfeldt, Robert Lee Popp, David Fleger Bishop, Wendy Lynn Vandyke
  • Publication number: 20170065467
    Abstract: A folded disposable absorbent garment has an absorbent chassis, a pair of front side panels extending from a front region of the absorbent chassis, and a pair of back side panels extending from a back region of the absorbent chassis. Each of the front side panels has a first fastening component and each of the back side panels has a second fastening component. Each of the second fastening components is releasably attached to a respective one of the first fastening components to define a pair of refastenable seams. The front side panels and the back side panels are folded such that each of the refastenable seams overlies an outer surface of one of the front region and the back region of the absorbent chassis in a plane generally parallel to the front and back regions of the absorbent chassis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Inventors: Robert Lee Popp, Marcille Faye Ruman, Kathleen Irene Bennett
  • Publication number: 20170065468
    Abstract: An absorbent article includes a chassis having longitudinally opposite ends, transversely opposite sides, a bodyside liner at least in part defining the inner surface of the article, an outer cover at least in part defining the outer surface of the article, and an absorbent core disposed between the liner and the outer cover. A pair of ears extends transversely outward from the opposite sides of the chassis at the second waist portion thereof. A primary fastening system has a primary first fastening component located on each of the pair of ears and a primary second fastening component. A secondary fastening system has a secondary second fastening component located on each of the ears and corresponding secondary first fastening components. A non-linear strip attached to an outer surface of the article includes the primary second fastening component and the secondary first fastening components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Inventors: Sara Jane Wille STABELFELDT, David Fleger BISHOP, Wendy Lynn VANDYKE, Robert Lee POPP, David John ENZ, Catherine Marguerite HANCOCK-COOKE, Alanna HAESSLER
  • Patent number: 9539153
    Abstract: A folded disposable absorbent garment has an absorbent chassis, a pair of front side panels extending from a front region of the absorbent chassis, and a pair of back side panels extending from a back region of the absorbent chassis. Each of the front side panels has a first fastening component and each of the back side panels has a second fastening component. Each of the second fastening components is releasably attached to a respective one of the first fastening components to define a pair of refastenable seams. The front side panels and the back side panels are folded such that each of the refastenable seams overlies an outer surface of one of the front region and the back region of the absorbent chassis in a plane generally parallel to the front and back regions of the absorbent chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Lee Popp, Marcille Faye Ruman, Kathleen Irene Bennett
  • Publication number: 20160374869
    Abstract: An absorbent article having improved handling of body exudates. The absorbent article can minimize the amount of body exudates in contact with a wearer's skin and can minimize the incidence of leakage of body exudates from the absorbent article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Publication date: December 29, 2016
    Applicant: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Scott S.C. Kirby, David Glen Biggs, Andrew Thomas Hammond, Eric Donald Johnson, Candace Dyan Krautkramer, Robert Lee Popp, Leila Joy Roberson, Daniel Robert Schlinz, Kendell Jean Wendrick, Niall Finn, Andy R. Butler
  • Patent number: 9480609
    Abstract: An absorbent article having improved handling of body exudates can include a fluid-entangled body facing material including a support layer and a projection layer. The fluid-entangled body facing material can include a plurality of hollow projections formed from a first plurality of fibers in the projection layer. The hollow projections can extend from the outer surface of the projection layer in a direction away from the support layer. The absorbent article can minimize the amount of body exudates in contact with a wearer's skin and can minimize the incidence of leakage of body exudates from the absorbent article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott S. C. Kirby, David Glen Biggs, Andrew Thomas Hammond, Eric Donald Johnson, Robert Lee Popp, Daniel Robert Schlinz, Kendell Jean Williams, Niall Finn, Andy R. Butler
  • Patent number: 9480611
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an absorbent article including a fastening system having a primary fastening system and a secondary fastening system is disclosed. In one embodiment, the method can include providing an absorbent assembly, providing a web of primary second fastening component material, and providing a carrier web including a secondary first fastening component material. The method can further include coupling the carrier web to the web of primary second fastening component material to form a composite web, cutting the composite web to form a discrete composite web component, and coupling the discrete composite web component to the outer cover of the absorbent assembly, with the discrete composite web component forming the primary second fastening component of the primary fastening system and the at least one secondary first fastening component of the secondary fastening system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: David John Enz, Robert Lee Popp, David Fleger Bishop, Wendy Lynn VanDyke, Sara Jane Wille Stabelfeldt, Catherine Marguerite Hancock-Cooke
  • Patent number: 9480608
    Abstract: An absorbent article having improved handling of body exudates can include a fluid-entangled body facing material including a support layer and a projection layer. The fluid-entangled body facing material can include a plurality of hollow projections formed from a first plurality of fibers in the projection layer. The hollow projections can extend from the outer surface of the projection layer in a direction away from the support layer. The absorbent article can minimize the amount of body exudates in contact with a wearer's skin and can minimize the incidence of leakage of body exudates from the absorbent article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott S. C. Kirby, David Glen Biggs, Andrew Thomas Hammond, Eric Donald Johnson, Robert Lee Popp, Daniel Robert Schlinz, Kendell Jean Williams, Niall Finn, Andy R. Butler
  • Patent number: 9474660
    Abstract: An absorbent article having improved handling of body exudates can include a fluid-entangled body facing material including a support layer and a projection layer. The fluid-entangled body facing material can include a plurality of hollow projections formed from a first plurality of fibers in the projection layer. The hollow projections can extend from the outer surface of the projection layer in a direction away from the support layer. The absorbent article can minimize the amount of body exudates in contact with a wearer's skin and can minimize the incidence of leakage of body exudates from the absorbent article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott S. C. Kirby, David Glen Biggs, Andrew Thomas Hammond, Eric Donald Johnson, Candace Dyan Krautkramer, Robert Lee Popp, Leila Joy Roberson, Daniel Robert Schlinz, Kendell Jean Williams, Niall Finn, Andy R. Butler
  • Patent number: 9468564
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods of manufacturing a body adhering absorbent article oriented in the machine direction wherein the body adhering absorbent articles have reduced or eliminated curl. The articles are manufactured with reduced curl by selectively reducing or eliminating the shell elastic tension in regions where components of the body adhering absorbent article are to be attached to form the composite absorbent article web. In certain aspects the body adhering absorbent articles are manufactured by supplying an elastic web of shell material having a longitudinal and transverse direction, stretching the web of shell material in the longitudinal direction, deadening at least one region of the stretched web of shell material, attaching at least one absorbent article component to at least a portion of the longitudinal deadened zone to form a composite web material, and cutting the composite web material to form a body adhering absorbent article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Lee Popp, Jay David Gottleib, Joseph Daniel Coenen, Gary Alan Turchan
  • Patent number: 9468569
    Abstract: An absorbent article includes a pair of ears secured to and extending transversely outward from opposite sides of a back portion of the article. Each of the ears is stretchable in at least a transverse direction of the article from a relaxed position to an extended position. A waistband includes a waist elastic disposed in at least the back portion. The waist elastic has an in product load loss of less than 60 percent according to a four-hour hold stress relaxation test. A fastening system has a primary fastening system and a secondary fastening system. In a wear configuration of the absorbent article, the secondary fastening system secures each of the ears of the pair of ears in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Catherine Hancock-Cooke, David Fleger Bishop, Robert Lee Popp, Sara Jane Wille Stabelfeldt, Wendy Lynn VanDyke
  • Patent number: 9445953
    Abstract: An absorbent article having improved handling of body exudates can include a fluid-entangled body facing material including a support layer and a projection layer. The fluid-entangled body facing material can include a plurality of hollow projections formed from a first plurality of fibers in the projection layer. The hollow projections can extend from the outer surface of the projection layer in a direction away from the support layer. The absorbent article can minimize the amount of body exudates in contact with a wearer's skin and can minimize the incidence of leakage of body exudates from the absorbent article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott S. C. Kirby, David Glen Biggs, Andrew Thomas Hammond, Eric Donald Johnson, Candace Dyan Krautkramer, Robert Lee Popp, Leila Joy Roberson, Daniel Robert Schlinz, Kendell Jean Williams, Niall Finn, Andy R. Butler
  • Patent number: 9445954
    Abstract: An absorbent article having improved handling of body exudates can include a fluid-entangled body facing material including a support layer and a projection layer. The fluid-entangled body facing material can include a plurality of hollow projections formed from a first plurality of fibers in the projection layer. The hollow projections can extend from the outer surface of the projection layer in a direction away from the support layer. The absorbent article can minimize the amount of body exudates in contact with a wearer's skin and can minimize the incidence of leakage of body exudates from the absorbent article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott S. C. Kirby, David Glen Biggs, Andrew Thomas Hammond, Eric Donald Johnson, Robert Lee Popp, Daniel Robert Schlinz, Kendell Jean Williams, Niall Finn, Andy R. Butler