Patents by Inventor Shirlee Ann Weber

Shirlee Ann Weber 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: 9138356
    Abstract: An absorbent article is provided for absorbing a liquid, the absorbent article including a chassis including a liner, an outer cover, and an absorbent structure positioned between the liner and the outer cover, the chassis including a front region and a back region, the front region and the back region defining a waist region therebetween. The absorbent article also includes a wetness indicator positioned adjacent the liner or the outer cover, the wetness indicator including a hydrophanous tissue layer having an absorbent-structure-facing side and being in liquid communication with the absorbent structure or the liner, and an indicator material disposed between the absorbent-facing side of the tissue layer and the absorbent structure. The absorbent article can also include a film layer disposed adjacent the tissue layer, and the indicator material can include an active constituent adapted to wick along the tissue layer when the absorbent article is insulted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Mark Long, Shirlee Ann Weber, Jessica Sara Van Handel, Brooke Ashley Berg, Davis Dang Hoang Nhan, Darold Dean Tippey
  • Patent number: 8747379
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article includes an absorbent chassis and a fastening system that together define a refastenable pant. The refastenable pant includes a pair of elastomeric front side panels extending from the waist opening to each leg opening, a pair of elastomeric back side panels extending from the waist opening to each leg opening, and a pair of refastenable seams extending from the waist opening to each leg opening and positioned between the elastomeric front and back side panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Amy Lynn Fletcher, Lisa Ann Dimitrijevs, Christopher Peter Olson, Kathleen Irene Ratliff, Shirlee Ann Weber, Susan Lee West
  • Publication number: 20140155858
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article includes an absorbent chassis and a fastening system that together define a refastenable pant. The refastenable pant includes a pair of elastomeric front side panels extending from the waist opening to each leg opening, a pair of elastomeric back side panels extending from the waist opening to each leg opening, and a pair of refastenable seams extending from the waist opening to each leg opening and positioned between the elastomeric front and back side panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Amy Lynn Fletcher, Lisa Ann Dimitrijevs, Christopher Peter Olson, Kathleen Irene Ratliff, Shirlee Ann Weber, Susan Lee West
  • Patent number: 8710291
    Abstract: Methods for forming a translucent window on the inner surface of a liquid impermeable breathable film outer cover of an absorbent product, such as a diaper, for viewing a water dispersible ink to indicate when an insult has occurred are disclosed. Additionally, absorbent products having a translucent window and a water dispersible ink are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Sharon S. Chang, Darold D. Tippey, Shirlee Ann Weber, Jessica Sara Van Handel, Vasily A. Topolkaraev, Debra Ann Miller
  • Patent number: 8383875
    Abstract: An absorbent article is provided for absorbing a liquid, the absorbent article including a chassis including a liner, an outer cover, and an absorbent structure positioned between the liner and the outer cover, the chassis including a front region and a back region, the front region and the back region defining a waist region therebetween. The absorbent article also includes a wetness indicator positioned adjacent the liner or the outer cover, the wetness indicator including a hydrophanous tissue layer having an absorbent-structure-facing side and being in liquid communication with the absorbent structure or the liner, and an indicator material disposed between the absorbent-facing side of the tissue layer and the absorbent structure. The absorbent article can also include a film layer disposed adjacent the tissue layer, and the indicator material can include an active constituent adapted to wick along the tissue layer when the absorbent article is insulted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Mark Long, Shirlee Ann Weber, Jessica Sara Van Handel, Brooke Ashley Zimmer, Davis-Dang Nhan, Darold Dean Tippey
  • Patent number: 8343127
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article includes a fastening system that can be repeatedly fastened, unfastened and refastened. The refastenable seams formed by the fastening system components provide a garment-like appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Lisa Ann Dimitrijevs, Amy Lynn Fletcher, Christopher Peter Olson, Kathleen Irene Ratliff, Shirlee Ann Weber, Susan Lee West
  • Patent number: 8338659
    Abstract: Disclosed is an absorbent article for preventing leakage, the article including an absorbent assembly having an absorbent assembly perimeter and a leakage warning element disposed adjacent a portion of the perimeter, wherein the leakage warning element is adapted to provide a physical sensation indicating a fullness level of the absorbent assembly. Also disclosed is an absorbent article for providing a wearer with a warning of potential leakage, the article including an absorbent assembly and a leakage warning element disposed adjacent the absorbent assembly, wherein the leakage warning element is adapted to impart a physical sensation to the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Meghan Elizabeth Collins, Richard Dickerson Mosbacher, Andrew Mark Long, Darold Dean Tippey, Shirlee Ann Weber, Jessica Sara Van Handel
  • Patent number: 8334425
    Abstract: An absorbent article may include one or more circuits formed on the exterior of the article that are configured to connect to a monitoring device. When connected to a monitoring device, the circuit(s) can be used to provide input data to the monitoring device. The monitoring device may provide audio, visual, and other feedback that changes based on user input data. In some embodiments, the monitoring device can further connect to one or more circuits internal to the article to sense changes in the state of the article. For example, interactive features supported by the monitoring device may relate to the wetness state of the article and/or may be used to control the type of indication(s) provided by the monitoring device when wetness (or another state) is detected. In some embodiments, the monitoring device can be used to provide interactive games for the user of the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Ales, Shirlee Ann Weber, Andrew Long
  • Patent number: 8274393
    Abstract: Signaling systems are disclosed that indicate a change in an absorbent article, such as the presence of a body fluid. The various different signaling systems disclosed do not include any conductive elements contained on the interior of the article as were required in the past. Instead, the changes are monitored from the outer cover of the article. In one embodiment, for instance, conductive zones are formed directly into the outer cover for forming the signaling system. Alternatively, a sensor may be mounted to the outer cover of the article for monitoring changes within the article. The sensor may comprise, for instance, a temperature sensor, a conductivity sensor, an optical sensor, a vibration sensor, a humidity sensor, a material expansion sensor, a chemical sensor, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Michael Ales, Andrew Mark Long, Chuck R. Tomsovic, Davis-Dang H. Nhan, Shirlee Ann Weber, Jason C. Cohen, Shawn Jeffrey Sullivan, Xuedong Song
  • Patent number: 8043272
    Abstract: A collection insert for use in a diaper for the testing of the urine of a baby is generally disclosed. The collection insert is configured to collect and temporarily retain the urine, allowing the urine to be later tested for the presence of absence of an analyte. The collection insert is fluidly isolated from the absorbent core of the diaper, and can be positioned between the bodyside liner and the outer cover or located in a pocket defined by the bodyside liner. The collection insert can include an insert cover and a collection core, such as a sponge, cellulosic material, polymeric nonwoven material, and the like. Additionally, the collection insert can be substantially free of superabsorbent material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Long, Shirlee Ann Weber
  • Publication number: 20110144602
    Abstract: A pant-like absorbent article is provided including an absorbent chassis defining a waist opening and first and second leg openings, the absorbent chassis including an absorbent assembly. The absorbent chassis has a longitudinal length and the waist opening having an unstretched circumference, such that the longitudinal length is proportional to the unstretched circumference of the waist opening by a ratio less than 0.82. The absorbent article also includes a wetness indicator for alerting a wearer to a release of liquid body exudates, the wetness indicator including a physical sensation agent responsive to liquid body exudates received by the absorbent article to facilitate a physical sensation against the wearer's skin for alerting the wearer to the wearer's release of liquid body exudates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Inventors: Andrew Mark Long, Davis-Dang Hoang Nhan, Sandra Kay Knight, Christopher Peter Olson, Shirlee Ann Weber
  • Publication number: 20100164733
    Abstract: Signaling systems are disclosed that indicate a change in an absorbent article, such as the presence of a body fluid. The various different signaling systems disclosed do not include any conductive elements contained on the interior of the article as were required in the past. Instead, the changes are monitored from the outer cover of the article. In one embodiment, for instance, conductive zones are formed directly into the outer cover for forming the signaling system. Alternatively, a sensor may be mounted to the outer cover of the article for monitoring changes within the article. The sensor may comprise, for instance, a temperature sensor, a conductivity sensor, an optical sensor, a vibration sensor, a humidity sensor, a material expansion sensor, a chemical sensor, or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Michael Ales, Andrew Mark Long, Chuck R. Tomsovic, Davis-Dang H. Nhan, Shirlee Ann Weber, Jason C. Cohen
  • Publication number: 20100152689
    Abstract: An absorbent article is provided including a liquid impermeable outercover, an absorbent body disposed on the outercover, and a body-facing inner surface including body adhesive disposed thereon. The absorbent article also includes a physical sensation member disposed between the absorbent body and the wearer, the physical sensation member adapted to provide a physical sensation to the wearer when the physical sensation member is contacted by a bodily exudate. The absorbent article is also provided including a liquid impermeable outercover, an absorbent body disposed on the outercover, and a physical sensation member disposed on the absorbent body, the physical sensation member adapted to provide a physical sensation to the wearer. The absorbent article also provides a liquid permeable, wherein the liner includes a body-facing inner surface including body adhesive disposed thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Inventors: Andrew Mark Long, Lisha Yu, Shirlee Ann Weber
  • Publication number: 20100121293
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article includes an absorbent chassis and a fastening system that together define a refastenable pant. The refastenable pant includes a pair of elastomeric front side panels extending from the waist opening to each leg opening, a pair of elastomeric back side panels extending from the waist opening to each leg opening, and a pair of refastenable seams extending from the waist opening to each leg opening and positioned between the elastomeric front and back side panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Inventors: Amy Lynn Fletcher, Lisa Ann Dimitrijevs, Christopher Peter Olson, Kathleen Irene Ratliff, Shirlee Ann Weber, Susan Lee West
  • Patent number: 7695464
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article includes an absorbent chassis and a fastening system that together define a refastenable pant. The refastenable pant includes a pair of elastomeric front side panels extending from the waist opening to each leg opening, a pair of elastomeric back side panels extending from the waist opening to each leg opening, and a pair of refastenable seams extending from the waist opening to each leg opening and positioned between the elastomeric front and back side panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Amy Lynn Fletcher, Lisa Ann Dimitrijevs, Christopher Peter Olson, Kathleen Irene Ratliff, Shirlee Ann Weber, Susan Lee West
  • Patent number: 7615040
    Abstract: An absorbent article having a thin, flexible absorbent pad that can accommodate one or two insults with a low probability of leakage. The absorbent article can be less than about 5 millimeters thick, with the absorbent pad being less than about 3 millimeters thick. The absorbent article has a low absorbent capacity of, for example, less than three times an anticipated single insult volume, or less than twice an anticipated single insult volume. The absorbent article is particularly suitable for use as a toilet training aid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Peter Olson, Lawrence Howell Sawyer, Shirlee Ann Weber
  • Patent number: 7595734
    Abstract: A monitor, for use with an absorbent article having a wetness sensor, includes a power management system. The monitor may include a hinge, a housing, and a power management system. The power management system may include an integrally activated and deactivated power circuit. The power circuit includes a first contact associated with the hinge and a second contact associated with the housing. The first contact is electrically connected with the second contact when the monitor is in a closed condition. The first contact is electrically disconnected with the second contact when the monitor is in an open condition. A monitor having a power management system may further include an attachment circuit and/or a continuity circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Mark Long, Christopher Peter Olson, Thomas Michael Ales, III, Shirlee Ann Weber, Jens Hauvn
  • Publication number: 20090171307
    Abstract: Methods for forming a translucent window on the inner surface of a liquid impermeable breathable film outer cover of an absorbent product, such as a diaper, for viewing a water dispersible ink to indicate when an insult has occurred are disclosed. Additionally, absorbent products having a translucent window and a water dispersible ink are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Sharon S. Chang, Darold D. Tippey, Shirlee Ann Weber, Jessica Sara Van Handel, Vasily A. Topolkaraev, Debra Ann Miller
  • Patent number: 7520873
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article having an area which is visible when the article is worn. A color gradation in the area provides a coloration which varies in intensity over the area from a higher intensity of color to a lower intensity of color. A visible element, such as an indicator for indicating a change in condition of the article, is at a location where the coloration is of lower intensity or absent so as not to obscure visibility of the element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Paula Mary Sosalla, Shirlee Ann Weber, Jennifer L. S. Misek
  • Publication number: 20090058072
    Abstract: A recording tool is provided for tracking absorbent article use, the tool including an ordinal number for each absorbent article for a given day; associated with each absorbent article, a non-alphanumeric health condition graphical representation of whether the absorbent article indicates the health condition, wherein the health condition graphical representation is thematically related to the health condition; and associated with the given day, a health condition assessment summarizing the absorbent articles indicating the health condition, wherein the health condition can be wetness. The recording tool can also include, associated with each absorbent article, a fecal content graphical representation of whether the absorbent article includes fecal content, wherein the fecal content graphical representation is thematically related to the fecal content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2007
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Inventors: Shirlee Ann Weber, Andrew Mark Long