Patents by Inventor Steven Ray Gilbert

Steven Ray Gilbert 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: 20080119811
    Abstract: A process and apparatus for producing a stabilized product from a pledget, including the steps of providing a pledget and a transfer member, and pushing the compressed pledget into a stabilization mold with the transfer member as the transfer member advances to a loading position. The transfer member is retracted to a stabilizing position. The compressed pledget is stabilized while the compressed pledget is maintained in compression by the transfer member and the stabilization mold to form a stabilized tampon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2006
    Publication date: May 22, 2008
    Inventors: Steven Ray Gilbert, Jeffrey Scott Hudson
  • Publication number: 20080110005
    Abstract: A process and apparatus for producing a stabilized product from a pledget, including the steps of providing a pledget, a transfer member having an expandable portion, and a stabilization mold having an interior surface defining an interior cavity. The pledget is pushed into the mold by the transfer member so that the expandable portion is within the interior cavity of the mold. The pledget is compressed in the mold by the transfer member to form a compressed pledget. The expandable portion of the transfer member is expanded to form a seal with the interior surface of said mold. The compressed pledget is stabilized to form a stabilized product, while the compressed pledget is maintained in compression and the expandable portion of the transfer member remains expanded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2006
    Publication date: May 15, 2008
    Inventors: Steven Ray Gilbert, Joseph Michael Manton, Mihai Alin Stan
  • Publication number: 20080065041
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for producing a stabilized tampon from a tampon pledget. The method includes the steps of providing a tampon pledget; providing a compression mold having disposed therein a plurality of fluid communication passages; moving the tampon pledget into the compression mold, the compression mold being in an open position; applying a force delivery means through the fluid communication passages to deform the tampon pledget into a pre-folded shape; and compressing the pledget in the compression mold by closing the compression mold into a closed position to form a folded, compressed tampon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2006
    Publication date: March 13, 2008
    Inventors: Mihai Alin Stan, Steven Ray Gilbert, Holger Wendt
  • Patent number: 7192421
    Abstract: An improved absorbent catamenial tampon is disclosed comprising an overwrap with both a masking region and a wicking region. The compressed absorbent member of the tampon has an inner region, an exterior surface, and an insertion end opposed to a withdrawal end. The overwrap comprises a masking region and a wicking region. The wicking region of the overwrap covers at least a portion of the exterior surface of the compressed absorbent member proximal to the withdrawal end of the compressed absorbent member. The masking region surrounds at least a portion of the exterior surface of the compressed absorbent member proximal to the insertion end of the compressed absorbent member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Margaret Henderson Hasse, Steven Ray Gilbert
  • Patent number: 7112192
    Abstract: An improved absorbent catamenial tampon is disclosed comprising an overwrap with both a masking region and a wicking region. The compressed absorbent member of the tampon has an inner region, an exterior surface, and an insertion end opposed to a withdrawal end. The overwrap comprises a masking region and a wicking region. The wicking region of the overwrap covers at least a portion of the exterior surface of the compressed absorbent member proximal to the withdrawal end of the compressed absorbent member. The masking region surrounds at least a portion of the exterior surface of the compressed absorbent member proximal to the insertion end of the compressed absorbent member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Margaret Henderson Hasse, Steven Ray Gilbert
  • Patent number: 6840927
    Abstract: An improved absorbent catamenial tampon having increased leakage protection and ability to readily absorb fluid while not aggressively adhering to tissue. This is accomplished with a tampon comprising a compressed absorbent member comprising an absorbent material. The compressed absorbent member of the tampon has an inner region and an exterior surface. The fluid wicking overwrap substantially covers the exterior surface of the compressed absorbent member, substantially permeates the inner region of the compressed absorbent member and extends beyond the withdrawal end to form a skirt portion. A method of making a tampon of the present invention is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2005
    Assignee: The Proctor & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Margaret Henderson Hasse, Steven Ray Gilbert, Eric Patton Weinberger, Sharon Darlene Kirkpatrick
  • Publication number: 20040049167
    Abstract: A catamenial tampon comprises a compressed absorbent member having an inner region and an exterior surface, the compressed absorbent member comprising an absorbent material. An overwrap substantially covers the exterior surface of the compressed absorbent member. The overwrap comprises an apertured fluid pervious material that is hydrophobic or rendered hydrophobic relative to the compressed absorbent member. The fluid pervious overwrap therefore tends to remain free of fluid as the fluid is preferentially partitioned into the absorbent member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2003
    Publication date: March 11, 2004
    Applicant: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Margaret Henderson Hasse, Steven Ray Gilbert, James Earl Trout
  • Publication number: 20030097108
    Abstract: An improved absorbent catamenial tampon having increased leakage protection and ability to readily absorb fluid while not aggressively adhering to tissue. This is accomplished with a tampon comprising a compressed absorbent member comprising an absorbent material. The compressed absorbent member of the tampon has an inner region and an exterior surface. The fluid wicking overwrap substantially covers the exterior surface of the compressed absorbent member, substantially permeates the inner region of the compressed absorbent member and extends beyond the withdrawal end to form a skirt portion. A method of making a tampon of the present invention is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2001
    Publication date: May 22, 2003
    Inventors: Margaret Henderson Hasse, Steven Ray Gilbert, Eric Patton Weinberger, Sharon Darlene Kirkpatrick
  • Publication number: 20030097104
    Abstract: An improved absorbent catamenial tampon having a non-aggressive fluid wicking overwrap, which aids in fluid acquisition while not aggressively adhering to tissue is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2002
    Publication date: May 22, 2003
    Applicant: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Steven Ray Gilbert
  • Publication number: 20030097106
    Abstract: An improved absorbent catamenial tampon is disclosed comprising an overwrap with both a masking region and a wicking region. The compressed absorbent member of the tampon has an inner region, an exterior surface, and an insertion end opposed to a withdrawal end. The overwrap comprises a masking region and a wicking region. The wicking region of the overwrap covers at least a portion of the exterior surface of the compressed absorbent member proximal to the withdrawal end of the compressed absorbent member. The masking region surrounds at least a portion of the exterior surface of the compressed absorbent member proximal to the insertion end of the compressed absorbent member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2002
    Publication date: May 22, 2003
    Applicant: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Margaret Henderson Hasse, Steven Ray Gilbert
  • Publication number: 20030097112
    Abstract: An improved absorbent catamenial tampon having a non-aggressive fluid wicking overwrap, which aids in fluid acquisition while not aggressively adhering to tissue is presented. This tampon comprises a generally elongated absorbent member and an overwrap substantially covering the exterior surface of the generally elongated absorbent member, wherein the overwrap is fluid wicking and has an Agar Shear Force of no more than about 90 grams per inch of material width.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2002
    Publication date: May 22, 2003
    Applicant: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Steven Ray Gilbert, Elizabeth Auron Piocos