Patents by Inventor Suzanne Marie Schmoker

Suzanne Marie Schmoker 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: 20200038258
    Abstract: An absorbent article can have a topsheet layer, a liquid impermeable layer, and an absorbent core positioned between the topsheet layer and the liquid impermeable layer. The absorbent article can further include an exudate management layer in fluid communication with the topsheet layer. In various embodiments, the exudate management layer can be positioned on a body facing surface of the topsheet layer. In various embodiments, the exudate management layer can be positioned between the topsheet layer and the absorbent core. The exudate management layer has a first component which defines an opening for direct passage of body exudates into the absorbent core. The exudate management layer has a second component which at least partially overlaps the first component of the exudate management layer and further extends in the longitudinal direction of the absorbent article in a direction towards the posterior region of the absorbent article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Inventors: Suzanne Marie Schmoker, Heidi Bauerlein Hopkins, Andrew Thomas Hammond, Kyle Mark Barriger, Michael Donald Sperl, Russell J. Brumm, Alyssa Kimberly DeYoung, Ellen E. Pelky, Kimberly M. Downs
  • Publication number: 20200038265
    Abstract: An absorbent article can have an improved attachment to a wearer's undergarment and can maintain proper placement in the undergarment of the wearer. The absorbent article can produce less waste for the wearer of the absorbent article. The absorbent article can have a topsheet layer, a backsheet layer, an absorbent core positioned between the topsheet layer and the backsheet layer, and a pair of opposing wings. The absorbent article can have a mechanical garment attachment which can maintain the placement of the absorbent article within the wearer's undergarment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Inventors: Christopher Peter Olson, Suzanne Marie Schmoker, Cynthia H. Hendren
  • Publication number: 20200008986
    Abstract: A thong-style absorbent article can have a waist region, a back extension extending from a back waist portion of the waist region, and a chassis extending between a front waist portion of the waist region and the back extension. The chassis can have a generally triangular shape and a pair of containment features positioned at the longitudinal direction side edges of the chassis. An exudate management system can be positioned between the pair of containment features and can have a first exudate management component and a second exudate management component. In various embodiments, the absorbent article can be adjustable in size and positioning about the wearer to provide for improved fit of the absorbent article and reduced leakage of exudate from the absorbent article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Inventors: Heidi Bauerlein Hopkins, Suzanne Marie Schmoker
  • Publication number: 20200008988
    Abstract: An absorbent article can have a topsheet layer, a liquid impermeable layer, and an absorbent core positioned between the topsheet layer and the liquid impermeable layer. The absorbent article can further include an exudate management layer in fluid communication with the topsheet layer. In various embodiments, the exudate management layer can be positioned on a body facing surface of the topsheet layer. In various embodiments, the exudate management layer can be positioned between the topsheet layer and the absorbent core. The exudate management layer has a first component which defines an opening for direct passage of body exudates into the absorbent core. The exudate management layer has a second component which at least partially overlaps the first component of the exudate management layer and further extends in the longitudinal direction of the absorbent article in a direction towards the posterior region of the absorbent article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Inventors: Suzanne Marie Schmoker, Heidi Bauerlein Hopkins, Alyssa Kimberly DeYoung, Ellen E. Pelky, Kimberly M. Downs, Andrew Thomas Hammond, Kyle Mark Barriger, Michael Donald Sperl, Russell J. Brumm
  • Publication number: 20170246045
    Abstract: An absorbent article has a top sheet, a back sheet, and an absorbent assembly positioned between the back sheet and the top sheet. The absorbent article includes a fluid intake layer positioned between the absorbent assembly and the top sheet. The fluid intake layer has a rearward-facing arch located in a back portion of the fluid intake layer. The fluid intake layer has an opening. The absorbent article includes a first lateral stiffener and a second lateral stiffener extending along a majority of the longitudinal side edges of the fluid intake layer. The absorbent article includes a first flexure, a second flexure, and a third flexure in a rear portion of the absorbent article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Inventors: Suzanne Marie SCHMOKER, Heidi Bauerlein HOPKINS, Sohyun Sara PARK, Christopher Peter OLSON
  • Publication number: 20130230835
    Abstract: A method for simplified donning of a refastenable garment. The method includes configuring the article such that the first transverse side is open and such that the second transverse side is closed; thereafter positioning and fastening the first front and back side panels around a first leg; thereafter opening the second transverse side; thereafter positioning and fastening the second front and back side panels around a second leg; and thereafter drawing the article up into a wear position on the subject. Also disclosed is a method for simplifying the application of a refastenable garment that includes providing specific instructions to a user, such as via graphical images. Also disclosed is a package of refastenable garments, the package including secondary information for simplifying the application of a refastenable garment to a wearer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Inventors: Kimberly Louise Ellefson, Charles Lewis Cooke, JR., Kristina Fries Smits, Shannon Kathleen Melius, Suzanne Marie Schmoker, Eric Brian Maclean
  • Patent number: 8007622
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for manufacturing personal care absorbent articles. Such personal care absorbent article includes a fastening area in the front portion for receiving fastener material thereon. First and second fault lines are formed on opposing sides of the fastening area leaving uncut web portions at the fault lines during selected manufacturing operations, thus to support machine direction stresses on the front portion web, and subsequently trimming away such uncut web portions of the fault lines. Fastener material is applied over the first and second fault lines, thus bridging the fault lines. The fastener material is releasably secured to the fastening area, non-releasably secured to the front portion outwardly of the respective fault lines, and unsecured to the front portion between the fastening area and the fault lines thus to support a re-fastening feature of such personal care absorbent articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Harold Norbert Heller, Donald Joseph Sanders, Paul Theodore Van Gompel, Lori Sue Schutkoske, Cindy Lou Price, Suzanne Marie Schmoker, Sarah Jane Marie Freiburger, Mary Anne Bruemmer-Prestley, Paul William Christoffel
  • Publication number: 20090008030
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for manufacturing personal care absorbent articles. Such personal care absorbent article includes a fastening area in the front portion for receiving fastener material thereon. First and second fault lines are formed on opposing sides of the fastening area leaving uncut web portions at the fault lines during selected manufacturing operations, thus to support machine direction stresses on the front portion web, and subsequently trimming away such uncut web portions of the fault lines. Fastener material is applied over the first and second fault lines, thus bridging the fault lines. The fastener material is releasably secured to the fastening area, non-releasably secured to the front portion outwardly of the respective fault lines, and unsecured to the front portion between the fastening area and the fault lines thus to support a re-fastening feature of such personal care absorbent articles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Applicant: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Harold Norbert Heller, Donald Joseph Sanders, Paul Theodore Van Gompel, Lori Sue Schutkoske, Cindy Lou Price, Suzanne Marie Schmoker, Sarah Jane Freiburger, Mary Anne Bruemmer-Prestley, Paul William Christoffel
  • Patent number: 7431791
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for manufacturing personal care absorbent articles. Such personal care absorbent article includes a fastening area in the front portion for receiving fastener material thereon. First and second fault lines are formed on opposing sides of the fastening area leaving uncut web portions at the fault lines during selected manufacturing operations, thus to support machine direction stresses on the front portion web, and subsequently trimming away such uncut web portions of the fault lines. Fastener material is applied over the first and second fault lines, thus bridging the fault lines. The fastener material is releasable secured to the fastening area, non-releasable secured to the front portion outwardly of the respective fault lines, and unsecured to the front portion between the fastening area and the fault lines thus to support a re-fastening feature of such personal care absorbent articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Harold Norbert Heller, Donald Joseph Sanders, Paul Theodore Van Gompel, Lori Sue Schutkoske, Cindy Lou Price, Suzanne Marie Schmoker, Sarah Jane Marie Freiburger, Mary Anne Bruemmer-Prestley, Paul William Christoffel
  • Publication number: 20080114322
    Abstract: A body panel for an adjustable pant-like disposable absorbent undergarment is disclosed. The body panel includes first, second and third regions separated by first and second lines of weakness. A tear facilitation member is secured to one of the region. The tear facilitation member has at least one unattached portion of sufficient size to be grasped between a person's thumb and index finger. The body panel also has an attachment member being secured to one of the other regions and being removeably secured to the tear facilitation member. As the attachment member is opened, the unattached portion can be grasped and pulled in an opposite direction to break the respective line of weakness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2006
    Publication date: May 15, 2008
    Inventors: Suzanne Marie Schmoker, Jeffrey James Loritz, Stacy Nicole Markovich, Jeffery Michael Tabor
  • Patent number: 7150730
    Abstract: A refastenable pant-like disposable undergarment for absorbing human discharge is disclosed. The undergarment includes a front panel, a back panel, and an absorbent assembly secured therebetween. The front and back panels are joined together to form a waist opening and a pair of leg openings. A pair of tear lines is formed in the front panel with each extending from the waist opening to one of the respective leg openings. A pair of attachment members is secured across the pair of tear lines and one side of the attachment members is removeably fastened to the front panel. The undergarment further includes a pair of ear flaps formed in the front panel under the pair of attachment members. Each ear flap extends to a portion of one of the pair of tear lines and is fixed to one of the attachment members. As the attachment members are opened, the pair of ear flaps will cause the pair of tear lines to break.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Wendel Hasler, Suzanne Marie Schmoker, Jeffery Michael Tabor
  • Patent number: 7101360
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for assembly of extensible composite webs and web sausages, and personal care articles manufactured from such webs. The invention comprises fabricating a resiliently extensible web by bringing together and securing to each other as discrete elements, intervening web substrate elements between resiliently stretchable elastic elements. Securement between elastic elements and web substrate elements is defined by alternating zones of securement and non-securement along a length of the web substrate. The invention comprises deactivating elastic elements in the non-securement zones thereby to retract elastic strands in the non-securement zones without retracting the corresponding web or webs in such non-securement zones, and correspondingly, to distinguish the securement zones as relatively more resiliently stretchable and the non-securement zones as relatively less resiliently stretchable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse Paul Sorenson, Donald Joesph Sanders, Paul William Christoffel, Suzanne Marie Schmoker
  • Patent number: 6783487
    Abstract: The invention comprises methods and apparatus of changing from manufacture of pant-type refastenable articles of a first size to manufacture of articles of a second different size in a process for manufacturing pant-type refastenable personal care articles. A respective such personal care article has a front portion, rear portion, and crotch portion. The personal care article also has a fastener-receptive area at the front portion for receiving fasteners thereon, first and second fasteners on opposing sides of the fastener-receptive area, and first and second lines of weakness on opposing sides of the fastener-receptive area and between the fastener-receptive area and the respective first and second fasteners. The method comprises changing spacing between the fastener-receptive area and at least one of the first and second fasteners while maintaining the first and second lines of weakness between the fastener-receptive area and the respective first and second fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Mark Duhm, Keith Joseph Renard, Denise Marie Bell Murie, Russell Evan Thorson, Suzanne Marie Schmoker, Sarah Jane Marie Freiburger
  • Publication number: 20040138635
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for assembly of extensible composite webs and web sausages, and personal care articles manufactured from such webs. The invention comprises fabricating a resiliently extensible web by bringing together and securing to each other as discrete elements, intervening web substrate elements between resiliently stretchable elastic elements. Securement between elastic elements and web substrate elements is defined by alternating zones of securement and non-securement along a length of the web substrate. The invention comprises deactivating elastic elements in the non-securement zones thereby to retract elastic strands in the non-securement zones without retracting the corresponding web or webs in such non-securement zones, and correspondingly, to distinguish the securement zones as relatively more resiliently stretchable and the non-securement zones as relatively less resiliently stretchable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2003
    Publication date: July 15, 2004
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse Paul Sorenson, Donald Joesph Sanders, Paul William Christoffel, Suzanne Marie Schmoker
  • Patent number: 6569141
    Abstract: An absorbent article is disclosed having a refastenable mechanism. The absorbent article has a front portion, a back portion and a crotch portion. The crotch portion connects the front portion to the back portion. The back portion has a first end, a second end and first and second side edges. The back portion is divided into a first section and a second section. The first section is extendable in at least one direction and has a length L2 measured perpendicularly from the first end of the back portion to a line drawn parallel thereto. The second section has a length L3 measured perpendicularly from the second end of the back portion to the line drawn parallel to the first end whereby a ratio L2/L3 is established which ranges from between about 0.1 to about 2. First and second fasteners are positioned and secured adjacent to one of the first and second side edges of the back portion and are secured thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Mary Anne Bruemmer-Prestley, Sarah Jane Marie Freiburger, Nefetari Edris Bordain, Suzanne Marie Schmoker
  • Publication number: 20030088223
    Abstract: A personal care article comprising a front portion, first and second lateral sections having inner edges releasably fastened to the front portion and first and second outer portions attached to the front portion, a back portion, and a crotch portion between the front portion and the back portion, Outer edges of the first and second lateral sections are secured to third and fourth side edges of the back portion to form a pant-like article having a waist opening, and first and second leg openings. Strength of the attachment of the outer portions of the lateral sections to the front portion is less than strength of securement of the outer edges of the lateral sections to the back portion, whereby the attachments of the outer portions of the lateral sections to the front portion can be separated from the front portion without separating securement of the first and second lateral sections from the side edges of the back portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2001
    Publication date: May 8, 2003
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Eugene Vogt, Suzanne Marie Schmoker, Sarah Jane Marie Freiburger, Mary Anne Bruemmer-Prestley
  • Patent number: 6514235
    Abstract: An absorbent article is disclosed having a refastenable mechanism. The absorbent article has a front portion, a back portion and a crotch portion. The crotch portion connects the front portion to the back portion. The front portion has a first end, a second end, a first side edge and a second side edge. First and second lateral sections are releasably attached to the front portion and each of the first and second lateral sections has an outer edge. The back portion has first and second side edges and first and second ends. The back portion is divided into a first section and a second section. The first section has a length L2 measured perpendicularly from the first end of the back portion to a line drawn parallel thereto. The second section has a length L3 measured perpendicularly from the second end of the back portion to the line drawn parallel to the first end whereby a ratio L2/L3 is established which ranges from between about 0.1 to about 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Sarah Jane Marie Freiburger, Mary Anne Bruemmer-Prestley, Suzanne Marie Schmoker, Nefetari Edris Bordain, David Arthur Fell
  • Patent number: 6511465
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article is disclosed having a front portion, a back portion and a crotch portion. The crotch portion joins the front portion to the back portion. The back portion has a first end and a second end. The back portion is divided into a first section and a second section. The first section is extendable in a transverse direction and has a length L2 measured perpendicularly from the first end of the back portion to a line drawn parallel thereto. The second section has a length L3 measured perpendicularly from the second end of the back portion to the line drawn parallel to the first end. The second section has a first side edge, a second side edge, a first area A1 and a second area A2. The first area A1 represents an area bounded by the first and second side edges, the second end, and the line drawn parallel to the first end. The second area A2 represents an area bounded by first and second lines, the second end, and the line drawn parallel to the first end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2003
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Sarah Jane Marie Freiburger, Mary Anne Bruemmer-Prestley, Nefetari Edris Bordain, Suzanne Marie Schmoker, David Arthur Fell
  • Patent number: D772403
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Heidi Bauerlein Hopkins, Suzanne Marie Schmoker, Sohyun Sara Park
  • Patent number: D777910
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Heidi Bauerlein Hopkins, Suzanne Marie Schmoker, Sohyun Sara Park