Patents by Inventor Thomas Shannon

Thomas Shannon 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: 20060070712
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention is a fibrous structure that may comprise: cellulosic pulp fibers and pretreated cellulosic pulp fibers. The pretreated cellulosic pulp fiber is formed by pretreating cellulosic pulp fiber with a thermoplastic resin having a property selected from the group consisting essentially of water soluble, water dispersible, and combinations thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2004
    Publication date: April 6, 2006
    Inventors: Troy Runge, Lisa Flugge, Michael Lostocco, Thomas Shannon
  • Publication number: 20060065380
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a bicomponent strengthening system and the paper webs produced with the bicomponent strengthening system. Through use of the strengthening system, paper webs may be produced in which the strength characteristics of the web may be specifically tailored. The first component of the system comprises a polymer having at least about 1.5 m-eq primary amine functionality per gram of polymer and a molecular weight of at least about 10,000 Daltons. The second component may be either a polymeric anionic compound or a polymeric aldehyde functional compound. For example, the polyamine polymer component may be a polyvinylamine or polysaccharide having primary amine functionality. In one embodiment, the second component may be a cationic polymeric aldehyde functional compound. For example, the second component may be a cationic glyoxylated polyacrylamide. In another embodiment, the second component may be a polymeric anionic compound comprising carboxy functionality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2005
    Publication date: March 30, 2006
    Inventors: Gil Garnier, Jeffrey Lindsay, Thomas Shannon, Michael Lostocco, Lacey Hansen, Kelly Branham, Dan Siderius
  • Publication number: 20060068661
    Abstract: The surface feel of wiping products, such as facial tissues, bath tissues and paper towels, can be improved by incorporating into the product a deliquescent material and a friction reduction compound. The deliquescent material maintains a very high equilibrium amount of water in the product, which in turn effectively enables the friction reduction compound to enhance the smooth surface feel of the product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2004
    Publication date: March 30, 2006
    Inventor: Thomas Shannon
  • Publication number: 20060027349
    Abstract: A paper product having improved strength properties as disclosed. In accordance with the present invention, the paper product is treated with a strength agent comprising a derivatized polyethylene oxide. The paper product can be, for instance, a facial tissue, a bath tissue, a paper towel or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2005
    Publication date: February 9, 2006
    Inventors: Thomas Shannon, Dave Soerens
  • Publication number: 20050274470
    Abstract: The fluid intake rate of a tissue product having at least one hydrophobic exterior layer can be increased significantly by the addition of apertures through the hydrophobic exterior layer to the tissue product's hydrophilic interior layer. The apertures allow for fluid to be absorbed by the hydrophilic interior layer, while leaving the hydrophobic exterior layer dry to the touch. The size, number and spacing of the apertures can be controlled to manage the absorbent properties of the tissue product. In one embodiment, a three-ply tissue product has two exterior hydrophobic plies each having a plurality of apertures extending from the surface of both exterior plies through the plies to a hydrophilic interior ply.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2004
    Publication date: December 15, 2005
    Inventors: Thomas Shannon, David Moline, Tammy Balzar, Jeffrey Mathews, John Urlaub
  • Publication number: 20050252626
    Abstract: Single-ply throughdried tissue sheets, particularly suitable as bath tissue, are produced with at least three layers. One or both of the outer layers suitably contain predominantly softwood fibers and a chemical bonding agent. One or more of the inner layers suitably contains a chemical debonder. The resulting tissues have a high level of durability and softness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2004
    Publication date: November 17, 2005
    Inventors: Patrick Chen, Michael Hermans, Pau-Lin Pawar, Thomas Shannon
  • Publication number: 20050215146
    Abstract: Wiping products, such as wet wipes, tissues and towels, can be improved by incorporating a sufficient amount of a deliquescent material into the product. The deliquescent material is capable of maintaining a very high equilibrium amount of water in the product which can be advantageous in preventing wet wiping products from drying out and improving the hand feel of dry wiping products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2004
    Publication date: September 29, 2005
    Inventor: Thomas Shannon
  • Publication number: 20050178788
    Abstract: Different embodiments for adapting a package, such as a tissue carton or wet wipes container, for placement into a cup holder or for being secured by a cup holder are disclosed. By adapting existing packages containing disposable articles to fit into a cup holder, the package can be kept securely in place in an automobile. By adapting the existing package design, existing packaging machinery can be used to produce the product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2003
    Publication date: August 18, 2005
    Inventors: Thomas Shannon, Scott Baum, Duane McDonald
  • Publication number: 20050136765
    Abstract: Fibrous sheet materials, such as are useful as facial tissue, bath tissue and paper towels, for example, are provided with chemical agents, such as certain salts, which create a temperature change in the sheet when exposed to a particular stimulant, such as water, for example. These materials can provide a soothing feel to the user, either in the form of cooling or heating, depending upon the particular chemistry involved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2003
    Publication date: June 23, 2005
    Inventor: Thomas Shannon
  • Publication number: 20050136265
    Abstract: The present invention is a polysiloxane treated hydrophilic tissue sheet having a polydialkylsiloxane content of about 0.4% or greater by weight of dry pulp fibers. The polysiloxane treated hydrophilic tissue sheet may also have a wet out time after aging 20 days at about 130° F. of about 10 seconds or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2003
    Publication date: June 23, 2005
    Inventors: Kou-Chang Liu, Amber Fortune, Thomas Shannon
  • Publication number: 20050136759
    Abstract: Hydrophilic polysiloxanes and hydrophobic polysiloxanes are used in combination to provide tissues, such as facial and bath tissues, with an optimal combination of absorbency and softness. At least one of the hydrophobic and hydrophilic polysiloxanes is applied to the outer surface of the tissue product in a zoned pattern such that the absorbent rate of the tissue varies across the surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2003
    Publication date: June 23, 2005
    Inventors: Thomas Shannon, Matthew Higgins