Having Specific Design, Shape, Or Structural Feature Patents (Class 604/385.01)
  • Patent number: 10799402
    Abstract: An absorbent article comprising a first and second plurality of elastics. The first plurality of elastics may be disposed in a front and a crotch region. The second plurality of elastics may be disposed in a back region and the crotch region. The first and second plurality of elastics may be linear and parallel with a transverse axis of the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Margaret Henderson Hasse, Luke Robinson Magee
  • Patent number: 10780669
    Abstract: One or more implementations of a multi-layer film include a first layer non-continuously bonded to a second pigmented layer. The multi-layer film includes an unexpected appearance differing from the appearance of the pigmented layer. In one or more embodiments, the multi-layer film includes a metallic appearance despite the pigmented layer being devoid of metallic pigment. The multi-layer film also includes areas that are visually distinct from areas of the film with the unexpected appearance. The visually-distinct areas comprise areas in which the first layer non-continuously is in intimate contact with the second pigmented layer. The visually-distinct areas have the appearance of the pigmented layer or another appearance. One or more implementations also include methods of making multi-layer films and bags with an unexpected appearance and visually-distinct areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: The Glad Products Company
    Inventors: Kyle R. Wilcoxen, Theodore J. Fish, Jason R. Maxwell, Kenneth E. Cisek, Michael O. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10751227
    Abstract: An embodiment of the undergarment can include an undergarment liner comprising a top layer; a bottom layer; an absorption layer; and a garment adhesive layer. The top layer can be oriented as the upper most layer and is the layer that comes in contact with the wearer of the liner. The absorption layer is oriented between the top layer and the bottom layer. The garment adhesive layer can comprise a coupling surface and an adhesion surface. The coupling surface opposes adhesion surface. The undergarment liner also comprises a first perforation line that extends through each layer and subdivides the undergarment liner into a plurality of subsections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventor: Kia Grose
  • Patent number: 10736640
    Abstract: A tourniquet is presented with a strap including two patterns of cavities and ridges on top and bottom surfaces respectively. The pattern includes a plurality of spaced cavities arranged in parallel rows, the cavity being rectangular and including two first slopes on two short sides respectively and two second slopes on two elongated sides respectively, the first slopes having an elevation greater than that of the second slopes, and the second slopes having an inclined degree greater than that of the first slopes; and a plurality of spaced depressions arranged in parallel rows, the depression being adjacent to the cavity widthwise, the depression being rectangular, and the depression including two third slopes on two short sides respectively and two fourth slopes on two elongated sides respectively. Depths of the cavity and the depression are different.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: WHEELSTONE ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yung-Lin Hsieh
  • Patent number: 10729599
    Abstract: An absorbent core comprising substantially continuous zones of one or more high fluid distribution structures and discontinuous zones of fluid absorption structures surrounding the one or more high fluid distribution structures, wherein the one or more high fluid distribution structures are arranged to distribute fluid across the absorbent core at a speed that is faster than the speed of fluid distribution across the absorbent core by said discontinuous fluid absorption structures, and wherein said continuous zones extend along a path that is substantially parallel to at least a portion of the perimeter of the core, said portion of the perimeter of the core comprising at least a portion of the sides of the core and one of the ends of the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignees: Ontex BVBA, ONTEX GROUP NV
    Inventors: Ainas Weber, Manfred Breu, Christel Mailinger, Thomas Heege
  • Patent number: 10695232
    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: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Suzanne Marie Schmoker, Heidi Bauerlein Hopkins, Sohyun Sara Park, Christopher Peter Olson
  • Patent number: 10682264
    Abstract: An absorbent article includes a longitudinal axis and a lateral axis; a front region, a back region, a crotch region, the crotch region being disposed between the front region and the back region; a front panel in the front region, wherein the front panel includes an inner layer and an outer layer; a back panel in the back region, wherein the back panel includes an inner layer and an outer layer; an elastic layer disposed between the inner layer and the outer layer in the front panel; an elastic layer disposed between the inner layer and the outer layer in the back panel; and a single-layer zone in one of the front and back panels, wherein the single-layer zone is free of the inner layer and elastic layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Sang Hyun Lee, DongSoo Choi, KyungSik Jang, Minyoung Jeon, Allyssa Marie Herrmann
  • Patent number: 10675193
    Abstract: The wearing article has front and rear waist regions and a crotch region wherein a first waist region as one of the front and rear waist regions includes an outer layer sheet located on non-skin-facing surface, an inner layer sheet located on the inner side compared to the outer layer sheet and an interlayer sheet interlaid between the inner and outer layer sheets and having a decorative element being visually recognizable from the non-skin-facing surface side of the outer layer sheet and the outer layer sheet is nonwoven fabrics formed from crimped conjugated fibers and a brightness value of the inner layer sheet is higher than a brightness value of the outer layer sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tatsuya Hashimoto, Tetsuo Okubo, Huanhuan Chen
  • Patent number: 10675194
    Abstract: An absorbent article has a planar direction and a thickness direction. The absorbent article includes a volatile first functional component, a volatile second functional component, water-disintegrable microcapsules that contain the second functional component, and a solvent that keeps the second functional component contained inside the microcapsules. Between a liquid-permeable layer and an absorption layer, the absorbent article has functional composition coated regions that extend in the planar direction and that are coated with the functional composition, and has adhesive coated regions that extend in the planar direction and that are coated with an adhesive. The adhesive coated regions have an adhesive region that directly or indirectly joins the liquid-permeable payer and the absorption layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jun Kudo, Toshiyuki Tanio, Yuji Takahashi, Asami Shima, Tomoyuki Fujita
  • Patent number: 10675188
    Abstract: Configurable absorbent articles are provided. The absorbent articles may comprise a topsheet, a backsheet, and an absorbent core positioned at least partially intermediate the topsheet and the backsheet. The absorbent articles may comprise a first waist region, a second waist region, a crotch region extending intermediate the first waist region and the second waist region, and an outer cover material joined to the backsheet and forming a portion of a garment-facing surface of the absorbent article. The absorbent articles may comprise a pair of leg cuffs and a fully removable fastening member. The fastening member may comprise a first fastener on a first surface of the fastening member and positioned proximate to a first end and a second fastener on the first surface and positioned proximate to a second end. The absorbent articles may also comprise a wetness guard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Susan Joy Ludwig, Amy Lynn Tally, George Christopher Dobrin
  • Patent number: 10675190
    Abstract: An absorbent article comprising first and second belts. The article may comprise a center chassis that comprises barrier leg cuffs extending laterally outward of a backsheet in the crotch region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter and Gamble Company
    Inventors: Sarah Marie Wade, Kaoru Ishihara
  • Patent number: 10667961
    Abstract: Provided is an absorbent article in which the shape of projections formed in a predetermined region of a topsheet can be maintained. In this absorbent article: a nonwoven fabric that has a skin-side surface having projections formed thereon is used as a topsheet; and an absorbent body has formed therein a through hole that penetrates the absorbent body in the thickness direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ayako Moriya, Haruki Toda
  • Patent number: 10660801
    Abstract: Disclosed is a wearable article comprising a main body, ring-like elastic belt, an outer cover layer, a backsheet; a front belt artwork region, and a back belt artwork region; and wherein one or both of the front and back belt artwork regions comprises a belt artwork; a transitional region disposed on the front waist panel and the back waist panel where the outer cover layer exists; and a crotch artwork region on the crotch panel comprising a crotch artwork; wherein at least some of the belt artwork and some of the crotch artwork are printed on the backsheet, wherein when the opacity of the outer cover layer is OC and the opacity of one or both of the front belt and the back belt comprising the belt artwork is OB, respectively, the difference between OC and OB is less than about 20%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Koichi Morimoto
  • Patent number: 10646383
    Abstract: An absorbent product includes a liquid permeable topsheet, a liquid impermeable backsheet, and an absorbent core enclosed between the topsheet and the backsheet. The absorbent core includes an absorbent fibrous layer, a liquid inlet layer, and a carrier layer, in which a transversally central region is arranged in the liquid inlet layer. The central region extends along the entire longitudinal length of the absorbent core, and includes a plurality of slits arranged in a pattern. The slits are in the form of dilated slit openings in a part of said central region, which is comprised in an intermediate portion of the absorbent core, and the slits are in the form of non-dilated slits in parts of said central region, which are comprised in one or both of front and rear portions of the absorbent core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: ESSITY HYGIENE AND HEALTH AKTIEBOLAG
    Inventors: Peter Rönnberg, Philip Blomström
  • Patent number: 10639215
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed, in part, to an absorbent article having a front waist edge, a rear waist edge longitudinally opposing the front waist edge, a longitudinal axis extending from a midpoint of the front waist edge to a midpoint of the rear waist edge, a liquid permeable topsheet, a liquid impermeable backsheet, and an absorbent core disposed at least partially intermediate the topsheet and the backsheet. The absorbent core having superabsorbent polymers and a channel network substantially free of the superabsorbent polymers. The channel network having a perimeter channel, a first longitudinal channel inboard of the perimeter channel, a second longitudinal channel inboard of the perimeter channel, and one or more connecting lateral channels. The one or more connecting lateral channels connect one of the first longitudinal channel to the second longitudinal channel or the perimeter channel to the perimeter channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Donald Carroll Roe, Carsten Heinrich Kreuzer, Maja Wciorka, Russell Andrew Hayden
  • Patent number: 10588783
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and apparatuses for inkjet printing including printing graphics on an absorbent article component, comprising the steps of: providing one or more printheads; providing a substrate extending in a machine direction, the substrate comprising a first surface and an opposing second surface and defining a width in a cross direction; advancing the substrate in the machine direction past the one or more printheads; ejecting one or more inks from the one or more printheads onto the first surface of the substrate to define a graphic of a plurality of images, each of the plurality of images not being identical to another; wherein the distribution of each of the plurality of images printed on the substrate are not all equal to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: John Andrew Strasemeier
  • Patent number: 10575390
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting a color of a color changing indicator in the presence of ambient light. A system includes a light source, a photodetector, and a processor. The processor obtains a first measurement of ambient light received from the photodetector while the light source is off. The processor causes the light source to transmit light. The processor obtains a second measurement from the photodetector during the transmission, the second measurement including the ambient light and the pulsed light reflected from an object. The processor determines a color of the color changing indicator by removing an ambient light signal from the second measurement based on the first measurement and therefrom determines a volume of bodily exudate present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: VERILY LIFE SCIENCES LLC
    Inventors: Brian Schiffer, Tushar Parlikar
  • Patent number: 10562264
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a waterproof moisture-permeable fabric suppressed in appearance abnormality and deterioration in barrier properties. A waterproof moisture-permeable fabric including a protective layer and a polyethylene microporous film that are stacked on each other with a synthetic rubber-based hot-melt adhesive, an olefinic hot-melt adhesive, or a composite hot-melt adhesive interposed therebetween, having a nonpolar oil content of 2 g/m2 or less, and a polar oil content of 0.01 g/m2 or more and 6 g/m2 or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Taketoshi Nakamura, Yuichiro Hayashi, Masanobu Takeda
  • Patent number: 10537482
    Abstract: An absorbent article includes: an absorbent main, an abdominal-side band member having a central portion fixed to one end part in a vertical direction of the absorbent main body while covering the one end part from a non-skin side of the absorbent main body, and a back-side band member different from the abdominal-side band member. The back-side band member has a central portion fixed to an other end part in the vertical direction of the absorbent main body, while covering the other end part from the non-skin side of the absorbent main body. The back-side band member has a length in the vertical direction longer than the abdominal-side band member. Each of the abdominal-side and back-side band members has an elastic member. The abdominal-side band member and the absorbent main body overlap at an overlap portion, the overlap portion including at least a part where the elastic member is disconnected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jun Fukasawa
  • Patent number: 10525665
    Abstract: A waved meltblown fiber web of the present invention relates to a fiber web prepared by a meltblown method and is characterized by a preparation method in which a meltblown microfiber comes in contact with collection portions having different surface velocities so as to be collected. The waved meltblown fiber web of the present invention is characterized in that: a part of meltblown microfibers reaches a low velocity collection portion so as to be horizontally layered, thereby forming a horizontal fiber layer (10); another part of the meltblown microfibers reaches a high velocity collection portion of which the surface velocity is greater that of the low velocity collection portion so as to form a serpentine vertical fiber layer (20); and the upper end of the vertical fiber layer (20) becomes entangled so as to form a wave shaped wave layer (30) forming the uppermost portion of the fiber web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignees: IKSUNG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hun Joo Lee, Kee Wook Yang, Jong Hyuk Cha, Gue Ssuk Kang, Chang Hyeon Kim
  • Patent number: 10478350
    Abstract: A male incontinence article includes a liquid permeable liner, a liquid impermeable outer cover, and an absorbent core disposed between the liner and the outer cover. The article is configurable from a laid flat configuration to a use configuration. The article has, in the use configuration, an absorbent cup and an upstanding wall that extends upward from the cup. The cup has a closed bottom, a sidewall extending upward from the closed bottom, and an open top. The closed bottom and the sidewall cooperatively define an interior chamber adapted to receive at least a portion of the user's penis. Suitable packaging and methods of manufacturing such an article are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Marcille F. Ruman, Sarah A. Kleuskens, Phillip L. Hutchison
  • Patent number: 10456307
    Abstract: An array of packages comprising two or more different sizes of disposable absorbent articles may comprise first and second articles comprising first and second cores having different Channel Spacings, Curvatures, Arm Angles, and/or Lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Bret Darren Seitz, Gary Dean LaVon, Ryo Minoguchi, Alexander Fedotov, Fred Naval Desai
  • Patent number: 10449099
    Abstract: An array of packages comprising two or more different sizes of disposable absorbent articles comprising first and second absorbent cores, the array comprising a Core Bracket Maximum Difference of the absorbent core of the second size is less than the Core Bracket Maximum Difference of the absorbent core of the first size and/or a Maximum Core Bracket of the absorbent core of the second size is equal to or less than the Maximum Core Bracket of the absorbent core of the first size and/or a Minimum Core Bracket of the absorbent core of the second size is equal to or greater than the Minimum Core Bracket of the absorbent core of the first size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Bret Darren Seitz, Gary Dean LaVon
  • Patent number: 10398611
    Abstract: A packaged absorbent article having a body surface and a garment surface; and a wrapper sheet for wrapping the absorbent article so that at least a portion of the garment surface of the absorbent article can be seen through the wrapper sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Shimizu, Akane Matsuo, Sachiko Ninomiya, Tsunetoshi Miura
  • Patent number: 10376426
    Abstract: A low-bulk disposable absorbent pant for a child is disclosed. The pant may have a belt structure formed of a stretch laminate of a pre-strained elastic film between two nonwoven layers. The belt may have a relaxed lateral size and a stretched lateral size that is at least 150% of the relaxed lateral size, the relaxed lateral size being no more than 400 mm. The pant may include one or more of waistband, leg band and supplemental elastic members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Masaharu Nishikawa, Urmish Popatlal Dalal
  • Patent number: 10376428
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent pant having a belt structure that encircles the wearer's waist, with front and rear belt portions, and a longitudinally channeled absorbent core structure, is disclosed. The channels are extended so as to underlie at least one of the front and rear belt portions, thereby providing added structural support to restrain the absorbent core and reduce the likelihood of undesirable bulging in the front and/or rear of the pant while it is worn, after the core has absorbed liquid and stiffened longitudinally as a result of the channeled structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Masaharu Nishikawa, Gary Dean LaVon
  • Patent number: 10307307
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a sanitary pad with a crevice mound and a method of using same. More particularly, the invention encompasses a sanitary pad having at least one crevice mound or male portion or raised padded projection, and where the at least one crevice mound physically and partially penetrates an area near and around a human orifice, such as, anal crevice area, vaginal crevice area, to intercept, collect, and retain any bodily fluid that maybe being discharged from the human orifice around the vaginal and/or anal area. The invention also provides a method of using the inventive sanitary pad with at least one crevice mound, where the crevice mound is placed near or adjacent a human orifice, such as, anus, vagina, to at least capture at least a portion of a human bodily fluid coming out of the human orifice around the anal and/or vaginal area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Zara C. Pintado
  • Patent number: 10271997
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed, in part, to absorbent article comprising a liquid permeable topsheet, a liquid impermeable backsheet, a lateral axis defining a front region on a first side of the lateral axis and a back region on a second side of the lateral axis, and an absorbent core positioned at least partially intermediate the liquid permeable topsheet and the liquid impermeable backsheet. The liquid permeable topsheet may comprise a first zone situated primarily in the front region and having a substantially transferrable chemical treatment and a second zone situated primarily in the back region and having the substantially transferrable chemical treatment. A basis weight of the substantially transferrable chemical treatment may be greater in the second zone than in the first zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Blanca Arizti, Donald Carroll Roe, Nelson Edward Greening, II, Marie Brigid O'Reilly, Rachael Eden Walther
  • Patent number: 10123913
    Abstract: In a pull-on diaper, a first distance dimension between outer end portions of front and rear waist panels is in a range of 300 mm to 400 mm as measured on the diaper flatly developed after coupling of the front and rear waist panels in seam regions has been released. A second distance dimension between the waist elastic closest to an inner end portion of the front waist panel among waist elastics extending in the front waist panel across the respective seam regions in the front waist panel and the waist elastic closest to an inner end portion of the rear waist panel among waist elastics extending in the rear waist panel across the respective seam regions is at least 55% of the first distance dimension between outer end portions of the front and rear waist panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masumi Fukuzawa, Shunsuke Masaki
  • Patent number: 10085897
    Abstract: A fastener for a disposable absorbent article, having a fixed portion attachable to the article, a connective portion joined to and contiguous with the fixed portion, and a folding line disposed between the fixed and connective portions. The fastener may be free of a release tape. The fastener may further comprise an adhesive disposed upon a surface of the fixed portion of the fastener being attached to the article, the adhesive being offset from each of the edges of the fixed portion including the edge formed by the folding line, the dimensions of the offsets being defined herein. The adhesive may be applied during the assembly of the absorbent article on a converting line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: James David Landgrebe, Joerg Mueller, Darren Lee Goad, Markus Rosar, Thomas Tombuelt-Meyer
  • Patent number: 10076451
    Abstract: A laminate comprises a first layer comprising a plurality of lower opacity zones positioned within a higher opacity zone is provided. The plurality of lower opacity zones form a first pattern. The laminate comprises a second layer comprising a second pattern. The laminate comprises a non-joined span of the first and second layers having a dimension of at least about 20 mm. A first portion of the second pattern is visible through at least some of the plurality of lower opacity zones when the first layer, within the non-joined span, is in a first position relative to the second layer, within the non-joined span. A second portion of the second pattern is visible through at least some of the plurality of lower opacity zones when the first layer, within the non-joined span, is in a second position relative to the second layer, within the non-joined span.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Sara Lyn Giovanni, Donald Carroll Roe, John Lee Hammons, Kelyn Anne Arora, Timothy Ian Mullane, Matthew Steven Ritter, Jill Marlene Orr, Jennifer Schutte, John Brian Strube, Ann Cecilia Tapp, Rachael Eden Walther, Amanda Margaret Bicking, Jennifer Lynn Dusold, Margaret Elizabeth Porter
  • Patent number: 10058460
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article comprising a first waist region, a second waist region, a crotch region disposed between the first waist region and second waist region; a first waist edge and a second waist edge; the disposable absorbent article comprising a first waistband near the first waist edge and a second waistband near the second waist edge, wherein the Front-to-Back Delta Chassis Contraction is greater than about 9.0%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Kathleen Marie Lawson, Jeromy Thomas Raycheck, Kathleen Ann Murphy Maciag, Raymond Scott Hamilton
  • Patent number: 10045694
    Abstract: A flexible, integrated, urine-based diagnostic device designed such that one or more diagnostic channels are integrated into the body of the device. Each diagnostic channel is designed to contain an immunoassay to detect the presence of a selected analyte so that the device can return a visible readout indicating the presence of the analyte. The flexibility of the device aids the user in the sample collection process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: LIA DIAGNOSTICS, INC.
    Inventors: Bethany Ann Edwards, Frances Melina Dimare
  • Patent number: 10046080
    Abstract: An absorbent article comprising a topsheet, an outer cover, at least one chassis component, and an absorbent core disposed between the topsheet and outer cover, wherein at least one of the outer cover or chassis component comprises a laminate comprising at least one nonwoven layer and at least one multilayer film, wherein the multilayer film has at least four layers and comprises at least one inner layer comprising one or more elastomeric components, at least one outer layer comprising a plastoelastic component, and at least one additional polymeric layer that is disposed next to an inner layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Janet Neton, Jean-Philippe Marie Autran
  • Patent number: 10034954
    Abstract: An absorbent article comprising a topsheet, an outer cover, at least one chassis component, and an absorbent core disposed between the topsheet and the outer cover, wherein at least one of the outer cover or chassis component comprises a dual bilaminate comprising two bilaminates combined, wherein each bilaminate comprises at least one nonwoven layer and at least one multilayer film, and wherein the dual bilaminate has at most about 90 grams per square meter basis weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Janet Neton, Jean-Philippe Marie Autran
  • Patent number: 9999552
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods and apparatuses for sensing distortions in patterns of reflected light to create profiles representing surface topographies of absorbent structures during the manufacture of absorbent articles. Inspection systems may include sensors arranged adjacent an advancing absorbent structure on a converting line. In turn, a controller may monitor and affect various operations on the converting line. The inspection systems herein may also include a radiation source that illuminates a surface of an absorbent structure with a predetermined pattern of light extending in the cross direction CD. The sensor senses distortions in patterns of light reflected from the illuminated surface of the absorbent structure and triangulates changes in elevation of the illuminated surface of the absorbent structure relative to the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Stephen Michael Varga, Walter Pieter Hendrik Laurentius Van der Klugt, Rene Gaber
  • Patent number: 9968494
    Abstract: An absorbent article (20;620;720;820;920;1020) capable of inhibiting leakage of a fluid insult generally extends in a plane defined by a longitudinal direction and a transverse direction. The absorbent article (20;620;720;820;920;1020) contains fluid-shrinkable members (60,61), a topsheet (11;611;711;811), and a base pad (12;812) that includes a baffle (28;828) and an absorbent core (30) positioned between the topsheet (11;611;711;811) and the baffle (28;828). The topsheet (11;611;711;811) extends in the longitudinal direction to define a distal end (153) and an opposing proximal end (152). At least a portion of the proximal end (152) remains generally unbonded to the baffle (28;828). The fluid-shrinkable members (60,61) extend in the longitudinal direction of the absorbent article (20;620;720;820;920;1020) so that at least a portion of the fluid-shrinkable members (60,61) are located adjacent to the proximal end (152) of the topsheet (11;611;711;811).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Franz Aschenbrenner, Priscilla Eng Choo Goh, Xueen George Hao, DooHong Kim, SangWook Lee, Lin Miao, Meijia Ng, YeinSze Ong, Chunlei Pu
  • Patent number: 9949880
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an absorbent article having a body-facing surface and a transverse centerline, comprising; a hydrophilic topsheet, a backsheet joined to the topsheet, and an absorbent core disposed between the topsheet and the backsheet, and a lateral topsheet on each longitudinal side of the body-facing surface of the absorbent article so that at least a part thereof covers the topsheet where the topsheet covers the absorbent core, wherein the lateral topsheet comprises an embedded zone along the longitudinal direction of the absorbent article comprising a plurality of compressed areas where the lateral topsheet and the topsheet are jointly compressed so that the lateral topsheet is embedded into the topsheet, and wherein the lateral topsheet in the compressed areas is one layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Fancheng Wang, Tianjun Niu, Wolfgang Werner Hans Domeier
  • Patent number: 9907709
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an array of packages may comprise two or more different sizes of disposable absorbent articles. The Product Length-to-Waist Silhouette of a second absorbent article may be equal to or less than a Product Length-to-Waist Silhouette of a first absorbent article. And the Product Length-to-Waist Silhouette of a third absorbent article may be equal to or less than a Product Length-to-Waist Silhouette of a second absorbent article. And, an Array Average Product Length-to-Waist Silhouette of first and second packages of the array may be from about 1.1 to about 0.3. In another embodiment, a disposable absorbent article may have a Product Length-to-Waist Silhouette from 1.0 to about 0.3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Bret Darren Seitz, Gary Dean LaVon, Jill Trygier, Vanessa Melendez
  • Patent number: 9889049
    Abstract: An absorbent product including a liquid-permeable top layer, a liquid-impermeable bottom layer and an absorbent core arranged between the top layer and the bottom layer is disclosed. The absorbent product has a head product portion, an intermediate product portion and a rear product portion extending in a longitudinal direction of the absorbent product. The absorbent product has an outer contour having a shape resembling an hourglass, wherein the intermediate product portion includes an area with a smaller width than any area in the head product portion and rear product portion, respectively, and wherein the core extends in the longitudinal direction and transverse direction of the absorbent product and has an outer contour that is asymmetrical with the outer contour of the absorbent product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: SCA HYGIENE PRODUCTS AB
    Inventors: Magdalena Hörle, Angelica Burvall
  • Patent number: 9883977
    Abstract: A diaper insert has specifically configured contours on an inside surface to trap and contain bowel movements delivered within the diaper. An upper rear portion of the insert provides a protruding section of absorbent padding being contoured to match a lower lumbar region of the wearer. An upper front portion of the insert is provided with an additional absorbent pad to abut the abdominal area of the wearer. When a user, wearing a diaper equipped with the insert experiences a bowel movement, the padding sections contain the bowel movement within the diaper, and prevent the bowel movement from being secreted from a waist area of the diaper. In at least one (1) embodiment the insert is manufactured to be an integral portion of a diaper. In at least one (1) embodiment unitary rear and front barriers are removably added to a diaper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Inventor: Wendy K. Cooper
  • Patent number: 9770526
    Abstract: An object of the disclosure is to provide an absorbent article without a sticky feel on the top sheet and with a smooth top sheet, even after highly viscous menstrual blood has been absorbed. An absorbent article comprising a liquid-permeable top sheet, an absorbent body, a liquid-impermeable back sheet, and a second sheet between the liquid-permeable top sheet and the absorbent body, wherein the top sheet and the second sheet comprise a blood modifying agent with an IOB of 0.00-0.60, a melting point of no higher than 45° C., and a water solubility of 0.00-0.05 g in 100 g of water at 25° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akira Hashino, Yuki Noda, Tatsuya Tamura
  • Patent number: 9770374
    Abstract: An absorbent article may comprise a chassis having a front waist region, a rear waist region, a crotch region between the front waist region and the rear waist region, a pair of longitudinal edges, and a pair of side panels extending between and connecting the front waist region and the rear waist region to form a leg opening. Each side panel may comprise a stretch laminate joined by a mechanical bond. The article may bear a chassis graphic disposed on a backsheet and a side panel graphic disposed on a side panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Kuang-kai Liu, Joseph David Lussier, Mary Elizabeth Davis
  • Patent number: 9757283
    Abstract: An absorbent article includes a chassis having a substantially rectangular shape a first portion, a second portion and a crotch portion extending between the first and second portion, a portion of the chassis being configured to absorb fluids. The absorbent article includes a first securement portion operatively coupled to the first portion of the chassis. The absorbent article includes a second securement portion operatively coupled to the second portion of the chassis and configured to releasably attach to the first securement portion. The chassis is configured to include one of a first chassis length or a second chassis length. When the chassis includes the first length, the chassis includes a first width and the first securement portion includes a second width, and when the chassis includes the second length, the chassis includes the first width and the first securement portion includes a third width, greater than the second width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel B. Love, Amin Setoodeh, Bridget Donovan
  • Patent number: 9622922
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article of a brief or pull-up type incorporates a breathable laminate material composed of two layers. The laminate is an elastic material and may include non-elastic portions created by deactivating the material. The laminate material may be made breathable by the ultrasonic bonding process used to create the laminate. A third layer is adhered or bonded to the laminate and with leg elastics positioned between the laminate that the third layer. The absorbent article includes an absorbent assembly that overlaps with the non-elastic portions of the laminate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Nelson
  • Patent number: 9566196
    Abstract: An absorbent sanitary pad with side flaps having a higher basis weight of superabsorbent polymer in correspondence with the wings end points which helps reducing side leakage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Giovanni Carlucci, Andrea Peri, Remo Bellucci, Christopher Philip Bewick-Sonntag, Tana Kirkbride
  • Patent number: 9533479
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an absorbent article includes a moisture-impervious outer layer, an inner layer substantially co-extensive with the outer layer, and an absorbent layer interposed between the outer layer and the inner layer. The inner layer is treated with at least one antimicrobial booster. The absorbent layer is treated with at least one antimicrobial agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Min Yao, Daniel B. Love, Amin Setoodeh, Debashish Chakravarthy
  • Patent number: 9498389
    Abstract: An absorbent article may comprise a first zone comprising graphics and a second zone comprising graphics, wherein the first and second zones have different elastic properties. Further, the absorbent article may comprise a first absorbent article component and a second absorbent article component having substantially different elastic properties, wherein the first absorbent article component comprises an elastomer. Additionally, the absorbent article may comprise a third absorbent article component overlapping the first and second absorbent article components, wherein the third absorbent article component comprises graphics on at least the portions which overlap the first and second absorbent article components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Michael Dale Trennepohl, Andrew James Sauer, Donald Carroll Roe
  • Patent number: 9445955
    Abstract: An absorbent article may comprise a chassis having a front waist region, a rear waist region, a crotch region between the front waist region and the rear waist region, a pair of longitudinal edges, and a pair of side panels extending between and connecting the front waist region and the rear waist region to form a leg opening. Each side panel may comprise a stretch laminate joined by a mechanical bond. The article may bear a chassis graphic disposed on a backsheet and a side panel graphic disposed on a side panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Kaung-kai Liu, Joseph David Lussier, Mary Elizabeth Davis
  • Patent number: 9414971
    Abstract: A method for producing a multi-layered absorbent article is disclosed. At least two of the layers include a colored region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: David Christopher Oetjen