Having Specific Design, Shape, Or Structural Feature Patents (Class 604/385.01)
  • Patent number: 11291593
    Abstract: In an underpants-type disposable diaper, three-dimensional gathers are provided on both sides in the width direction of an inner member. A fallen portion of each of the three-dimensional gather has a fallen non-stretchable portion to which a contraction force of gather elastic members does not act. A character representation is printed at a position in the fallen non-stretchable portion of the inner member, and this character representation is made visible from the inside of the diaper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Daio Paper Corporation
    Inventor: Mina Takaishi
  • Patent number: 11285056
    Abstract: A topsheet for use with an absorbent article is provided and comprises a first layer and a second layer. The first layer is a spunlace nonwoven and comprises at least 15% by weight of natural fibers by total weight of the first layer. The first layer comprises a plurality of protrusions and a plurality of apertures. The first layer and the second layer are in contact with each other between the plurality of the protrusions. The second layer has a plurality of apertures at least partially aligned with the apertures of the first layer. The first layer has a minimum CD strength of at least 3N/(5 cm), according to the Tensile Strength Test Method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gueltekin Erdem, Rodrigo Rosati
  • Patent number: 11275023
    Abstract: Techniques for detecting a color of a color changing indicator in the presence of ambient light. In an example, 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: November 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: VERILY LIFE SCIENCES LLC
    Inventors: Brian Schiffer, Tushar Parlikar
  • Patent number: 11253408
    Abstract: A refastenable disposable garment defines a longitudinal direction and a transverse direction, and comprises a first waist region contiguous with a first waist edge. The first waist region defines first and second side edges transversely spaced apart and defines first and second surfaces. The first waist region is elastomeric proximal both the first and second side edges. The garment can include a second waist region and a crotch region that interconnects the first and second waist regions. The garment comprises non-extensible, relatively rigid first and second fastening components attached to the first surface of the first waist region adjacent the first and second side edges, respectively. The first waist region defines first and second flange portions transversely outward of the first and second fastening components, respectively. Each flange portion is transversely curled toward the second surface. A process for making such an article is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian K. Rhodes, Suzanne M. Schmoker, Kimberly L. Ellefson, Julie A. Paveletzke, Kimberly M. Downs, Brent C. Otis
  • Patent number: 11229559
    Abstract: An absorbent article has front and back surface sheets, and an absorbent body disposed within the front surface sheet and back surface sheet laminate. The absorbent article is further provided with a stretchable waist member disposed within the laminate in a manner enabling stretching in the width direction, and a pair of stretchable side members formed on the peripheral edge of the laminate in a manner enabling stretching in the width direction. One member and the other member of the pair of stretchable side members are formed, respectively, on one end and the other end of the laminate in the width direction. The stretchable waist member overlaps with each of the pair of stretchable side members in the lengthwise direction, is disposed further on the non-skin side than the absorbent body in the thickness direction, and overlaps with the absorbent body in the thickness direction but is not joined thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoru Sakaguchi, Maika Takahashi
  • Patent number: 11229580
    Abstract: Apparatus and associated methodology contemplating a securement device for securing a percutaneous feeding device having a tube operably forming a feeding passage through a stoma placed in a patient. The securement device has an adhesive-backed substrate configured to operably adhere to the patient's skin around the stoma. A connector is selectively extendable relative to the substrate and selectively moveable between an unsecured mode and a secured mode, the connector in the unsecured mode clearingly disengaging the feeding device, and the connector in the secured mode configured to impart a securement force to the feeding device to restrict its movement relative to the stoma.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Inventor: Meredith I. Sharp
  • Patent number: 11213437
    Abstract: An array of disposable absorbent articles is described herein. The array has a first plurality of absorbent articles and a second plurality of absorbent articles. Each of the first plurality and second plurality of absorbent articles have absorbent cores having patterned end edges each having a plurality of inflection points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Lauren Jane Lacy, Amit Kaushik, Emma Lynn Sartini, Matthew Steven Ritter, Andrew Saska
  • Patent number: 11213434
    Abstract: A process for deforming a web is disclosed. The steps include forming a plurality of microscopic aberrations in a first layer and/or second layer of a precursor web. The microscopic aberrations comprising sidewalls and an aperture disposed at a distal end of the sidewalls. The first layer extends laterally outboard more than the second layer. The precursor web is advanced to a forming unit. The plurality of macroscopic features is simultaneously formed in the precursor web, including first and second features; the first features are disposed in an area of overlap between the first and second layer; the second features are disposed in an area laterally outboard of the second layer; the microscopic aberrations extend in a first direction from the precursor web; the first and second features extend in a second direction from the precursor web; and wherein the first direction is opposite the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Richard George Coe, Kevin Gerard Muhs, Robert Karl Isburgh, Rong Deng, Amit Kumar Kaushik, Mathias Johannes Hilpert
  • Patent number: 11179277
    Abstract: An absorbent article has front and back surface sheets, and an absorbent body disposed within the front surface sheet and back surface sheet laminate. The absorbent article is further provided with a stretchable waist member disposed within the laminate in a manner enabling stretching in the width direction. The stretchable waist member is disposed between the absorbent body and the front surface sheet in the thickness direction and is joined to the front surface sheet. A portion of the stretchable waist member overlaps with and touches the absorbent body in the thickness direction but is not joined thereto, and the portion of the stretchable waist member that does not overlap with the absorbent body in the thickness direction is joined to the back surface sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoru Sakaguchi, Maika Takahashi
  • Patent number: 11173077
    Abstract: A topsheet for use with an absorbent article is provided and comprises a first layer and a second layer. The first layer may be a spunlace nonwoven and may comprise at least 15% by weight of natural fibers by total weight of the first layer. The first layer may comprise a plurality of protrusions and a plurality of apertures. The first layer and the second layer may be in contact with each other between the majority of the protrusions. The second layer may have a plurality of apertures at least partially aligned with the apertures of the first layer. The first layer may have a minimum CD strength of at least 3N/(5 cm), according to the Tensile Strength Test Method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gueltekin Erdem, Rodrigo Rosati
  • Patent number: 11147718
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to stranded elastomeric laminates (including bi-laminates and tri-laminates) comprising beamed elastics and may have inventive Dtex-to-Nonwoven-Basis-Weight-Ratios, Dtex-to-Spacing-Ratios, and/or Void-Area-to-Strand-Area-Ratios. The stranded laminates of the present disclosure may be used for disposable absorbent article components (including pant belts) and may comprise inventive bonding arrangements that yield inventive textures and texture arrangements. When the inventive stranded elastomeric laminates are used for pant belts, the pants may have inventive Application-Forces, Sustained-Fit-Load-Forces, and Sustained-Fit-Unload-Forces. Further, when absorbent articles are packaged under compression at inventive In-Bag-Stack-Heights, the stranded elastomeric laminates of the present disclosure maintain their inventive properties and characteristics, including their inventive textures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gary D. LaVon, Bret D. Seitz, Uwe Schneider, Joseph A. Eckstein, Vanessa M. Melendez, Monica R. Tournoux, Corinne A. Rowley, Elizabeth J. Bruns
  • Patent number: 11096839
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article with a water-permeable covering sheet, a water-impermeable center sheet, and an absorbent core disposed therebetween is disclosed herein. The absorbent article includes a pair of side flaps comprising a first side flap and an opposing second side flap; each of the first and second side flaps being made from a distinct layer of material that is not an extension of the water-permeable covering sheet or the water-impermeable center sheet. The distinct layer of material is doubled over to form a first layer comprising a first layer proximal edge, and a second layer comprising a second layer proximal edge, wherein the first layer and the second layer enclose an elastic strand, and wherein the first layer is attached to the second layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gary Dean Lavon, Kevin Michael Smith, Michael Patrick Hayden
  • Patent number: 11065165
    Abstract: The embodiments disclose an apparatus including a child sanitary napkin including a disposable child sanitary napkin underwear, wherein the child sanitary napkin includes a waterproof non porous outer layer, an adhered superabsorbent polymer layer, an odor absorbing activated charcoal pad layer with a soft cotton covering layer, an imprinted product barcode and an embedded RFID chip for tracking the child via a digital device cellular connection, wherein the child sanitary napkin includes a shape contoured to a female anatomical groin area, wherein the child sanitary napkin includes flared front and rear terminus areas to increase an adhesive bonding area, wherein the child sanitary napkin includes sizes conforming to children's clothing and age sizes, and age appropriate decorative images including stickers to apply to the child sanitary napkin outer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventors: David Hairabedian, Patricia Ann Collins, Joanna Hairabedian
  • Patent number: 11026849
    Abstract: A male incontinence guard has a fluid-impermeable backsheet, a fluid-permeable topsheet facing a user and an absorbent body arranged between the backsheet and the topsheet. The guard has a longitudinal extension along a longitudinal axis and a transverse extension along a transverse axis. The transverse axis divides the guard into an upper and a lower region. The upper region has a greater maximum extension along the transverse axis than the lower region. The absorbent body has primary and secondary cores arranged in a stacked configuration. The primary core has a greater area in an XY plane than the area of the secondary core. The secondary core has side edges that are at least partly generally parallel to the longitudinal axis. Also disclosed is a method for manufacturing the male incontinence guard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: ESSITY HYGIENE AND HEALTH AKTIEBOLAG
    Inventors: Marcus Rudén, Peter Rönnberg
  • Patent number: 11020288
    Abstract: An absorbent article having a body contacting surface a garment contacting surface; and an absorbent core disposed therebetween is disclosed. The body contacting surface has first and second layers, with each layer having a pair of first longitudinal side edges and second longitudinal side edges, respectively. The garment contacting surface has a garment contacting layer with a plurality of graphic elements and a pair of garment layer longitudinal side edges. The absorbent core has a pair of core longitudinal side edges. Extending laterally outwardly from the article are a pair of flaps formed from a portion of the garment contacting layer and the second layer. A portion of a circumferential edge of the article is formed by each of the pair of second longitudinal side edges and the pair of garment layer longitudinal side edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Tsunetoshi Miura, Kensuke Ito, Akiko Sasaki, Yoshiko Nakao, Shuri Kondo, Koichi Tomi
  • Patent number: 10993852
    Abstract: An absorbent garment has a minimum crotch width less than 30% the front region width. The absorbent garment has an absorbent member minimum width less than 80 mm. The absorbent member minimum width is less than 53% the minimum crotch width and is less than 60% the absorbent member maximum width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Marie E. Boll, Kimberly Louise Ellefson, Ligia A. Rivera, Tammy J. Nettekoven, Kimberly M. Downs, Todd R. Hagner, Marlene R. Dins, Ronald Alex Hilt, Michael J. Kerins
  • Patent number: 10993856
    Abstract: An array of products comprising three or more different sizes of disposable pant-type absorbent articles is provided, wherein each of first and second and third disposable pant-type absorbent articles comprises a chassis with a front portion and a back portion, and an absorbent body attached to the chassis, and a length direction and a width direction, wherein the size of the front and rear portion of the first disposable pant-type absorbent articles is smaller than the size of the front and rear portion of the second disposable pant-type absorbent articles, wherein the size of the front and rear portion of the third disposable pant-type absorbent articles is larger than the size of the front and rear portion of the second disposable pant-type absorbent articles, and wherein each of the front and back portions has a waist edge, a pair of leg edges and a pair of side edges and wherein a distance, in the length direction, between the leg edge of the front portion and the leg edge of the back portion, is common
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: ESSITY HYGIENE AND HEALTH AKTIEBOLAG
    Inventor: Lucas Bäck
  • Patent number: 10993858
    Abstract: A disposable urine trap in the form of a foldable pad that envelops the male genitalia and closes around the organ to form a barrier that prevents urine from escaping the trap. The pad includes an asymmetric pair of wings that are separated by a gap and attached to the main body of the pad. The first wing is preferably trapezoidal and a second wing having an extending distal edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: EZ MALE PADS, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Lorna Mateo Lumaque-Steeman, Wade C. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10993844
    Abstract: An absorbent article having a longitudinal direction, a transverse direction and a thickness direction and comprising a topsheet, a backsheet and an absorbent core is disclosed. The article has, in the longitudinal direction, a front portion, a back portion, and a crotch portion located between the front and rear portions. The front and back portions define a waist edge and a leg edge, and the crotch portion defines two crotch edges. A first elastic element extends along the waist edge, a second elastic element extends along the leg edge and a third and a fourth elastic element each extend along one of the crotch edges. The topsheet or the bottomsheet or another sheet is folded along the waist edge, leg edge and crotch edges so as to enclose at least a part of each corresponding elastic element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: ESSITY HYGIENE AND HEALTH AKTIEBOLAG
    Inventors: Anna Klinte Olsson, Stina Lindlöf, Lucas Bäck, Katarina Eriksson
  • Patent number: 10987256
    Abstract: An absorbent article in the form of pants includes: an absorbent core having two longitudinal edges and two transverse edges, and a pant part. The pant part includes a covering layer, a front section, a back section and an intermediate crotch section, wherein the front and back sections are connected to one another along two opposing longitudinal lateral edges to form a waist opening and a pair of leg openings. The absorbent core is arranged at least in the crotch section and connected to the covering layer on the side of the covering layer that is intended to face the wearer. The pant part includes at least one low-opacity area, which has an opacity that is lower than 50%. The article also includes a liquid-tight coloured barrier layer placed between said absorbent core and covering layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: ESSITY HYGIENE AND HEALTH AKTIEBOLAG
    Inventor: Åsa Lindström
  • Patent number: 10988371
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to medical pads and methods of manufacturing medical pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventor: Stephen Nicholas Logsdon
  • Patent number: 10966878
    Abstract: A male incontinence guard having a fluid-impermeable backsheet, a fluid-permeable topsheet facing the user and an absorbent body arranged between the backsheet and the topsheet. The guard has a longitudinal extension along a longitudinal axis and a transverse extension along a transverse axis. The transverse axis divides the guard into an upper region and a lower region. The transverse axis extends between first and second lower corner points which define the two outermost points of the guard, which define a first width. The upper region has an inwardly recessed curvature portion extending between first and second upper corner points. The upper corner points define a second width such that the first width is greater than the second width. The corner points are connected by their respective outer side edges. A method for manufacturing a male incontinence guard is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: ESSITY HYGIENE AND HEALTH AKTIEBOLAG
    Inventors: Marcus Rudén, Peter Rönnberg, Stina Lindlöf
  • Patent number: 10966882
    Abstract: An absorbent article including an absorbent core sandwiched between a liquid-permeable topsheet and a liquid-impermeable backsheet, the article defining a front portion, a back portion and a crotch portion, wherein the absorbent core includes an absorbent component enclosed by a core cover including an upper side and a lower side, and a sealing arrangement for joining the upper and lower sides, wherein the sealing arrangement includes two side seams extending along two side edges in a direction of a longitudinal axis of the core, wherein the sealing arrangement further includes at least one transversally oriented connecting sealing, the at least one connecting sealing joining the side seams, wherein the sealing arrangement further includes welding spots, wherein the sum of the area of the welding spots is constant along a direction of a transversal axis of the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: ESSITY HYGIENE AND HEALTH AKTIEBOLAG
    Inventor: Yasha Asayesh
  • Patent number: 10925775
    Abstract: Absorbent articles herein may include components having graphics including unmasked and masked zones, wherein the masked zones are defined by alternating arranged printed and unprinted regions. The masked zones give the appearance that the graphics fade or gradually transition from areas of relatively high print intensities in the unmasked zones to areas of relatively low print intensities. In addition, the graphics may be printed with relatively constant print densities in both masked and unmasked zones, and thus, avoid many of the unintended negative effects and difficulties associated with printing graphics with faded zones of print intensities. As such, substrates and/or components to be incorporated into manufactured absorbent articles include graphics include masked zones that may be positioned and/or printed in such a manner so as to functionally reduce noticeable visible results of imprecise and/or inconsistent assembly operations performed in areas where the graphics are located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Jason Ashley Wagner, John Joseph Litchholt, Ronald Joseph Zink, II
  • Patent number: 10900157
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to an article that includes a nonwoven substrate and a film supported by the nonwoven substrate. The film can include a first polymer and a polymer that is immiscible with the first polymer. The first polymer can include a polyolefin and the second polymer can include a polycycloolefin, a polymethylpentene, or a copolymer thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Berry Global, Inc.
    Inventor: Mehdi Afshari
  • Patent number: 10893987
    Abstract: Disposable absorbent diapers are provided with improved comfort, fit and liquid transportation. The absorbent core of the disposable absorbent diapers includes at least one absorbent structure having a substrate layer and an absorbent layer with channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Carsten Heinrich Kreuzer, Rodrigo Rosati, Blanca Arizti, Hans Adolf Jackels, Ernesto Gabriel Bianchi, Donald Carroll Roe
  • Patent number: 10888473
    Abstract: An array of disposable pant-type gender-specific absorbent articles adapted for female and male users is described. The array has a first subarray of absorbent articles including a first size absorbent article adapted for female users and a second size absorbent article adapted for female users. The second size is larger than the first size. The array also has a second subarray of absorbent articles including a third size absorbent article for male users and a fourth size absorbent article adapted for male users. The fourth size is larger than the third size. An array of packages of the array of disposable pant-type gender-specific absorbent articles is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: ESSITY HYGIENE AND HEALTH AKTIEBOLAG
    Inventors: Lucas Bäck, Katarina Eriksson, Anna Klinte Olsson
  • Patent number: 10880972
    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: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: VERILY LIFE SCIENCES LLC
    Inventors: Brian Schiffer, Tushar Parlikar
  • Patent number: 10850491
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to an article that includes a nonwoven substrate, a first film supported by the nonwoven substrate, and a second film such that the first film is between the nonwoven substrate and the second film. The first film includes a first polymer and a pore-forming filler. The difference between a surface energy of the first film and a surface energy of the nonwoven substrate is at most about 10 mN/m. The second film includes a second polymer capable of absorbing and desorbing moisture and providing a barrier to aqueous fluids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Fiberweb, LLC
    Inventor: Mehdi Afshari
  • Patent number: 10842687
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent pant having a front belt portion and a rear belt portion is disclosed. The front and rear belt portions are joined at side seams and the rear belt portion has a greater length than the front belt portion. A lower edge of the rear belt portion forms at least in part edges of left and right leg openings to the rear of the side seams. The rear belt portion includes first and second layers of nonwoven web material sandwiching a plurality of laterally extending and laterally pre-strained elastic strands, disposed below the side seams. A first of the plurality of elastic strands differs from a second of the plurality of elastic strands by one or more of amount of pre-strain, tensile modulus, decitex, and combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Jillian Marie Barnes, Ronald Joseph Zink
  • Patent number: 10822480
    Abstract: An elastomeric article comprising an olefin-block copolymer comprising within a range from 4 to 40 mol % of C4 to C12 ?-olefin derived units, the remainder being ethylene-derived units, wherein the melting point temperature (Tm2) is within a range from 92° C. to 120° C., and having an Mw/Mn value of less than 2.5. The olefin-block copolymer is desirably generated by combining ethylene, C4 to C12 ?-olefins, a single site catalyst, preferably a fluxional catalyst, and an activator. The elastomeric article may be an elastic hygiene garment, especially a garment comprising a waistband, stretch ear panels and/or belly bands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Jingwen Zhang, Ian C. Stewart, Jiemin Lu
  • Patent number: 10823409
    Abstract: Void structures, systems and devices with void structures, and methods of fabricating void structures are disclosed. A void structure is disclosed with a repeating elongated-aperture pattern designed to provide negative Poisson's Ratio behavior under macroscopic stress and strain loading. The pattern can include horizontal and vertical elliptically shaped apertures that are arranged on horizontal and vertical lines in a way that the lines are equally spaced in both dimensions. The centers of each aperture is on a crossing point of two of the lines. The vertical and horizontal elliptically shaped apertures alternate on the vertical and horizontal lines such that any vertical aperture is surrounded by horizontal apertures along the lines (and vice versa), and the next vertical apertures are found on both diagonals. The voids can also act as cooling and/or damping holes and, due to their arrangement, also as stress reduction features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignees: President and Fellows of Harvard College, Rolls-Royce Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Katia Bertoldi, Michael Taylor, Ali Shanian, Miklos Gerendas, Carl Carson
  • Patent number: 10813795
    Abstract: Disclosed is a disposable absorbent wearing article with a given part curved to protrude outward. At least one waist region, which is at least one of front and rear waist regions in a disposable absorbent wearing article such as a pull-on diaper includes an elastic band that form a part of a skin-facing surface and extends in a lateral direction. The elastic band has a middle part in the lateral direction elastically contracting, with an elastic contraction amount of the middle part being larger than a component part of article facing the middle part without being joined to the middle part, in a thickness direction of the middle part in the lateral direction. An absorbent core material in the at least one waist region has a deformation guide extending in a direction crossing the elastic band, formed to facilitate forming of a bulging part in the wearing article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shunsuke Takino, Hideaki Maki, Katsufumi Aoki, Takuya Inoue
  • 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: 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: 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: 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