Having Specific Design, Shape, Or Structural Feature Patents (Class 604/385.01)
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9358161
    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: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Kathleen Marie Lawson, Jeromy Thomas Raycheck, Kathleen Ann Murphy Maciag, Raymond Scott Hamilton
  • Patent number: 9254228
    Abstract: An array of disposable absorbent articles comprising a sequence of graphic designs corresponding to a wearer's stage of development. For a disposable diaper, the array of disposable absorbent article graphic designs may comprise a first absorbent article graphic design for newborns and infants, a second absorbent article graphic design for toddlers, and a third absorbent article graphic design for older wearers, and other absorbent article graphic designs, and a wetness indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gregory Ashton, Molly Kelly Grovak, Kaoru Ishihara, Deborah Ann Vargo
  • Patent number: 9237974
    Abstract: A disposable diaper includes a liquid-permeable top sheet, a liquid-impermeable back sheet and an absorber between the top sheet and back sheet, and having a front body waist region, a crotch region and a back body waist region. The top sheet is a nonwoven fabric having on the skin contact surface a plurality of ridges and a plurality of recesses extending in the lengthwise direction of the disposable diaper, and alternating in the widthwise direction perpendicular to the lengthwise direction. The top sheet has point-like compressed sections at a prescribed density in the front body waist region and/or back body waist region, the ridges in prescribed zones having different heights than the adjacent ridges at the same location in the lengthwise direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naoto Ohashi, Toshiya Yago
  • Patent number: 9237975
    Abstract: A feminine care absorbent article having fluid barrier and decolorizing structures is described. Such structures can prevent the spread of menses fluid towards the edges of the article and can also decolorize stains so that the stains are less noticeable. The article includes a liquid permeable topsheet having a central layer positioned adjacent opposing side layers. The side layers can include a separating region that at least partially separates a decolorizing agent carrier material treated with a decolorizing agent from an absorbent core. At least one of the side layers can also include at least one fluid barrier region that can prevent or slow the spread of fluids from the center of the article to the edges. The combination of the separating and fluid barrier regions can allow the decolorizing agent to sufficiently decolorize a fluid insult that may have spread to the lateral edges of the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Sarah O'Brien, SangWook Lee, SiOn Choi, Marcela Rendon, Jin Chen
  • Patent number: 9233185
    Abstract: The purpose of the present disclosure is to provide an absorbent article that can be made smaller because the crown section continues to fit the wearer's excretory opening, which has a complex shape, both when dry before absorbing menstrual blood and when wet after absorbing menstrual blood, and with which leakage does not occur easily. This absorbent article is as follows: The absorbent article (1), which comprises a liquid-permeable top sheet (4), a liquid-impermeable back sheet, and a specified absorbent (7) between the liquid permeable top sheet (4) and the liquid-impermeable back sheet, is characterized in that: the absorbent article (1) has a crown section (2), which protrudes in the thickness direction of the absorbent article (1) in the region that is in contact with the excretory opening and comprises a specified cushion section; and in the central section, the crown section (2) has a compression workload (WC) of 10-50 (N·m/m2) and a compression resilience (RC) of 35-100%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuki Noda, Tatsuya Tamura, Akira Hashino
  • Patent number: 9226857
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article comprising a front waist region, a rear waist region, and a crotch region, wherein said absorbent article further comprises at least three discrete elements each comprising at least one visible surface; wherein at least three or more of the visible surfaces comprise an imparted color wherein said colors are color matched. Color matching exists when said colors are contained within a specified CIELab color space volume, have a specified hue difference, or total color difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Limin Song, Kesyin Fugger Hsueh, Walter Douglas Daniels, John Joseph Litchholt
  • Patent number: 9216119
    Abstract: An absorbent article and a package thereof are provided for a pet animal without a possibility that a fastener might be exposed on the outer side of the article. The absorbent article includes an absorbent panel and a fastener for fastening the absorbent panel. The absorbent panel has an absorbent region in which an absorbent body is disposed, a first non-absorbent region extending from the absorbent region to a first end edge and a second non-absorbent region extending from the absorbent region to a second end edge. The fastener is allocated on an exterior surface in the first non-absorbent region and releasably grabbed by the exterior surface of the absorbent panel except the first non-absorbent region to maintain such folded state when the absorbent panel is folded until the interior surface of the first non-absorbent region faces the interior surface of the second non-absorbent region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Daisuke Komatsubara
  • Patent number: 9198808
    Abstract: An interior body of a disposable diaper includes a liquid-permeable front sheet, a liquid-impermeable back sheet and a liquid-retaining absorbent core. The front sheet has a single sheet including spunbond layers on the front side and back side and a melt blown layer between the spunbond layers. The absorbent core has fiber aggregates and super-absorbent polymer particles. The front sheet is directly bonded to the skin side surface of the absorbent core. The length of the front sheet is longer than the length of the absorbent core, so that the front sheet has extended sections which extend outward in the lengthwise direction from both ends of the absorbent core in the lengthwise direction, while the extended sections are each continuously connected in the transverse direction with the front sheet or back sheet which overlaps with the extended section. The extended sections can directly contact the skin of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshiyasu Yoshioka, Shunsuke Masaki
  • Patent number: 9173781
    Abstract: A disposable wearing article includes a front side edges lying in a front waist region, rear side edges lying in a rear waist region and crotch side edges lying in a crotch region. A chassis of the diaper includes a first backsheet forming the front waist region and a part of the crotch region and a second backsheet forming the rear waist region and a part of the crotch region. The front and rear waist regions are provided with first front and rear waist elastic yarns or threads and front and rear region elastic sheets, and the crotch region is provided along the crotch side edges with front and rear leg elastic elements. Ends of front leg elastic elements on one side overlap the front side edges. Ends of the rear leg elastic elements on one side overlap the rear side edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshifumi Otsubo, Tatsuya Hashimoto, Mariko Yamashita, Etsuko Kudo, Akiko Tange
  • Patent number: 9132048
    Abstract: A water-absorbent sheet structure comprising a structure in which an absorbent layer containing a water-absorbent resin is sandwiched with a hydrophilic nonwoven fabric from an upper side and a lower side of the absorbent layer, characterized in that at least one side of the upper side and the lower side of the water-absorbent sheet structure is subjected to embossing, wherein a central region W1 of a water-absorbent sheet structure 1 along a longitudinal direction of the structure 1 is subjected to: wavy embossing 2 comprising one wavy embossing extending along the longitudinal direction, wherein the embossing comprises one or more discontinued segments of the embossing, and linear embossing 4 in a direction from each of tips 3 of wavy forms formed by the wavy embossing 2 towards an edge portion contouring along the longitudinal direction of the water-absorbent sheet structure 1, and wherein a branched structure of embossing formed by the wavy embossing 2 and the linear embossing 4 has an approximate Y-shape
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: SUMITOMO SEIKA CHEMICALS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideki Matsushita, Haruka Inaba, Kana Kudo, Junichi Takatori
  • Patent number: 9125773
    Abstract: A disposable diaper has a central elastic member formed along the lengthwise direction L so that the absorber can be curved to be convex in the inward direction, and a pair of side slits formed along the lengthwise direction L so that the absorber can be curved to be convex in the outward direction. A thickness of the absorber at the central portion and at the side edge portions are smaller than a thickness of the absorber at the middle portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirotomo Mukai, Takaya Arayama
  • Patent number: 9121886
    Abstract: Implementations disclosed herein allow a signal detected by a magnetoresistive (MR) sensor to be improved by providing for one or more alloyed layers that each include a ferromagnetic material and a refractory material. The alloyed layers are provided adjacent to a shield element or between soft magnetic layers of the sensor stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventors: Eric W. Singleton, Liwen Tan, Jae-Young Yi, Konstantin Nikolaev
  • Patent number: 9107780
    Abstract: A disposable protection pad is proposed for adhering to infant's clothing for guarding the clothing from soiling due to waste leakage from a diaper worn by the infant. The protection pad has a fluid-pervious front sheet, a fluid-impervious back sheet, and a fluid-absorbent core between the front and the back sheets. An adhesive means is provided on the rear surface of the back sheet, such that the protection pad can be releasably adhered to the inner surface of the clothing. The protection pad is oval shaped having a broader middle region and with narrower top and bottom edges. The protection pad is preferably provided with pull tabs and leg notches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: 1567958 Alberta Ltd.
    Inventors: Stephen David Tagg, Michelle Lynn Tagg
  • Patent number: 9050214
    Abstract: The invention relates to a disposable absorbent incontinence diaper (2) of the open type, having a main part (4), comprising a front region (6) having front lateral longitudinal edges (42), a rear region (8) having rear lateral longitudinal edges (41) and a crotch region (10) that is located in between in the longitudinal direction (28) and comes to lie between the legs of a user, wherein the main part (4) comprises an absorbent pad (12), and having rear side portions (20) that are attached to the rear region (8) on both sides and front side portions (22) that are attached to the front region (6) on both sides, said rear and front side portions extending in the transverse direction (30) beyond the lateral front and rear longitudinal edges (42, 41) of the main part (4), and wherein the rear side portions (20) have first closure means (32) which are close to the leg opening and have closure aids and wherein the closure means (32) can be secured in a detachable manner at least on the outer side of the front side
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Paul Hartmann AG
    Inventors: Enno Gause, Ruediger Kesselmeier, Krzysztof D. Malowaniec, Maximilian Swerev
  • Publication number: 20150148766
    Abstract: An absorbent article having a plurality of granular particles placed between two liquid-permeable non-woven fabric sheets, the article including: a high-strength bonded portion formed in a loop-shaped pattern on the article such that the two non-woven fabric sheets are not separated even if the granular particles swell to thereby apply a separating force to a bonded position between the two non-woven fabric sheets; and a low-strength bonded portion formed in an inner area surrounded by the high-strength bonded portion such that the two non-woven fabric sheets are separated from each other at a bonded position when the granular particles swell to thereby apply a separating force to the bonded position between the two non-woven fabric sheets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: ZUIKO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masaki Nakakado
  • Patent number: 9039671
    Abstract: An absorbent pad and an absorbent article configured that engagement members are arranged at both corners of a ventral-side portion and a back-side portion on an outer sheet of the absorbent pad; a waist band including a belt-shaped body with hook materials and engagement portions attached to both end portions thereof, first and second ventral-side engagement portions across which the engagement members at the ventral-side portion of the absorbent pad are engaged, and first and second back-side engagement portions across which the engagement members at the back-side portion of the absorbent pad are engaged; and hook materials capable of engaging with the engagement members of the absorbent pad are attached to internal surfaces of the first and second ventral-side engagement portions and the first and second back-side engagement portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: DAIO PAPER CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroto Sukegawa
  • Publication number: 20150141945
    Abstract: A disposable feminine hygiene utility (10), comprising: a sanitary napkin (12) to be placed between an undergarment (26) of a user and a user's body; a permeable longitudinal sleeve (14), connected to the sanitary napkin (12); an absorbent pillow (20), enclosed by the permeable longitudinal sleeve (14); and first and second wires (18), each connected to another end of the absorbent pillow (20), for adjusting a position of the absorbent pillow (20) in relation to the longitudinal sleeve (14), with reference to a feminine anatomic section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Ravit Emergi
  • Patent number: 9033945
    Abstract: Absorbent articles such as disposable diapers and disposable pant like garments are disclosed. In particular, absorbent articles such as disposable diapers and pants having an improved barrier cuff structure for improved fit are described. The placement of a barrier cuff structure having a tackdown point near the waistband of the article tends to “pull down” the waistband and may cause sagging. Intermediate tackdown bonds are disclosed to achieve the containment benefits of a barrier cuff structure without sacrificing fit characteristics of the article. The intermediate tackdown may be intermediate one or both of the longitudinal ends of the barrier cuff strip and the lateral side edges of the strip. Additionally, the relationship of forces, angles, and design characteristics of aspects of the articles and sagging are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Bruno Johannes Ehrnsperger, Andrew James Sauer
  • Publication number: 20150128961
    Abstract: Particular embodiments of the inventive technology may provide an incontinence pad that includes projection, such as a raised ridge, or a short length projection, that extends from a pad base of and effects application of a force against the urethra of a user (the force, typically upward, that may result from sitting by the user and/or tight fitting shorts and/or pulling a cord attached to the projection); the projection may act to transfer a force from the projection to the urethra. This force may partially or entirely obstruct flow of urine through, or out of the urethra, that might occur otherwise (i.e., without the projection). Another example of the many independent aspects of the inventive technology relates to the provision, as part of an incontinence pad, of a cord that is attached to part of the pad, such as (in only certain embodiments) the aforementioned upward projection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: William M. Zilm
  • Publication number: 20150133884
    Abstract: An absorbent article is provided. The article includes at least one additional layer non-integral with the absorbent layer, and positioned upon the absorbent layer. The additional layer includes at least first and second discrete portions positioned along the longitudinal direction. The at least first and second discrete portions are spaced apart from each other along the longitudinal direction. The portions are constructed of the same base sheet material and the first portion at least partially defines an opening therein with an opening inner edge. The second portion is of a shape mated to fit along its periphery edge, at least partially within the opening. The second portion is of a shape complementary with the opening shape. Edges of the first and second portion are complementary, the inner edge of the first portion being complementary with the periphery edge of the second portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Xueen Hao, Lin Miao, Chunlei Pu
  • Publication number: 20150126947
    Abstract: An absorbent article has a pair of leg cuffs adapted to fit about the legs of a wearer and a pair of containment flaps adapted to provide a barrier to the lateral flow of body exudates. Each containment flaps includes a seam bonding the respective containment flap to the article and at least one elastic member spaced from the seam. A fastening system includes a primary fastening system and a secondary fastening system. The secondary fastening system comprises a pair of secondary first fastening components and a pair of secondary second fastening components. Each of the secondary first fastening components is laterally located relative to one of the containment flaps such that an outboard-most longitudinal edge of the secondary first fastening component is spaced laterally inward from the seam and an inboard-most longitudinal edge of the secondary first fastening component is spaced laterally outward from the elastic member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Sara Jane Wille Stabelfeldt, David Fleger Bishop, Robert Lee Popp, Wendy Lynn VanDyke
  • Patent number: 9024107
    Abstract: An absorbent and impermeable seat insert that includes a front edge, a rear edge, and a pair of side edges, each of a pair of side walls erectable along each of the pair of side edges and a rear wall erectable along the rear edge, said seat insert having an impermeable bottom layer disposed underlying an absorbent cardboard layer, and a gelling layer disposed to absorb and retain fluids introduced into the seat insert, wherein a dry weave disposed atop the gelling layer wicks fluids introduced onto the seat insert into the gelling and cardboard layers, where said fluid is retained and prevented from transmission through to an underlying seat by means of the impermeable layer, whereby a particular seat is protected from the inadvertent release of bodily fluids by an incontinent individual or by a child during potty training.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Tonya D. Pero
  • Patent number: 9023000
    Abstract: The present Ultimate Intimate Apparel undies for woman is an intimate apparel attractive feminine hybrid design alternative that is to be disposed of after use. The lips-shaped tapered design padded area contains different layers in the innermost core, which is used as a pre-medicated with only FDA readily approved medications in a transfer medication release system, and its use treats minor feminine itching burning and irritation as it fits to the female form within the already inter-connected intimate apparel undies. The article additionally has a pH balanced high waste-retaining area surrounding the medicated core and includes a feature of a water-barrier that outlines the edge of the undies, which is set as protection from seeping menses during swim, as it is used in a three-in-one all-inclusive intimate apparel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Nasser El-Miniawi