Opening For Exposing Umbilical Cord, Penis, Or Tail Patents (Class 604/385.09)
  • Patent number: 9486368
    Abstract: A disposable, wearable article can be used for collecting a sample and performing urinalysis. The article incorporates a test port feature to simplify this function. The test port has a resealable cover that can be used to selectively expose an aperture through the backsheet of the disposable article. The test port is used to position test devices, such as urine test strips to urine collected in the disposable article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Nelson
  • Patent number: 9320659
    Abstract: An expandable diaper having storage for containing wipes, the diaper including a front end and a back end, opposing lateral edges extending between the front end and the back end, each of the opposing lateral edges including an inwardly curved portion configured for engaging a wearer's leg, a liquid impermeable outer layer, a liquid permeable, exposed inner layer, an absorbent material disposed between the outer layer and the inner layer, and a longitudinal fold formed in the inner layer extending between the front end and the back end and between the opposing lateral edges. An adhesive is applied within the fold, and is configured for allowing the fold to be pulled apart when desired for increasing a width of the diaper. A pocket is located about the front end of the diaper for storing a plurality of moist wipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Inventor: Darryl Richardson
  • Patent number: 8992495
    Abstract: Wrap-around canine utility harness with integral diaper comprises a body wrap utility harness apparatus with a detachable integral diaper. The harness apparatus may secure the integral diaper covering the anus and urethra while still maintaining utility and protection as a dog control harness. The harness apparatus is comprised of a fabric wrap in two perpendicularly connected sections. A longitudinal wrap forms a continuous cover from a withers area caudally along the dorsal, wrapping around the posterior of the dog, cranially over the ventral ending near the upper chest. A perpendicularly attached trunk wrap section completely encircles trunk of the dog overlapping and attaching at the dorsal. The integral diaper extends from above the tail encircling the base of the tail, around the rump to a caudal-cranial midpoint on the ventral able to contain excrement and protect anus and urethra area for both male and female dogs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Bymoms4pets, LLC
    Inventor: Dawn Marie Howell
  • Patent number: 8986271
    Abstract: A urine pouch includes a sheath to be worn beneath the underclothes of males and to accommodate the penis. Such an arrangement may absorb and retain in a discreet and effective manner any accidental discharge of urine by the user. The apparatus may be worn beneath the underwear of the user and held in place by a flap which extends upwardly above the genital region and folds over the waistband of the wearer's briefs or boxers. The apparatus may further extend downwardly such that the penis may be inserted through a serrated opening and thereby pushed or pulled through to hold the penis in place. The cross-shaped opening may further be easy to tear to accommodate the entry of the penis into the sheath. The apparatus may further include a waistband for securing to the wearer's undergarment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Jayne M. Horne
  • Patent number: 8936585
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article for receiving urine from an individual and a method of using the same are described. The absorbent article can include an absorbent body folded substantially longitudinally. The absorbent body can include a left-side portion and a right-side portion on opposite sides of the fold, and a proximal edge extending generally orthogonal to the fold. An interior receiving cavity can be defined by the left-side portion and the right-side portion of the folded absorbent body. The absorbent article also includes a penile opening defined by a portion of the proximal edge, where the penile opening is adapted for receiving a penis of a user into the interior receiving cavity. The absorbent body can include a liquid impermeable, exterior layer; a liquid permeable, fluid management layer; and an absorbent layer disposed between said exterior layer and said fluid management layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Pingu Limited
    Inventors: Thomas Delattre, David J. Carson
  • Patent number: 8911417
    Abstract: A diaper having a front portion with at least one line of weakness adapted to be torn and at least one umbilical cover defined in part by the at least one line of weakness. The at least one umbilical cover is moveable from a starting position to an anchored position upon tearing the at least one line of weakness. The diaper has at least one umbilical cover anchor adapted to maintain the at least one umbilical cover in the anchored position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Chantel Spring Mundschau, Kusum Gosain, Shannon Kathleen Melius, John Timothy Hahn, Vipula Jitendra Tailor, Earl David Brock
  • Patent number: 8882733
    Abstract: A diaper for treatment of diaper rash and methods of using such a diaper to treat diaper rash are provided. The diaper may include a first layer having inner and outer surfaces and including a front portion, a rear portion, and a middle portion extending between the front and rear portions and configured to be positioned between the legs of a user when worn. A liquid absorbent element may be coupled to the inner surface of the first layer and disposed proximate at least the front and middle portions. An opening may be defined in the rear portion of the first layer to expose at least a portion of the user's buttocks to open air when worn. An air and liquid permeable mesh layer may be permanently or removeably attached adjacent the opening and may cover at least part of the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventors: Anna Maria Rodrigue, Adam Tyler
  • Patent number: 8870840
    Abstract: A protective diapering system is provided for the prevention of migration and introduction of stool with a male's genital area. The protective diapering system including a diaper having an anterior flap, a posterior flap, and a fenestrated flap disposed between the anterior and posterior flaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Protective Diaper, LLC
    Inventors: Clare E. Close, Maria Eres G. Navajas Sombito
  • Patent number: 8808262
    Abstract: A medical bra assembly facilitates post-surgical care for a patient having undergone a breast reconstruction or cosmetic surgical procedure. The medical bra has a cup with an inside surface. The assembly includes (a) an absorptive skirt bandage attachable to a lower portion of the bra cup inside surface for absorbing secreted bodily fluids from a post-surgical patient's surgical incision, (b) a nipple tube bandage for encasing and absorbing secreted bodily fluids from the patient's reconstructed nipple, (c) a half-moon dome bandage interposable between the nipple tube bandage and the bra cup inside surface, which covers and protects the nipple tube bandage adhered to the patient's breast skin, and (d) an areola pad bandage interposable between the patient's breast skin and the bra cup inside surface for absorbing secretions from a re-pigmented tattoo region around the patient's reconstructed nipple when the bra is being worn by the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: ELN Group, LLC
    Inventors: Nina Krasikoff, Laurine Sargent, Eric Ladewig
  • Patent number: 8702667
    Abstract: Male incontinence garment structures and methods of use are provided. The garment includes an undergarment defining an interior space and an exterior space. An aperture enables the penis of the wearer to extend through the aperture from the interior space to the exterior space. A flap at least partially covers the aperture and is selectively movable between an open position and a closed position. A pouch is located between the flap in the closed position and the undergarment. In a further example, a pad is configured to be placed within the pouch and confine the penis as it extends from the interior space of the undergarment, through the aperture, and into the pad. A method includes placing the undergarment about the body of the male incontinence garment wearer, placing the penis of the male incontinence garment wearer through the aperture and the hole into the pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Gwendel Johnson
  • Patent number: 8696642
    Abstract: A male disposable incontinence diaper with re-sealable vertical aperture, the aperture consisting of a plastic slider operatively engaging two intermarrying plastic seams which are alternatively locked and closed when the slider is in a first position, and open and unlocked when the slider is in a second position, the aperture enabling the wearer to access his penis and urinate outside the diaper without having to first remove the diaper. The plastic slider and intermarrying plastic seams maintain a watertight seal when closed, thus protecting the wearer of the diaper from the leakage of bodily fluids accidentally discharged into the diaper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Mark A. Price
  • Patent number: 8608720
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article having a front end edge and a back end edge, wherein the front end edge is formed by a non-linear cut with an umbilical notch, and wherein the front end edge and the back end edge are complementary in shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gregory John Erickson, Jason Robert Eddy, John Ferrer, Donald Carroll Roe
  • Publication number: 20130296821
    Abstract: A diaper having a front portion with at least one line of weakness adapted to be torn and at least one umbilical cover defined in part by the at least one line of weakness. The at least one umbilical cover is moveable from a starting position to an anchored position upon tearing the at least one line of weakness. The diaper has at least one umbilical cover anchor adapted to maintain the at least one umbilical cover in the anchored position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventors: Chantel Spring Buhrow, Kusum Gosain, Shannon Kathleen Melius, John Timothy Hahn, Vipula Jitendra Tailor, Earl David Brock
  • Publication number: 20130274699
    Abstract: One embodiment relates to a diaper. The diaper includes a main body and an opening in the main body. The periphery of the opening is surrounded by the main body. The main body comprises two inwardly curved lateral edges. The opening is located centrally between the inwardly curved lateral edges. A flexible material is provided around the periphery of the opening. The opening is sized to leave the anus and genitals of the wearer exposed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventors: Chantelle D. Kelley, Richard W. Borry
  • Patent number: 8506546
    Abstract: A diaper having a front portion with at least one line of weakness adapted to be torn and at least one umbilical cover defined in part by the at least one line of weakness. The at least one umbilical cover is moveable from a starting position to an anchored position upon tearing the at least one line of weakness. The diaper has at least one umbilical cover anchor adapted to maintain the at least one umbilical cover in the anchored position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Chantel Spring Buhrow, Kusum Gosain, Shannon Kathleen Melius, John Timothy Hahn, Vipula Jitendra Tailor, Earl David Brock
  • Publication number: 20130123733
    Abstract: An absorbent article is disclosed which is designed to protect both a wearer's penis and scrotum from any bowel movement waste. The absorbent article includes a liquid-impermeable outer cover with a first absorbent and a second absorbent longitudinally positioned on the outer cover. The first absorbent has a first end and a second end, and the second absorbent has a first end and a second end. The second end of the first absorbent is spaced apart from the first end of the second absorbent. A liquid permeable bodyside liner covers the first absorbent and the second absorbent. The absorbent article further includes a fenestrated flap disposed between the first and second absorbents. The fenestrated flap has a first end which is bonded directly to the outer cover. A method of forming the absorbent article, a method of securing the absorbent article onto a body, and a method of removing the absorbent article from a body are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: PROTECTIVE DIAPER, LLC
    Inventor: Protective Diaper, LLC
  • Publication number: 20130110071
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article for receiving urine from an individual and a method of using the same are described. The absorbent article can include an absorbent body folded substantially longitudinally. The absorbent body can include a left-side portion and a right-side portion on opposite sides of the fold, and a proximal edge extending generally orthogonal to the fold. An interior receiving cavity can be defined by the left-side portion and the right-side portion of the folded absorbent body. The absorbent article also includes a penile opening defined by a portion of the proximal edge, where the penile opening is adapted for receiving a penis of a user into the interior receiving cavity. The absorbent body can include a liquid impermeable, exterior layer; a liquid permeable, fluid management layer; and an absorbent layer disposed between said exterior layer and said fluid management layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: Envision Product Development Group, LLC
    Inventors: THOMAS DELATTRE, David J. Carson
  • Patent number: 8425482
    Abstract: An elasticized flexible absorbent article for minor urinary incontinence is provided. The elasticized flexible absorbent article comprises an inner permeable hydrophilic layer, an absorbent layer having a first side and a second side, the first side of the absorbent layer at least partially bonded to the inner permeable hydrophilic layer, and an impermeable outer cover having a first side, a second side, and an elastic portion, the first side of the impermeable outer cover at least partially bonded to the second side of the absorbent layer, the elastic portion provided along an outer edge of the impermeable outer cover, the elasticized flexible absorbent article adapted to encompass an end portion of a male genital region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Inventor: Nayereh Khoubnazar
  • Patent number: 8382734
    Abstract: A primary component is formed of a flexible sheet with a periphery and a central opening, an exterior recipient surface, and an interior surface with an adhesive for removably coupling to a user with the central opening positionable over the anus of the user. A container has a chamber and an opening for receiving and collecting fecal matter. An intermediate member has a separable fastener removably coupling the container with the primary component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventor: Lois Jean Neuenschwander
  • Publication number: 20130006208
    Abstract: A protective diapering system is provided for the prevention of migration and introduction of stool with a male's genital area. The protective diapering system including a diaper having an anterior flap, a posterior flap, and a fenestrated flap disposed between the anterior and posterior flaps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Inventors: Clare E. Close, Maria Eres G. Navajas-Sombito
  • Patent number: 8313473
    Abstract: An absorbent garment, such as a diaper structure, includes a visually discernible alignment indicator visible from a body-facing surface. The alignment indicator includes at least one first reference point. The absorbent garment comes with instructions defining the location of the first reference point on the absorbent article, defining the location of a second reference point on a wearer, and instructing the consumer to position the absorbent garment so that the first reference point optically aligns with the second reference point, and to fasten the absorbent garment in the position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Joseph Datta
  • Patent number: 8142409
    Abstract: An absorbent article containing a top sheet, a bottom sheet, an absorbent core, and a scrotal catch, wherein the scrotal catch is configured to support, protect or cover at least a portion of a male's scrotum is provided. The absorbent article optionally contains a moisture-indicating device which allows a caregiver to be alerted to the presence of moisture in the absorbent article without removing clothing from the infant or individual wearing the absorbent article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Inventor: Usha Reddy
  • Patent number: 8142408
    Abstract: An insert containing a scrotal catch and a non-flexible cup, wherein the scrotal catch is configured to support, protect or cover at least a portion of a male's scrotum and the non-flexible cup is configured to support, protect or cover at least a portion of a male's genitalia, is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Inventor: Usha Reddy
  • Patent number: 8142407
    Abstract: A garment containing a scrotal catch, wherein the scrotal catch is attached to at least a portion of the garment, and wherein the scrotal catch is configured to separate the interior surface of the garment into an anterior compartment which supports, protects, and/or covers at least a portion of a male's scrotum, and a posterior compartment, wherein the scrotal catch reduces and/or prevents fecal matter from entering the anterior compartment is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Inventor: Usha Reddy
  • Patent number: 8097767
    Abstract: The present invention relates to absorbent articles which include one or more components that have been treated with a hydrophobic surface coating intended to render such components impermeable to liquids having relatively low surface tensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Kemal Vatansever Catalan
  • Patent number: 8092439
    Abstract: An absorbent article includes a liquid pervious bodyside liner; a liquid impervious outer cover; and an absorbent core positioned between the bodyside liner and the outer cover. The absorbent article defining a crotch portion connected between a front portion and a back portion; the front portion includes a front waist region, a front waist edge, and a front waist relief area. The front waist relief area is defined in part by a first material cut edge and a second material cut edge wherein the second material cut edge extends beyond the first material cut edge to define a fringe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Sara Jane Wille Stabelfeldt, Connie May McMorrow, John Timothy Hahn, Thomas Harold Roessler
  • Patent number: 8092630
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an absorbent article for animals is provided, wherein U-shaped fixing parts(3,30) are mounted to each side edge of a base material(20) of a diaper main body, and then separated into fixing protrusions(31) along a cutout line(41) to serve as movable parts(21,22), thereby allowing firm tightening to the crural area of hind legs and the trunk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Ikegami, Kenji Hiroshima
  • Patent number: 8016803
    Abstract: An absorbent article having a backsheet, an absorbent core, a topsheet, and a genital coversheet. The topsheet has an opening positioned to allow exuded fecal material to pass therethrough when the article is worn by a wearer. The genital coversheet is positioned across a portion of the aperture and covers the wearer's genitals. A void space is formed between the genital coversheet and the absorbent core and a void space is formed between the topsheet and the absorbent core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Joerg Mueller, Cornelia Martynus, Ralf Geilich, Simone Seeboth, Ekaterina Anatolyevna Ponomarenko, Michael I. Divo
  • Patent number: 7993318
    Abstract: Absorbent article for men intended for single use and having longitudinal side edges, a rear end edge and a front end edge and having an inner liquid-permeable surface layer, an outer liquid-impermeable surface layer and an absorbent body arranged therebetween. The article has an elastic element attached to the liquid-permeable surface layer along at least parts of the longitudinal side edges of the article. The elastic element is attached to the liquid-permeable surface layer along longitudinal edges lying opposite one another of the elastic element. A cut is arranged between the attachments in the form of a slit or cutout. The cut extends through a front edge of the elastic element in the direction of a rear edge, the elastic element being provided by the cut with inner edges arranged above the liquid-permeable surface layer, and a method for manufacturing such an article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventors: Ken Olsson, Hans Hedstrom
  • Patent number: 7947028
    Abstract: A diaper has an unfastened condition and a fastened condition. The diaper has a front portion, a back portion and a fastener system. The fastener system is adapted to join the back portion to the front portion thereby transitioning the diaper from the unfastened condition to the fastened condition. The diaper is adapted to provide an umbilical relief area when in the fastened condition without tearing or folding the front waist edge. The diaper does not have an umbilical notch when in the unfastened condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason C. Cohen, Kusum Gosain
  • Patent number: 7918838
    Abstract: A disposable diaper including, a covering chassis having front and rear waist regions, and a crotch region; a body fluid absorbent structure disposed at least in the crotch region; and an elastic isolating sheet covering at least the absorbent structure. The elastic isolating sheet has a front opening and a rear opening. The absorbent structure is provided on a bottom thereof with an elastic panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Hironao Minato, Kaiyo Nakajima, Naoko Takada
  • Patent number: 7887523
    Abstract: A disposable diaper enabling the male sex organ to be drawn out easily at the time of urination, which includes: a chassis having at least a front body and a rear body when wearing; a liquid permeable top sheet arranged in at least part of the chassis; a liquid impermeable back sheet on one side in the thickness direction of the top sheet; and a liquid retentive absorber between the top sheet and the back sheet. The chassis has a first chassis and a second chassis. The front body of the chassis has an overlapping section formed by overlapping in at least part of the first and second chassis. The overlapping section has connecting sections for connecting the first and second chassis separated across a substantially center line, which extends in the longitudinal direction of the diaper and divides the width direction into two parts, and a non-connecting section between the connecting sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Kenichi Sasayama, Hirotomo Mukai, Tomoko Tsuji, Tatsuya Hashimoto, Kei Wakasugi
  • Publication number: 20110022017
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article having a front end edge and a back end edge, wherein the front end edge is formed by a non-linear cut with an umbilical notch, and wherein the front end edge and the back end edge are complementary in shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Inventors: Gregory John Erickson, Jason Robert Eddy, John Ferrer, Donald Carroll Roe
  • Patent number: 7842849
    Abstract: An absorbent garment, such as a diaper structure, includes a visually discernible alignment indicator visible from a body-facing surface. The alignment indicator includes at least one first reference point. The absorbent garment comes with instructions defining the location of the first reference point on the absorbent article, defining the location of a second reference point on a wearer, and instructing the consumer to position the absorbent garment so that the first reference point optically aligns with the second reference point, and to fasten the absorbent garment in the position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Joseph Datta
  • Patent number: 7828783
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article having a non-linear notch cut without the presence of a significantly laterally extending resulting piece. The resulting absorbent article having a front end edge and a back end edge which are complementary. The front end edge having at least three tangential points (a1, a2, b). Tangential point b is longitudinally inboard of a1 and a2. The back end edge having at least three tangential points (x1, x2, y), wherein y is longitudinally outboard of x1 and x2. The absorbent article being longitudinally folded about a first fold line. The first fold line may be drawn between points a2 and x2. The absorbent article being longitudinally folded about a second fold line, said second fold line may be drawn between points a1 and x1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gregory John Erickson, Jason Robert Eddy, John Ferrer, Donald Carroll Roe
  • Publication number: 20100229803
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an animal diaper comprises a main body having an upper end, a lower end, an upper portion positioned towards the upper end, a lower portion positioned towards the lower end, an absorbent portion, a tail opening, and an axis extending between the upper and lower ends. The animal diaper also includes first members extending from the lower portion for coupling to the upper portion and second members extending from the lower portion between the first members and the lower end, distal ends of the second members having cooperating fasteners for coupling together. In addition, a spacing between the first and the second members along a wearing animal's back is less than a width of one of the second members measured in a direction parallel to the axis when the wearing animal is standing, and the spacing increases as the wearing animal moves towards a sitting position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2009
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventors: Mark Edward Meissner, Kristine Quince Walters
  • Patent number: 7771408
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a disposable absorbent article, e.g. a diaper, having a backsheet, an absorbent core and a topsheet, said absorbent article having a length L, said topsheet having an opening and primary elasticated areas and secondary elasticated areas, the latter being curved or angled, having an overall curvature with a radius of from 0.3 L to 3.2 L, wherein the average transverse distance between a primary elasticated area and a secondary elasticated area of a crotch side portion is preferably at least 15 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Joerg Mueller, Cornelia Martynus, Anja Hoffmann, Mattias Schmidt, John Costello, Ann Sullivan, Gregg Flender
  • Patent number: 7763001
    Abstract: An absorbent article includes a fluid permeable top sheet, a fluid impermeable back sheet, and an absorbent body disposed therebetween, and in addition is provided with an evagination means extending in a longitudinal direction between the top sheet and the back sheet. The top sheet has a first attachment region attached to the evagination means, second attachment regions attached to the vicinity of both side edges of the absorbent article, and an unattached region positioned between the regions. In the unattached region, many inflected creases, in particular, diagonally directed creases directed from the first attachment region towards both side edges are generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventor: Koji Kawamura
  • Publication number: 20100152695
    Abstract: A method of making an absorbent article with a waist relief area includes providing a web of outer cover material moving in a machine direction; cutting a plurality of first relief holes in the web of outer cover material; at least partially covering the plurality of first relief holes with an overlay material to define a fringe; and cutting the web of outer cover material in a cross-machine direction to define a plurality of discrete absorbent articles wherein each cut extends through each first relief hole. The fringe may be made from the waist elastic material, liner material, fastening material, or facing material. The fringe may also be cut with a plurality of second relief holes having an area smaller than the area of the first relief holes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Inventors: Sara Jane Wille Stabelfeldt, Connie May McMorrow, John Timothy Hahn, Thomas Harold Roessler
  • Patent number: 7727218
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article adapted to be worn about a lower torso of a human body and having a chassis, a non-removable absorbent core component disposed in a crotch region of the chassis, and a replaceable absorbent core component disposed in capillary liquid communication with the non-removable absorbent core component. The replaceable absorbent core component may be removed and a like component may be substituted in place of the removed component without the removal of the absorbent article from the wearer. The replaceable absorbent core component may be disposed inside an openable chassis pocket, with access for its removal and replacement provided by an aperture in a backsheet, an openable end of an external pocket, or an openable end of an internal pocket formed at an area of a waist end edge where the backsheet and a topsheet may be separated. Additional replaceable absorbent core components may also be incorporated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gary Dean Lavon, Theodora Beck, Gerald Alfred Young, Stephen Lebeuf Hardie, Thomas Henrich
  • Patent number: 7727211
    Abstract: Absorbent articles such as diapers, incontinent briefs, training pants, diaper holders and liners, and the like, designed to provide improved fit and comfort for the wearer while adequately containing body exudates. The absorbent article includes an absorbent core designed so as to retain low levels of fluid in the crotch region, relative to the other core regions, even when the core absorbs significant amounts of fluid during use. To achieve this, the absorbent core is designed such that fluid is moved substantially from the crotch region to the front and/or rear ends of the article. The absorbent core has a non-removable absorbent core component in the crotch region and removable absorbent core components in the front or rear regions of the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gary Dean LaVon, Gerald Alfred Young, Theodora Beck
  • Patent number: 7670324
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article adapted to be worn about a lower torso of a human body and having a chassis, a non-removable absorbent core component disposed in a crotch region of the chassis, and a replaceable absorbent core component disposed in capillary liquid communication with the non-removable absorbent core component and having longitudinally disposed regions of liquid permeability and liquid impermeability on the same surface. The replaceable absorbent core component may be removed and a like component may be substituted without the removal of the absorbent article from the wearer. The replaceable absorbent core component may be disposed inside an openable chassis pocket, with access for its removal and replacement provided by an aperture in a backsheet, an openable end of an external pocket, or an openable end of an internal pocket formed at an area of a waist end edge where the backsheet and a topsheet may be separated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: The Procter and Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gary Dean LaVon, Theodora Beck, Gerald Alfred Young, Stephen Lebeuf Hardie, Thomas Henrich, Edward John Milbrada
  • Patent number: 7658730
    Abstract: An external male urine collection device is inserted into a front opening of a disposable nonwoven diaper or brief. The device comprises a resilient ring for receiving and restraining the penis in a funnel-shaped collection assembly bag extending from the diaper or brief. A distal funnel-like end of the collection bag is attached to a one-way valve and tube assembly to direct the urine from the bag. The tube is attached to a bedside urine storage bag or leg bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Avancen, LLC
    Inventor: N. Sharon Conley
  • Patent number: 7641641
    Abstract: A product line of absorbent articles includes a first absorbent article with a first elective component secured to the first absorbent article in a first configuration of the component. The first elective component is selectively configurable to a second configuration different from the first configuration of the component. A second absorbent article of the product line has a second elective component that is selectively configurable from a first configuration of the second elective component to a second configuration different from the first configuration of the second elective component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Dana L. Ramshak
  • Patent number: 7626073
    Abstract: The present invention relates to absorbent articles which include one or more components that have been treated with a hydrophobic surface coating intended to render such components impermeable to liquids having relatively low surface tensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Co.
    Inventor: Kemal Vatansever Catalan
  • Patent number: 7566330
    Abstract: A disposable diaper is provided which includes an absorber, a top sheet which is at least partially formed of a liquid permeable material disposed to cover an upper surface of the absorber, a back sheet formed of a liquid impermeable material disposed to cover a lower surface of the absorber, a skin contact sheet disposed above the top sheet and having a stool passing opening capable of passing a stool therethrough formed therein, and a urine/stool separation wall formed of a breathable water repellent sheet disposed in a space between the skin contact sheet and the top sheet so that the space is separated into a front body part side space and a back body part side space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2009
    Assignees: Oji Nepia Co., Ltd., Oji Paper Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsuhiko Sugiyama, Kahori Suzuki, Izumi Tashiro
  • Publication number: 20080269711
    Abstract: A disposable diaper enabling the male sex organ to be drawn out easily at the time of urination, which includes: a chassis having at least a front body and a rear body when wearing; a liquid permeable top sheet arranged in at least part of the chassis; a liquid impermeable back sheet on one side in the thickness direction of the top sheet; and a liquid retentive absorber between the top sheet and the back sheet. The chassis has a first chassis and a second chassis. The front body of the chassis has an overlapping section formed by overlapping in at least part of the first and second chassis. The overlapping section has connecting sections for connecting the first and second chassis separated across a substantially center line, which extends in the longitudinal direction of the diaper and divides the width direction into two parts, and a non-connecting section between the connecting sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2007
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Applicant: UNI-CHARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenichi Sasayama, Hirotomo Mukai, Tomoko Tsuji, Tatsuya Hashimoto, Kei Wakasugi
  • Patent number: 7361167
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article having a non-linear notch cut without the presence of a significantly laterally extending resulting piece. The resulting absorbent article having a front end edge and a back end edge which are complementary. The front end edge having at least three tangential points (a1, a2, b). Tangential point b is longitudinally inboard of a1 and a2. The back end edge having at least three tangential points (x1, x2, y), wherein y is longitudinally outboard of x1 and x2. The absorbent article being longitudinally folded about a first fold line. The first fold line may be drawn between points a2 and x2. The absorbent article being longitudinally folded about a second fold line, said second fold line may be drawn between points a1 and x1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gregory John Erickson, Jason Robert Eddy, John Ferrer, Donald Carroll Roe
  • Publication number: 20070293841
    Abstract: A disposable diaper includes a chassis including a front body and a back body, a liquid-permeable surface sheet arranged on part of the chassis, a liquid-impermeable back sheet arranged on the surface sheet at one side in the thickness direction of the surface sheet, and a liquid-retainable absorber arranged between the surface sheet and the back sheet. The front body is formed with an openable part or an opening, which is formed by connecting two points positioned at a distance from each other across a substantial center line extending in the longitudinal direction of the disposable diaper and bisecting the width direction thereof, wherein the openable part allows the front body to be separated at a predetermined site, and the opening allows the front body to open at a predetermined site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2007
    Publication date: December 20, 2007
    Applicant: UNI-CHARM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kenichi Sasayama
  • Patent number: 7276054
    Abstract: A disposable diaper as a disposable wearing article has a front waist region, a rear waist region and a crotch region extending between these two waist regions. The crotch region is formed on its surface facing a wearer's body with a protrusion formed by flexible and elastic foamed plastic prepared separately of an absorbent pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Mishima, Kaiyo Nakajima, Tomoko Sugito