Removable Pad Patents (Class 604/385.14)
  • Patent number: 10449516
    Abstract: Provided herein is a superabsorbent polyHIPE composition-of-matter comprising a majority of ionizable pendant groups, capable of absorbing up to 300-fold by mass water while exhibiting a notable mechanical strength in both the dry and wet form, as well as various uses thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Technion Research & Development Foundation Limited
    Inventors: Sebastijan Kovacic, Michael S. Silverstein
  • Patent number: 10441479
    Abstract: An undergarment includes a body portion having an upper edge defining a waistband, two leg openings and a crotch region between the leg openings; an absorbent pad on the inside of the body portion within at least the crotch region, the absorbent pad having an inner region and a peripheral region, wherein the thickness of the absorbent pad in the peripheral region is less than the thickness of the absorbent pad in the inner region; and elastic bonding film lining each of the two leg openings while overlying respective portions of the peripheral region of the absorbent pad thereby to bond the absorbent pad and the body portion. A method of manufacturing an undergarment is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Knix Wear Inc.
    Inventor: Joanna Griffiths
  • Patent number: 10201460
    Abstract: A double gusset cloth diaper including an inner surface and an outer surface forming an hourglass shape, having a groin area proximate a center line of the reusable diaper and defining at least one recess therebetween. A fluid absorbent material is removably located in the recess through the opening. A first gusset is attached to the reusable diaper to form a first seal between the inner surface and the legs of the user. A second gusset is attached to the reusable diaper proximate the first gusset. The gussets are formed of an elastic material attached to the wrong side of the inner surface in a channel formed by stitching the inner surface to form channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Kanga Care, LLC
    Inventor: Julie Ekstrom
  • Patent number: 10117785
    Abstract: A breast milk absorbing system includes a nursing garment being that may be worn by a nursing female. The nursing garment has a pouch. An absorbing unit is provided. The absorbing unit is removably positioned within the pouch. The absorbing may absorb breast milk from the nursing female. Thus, the nursing garment is inhibited from becoming wet with the breast milk. The absorbing unit extends across an entire width of the pouch. Thus, the absorbing unit remains aligned with the nursing female's breasts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventor: Nicole Marquez
  • Patent number: 9849043
    Abstract: An absorbent article includes an absorbent assembly including longitudinally opposite ends, transversely opposite sides, a front waist region, a back waist region. The absorbent article also includes a pair of ears extending transversely outward from the opposite sides of the absorbent assembly in the back waist region, each of the ears comprising a loop fastening component. The absorbent article also includes a nonwoven shield coupled to the garment-facing surface of the outer cover and a hook material patch, wherein the hook material patch is disposed between the outer cover and the shield such that at least a portion of the plurality of hooks is accessible through an aperture, and such that at least a portion of the base layer edges is covered by the shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Nickolas Paul Barnes, Patrick Robert Lord, Bonnie Lynn VandenPlas, Himanshi Arunkumar Patel
  • Patent number: 9649231
    Abstract: A multiple-layer undergarment to aid toilet training that provides a child with a sensation of wetness, but protects the child's outer garments from being saturated. The undergarment has an inner fabric layer that retains wetness to produce the uncomfortable sensation for the child after urinating in the undergarment. The undergarment has an absorbent layer sandwiched between two fabric layers that absorbs the excess wetness, the absorbent layer selectively having a barrier layer preventing urine from soaking through to the child's outer garments. In one embodiment, the undergarment has a channel extending from a front waistband, through a crotch to a back waistband for inserting an absorbent panel. In another embodiment, the undergarment has an absorbent insert attached by a plurality of adhesive strips between two fabric underwear. In one embodiment, the undergarment has a channel for inserting an absorbent panel attached by at least one adhesive strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventor: Lynn Tilker
  • Patent number: 9301887
    Abstract: A protective undergarment includes a sling that is suspended from an outer shell. The sling forms a pocket in which a reusable or disposable absorbent pad can be positioned. The sling has arcuate, stitched end edges at both the front and the rear of the sling. The garment thus fits better will less chance that portions of the sling at opposite ends of the pocket will be exposed to moisture. The sling can also be attached to and detached from the garment by using hook and loop fasteners that can be partially covered so that abrasive corners are not exposed. The same overlying layers can be used on tabs for securing the protective undergarment around the waist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Tailored Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Frederica V. Coates
  • Patent number: 9278034
    Abstract: Described here are body liners and methods for treating accidental bowel leakage using one or more body liners. The body liners may be formed from one or more liner layers and in some instances may comprise one or more adhesive regions to connect the body liners to the skin of a wearer. The body liners may be configured to absorb fluid, and may selectively distribute fluid relative to the body liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Butterfly Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Blasius Brezoczky, Karl Patrick Ronn, Kelly Lewis Brezoczky, Elizabeth Hodge Ronn, Steven B. Gold
  • Patent number: 9138358
    Abstract: A reusable, cloth diaper of singular construction is provided. The diaper is generally shaped like a classic hourglass configuration, and includes a pair of absorbent flaps in a cross-flap configuration on an inner portion thereof, wherein one flap is attached to a rear portion of the diaper and the other flap is attached to a front portion of the diaper, each adjacent to the child's waist. The outer layer of the diaper is preferably made from a blend of bamboo and cotton, and includes a polyurethane laminate layer on the inner surface of the outer layer. The diaper construction further includes means for adjusting waist and crotch sizes, as well as storage snap means for securing the diaper into a rolled up storage and transport configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Inventor: Jenny K. Catoe
  • Patent number: 9095478
    Abstract: A wearable absorbent article comprising a reusable outer cover and a disposable absorbent insert is provided. The disposable absorbent insert comprises a substantially liquid impermeable backsheet. The reusable outer cover comprises a bending stiffness peak force, measured according to the Bending Stiffness Test. The bending stiffness peak force of the reusable outer cover is less than or equal to 0.20 Newtons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Donald Carroll Roe
  • Patent number: 9033946
    Abstract: The present invention provide with a diaper sheath comprising: an inner and outer panel, each of said inner and outer panels having front and back portion connected by an intermediate portion, said front portion of the inner panel having an opening; and a front flap attached to said front portion of said inner panel, and said opening is covered by said front flap. The diaper of the present invention is much easier and convenient to adjust the insert from the opening at the front portion. With the flap at the front portion, parents can choose to use a biodegradable pad to insert in the flap and lay on the top of the inner panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: PURE PRECISION LIMITED
    Inventor: Gaëlle Tournier
  • Patent number: 9024108
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for improved retention and absorption of liquids from female menstrual periods, having multi-elements, wherein the first element has an optionally reusable outer pad retention structure, and the second element has a single use disposable inner pad, said inner pad having unique features, said features rendering said inner pad of being capable of continuously conforming to ever changing exterior vaginal geometries during an individual wearer's active work day, while simultaneously retaining all menstrual liquid within said inner pad and not allowing any leakage into the outer reusable pad, but allowing gas permeability through all elements thereby allowing heat transfer away from the user's body and a more comfortable feminine sanitary device. Further the apparatus and method allow said inner replacement pad to be augmented by an optional breathable inner supplemental replacement pad to retain additional liquid during unusually heavy menstrual liquid flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Marcia McManus
  • Patent number: 9011403
    Abstract: A discrete absorbent insert includes an absorbent core positioned between a first sheet and a second sheet. The first sheet and the second sheet extend beyond the core and are joined together to form a seal. The absorbent core has at least 40% superabsorbent. The absorbent insert has an intake layer of at least 100 gsm between the first sheet and the absorbent core. The first sheet and the second sheet are fluid permeable, spunbond webs of synthetic polymer filaments. The absorbent insert is devoid of a fluid-impervious layer and has an absorbent capacity of at least 600 g. The first end section of the absorbent core has a maximum width of at least 135 mm, the central section of the absorbent core has a maximum width of less than 90 mm, and the second end section of the absorbent core has a maximum width of at least 135 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Paula Katherine De Bruin, Stacy Elaine Evenson, David Fleger Bishop, Angela Ann Johnston, Connie May McMorrow, Marcille Faye Ruman, Brooke Ann Robaidek, Alissa Frances Stein, Katherine Carol Shaw, Kyle Mark Barriger
  • Patent number: 9011402
    Abstract: A wearable absorbent article having features for the containment and absorption of bodily exudates. The article may comprise an outer cover and an absorbent insert. The outer cover may be formed of durable or semi-durable materials and be launderable. The insert may be disposable. The insert may have containment and absorption features that prevent soiling of the outer cover by the wearer's exudates, so that the outer cover may be reused after an exudation event and change of inserts. The insert and/or the outer cover may have features to enhance containment, absorption, economy of materials and/or fit that make them asymmetric about their respective lateral axes, and may have features that direct a user to install the insert and/or the outer cover with correct front-rear orientation relative the wearer. Articles of commerce including packages of outer covers and/or inserts in varying combinations of numbers and features are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Donald Carroll Roe, Elaine Mary Wiggins
  • Patent number: 9011398
    Abstract: A method for providing a containment system includes providing a permanently closed containment pant and providing a discrete absorbent insert. The containment pant includes an elastically extensible chassis and a sling positioned within the chassis that includes a fluid-impervious pouch. The pouch has a first end section maximum width of at least 145 mm, a central section maximum width of less than 115 mm, and a second end section maximum width of at least 145 mm. The containment pant is substantially devoid of an integrated absorbent core. The absorbent insert includes an absorbent core with a first end section maximum width of at least 120 mm, a central section maximum width of less than 100 mm, and a second end section maximum width of at least 120 mm. The absorbent insert is devoid of a fluid-impervious layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Angela Ann Johnston, Paula Katherine De Bruin, Stacy Elaine Evenson, Katherine Carol Shaw, Kevin Michael Jauquet, Kevin Leon LaBerge, Connie May McMorrow, Brooke Ann Robaidek, Gay Lynn Wolf, Marcille Faye Ruman, Nicole Minotti, Stephen Carl Baumgartner
  • Patent number: 8998870
    Abstract: Reusable wearable absorbent articles with anchoring systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Donald Carroll Roe
  • Patent number: 8992497
    Abstract: A two-piece wearable absorbent article including a chassis and a disposable absorbent insert is disclosed. The chassis may be asymmetric across a lateral axis, with front and rear regions, and have a pair of elasticized leg band portions, an insert fastener component, and a chassis indicium disposed thereon. The insert may be asymmetric across a lateral axis and have forward and rearward regions and have a pair of elasticized standing cuffs, a fastener component, and an insert indicium disposed thereon. The chassis and the insert may be adapted to function optimally with the respective front and forward regions proximate the torso front region of the wearer. The respective fastener components may be adapted to effect fastening of the insert to the chassis, and the respective indicia may be adapted to provide information to the user concerning correct front-rear orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Donald Carroll Roe, Elaine Mary Wiggins
  • Publication number: 20150088086
    Abstract: A washable diaper having an outer article and an inner liner system detachably coupled to the outer article is disclosed. The inner liner system may include front and back ends and a liner member about a washable article with an absorbent pad positioned therein. The outer article may include front and back ends with opposing side edges extending therebetween. The outer article may include an inner surface with substantially liquid impervious compartments at the front and back ends. The outer article and the inner article may include fastening mechanisms configured to removably couple the inner liner system to the outer article such that at least the front and back ends of the washable article of the inner liner system are substantially secured within the front and back liquid impervious pockets, respectively, when the outer article and inner liner system are assembled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Sandra C. BECK
  • Patent number: 8974432
    Abstract: An outer cover for an absorbent article has an absorbent capacity in addition to the absorbency of an absorbent insert. The outer cover may have two or more layers, at least one of which has liquid absorption capacity. Another layer may be hydrophobic. The outer cover as a whole may be breathable and water-impermeable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Donald Carroll Roe, Elaine Mary Wiggins
  • Publication number: 20150065979
    Abstract: A diaper assembly including a diaper including hook fasteners positioned beneath and concealed by covers constructed from resiliently stretchable material, and a pocketed sling configured to removably attach to the diaper, the pocketed sling including loop fasteners arranged to removably attach to the hook fasteners concealed beneath the covers, thereby concealing attachment points between the diaper and the pocketed sling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Fredrica V. Coates
  • Patent number: 8968264
    Abstract: A diaper assembly 2 includes a diaper garment 10 and a fluid absorbent pad 60. The diaper garment 10 has an outer shell 12 from which a sling 20 is suspended. The sling 20 is fluid resistant and has front and rear pockets 34, 36 into which opposite ends of the fluid absorbent pad 60 can be inserted. The front pocket 34 is formed by fluid resistant shield 50 that is surrounded on three sides by gussets 40, 42 that are more skin friendly than the shield 50. Multilayer pads 60 can be carried by the sling 20.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Tailored Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Fredrica V. Coates
  • Patent number: 8961484
    Abstract: A double gusset cloth diaper including an inner surface and an outer surface forming an hourglass shape, having a groin area proximate a center line of the reusable diaper and defining at least one recess therebetween. A fluid absorbent material is removably located in the recess through the opening. A first gusset is attached to the reusable diaper to form a first seal between the inner surface and the legs of the user. A second gusset is attached to the reusable diaper proximate the first gusset. The gussets are formed of an elastic material attached to the wrong side of the inner surface in a channel formed by stitching the inner surface to form channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Kanga Care LLC
    Inventor: Julie Ekstrom
  • Patent number: 8936586
    Abstract: A reusable outer cover is provided. The reusable outer cover is configured for use with a disposable absorbent insert to together form a wearable absorbent article. The reusable outer cover may be configured as a pull-on pant and may include a front waist region, a rear waist region, a crotch region disposed intermediate the front waist region and the rear waist region, and a wearer-facing surface. The wearer-facing surface of the front waist region or the rear waist region may include an insert fastener component. The reusable outer cover may further include a grasping aid configured to assist in the application of the article onto a wearer. The grasping aid may be force-coupled to the insert fastener component or to a reduced elongation zone in the reusable outer cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Donald Carroll Roe
  • Patent number: 8932273
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent insert for a two-piece wearable absorbent article having features for the containment and absorption of bodily exudates. The insert may be adapted to be used with an outer cover and may have containment and absorption features including cuff structures that prevent soiling of the outer cover by the wearer's exudates, so that the outer cover may be reused after an exudation event and change of inserts. The insert may have features to enhance containment, absorption, economy of materials and/or fit that makes it asymmetric about its lateral axis, and may have features that direct a user to install the insert with correct front-rear orientation relative the outer cover and/or the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Donald Carroll Roe, Eiro Fukuda, Oscar Antonio Ruiz
  • Publication number: 20140364826
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides reusable diaper liner devices, systems, and methods. In various embodiments, a reusable diaper liner can include an absorption layer that includes a first surface and a second surface, opposite the first surface. The reusable diaper liner also can include a waterproof layer that has a first surface and a second surface, opposite the first surface. The second surface of the absorption layer and the first surface of the waterproof layer can be positioned adjacent to each other and the reusable diaper liner can be configured to fit inside a diaper body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Sarah B. Van Bogart, Brian Van Bogart
  • Patent number: 8894626
    Abstract: A washable diaper having an outer article and an inner liner system detachably coupled to the outer article is disclosed. The inner liner system may include front and back ends and a liner member about a washable article with an absorbent pad positioned therein. The outer article may include front and back ends with opposing side edges extending therebetween. The outer article may include an inner surface with substantially liquid impervious compartments at the front and back ends. The outer article and the inner article may include fastening mechanisms configured to removably couple the inner liner system to the outer article such that at least the front and back ends of the washable article of the inner liner system are substantially secured within the front and back liquid impervious pockets, respectively, when the outer article and inner liner system are assembled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Sandra C. Beck
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140257226
    Abstract: A wearable absorbent article comprises a reusable outer cover and a disposable absorbent insert. The reusable outer cover comprises a first insert fastener component in a front waist region proximate to a waist opening edge of the reusable outer cover. The first insert fastener component comprises a first end positioned most proximate to the waist opening edge and a second end positioned most distal from the waist opening edge. An insert-gripping recess is formed in the first end in an area covering a longitudinal axis of the reusable outer cover. The disposable absorbent insert comprises a first fastener component in a forward region of the insert and configured to be joined to the first insert fastener component to attach the insert to the reusable outer cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: The Procter &Gamble Company
    Inventors: Samantha Chen-Yee Wang, Donald Carroll Roe
  • Publication number: 20140257229
    Abstract: The present disclosure is generally directed to pants that include reusable outer covers and disposable absorbent inserts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: Samantha Chen-Yee Wang, Donald Carroll Roe
  • Publication number: 20140257228
    Abstract: The present disclosure is generally directed to pants that include reusable outer covers and disposable absorbent inserts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: THE PROCTER & GAMBLE COMPANY
    Inventors: Samantha Chen-Yee Wang, Donald Carroll Roe
  • Publication number: 20140257227
    Abstract: A reusable outer cover is provided. The reusable outer cover is configured for use with a disposable absorbent insert to together form a wearable absorbent article. The reusable outer cover may be configured as a pull-on pant and may include a front waist region, a rear waist region, a crotch region disposed intermediate the front waist region and the rear waist region, and a wearer-facing surface. The wearer-facing surface of the front waist region or the rear waist region may include an insert fastener component. The reusable outer cover may further include a grasping aid configured to assist in the application of the article onto a wearer. The grasping aid may be force-coupled to the insert fastener component or to a reduced elongation zone in the reusable outer cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: THE PROCTER & GAMBLE COMPANY
    Inventor: Donald Carroll Roe
  • Patent number: 8814843
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides reusable diaper liner devices, systems, and methods. In various embodiments, a reusable diaper liner can include an absorption layer that includes a first surface and a second surface, opposite the first surface. The reusable diaper liner also can include a waterproof layer that has a first surface and a second surface, opposite the first surface. The second surface of the absorption layer and the first surface of the waterproof layer can be positioned adjacent to each other and the reusable diaper liner can be configured to fit inside a diaper body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventors: Sarah B. Van Bogart, Brian Van Bogart
  • Patent number: 8808263
    Abstract: A wearable absorbent article having features for the containment and absorption of bodily exudates. The article may comprise an outer cover and an absorbent insert. The outer cover may be formed of durable or semi-durable materials and be launderable. The insert may be disposable. The insert may have containment and absorption features that prevent soiling of the outer cover by the wearer's exudates, so that the outer cover may be reused after an exudation event and change of inserts. The insert and/or the outer cover may have features to enhance containment, absorption, economy of materials and/or fit that make them asymmetric about their respective lateral axes, and may have features that direct a user to install the insert and/or the outer cover with correct front-rear orientation relative the wearer. Articles of commerce including packages of outer covers and/or inserts in varying combinations of numbers and features are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Donald Carroll Roe, Elaine Mary Wiggins, Fred Naval Desai
  • Publication number: 20140221954
    Abstract: A convertible reusable diaper is provided, comprising an outer cover, a barrier panel portion, and at least one of a liner portion and an absorption portion. One or more first fastener members are attachable to at least one of the outer cover portion and the barrier panel portion. One or more second fastener members are attachable to at least one of the liner portion and the absorption portion, wherein at least one of the second fastener members is cooperatively engaged with at least one of the first fastener members, thereby allowing at least part of at least one of the liner portion and the absorption portion to be detachable to the outer cover portion. One or more hole-openings are formed on the barrier panel portion, thereby allowing engagement between the first and the second fastener members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventors: Jinmei Wang, Yu Ping
  • Patent number: 8784395
    Abstract: A wearable absorbent article having features for the containment and absorption of bodily exudates. The article may comprise an outer cover and an absorbent insert. The outer cover may be formed of durable or semi-durable materials and be launderable. The insert may be disposable. The insert may have containment and absorption features that prevent soiling of the outer cover by the wearer's exudates, so that the outer cover may be reused after an exudation event and change of inserts. The insert and/or the outer cover may have features to enhance containment, absorption, economy of materials and/or fit that make them asymmetric about their respective lateral axes, and may have features that direct a user to install the insert and/or the outer cover with correct front-rear orientation relative the wearer. Articles of commerce including packages of outer covers and/or inserts in varying combinations of numbers and features are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Donald Carroll Roe, Elaine Mary Wiggins
  • Patent number: 8777915
    Abstract: A reusable diaper may include an inner layer to wick moisture and an outer layer substantially impervious to liquids. A waist portion may include a corner region for securing the diaper in a desired position. The corner region may be resiliently stretchable and substantially impervious to liquids, and may include first and second layers coupled to the respective inner and outer layers. The coupled first layer and inner layer define a first seam allowance, and the coupled second layer and outer layer define a second seam allowance. The first and second seam allowances may be positioned within the corner region to help inhibit wicking of liquid through the seam allowances into the corner region. And a fluid-resistant region may be provided to help resist wicking of moisture through the inner layer past the fluid-resistant region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventors: Jennifer Lynn Labit, James Andrew Labit
  • Patent number: 8759605
    Abstract: High-capacity disposable absorbent inserts for reusable outer covers are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Donald Carroll Roe
  • Patent number: 8702669
    Abstract: A diaper sheath having a shell with an inner panel and an outer panel forming a front edge, a back edge, a first side edge and a second side edge. The diaper sheath also includes a first intermediate pocket and a second intermediate pocket set along the first side edge and the second side edge respectively, each intermediate pocket having at least one opening. The diaper sheath further includes a first intermediate strip and a second intermediate strip set inside each of the first and second intermediate pockets respectively, the first and second intermediate strips each having an anchor portion attached to an attachment ring, and an elongated portion having a loop formed through a slide, the loop passing through the attachment ring and having a continuously adjustable length selected by moving the slide to a desired position along the elongated portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Pure Precision Limited
    Inventor: Gaëlle Tournier
  • Patent number: 8702672
    Abstract: In a body adhering absorbent article, an absorbent structure is configured for disposition adjacent a female wearer's vaginal region to absorb bodily fluids discharged by the wearer. A shell supports the absorbent structure at the vaginal region and has an adhesive on a body-facing surface thereof for adhering the shell directly to the wearer. A placement aid is disposed on at least one of the absorbent structure and the shell to facilitate placement on the wearer. Securement components may be provided for securing the article in a folded configuration during wear and/or to the wearer's undergarment. Detachment components may also be provided to facilitate detachment of the article from the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Adrienne Rae Loyd, Candace Dyan Krautkramer, Carmen Lira, Katie Ann Boland, Katie McMillen, Meijia Ng, Kwee Ling Cheng, Priscilla Eng Choo Goh, DooHong Kim, Franz Aschenbrenner, YeinSze Ong
  • Patent number: 8696643
    Abstract: A reusable sanitary garment is provided, having a three-part construction, incorporating an outer garment portion, a sling portion, and at least one pad, supported within the sling, which, in turn, is affixed to, and supported within, the outer garment. Both the outer garment portion and the sling portion are preferably fabricated, in an ecologically sustainable manner, from recycled plastics materials. The at least one pad may be fabricated as a reusable, washable article, or may be fabricated as a disposable article, preferably from recycled, and easily recyclable or biodegradable materials. The outer garment portion, the sling portion and/or the reusable pad may be fabricated to incorporate bamboo charcoal material, having enhanced antibacterial, deodorant, wicking and absorptive qualities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventors: Cher Anne Caylin Knightingale, Ellis Charles Hanna Knightingale
  • Patent number: 8679085
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a reusable diaper shaped as a pair of pants and designed to house a removable absorbent insect (6). The diaper comprises an elongated central piece (5) impermeable to water and designed to house said insert, and two side pieces (12,13) arranged on opposite sides of the central piece, wherein at least one of the side pieces is made of a material permeable to water and is arranged stretchable to allow stretching of waist and leg openings of the diaper when the diaper is put on and taken off, and the central piece and the side piece are joined together by means of a joint (15,16) forming a liquid barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Iréne Ronström
  • Patent number: 8652115
    Abstract: A two-piece wearable absorbent article (such as a diaper) including an outer cover, and particularly, an absorbent insert for use therewith, are disclosed. The insert has a fastener component disposed at either or both a forward region and a rearward region thereof, for fastening the insert within the outer cover. The end of the insert associated with the region bearing the fastener component may have a specified stiffness, to help the insert to retain structural integrity while fastened within an outer cover and while being worn. The insert may include an end support stiffener that helps impart stiffness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Donald Carroll Roe, Elaine Mary Wiggins, Joshua James Norman
  • Patent number: 8652114
    Abstract: A two-piece wearable absorbent article (such as a diaper) including an outer cover, and particularly, an absorbent insert for use therewith, are disclosed. The insert has a fastener component disposed at either or both a forward region and a rearward region thereof, for fastening the insert within the outer cover. The end of the insert associated with the region bearing the fastener component may have a specified stiffness, to help the insert to retain structural integrity while fastened within an outer cover and while being worn. The insert may include an end support stiffener that helps impart stiffness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Donald Carroll Roe, Elaine Mary Wiggins, Joshua James Norman
  • Publication number: 20140046285
    Abstract: A two-piece wearable absorbent article (such as a diaper) including an outer cover, and particularly, an absorbent insert for use therewith, are disclosed. The insert has a fastener component disposed at either or both a forward region and a rearward region thereof, for fastening the insert within the outer cover. The end of the insert associated with the region bearing the fastener component may have a specified stiffness, to help the insert to retain structural integrity while fastened within an outer cover and while being worn. The insert may include an end support stiffener that helps impart stiffness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Donald Carroll ROE, Elaine Mary WIGGINS, Joshua James NORMAN
  • Publication number: 20140018763
    Abstract: A permanently closed containment pant includes an elastically extensible chassis and a sling positioned within the chassis. The sling is joined to the front waist region and the back waist region. The sling includes a fluid-impervious base sheet and a first containment flap, and a second containment flap each joined with the base sheet to create a fluid-impervious pouch. The first end of the first containment flap is joined to the first end of the second containment flap and the second end of the first containment flap is joined to the second end of the second containment flap. The sling also includes a first transition and a second transition that are elastically extensible in a longitudinal direction and in a transverse direction. In some embodiments, the containment pant has a tension in the longitudinal direction from about 1000 grams force to about 2400 grams force at an elongation of about 150%.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: Stacy Elaine Evenson, Lewis Preole Orchard, IV, Frederique Vignall, Elisa Kathleen DeGroot, Brooke Ashley Berg, Patricia Ann Abney, Anita Marie-Nanette Gilgenbach, Paula Kathleen De Bruin
  • Publication number: 20140018762
    Abstract: A permanently closed containment pant includes an elastically extensible chassis and a sling positioned within the chassis. The sling is joined to the front waist region and the back waist region. The sling includes a fluid-impervious base sheet and a containment flap joined with the base sheet to create a fluid-impervious pouch. The sling also includes a first transition and a second transition that are elastically extensible in a longitudinal direction and in a transverse direction. Material properties of the pouch and chassis provide the proper fit for comfort and leakage protection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: Frederique Vignali, Kevin Leon LaBerge, Robert Lee Popp, Lewis Preole Orchard, 4th, Jennifer Ann Diedrich, Stacy Elaine Evenson
  • Publication number: 20140018761
    Abstract: A discrete absorbent insert includes a first sheet, a second sheet in facing relation with the first sheet, and an absorbent core positioned between the first sheet and the second sheet. The absorbent core defines a core perimeter which includes a first absorbent core positioning notch. The first sheet and the second sheet extend beyond the core perimeter and are joined together to form a perimeter seal. The perimeter seal defines an absorbent insert perimeter which includes a first absorbent insert positioning notch. The first absorbent core positioning notch has a depth of 30 to 60 mm, the first absorbent insert positioning notch has a depth of 30 to 60 mm, and the first absorbent insert positioning notch is aligned with the first absorbent core positioning notch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Lewis Preole Orchard, IV, Marcille Faye Ruman, Thomas Harold Roessler, Anita Marie-Nanette Gilgenbach, Brooke Ashley Berg
  • Publication number: 20140012220
    Abstract: The present invention provides protective underwear including shorts and removable absorbent inserts that can be pulled away from and attached to the shorts while the shorts are pulled down but not completely removed. This allows a soiled insert to be removed, and a clean replacement insert to be installed, without having to remove the person's pants and shoes. The assembled protective underwear also looks like normal underwear from the outside and is sufficiently less bulky than a traditional adult diaper allowing it to be effectively concealed when worn under most clothing. This improvement in discreetness and convenience can make a major difference to the user, such as child or adult hoping to reduce potential embarrassment while maintain maximum levels of activity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventor: Chana Flieg
  • Publication number: 20140005626
    Abstract: High-capacity disposable absorbent inserts for reusable outer covers are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Donald Carroll ROE
  • Patent number: 8585667
    Abstract: A two-piece wearable absorbent article (such as a diaper) including an outer cover, and particularly, an absorbent insert for use therewith, are disclosed. The insert has a fastener component disposed at either or both a forward region and a rearward region thereof, for fastening the insert within the outer cover. The end of the insert associated with the region bearing the fastener component may have a specified stiffness, to help the insert to retain structural integrity while fastened within an outer cover and while being worn. The insert may include an end support stiffener that helps impart stiffness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Donald Carroll Roe, Elaine Mary Wiggins, Joshua James Norman