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US5176672: Pocket-like diaper or absorbent article

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Inventor(s) Mary A. Bruemmer · Paulette M. Rosch · John P. Vukos · Duane G. Uitenbroek · Georgia L. Zehner ·
Assignee(s) Kimberly-Clark Corporation ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Douglas L. Miller ·
Primary Examiner Randall L. Green ·
Assistant Examiner D. Willse ·
Application Number US7612168
Filing date 11/13/1990
Issue date 01/05/1993
Predicted expiration date 11/13/2010
U.S. Classifications 604/385.1  · 604/378  ·
International Classifications A61F 1346  ·
Kind CodeA
International Classifications 604385.1;385.2;378 ·
57 Claims, No Drawings


Abstract

A diaper or absorbent article comprising a topsheet, a backsheet, an absorbent between the topsheet and backsheet, and an elevating device for spacing the topsheet above the absorbent to form a pocket-like shape. The topsheet can have a generally U-shaped opening and the absorbent can have a hole therein, both of which receive and isolate waste material from the wearer. The absorbent side edges can have portions that are gatherable by elastic members attached in a stretched condition.

Independent Claims | See all claims (57)

  1. 1. An absorbent article, comprising:an article front edge and an article back edge,a backsheet and a topsheet,an absorbent between said backsheet and said topsheet,said topsheet being generally U-shaped comprising a pair of containment flaps and an opening therebetween facing toward said article front edge, andan elastic member in each said containment flap for gathering at least a portion thereof.
  2. 16. An absorbent article, comprising:a basesheet,an absorbent comprising generally opposite side edges,a pair of absorbent panels disposed with and spaced from respective ones of said absorbent side edges, anda pair of elastic members associated with at least one of said basesheet, said absorbent, and respective ones of said absorbent panels.
  3. 22. A method of making an absorbent article, comprising the steps of:providing a backsheet, a topsheet, an article front edge and an article back edge,providing the topsheet with a generally U-shaped opening and a pair of containment flaps,facing the topsheet opening toward the article front edge,positioning an absorbent between the backsheet and the topsheet andgathering at least a portion of each containment flap.
  4. 23. A method of making an absorbent article, comprising the steps of:providing a basesheet,providing an absorbent having generally opposite side edges,positioning a pair of absorbent sections at respective ones of the absorbent side edges, andforming a pocket-like shape with the absorbent sections and the absorbent.
  5. 31. An absorbent article, comprising:a backsheet,a topsheet having an opening therein,a front edge and a back edge,an absorbent having a hole therein and being disposed between said backsheet and said topsheet,an area of superabsorbent material near at least a portion of a periphery of said hole, andan elevating means below said topsheet for elevating at least a portion of said topsheet away from said absorbent, thereby forming a pocket-like shape.
  6. 50. A method of making an absorbent article, comprising the steps of:providing a backsheet and a topsheet having an opening therein,positioning an absorbent having a hole therein between the backsheet and the topsheet,providing an area of superabsorbent material near at least a portion of the periphery of the hole, andelevating at least a portion of the topsheet from the absorbent.

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Foreign Patent Documents

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EP0343940THE PROCTER & GAMBLE COMPANYNov 1989
EP359410Mar 1990
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FR2573629DEFAUCHY JEANMay 1986
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