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US5683375: Extensible absorbent articles

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Inventor(s) Osborn, III; Thomas W. · Kazuko Sugahara · Letha M. Hines ·
Assignee(s) The Procter & Gamble Company ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Jeffrey V. Bamber ·
Primary Examiner Robert A. Clarke ·
Application Number US8701210
Filing date 08/21/1996
Issue date 11/04/1997
Predicted expiration date 09/12/2010
U.S. Classifications 604/385.2  · 604/373  ·
International Classifications A61F 1315  ·
Kind CodeA
International Classifications 604358;385.1;373;385.2;387 ·
Related U.S. Application DataThis is a continuation of application Ser. No. 08/469,054, filed on Jun. 6, 1995, which is a division of application Ser. No. 08/315,315, filed on Sep. 29, 1994 abandoned, which was a continuation of application Ser. No. 07/915,284 filed on Jul. 23, 1992 abandoned, which was a continuation-in-part of the following U.S. patent applications Ser. No. 07/539,779 filed Sep. 12, 1990 (abandoned, and now pending as Ser. No. 08/401,665 filed Mar. 9, 1995); Ser. No. 07/605,583 filed Oct. 29, 1990, U.S. Pat. No. 5,324,278; Ser. No. 07/630,451 filed Dec. 19, 1990; Ser. Nos. 07/637,090 and 07/637,571 filed Jan. 3, 1991 (U.S. Pat. Nos. 5,304,161 and 5,300,054, respectively); Ser. Nos. 07/769,891 and 07/769,607 filed Oct. 1, 1991 (U.S. Pat. Nos. 5,389,094 and 5,354,400, respectively); Ser. Nos. 07/734,392, 07/734,404, and 07/734,405 filed Jul. 23, 1991 (U.S. Pat. Nos. 5,281,208, 5,356,405, and 5,334,176, respectively); Ser. No. 07/794,745 filed Nov. 19, 1991 abandoned; Ser. No. 07/810,774 filed Dec. 17, 1991 abandoned; Ser. No. 07/823,797 filed Jan. 22, 1992 abandoned; Ser. No. 07/827,555 filed Jan. 28, 1992 abandoned; Ser. No. 07/832,246 filed Feb. 7, 1992, U.S. Pat. No. 5,344,416; Ser. No. 07/874,872 filed Apr. 28, 1992 abandoned; Ser. No. 07/882,738 filed May 14, 1992 abandoned; and, Ser. No. 07/892,398 filed May 28, 1992 abandoned.
4 Claims, No Drawings


Abstract

The present invention relates to absorbent articles such as sanitary napkins worn by women. More particularly, the present invention relates to absorbent articles, such as thin sanitary napkins, that are extensible, especially in the longitudinal direction.

Independent Claims | See all claims (4)

  1. 1. An extensible absorbent article for wearing in the crotch region of an undergarment, said absorbent article having a longitudinal centerline, a transverse centerline, an absorbent article initial length, a liquid pervious side, a liquid impervious side, and an absorbent component positioned between said liquid pervious side and said liquid impervious side, wherein:(a) said absorbent article is capable of extension along said longitudinal centerline of greater than or equal to about 110% of the absorbent article initial length when subjected to a force of less than or equal to about 1,000 grams; and(b) a 1.0 inch wide strip having a strip initial length is cut from a transverse section that runs parallel to the transverse centerline of said absorbent article is capable of extension of greater than or equal to about 110% of its initial length when subjected to a force of less than or equal to about 400 grams wherein at least a portion of the extension of the strip is provided by at least the material located transversely inboard of the side edges of the absorbent component.
  2. 3. An extensible absorbent article for wearing in the crotch region of an undergarment, said absorbent article having a longitudinal centerline, a transverse centerline, an absorbent article initial length, a liquid pervious side, a liquid impervious side, and an absorbent component positioned between said liquid pervious side and said liquid impervious side, wherein:(a) said absorbent article is capable of extension along said longitudinal centerline of greater than or equal to about 110% of the absorbent article initial length when subjected to a force of less than or equal to about 1,000 grams, wherein at least a portion of the extension of the absorbent article is provided by the material located longitudinally inboard of the ends of the absorbent component; and(b) a 1.0 inch wide strip having a strip initial length is cut from a transverse section that runs parallel to the transverse centerline of said absorbent article is capable of extension of greater than or equal to about 110% of its initial length when subjected to a force of less than or equal to about 400 grams.
  3. 4.4. An extensible absorbent article for wearing in the crotch region of an undergarment, said absorbent article having a longitudinal centerline, a transverse centerline, an absorbent article initial length, a liquid pervious side, a liquid impervious side, and an absorbent component positioned between said liquid pervious side and said liquid impervious side, wherein:(a) said absorbent article is capable of extension along said longitudinal centerline of greater than or equal to about 110% of the absorbent article initial length when subjected to a force of less than or equal to about 1,000 grams, wherein at least a portion of the extension of the absorbent article is provided by the material located longitudinally inboard of the ends of the absorbent component; and(b) a 1.0 inch wide strip having a strip initial length is cut from a transverse section that runs parallel to the transverse centerline of said absorbent article is capable of extension of greater than or equal to about 110% of its initial length when subjected to a force of less than or equal to about 400 grams wherein at least a portion of the extension of the strip is provided by at least the material located transversely inboard of the side edges of the absorbent component.

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