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US6755808: Absorbent garment having a body comforming absorbent composite

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Inventor(s) Bridget A. Balogh · David F. Bishop · Danielle K. Minnich ·
Assignee(s) Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc. ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione ·
Primary Examiner Karin Reichle ·
Application Number US10053251
Filing date 11/02/2001
Issue date 06/29/2004
Prior Publication Data
Predicted expiration date 12/16/2021
Patent term adjustment 44
U.S. Classifications 604/385.28  · 604/394  · 604/385.01  ·
International Classifications --
Kind CodeB2
International Classifications 60438524-3853 · 604392-399 · 60438501 · 60438503 · 60438522 ·
11 Claims, 16 Drawings


Abstract

An absorbent garment includes a body panel and an absorbent composite having a longitudinally extending length and a laterally extending width and including a backsheet, a topsheet and a retention portion disposed between the backsheet and the topsheet. The absorbent composite is connected to the body panel and includes a side margin that is not attached to the body panel and that extends laterally outboard and terminates in a free edge. In one preferred embodiment, the free edge does not extend along the entirety of the length of the absorbent composite. Rather, the entire width of an end of the absorbent composite is secured to the body panel. Preferably, the width of the side margin along the portion of the absorbent composite overlapping the body panel is relatively constant.

Independent Claims | See all claims (11)

  1. 1. An absorbent garment comprising: longitudinally spaced first and second body panels each having a bodyside surface, a terminal waist edge and a terminal crotch edge, wherein said crotch edges of said first and second body panels are longitudinally spaced apart and define a gap therebetween and wherein said waist edges of said first and second body panels are longitudinally spaced apart; and an absorbent composite having a longitudinally extending length, a laterally extending width and longitudinally opposed first and second end regions having respective first and second ends, said absorbent composite comprising a backsheet, a topsheet and a retention portion disposed between said backsheet and said topsheet, wherein said absorbent composite bridges said gap between said crotch edges of said first and second body panels and wherein said first end region of said absorbent composite overlaps and is connected to said bodyside surface of said first body panel along a longitudinally extending center portion thereof and across an entirety of said width of said absorbent composite at said first end thereof, and wherein said second end region of said absorbent composite overlaps and is connected to said bodyside surface of said second body panel along a longitudinally extending center portion thereof and across an entirety of said width of said absorbent composite at said second end thereof, wherein said absorbent composite comprises a pair of laterally opposed side margins terminating in opposite, longitudinally extending outboard free edges, respectively, wherein said side margins are not attached to said first and second body panels and wherein each said longitudinally extending free edge extends between the connection across said width of said absorbent composite at said first end thereof to the connection across said width of the absorbent composite at said second end thereof, and wherein first and second portions of each of said side margins overlapping said first and second body panels respectively between said center portion and said free edge each have a relatively constant width between said center portion and said free edge.

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