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US7837665: Three-piece disposable undergarment with folded crotch member

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Inventor(s) Paul T. Van Gompel · Russell E. Thorson · Jacqueline A. Gross ·
Assignee(s) Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc. ·
Attorney/Agent(s) H. Michael Kubicki ·
Primary Examiner Melanie J Hand ·
Application Number US10452299
Filing date 06/02/2003
Issue date 11/23/2010
Prior Publication Data
Predicted expiration date 12/04/2024
Patent term adjustment 795
U.S. Classifications 604/402  · 604/395  · 604/394  · 604/393  ·
International Classifications A61F1315  · A61F1320  ·
Kind CodeB2
Related U.S. Application DataThis application is a continuation-in-part of U.S. application Ser. No. 10/261,805, filed Oct. 1, 2002, now U.S. Pat. No. 6,979,380 the entire disclosure of which is hereby incorporated herein by reference.
19 Claims, 6 Drawings


Abstract

A disposable absorbent garment includes a front body panel having a first waist edge and a first crotch edge defining a first lobe having a first profile in plan view that extends outwardly relative to the first waist edge. The first lobe has a first maximum rise along a first direction at substantially a centerline of the front body panel. A rear body panel has a second waist edge and a second crotch edge defining a second lobe having a second profile in plan view that extends outwardly relative to the second waist edge. The second lobe has a second maximum rise along the first direction at substantially a centerline of the rear body panel. The first lobe of the front body panel is aligned with the second lobe of said rear body panel. A crotch member is aligned with and overlaps the first and second lobes of the front and rear body panels respectively.

Independent Claims | See all claims (19)

  1. 1. A disposable undergarment comprising: a front body panel comprising a first bodyside surface, a first garment side surface, a pair of opposite first side edges, a first waist edge and a first crotch edge defining a first lobe having a first profile in plan view that extends outwardly relative to said first waist edge, wherein said first lobe has a first maximum rise along a first direction at substantially a centerline of said front body panel, and wherein said opposite first side edges are spaced along a second direction, said second direction being substantially perpendicular to said first direction; a rear body panel comprising a second bodyside surface, a second garment side surface, a pair of opposite second side edges, a second waist edge and a second crotch edge defining a second lobe having a second profile in plan view that extends outwardly relative to said second waist edge, wherein said second lobe has a second maximum rise along said first direction at substantially a centerline of said rear body panel, wherein said opposite second side edges are spaced along said second direction, and wherein said first lobe of said front body panel is aligned with said second lobe of said rear body panel, wherein said first and second crotch edges are spaced apart with said first and second lobes having a non-overlapping relationship; a crotch member comprising a base panel having opposite side edges and at least a pair of folds extending from said side edges of said base panel, said at least said pair of folds connected to said first and second garment side surfaces of said front and rear body panels respectively, and wherein said crotch member is aligned with and overlaps said first and second lobes of said front and rear body panels respectively on said first and second garment sides thereof.
  2. 13. A disposable undergarment comprising: a front body panel comprising a first bodyside surface, a first garment side surface, a pair of opposite first side edges, a first waist edge and a first crotch edge defining a first lobe having a first profile in plan view that extends outwardly relative to said first waist edge, wherein said first lobe has a first maximum rise along a first direction at substantially a centerline of said front body panel, and wherein said opposite first side edges are spaced along a second direction, said second direction being substantially perpendicular to said first direction; a rear body panel comprising a second bodyside surface, a second gazment side surface, a pair of opposite second side edges, a second waist edge and a second crotch edge defining a second lobe having a second profile in plan view that extends outwardly relative to said second waist edge, wherein said second lobe has a second maximum rise along said first direction at substantially a centerline of said rear body panel, wherein said opposite second side edges are spaced along said second direction, and wherein said first lobe of said front body panel is aligned with said second lobe of said rear body panel, wherein said first and second crotch edges are spaced apart with said first and second lobes having a non-overlapping relationship; and an absorbent insert comprising a top sheet, a back sheet and a retention portion disposed between said top sheet and said back sheet, wherein said absorbent insert comprises a base portion and a pair of folds connected to and extending from said base portion at a pair of opposite folded edges wherein said absorbent insert is substantially C-shaped in cross-section, wherein said absorbent insert overlaps at least a portion of said first and second lobes of said front and rear body panels respectively on said first and second garment sides thereof and wherein said pair of folds are connected to said first and second garment sides of said front and rear body panels.

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