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US8043273: Disposable undergarment with a stretchable absorbent insert and method for the use thereof

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Inventor(s) Paul T. Van Gompel · Yung H. Huang · Russell E. Thorson ·
Assignee(s) Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc. ·
Attorney/Agent(s) H. Michael Kubicki ·
Primary Examiner Melanie Hand ·
Assistant Examiner Ginger T Chapman ·
Application Number US10325500
Filing date 12/19/2002
Issue date 10/25/2011
Prior Publication Data
Predicted expiration date 09/11/2030
Patent term adjustment 2823
U.S. Classifications 604/385.22  · 604/385.23  ·
International Classifications A61F1315  ·
Kind CodeB2
19 Claims, 5 Drawings


Abstract

A disposable undergarment includes a body panel and an absorbent insert having a back sheet connected to a top sheet and a retention portion disposed between the back sheet and the top sheet. At least one of the back sheet and the top sheet is stretchable and includes an elastic material. At least one of the back sheet and the top sheet is connected to the body panel. A method of using a disposable undergarment includes stretching at least one of the back sheet and the top sheet. A method of instructing a user on the use of the disposable undergarment is also provided.

Independent Claims | See all claims (19)

  1. 1. A disposable undergarment comprising: a body panel comprising a body side surface and a garment side surface; and an absorbent insert comprising a back sheet connected to a top sheet and a retention portion disposed between said back sheet and said top sheet, wherein said back sheet and top sheet are formed separately from said body panel and do not form any portion thereof, wherein at least one of said back sheet and said top sheet is stretchable and comprises an elastic material, and wherein at least one of said back sheet and said top sheet is connected to one of said body side surface and said garment side surface of said body panel, wherein said retention portion is minimally attached to at least one of said back sheet and said top sheet along a longitudinally extending centerline of said retention portion, with portions of said retention portion overlapping said at least one of said back sheet and said top sheet on either side of said longitudinally extending attachment along the centerline of said retention portion being free of any attachment to either of said back sheet or said top sheet.
  2. 13. A disposable undergarment comprising: a stretchable body panel, wherein said body panel comprises a front body panel comprising a terminal waist edge and a terminal crotch edge and a rear body panel comprising a terminal waist edge and a terminal crotch edge, wherein said front and rear body panels are formed separately with said terminal crotch edges of each of said front and rear body panels extending laterally across at least a longitudinal centerline of said front and rear body panels, and wherein said terminal crotch edge of said rear body panel is longitudinally spaced from and forms a gap with said terminal crotch edge of said front body panel, and wherein said absorbent insert bridges said gap and is connected to said front and rear body panels; and an absorbent insert comprising a back sheet connected to a top sheet and a retention portion disposed between said back sheet and said top sheet, wherein said back sheet is stretchable and comprises an elastic material, and wherein a garment side surface of said back sheet is connected to a body side surface of said front body panel.

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