K-C Worldwide issued US patent for 'absorbent article having an absorbent structure configured for improved donning and lateral stretch distribution'

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia , December 11, 2013 () – United States Patent no. 8,603,058, issued on Dec. 10, was assigned to Kimberly-Clark Worldwide Inc. (Neenah, Wis.).

"Absorbent article having an absorbent structure configured for improved donning and lateral stretch distribution" was invented by Michael D. Sperl (Waupaca, Wis.) and Davis Dang Hoang Nhan (Appleton, Wis.).

According to the abstract* released by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office: "An absorbent article generally has a longitudinal axis, a lateral axis, a front waist region, a back waist region, and a crotch region extending longitudinally between and interconnecting said front and back waist regions. The article comprises an outer cover stretchable in at least the lateral direction and a liner in opposed relationship with the outer cover and stretchable in at least the lateral direction. An absorbent structure is disposed between the liner and the outer cover and extends from the crotch region to at least one of the front waist region and the back waist region of the article. The article has an attachment zone and at least one non-attachment zone laterally adjacent the attachment zone. The absorbent structure is configured for improved lateral stretch distribution of the article."

The patent was filed on June 28, 2012, under Application No. 13/535,663.

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