K-C Worldwide issued US patent for 'body adhering absorbent article'

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia , April 22, 2014 () – United States Patent no. 8,702,672, issued on April 22, was assigned to Kimberly-Clark Worldwide Inc. (Neenah, Wis.).

"Body adhering absorbent article" was invented by Adrienne Rae Loyd (Neenah, Wis.), Candace Dyan Krautkramer (Neenah, Wis.), Carmen Lira (Appleton, Wis.), Katie Ann Boland (Neenah, Wis.), Katie McMillen (Champaign, Ill.), Meijia Ng (Singapore), Kwee Ling Cheng (Singapore), Priscilla Eng Choo Goh (Singapore), DooHong Kim (Makati, Philippines), Franz Aschenbrenner (Kastl, Germany) and YeinSze Ong (Singapore).

According to the abstract* released by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office: "In a body adhering absorbent article, an absorbent structure is configured for disposition adjacent a female wearer's vaginal region to absorb bodily fluids discharged by the wearer. A shell supports the absorbent structure at the vaginal region and has an adhesive on a body-facing surface thereof for adhering the shell directly to the wearer. A placement aid is disposed on at least one of the absorbent structure and the shell to facilitate placement on the wearer. Securement components may be provided for securing the article in a folded configuration during wear and/or to the wearer's undergarment. Detachment components may also be provided to facilitate detachment of the article from the wearer."

The patent was filed on Feb. 2, 2009, under Application No. 12/364,421.

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