K-C Worldwide issued US patent for 'personal care articles with tactile visual cues'; patent filed on March 11, 2011

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia , June 4, 2014 () – United States Patent no. 8,740,869, issued on June 3, was assigned to Kimberly-Clark Worldwide Inc. (Neenah, Wis.).

"Personal care articles with tactile visual cues" was invented by Herb Velazquez (Neenah, Wis.), Tom Flicker (Minneapolis), Duane McDonald (Neenah, Wis.), Suzanne Murray (Appleton, Wis.), Katherine C. Wheeler (Menasha, Wis.), Dean M. Wydeven (Appleton, Wis.) and Lisha Yu (Appleton, Wis.).

According to the abstract* released by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office: "An absorbent article, for example, a diaper, a training pant, a swimming pant, or a feminine care article, and so forth, includes a topsheet, which forms a body-facing surface of the absorbent article, a backsheet disposed distally from the topsheet, which forms a garment-facing surface of the absorbent article, an absorbent core positioned between the topsheet and the backsheet, and a heat-activatable expandable treatment on the garment-facing surface. The heat-activatable expandable treatment is present on the garment-facing surface in a visually distinctive shape or pattern and provides visual and/or tactile cues to a user of the absorbent article."

The patent was filed on March 11, 2011, under Application No. 13/046,135.

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