P&G issued US patent for 'disposable absorbent articles with components having both plastic and elastic properties'; patent filed on May 17, 2012

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia , June 4, 2014 () – United States Patent no. 8,740,870, issued on June 3, was assigned to The Procter & Gamble Co. (Cincinnati).

"Disposable absorbent articles with components having both plastic and elastic properties" was invented by Jean-Philippe Marie Autran (Wyoming, Ohio), Donald Carroll Roe (West Chester, Ohio) and Fred Naval Desai (Fairfield, Ohio).

According to the abstract* released by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office: "Absorbent articles having a liquid permeable topsheet, a liquid impermeable backsheet, and an absorbent core disposed between said topsheet and said backsheet are disclosed. The absorbent articles include a plasto-elastic material joined to or disposed on at least one of component of the absorbent article to impart sizing or shaping capabilities to the article. The plasto-elastic material has substantially plastic properties when said absorbent article is subjected to an initial strain cycle, for example, when the article is placed on a wearer, and has substantially elastic properties when subjected to a second strain cycle such as when the article is subsequently adjusted to conform to the size of the wearer. The absorbent article can be in the form of diapers, pull-on diapers, training pants, sanitary napkins, wipes, bibs, incontinence briefs or inserts."

The patent was filed on May 17, 2012, under Application No. 13/474,168.

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