P&G issued US patent for simple disposable absorbent article such as diaper; patent filed on April 19, 2011

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia , June 5, 2014 () – The Procter & Gamble Company (Cincinnati, OH) has been issued patent number 8734417, according to news reporting originating out of Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews editors.

The patent's inventors are LaVon, Gary Dean (Liberty Township, OH); Lodge, Richard Worthington (Colerain Township, OH); Smith, Kevin Michael (Cincinnati, OH).

This patent was filed on April 19, 2011 and was published online on May 27, 2014.

From the background information supplied by the inventors, news correspondents obtained the following quote: "Disposable absorbent articles are designed to absorb and contain bodily waste in order to prevent soiling of the body and clothing of the wearer, as well as bedding or other objects with which the wearer comes into contact. Pant-like garments, especially those of the 'pull-on' type, include a pair of closed side interfaces that predefine encircled waist and leg openings. Accordingly, pull-on diapers can be more easily applied especially to a standing wearer than taped diapers, which require manual fastening to secure the diaper on the wearer.

"As the usage of disposable absorbent articles has expanded, their complexity has increased with the incorporation of additional features serving to enhance their performance and appearance. The costs of the materials and the costs of the manufacturing processes have also increased in conjunction with the increase in complexity. As a result, the prices at which these articles are sold have risen to levels that many potential purchasers around the world cannot afford to pay. Thus, a need exists for a simple disposable absorbent article."

Supplementing the background information on this patent, VerticalNews reporters also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "In accordance with one aspect of the invention, a disposable pant-like garment includes a chassis and an absorbent assembly. The chassis includes i. a front waist region; ii., a back waist region; iii. a crotch region between the waist regions; iv. laterally opposing first and second side edges defining its width; v. first and second side edge regions disposed adjacent, and including, the first and second side edges in the waist regions, wherein the first and second side edge regions include a pre-closed first and second interface, respectively; vi. longitudinally opposing front and back waist end edges defining its length; vii. an interior surface and an exterior surface; viii. a water-impermeable backsheet; and ix. laterally opposing side flaps attached to the interior surface adjacent to their longitudinally distal ends and each having a longitudinally extending elastic gathering member attached adjacent to its proximal edge. The absorbent assembly is attached to the chassis. At least a portion of the chassis underlying the absorbent assembly in one of the waist regions is laterally extensible.

"In accordance with another aspect of the invention, a disposable pant-like garment includes a chassis and an absorbent assembly. The chassis includes a front waist region, a back waist region, and a crotch region between the waist regions, and first and second laterally opposing side edges defining its width, wherein the side edges are closed at respective first and second side interfaces. The chassis further has longitudinally opposing front and back waist end edges defining its length, an interior surface and an exterior surface, a water-impermeable backsheet, and laterally opposing side flaps attached to the interior surface adjacent to their longitudinally distal ends and each having a longitudinally extending elastic gathering member attached adjacent to its proximal edge. The absorbent assembly is attached to the interior surface of the chassis. At least a portion of the laterally opposing portions of the chassis located between the respective side edges of the chassis and the respective proximal edges of the side flaps are folded laterally inward to overlap the absorbent assembly and are attached to an interior surface of the absorbent assembly.

"In accordance with still another aspect of the invention, a disposable pant-like garment includes a chassis having a front waist region, a back waist region, and a crotch region between the waist regions, laterally opposing side edges defining its width, longitudinally opposing front and back waist end edges defining its length, an interior surface and an exterior surface, a water-impermeable backsheet, and laterally opposing side flaps attached to the interior surface adjacent to their longitudinally distal ends and each having a longitudinally extending elastic gathering member attached adjacent to its proximal edge. The disposable pant-like garment further includes an absorbent assembly attached to the interior surface of the chassis. Laterally opposing portions of the chassis in at least the crotch region being folded laterally inward to form the side flaps, and laterally opposing portions of the chassis in at least one of the waist regions remaining unfolded so as to project laterally outward beyond the inward-folded portions and form laterally opposing side panels.

"In accordance with yet another aspect of the invention, a disposable pant-like garment includes a chassis and an absorbent assembly. The chassis has a front waist region, a back waist region, and a crotch region between the waist regions, longitudinally opposing front and back waist end edges defining its length, laterally opposing side edges defining its width, and closed side edge regions disposed at the front and back waist regions. The absorbent assembly is attached to the chassis, such that a portion of the chassis disposed in an overlapping relationship with the absorbent assembly is laterally extensible."

For the URL and additional information on this patent, see: LaVon, Gary Dean; Lodge, Richard Worthington; Smith, Kevin Michael. Simple Disposable Absorbent Article. U.S. Patent Number 8734417, filed April 19, 2011, and published online on May 27, 2014. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8734417.PN.&OS=PN/8734417RS=PN/8734417

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