WIPO publishes K-C Worldwide application for 'adjustable pant-like disposable undergarment with attachment assembly concealing a line of weakness and method of manufacture'; patent filed on Oct. 28, 2013

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia , June 6, 2014 () – Publication No. WO/2014/083444 was published on June 5.

Title of the invention: "AN ADJUSTABLE PANT-LIKE DISPOSABLE UNDERGARMENT WITH ATTACHMENT ASSEMBLY CONCEALING A LINE OF WEAKNESS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE."

Applicants: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE INC. (US).

Inventors: Chadwick Irvin Romzek (US), Brian Keith Rhodes (US), Jason Andrew Verboomen (US) and Bradley William Schoon (US).

According to the abstract* posted by the World Intellectual Property Organization: "A method and apparatus for producing a pre-fastened adjustable pant-like disposable absorbent undergarment including a front body panel having a line of weakness is disclosed. The method includes providing a moving web having a waist end and a leg- cut-out end. The moving web is weakened to form a line of weakness defining a leading portion of the moving web and a trailing portion of the moving web at the line of weakness. Desirably, the line of weakness includes a series of weakened areas having a combined length in a cross-machine direction at least 85% of a distance between the waist end and the leg cut-out end. The method further includes passing it through a fastener attachment station to bridge the leading portion and the trailing portion of the moving web together with a fastener assembly."

The patent was filed on Oct. 28, 2013 under Application No. PCT/IB2013/059723.

*For further information, including images, charts and tables, please visit: http://www.wipo.int/patentscope/search/en/detail.jsf?docId=WO2014083444

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