Item of wear having an enhanced flexibility fastener

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 5997522
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08848975

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An enhanced flexibility fastener product has a base and hook elements extending from the base. Rip-stops integrally molded with the base and with the hook elements are offset relative to the hook elements to reduce widthwise stiffness of the fastener product. Edge margins of the fastener are feathered in that they taper or otherwise reduce in thickness over an extended distance, preferably from at or near the hooks to an edge, resulting in a softer, less irritating fastener tape. Fasteners according to the invention are particularly advantageous on disposable absorbent garments such as diapers, sanitary napkins, and other articles of wear which come into contact with a user's skin.

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Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
VELCRO INDUSTRIES B.V.CURACAO23

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Leak, A Todd Neenah, WI 10 340
Provost, George A Litchfield, NH 83 2038
Roslansky, Apiromraj S Little Chute, WI 8 204
Stumpf, James V Goffstown, NH 3 83

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
YKK CORPORATION (3)
* 5067210 Surface-type fastener 97 1990
* 5131119 Hook structure for integrally molded surface fastener 57 1991
* 5393475 Method and apparatus for continuously producing an integrally molded double-sided surface fastener 48 1993
 
Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company (1)
* 4894060 Disposable diaper with improved hook fastener portion 521 1988
 
Talon, Inc. (1)
* 4470794 Apparatus for folding and forming trains of slide fastener elements 4 1982
 
NIFCO INC. (1)
* 5212853 Separable plastic fastener and method and apparatus for manufacturing thereof 89 1992
 
KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC. (1)
* 4895569 Fastening system for a disposable absorbent garment having a tailored seam 69 1987
 
The Procter & Gamble Company (1)
* 5230851 Process of manufacturing a refastenable mechanical fastening system 74 1991
 
VELCRO INDUSTRIES B.V. (2)
* 4872243 Multi-hook fastener member 120 1988
* 5339499 Hook design for a hook and loop fastener 65 1993
 
Barmag AG (1)
* 5664307 Draw process 5 1995
* Cited By Examiner

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
VELCRO BVBA (8)
6551539 Releasable strap 4 2000
7048818 Hook and loop fastening 38 2001
6904649 Direct hook engagement 3 2002
8778243 Composite hook and loop fasteners, methods of their manufacture, and products containing them 1 2002
7601284 Molding fastener elements on folded substrate 2 2005
* 2006/0226,571 Molding fastener elements on folded substrate 1 2005
8549714 Composite hook and loop fasteners, methods of their manufacture, and products containing them 1 2013
* 9776353 Longitudinal bead molding 0 2014
 
3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY (6)
* 2003/0015,819 Elastic fastener 1 2002
8020262 Strip of male fastening means, patch cut therefrom, and fastening tape tab comprising such patch 14 2005
* 2008/0052,881 Strip of Male Fastening Means, Patch Cut Therefrom, and Fastening Tape Tab Comprising Such Patch 6 2005
9138957 Slit hook strips and laminates and articles containing the same 5 2010
* 9700466 Hygiene article closure tab 0 2011
* 2013/0095,279 HYGIENE ARTICLE CLOSURE TAB 1 2011
 
KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC. (11)
6533213 Method and apparatus for unwinding web materials 4 2001
7578812 Pre-fastened absorbent article having simplified fastening features 4 2001
9265673 Absorbent article having a fastening system 0 2013
9265674 Absorbent article having a fastening system with low stiffness 0 2013
9138362 Folded absorbent article with a fastening system 0 2013
9468569 Absorbent article having a fastening system and waist elastic with low load loss properties 0 2013
9339425 Absorbent article having a fastening system adapted to enhance gasketing 0 2013
9597237 Absorbent article having a fastening system 1 2013
9615980 Absorbent article having a fastening system 0 2014
9480611 Absorbent article having a fastening system 0 2014
9849043 Absorbent article having a protected fastening system 0 2015
 
LIVEDO CORPORATION (1)
* 2010/0249,744 FASTENING TAPE AND DISPOSABLE DIAPER HAVING THE SAME 0 2010
 
LOHMANN-KOESTER GMBH & CO. KG (1)
8262637 Fastening tape for a hygiene item, diaper,method of closing a diaper, tape material and winding of a tape material 0 2005
 
DIONO, LLC (2)
7059636 Seat belt positioning device 2 2003
* 2004/0104,569 SEAT BELT POSITIONING DEVICE 0 2003
 
VELCRO INDUSTRIES B.V. (3)
* 2004/0261,230 Elastic fastening system 10 2003
* 2005/0015,938 Composite touch fasteners and methods of their manufacture 14 2004
* 2006/0249,870 Molding fastener stems onto substrate 10 2006
* Cited By Examiner