Bi-stable fastening

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 6544245
APP PUB NO 20020169435A1
SERIAL NO

09853136

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Abstract

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A bi-stable hook component of a touch fastener can bend into, and remain in, a stable concave position. Another stable position enables initial engagement with a mating component (e.g., a loop component). The concave position applies engagement-enhancing tension to the engaged loops, and in some cases forces end portions of the hooks into close proximity with one another to secure the fastening and to produce a curved touch fastener that, as engaged, can better conform to an underlying curved surface, such as the contour of a wearer's body. Absorbent articles having such a bi-stable fastening system are also disclosed.

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Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
VELCRO BVBADEINZE, BE198

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Huber, William L Epsom, NH 9 113
Kurtz, Jr Wallace L Lunenburg, MA 8 162
Neeb, Alexander J Alpharetta, GA 17 233
Schmidt, Richard J Roswell, GA 26 530
Tachauer, Ernesto S Bedford, NH 32 372
Vanbenschoten, Brian J Rochester, NH 13 199

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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (2)
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VELCRO BVBA (2)
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The Procter & Gamble Company (1)
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VELCRO INDUSTRIES B.V. (5)
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CABLE CLIMBER L.L.C. (1)
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BHL PATENT HOLDINGS LLC (1)
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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (4)
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VELCRO BVBA (1)
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3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY (8)
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NINTENDO CO., LTD. (1)
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Rocha, Gerald F. (2)
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OSSUR HF (3)
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Velern Industries B.V. (1)
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GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC. (2)
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GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC (22)
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* 6944920 Electrostatically releasable fastening system and method of use 5 2003
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