US Patent No: 6,663,611

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Breathable diaper with low to moderately breathable inner laminate and more breathable outer cover

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An absorbent article including a liquid-permeable top layer, an absorbent core layer, and a breathable outer cover is provided with a breathable inner laminate between the absorbent core and the outer cover. The breathable inner laminate includes a breathable film and a nonwoven filament web, and is less breathable than the outer cover. The low to moderately breathable inner laminate substantially reduces perceived dampness occurring on the external surface of the highly breathable outer cover, following a liquid insult, when the article is being worn, without seriously hampering moisture flux out of the diaper. Direct pathways for moisture near the wearer's skin to exit the article are maintained, and a concentration gradient is enhanced. Alternate embodiments include an apertured absorbent core, or the absence of a nonwoven filament web wherein the film and the absorbent core are apertured together, or a surge layer positioned between the top layer and the absorbent core wherein the surge layer extends to fill apertures in the absorbent core.

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KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.NEENAH, WI3378

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Blaney, Carol Ann Roswell, GA 16 387
Fenwick, Christopher Dale Alpharetta, GA 14 230
Mace, Tamara Lee Doraville, GA 31 535
McCormack, Ann Louise Cumming, GA 43 1686

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Peaudouce (1)
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MMI-IPCO, LLC (1)
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NEUROTECH S.A. (1)
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BBA NONWOVENS SIMPSONVILLE, INC. (1)
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EXXON CHEMICAL PATENTS INC. (3)
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5,322,728 Fibers of polyolefin polymers 215 1992
5,571,619 Fibers and oriented films of polypropylene higher .alpha.-olefin copolymers 75 1994
 
THE DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY (1)
5,272,236 Elastic substantially linear olefin polymers 1000 1991
 
INVISTA NORTH AMERICA S.A.R.L. (1)
5,439,626 Process for making hollow nylon filaments 14 1994
 
UNI-CHARM CORPORATION (1)
5,387,209 Body fluid absorbent article 127 1993
 
SCA INCONTINENCE CARE NORTH AMERICA, INC. (3)
5,505,719 Multilayered absorbent structures 37 1994
5,569,226 Multilayered absorbent structures 42 1995
5,728,083 Multilayered absorbent structures 22 1995
 
FIBERTECH GROUP, INC. (2)
5,752,945 Absorbent article with liquid transfer layer 27 1997
6,103,954 Liquid acquisition layer for personal absorbent article 3 1997
 
AVENT, INC. (1)
6,037,281 Cloth-like, liquid-impervious, breathable composite barrier fabric 78 1996
 
Nippon Shokubai Kagaku Kogyo Co., Ltd. (1)
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SCA HYGIENE PRODUCTS AB (1)
6,217,692 Elastic laminate for an absorbing article, and a method of producing the elastic laminate 20 1998
 
CLEMSON UNIVERSITY (1)
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Jacob Holm Industries (France) SAS (1)
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CHASE MANHATTAN BANK USA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION (1)
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Poly-Bond, Inc. (2)
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5,928,209 Breathable disposable sanitary product construction and backsheet therefor 17 1997
 
PHILIP S. JOHNSON;JOHNSON & JOHNSON (1)
4,394,930 Absorbent foam products 147 1981
 
The Procter & Gamble Company (24)
4,681,793 Non-occluding, liquid-impervious, composite backsheet for absorptive devices 83 1985
5,304,161 Absorbent article having rapid acquiring, multiple layer absorbent core 122 1992
5,306,266 Flexible spacers for use in disposable absorbent articles 153 1992
5,300,054 Absorbent article having rapid acquiring, wrapped multiple layer absorbent body 126 1993
5,439,458 Absorbent article having rapid acquiring, multiple layer absorbent core 143 1993
5,460,622 Absorbent article having blended multi-layer absorbent structure with improved integrity 131 1994
5,569,233 Multi-layer female component for refastenable fastening device and method of making the same 63 1994
5,527,303 Absorbent article with expandable backsheet 30 1995
5,571,096 Absorbent article having breathable side panels 302 1995
5,658,639 Method for selectively aperturing a nonwoven web exhibiting surface energy gradients 98 1995
5,792,404 Method for forming a nonwoven web exhibiting surface energy gradients and increased caliper 44 1995
5,868,724 Non-continuous absorbent cores comprising a porous macrostructure of absorbent gelling particles 32 1995
5,603,707 Absorbent article having a rewet barrier 101 1995
5,626,571 Absorbent articles having soft, strong nonwoven component 120 1995
5,843,055 Stratified, multi-functional fluid absorbent members 30 1996
5,865,823 Absorbent article having a breathable, fluid impervious backsheet 207 1996
* 5,843,066 Absorbent article having a breathable backsheet 17 1997
6,025,049 Fluid transport webs exhibiting surface energy gradients 23 1997
6,180,052 Fluid transport webs exhibiting surface energy gradients 20 1997
6,231,948 Fluid transport webs exhibiting surface energy gradients 22 1997
5,817,081 Absorbent articles for fluid management 52 1997
6,107,539 Disposable absorbent articles having reduced surface wetness 47 1998
6,232,521 Absorbent articles having fluid contact angle gradients 32 1998
6,198,018 Absorbent article having a breathable, fluid impervious backsheet 24 1999
 
Innovative Technology Limited (1)
* 5,653,699 Spyrosorbent wound dressings for exudate management 63 1994
 
KAO CORPORATION (2)
5,009,651 Surface material for sanitary articles and its preparing method 20 1989
5,069,677 Absorbent article 20 1990
 
HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN IN RIGHT OF CANADA AS REPRESENTED BY THE MINISTER OF NATIONAL DEFENCE (1)
5,043,209 Absorbent liner for impermeable clothing 36 1989
 
KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC. (41)
4,340,563 Method for forming nonwoven webs 1181 1980
4,663,220 Polyolefin-containing extrudable compositions and methods for their formation into elastomeric products including microfibers 870 1985
4,704,116 Diapers with elasticized side pockets 641 1985
4,758,239 Breathable barrier 88 1986
4,798,603 Absorbent article having a hydrophobic transport layer 594 1987
4,818,600 Latex coated breathable barrier 43 1987
4,940,464 Disposable incontinence garment or training pant 828 1989
5,226,992 Process for forming a composite elastic necked-bonded material 646 1989
5,104,116 Applicator apparatus and process for rotating and placing a strip of material on a substrate 240 1990
5,046,272 Fluid-operated stabilizing apparatus and method 238 1990
5,224,405 Process for rotating and placing a strip of material on a substrate 263 1992
5,294,478 Multi-layer absorbent composite 75 1992
6,316,687 Disposable diaper having a humidity transfer region, Breathable zone panel and separation layer 69 1993
5,466,513 Multi-layer absorbent composite 51 1994
5,401,267 Absorbent article having enhanced wicking capacity 88 1994
5,558,658 Disposable diaper having a humidity transfer area 36 1994
5,680,653 Surgical gown cuff and method for making the same 44 1994
5,876,388 Liquid distribution layer for absorbent articles 11 1996
* 5,788,684 Liquid-absorbing article 61 1996
* 5,879,341 Absorbent article having a breathability gradient 56 1996
5,810,797 Disposable diaper having a humidity transfer area 22 1996
5,843,056 Absorbent article having a composite breathable backsheet 115 1996
6,075,179 Low gauge films and film/nonwoven laminates 76 1996
5,820,973 Heterogeneous surge material for absorbent articles 128 1996
5,695,868 Breathable, cloth-like film/nonwoven composite 175 1996
5,914,184 Breathable laminate including filled film and continuous film 51 1996
5,897,541 Laminate material and absorbent garment comprising same 91 1997
6,015,764 Microporous elastomeric film/nonwoven breathable laminate and method for making the same 130 1997
6,096,014 Stable and breathable films of improved toughness and method of making the same 28 1997
5,843,057 Film-nonwoven laminate containing an adhesively-reinforced stretch-thinned film 85 1997
* 6,045,900 Breathable filled film laminate 87 1997
5,955,187 Microporous film with liquid triggered barrier feature 31 1997
6,072,005 Breathable films and process for producing them 38 1997
6,197,404 Creped nonwoven materials 88 1997
* 6,369,292 Absorbent articles having reduced outer cover dampness 11 1997
5,990,377 Dual-zoned absorbent webs 182 1997
6,152,906 Absorbent article having improved breathability 46 1998
* 6,177,607 Absorbent product with nonwoven dampness inhibitor 84 1999
6,238,379 Absorbent article with increased wet breathability 32 1999
6,296,862 Absorbent article which maintains or improves skin health 42 2000
6,316,013 Absorbent article which maintains or improves skin health 33 2000
 
ROHM CO., LTD. (1)
8,164,160 Semiconductor device 9 2008
 
MCNEIL-PPC, INC. (1)
5,264,268 Sanitary napkin with composite cover 23 1992
 
PARAGON TRADE BRANDS, LLC (1)
5,346,487 Disposable absorbent garment 6 1993
 
Kao Soap Co., Ltd. (1)
4,306,559 Moisture-permeable disposable diapers 51 1980
* Cited By Examiner

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
i play, Inc. (1)
7,678,094 Reusable swim diaper 3 2006
 
CELLRESIN TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (8)
7,385,004 Enhanced lubrication in polyolefin closure with polyolefin grafted cyclodextrin 9 2004
8,148,466 Amphoteric grafted barrier materials 0 2005
8,501,308 Grafted cyclodextrin 0 2006
7,795,333 Grafted cyclodextrin 2 2006
7,365,123 Grafted cyclodextrin 10 2006
7,605,199 Grafted cyclodextrin 1 2006
8,334,343 Grafted cyclodextrin 0 2007
8,129,450 Articles having a polymer grafted cyclodextrin 4 2007
 
Kappler, Inc. (1)
* 2006/0147,698 Garments preventing transmission of human body odor 19 2006
 
AVINTIV SPECIALTY MATERIALS INC. (1)
9,029,277 Breathable laminate and method of making same 0 2011
 
UNI-CHARM CORPORATION (1)
* 7,211,709 Disposable wearing article 2 2004
 
AVENT, INC. (1)
7,985,209 Wound or surgical dressing 0 2005
 
KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC. (73)
* 8,034,440 Elastomeric film and laminates thereof 0 2002
* 7,514,591 Interlabial absorbent article with improved flushability characteristics 0 2003
* 2005/0148,959 Interlabial absorbent article with improved flushability characteristics 2 2003
* 2005/0142,966 Odor control materials and face masks including odor control materials 2 2003
8,168,852 Activated carbon substrates 0 2004
7,816,285 Patterned application of activated carbon ink 1 2004
7,763,061 Thermal coverings 3 2004
7,338,516 Method for applying an exothermic coating to a substrate 5 2004
7,655,829 Absorbent pad with activated carbon ink for odor control 3 2005
7,745,685 Absorbent articles with improved odor control 2 2005
7,619,131 Articles comprising transparent/translucent polymer composition 2 2005
7,820,001 Latent elastic laminates and methods of making latent elastic laminates 6 2005
* 2007/0137,767 Latent elastic laminates and methods of making latent elastic laminates 1 2005
* 7,803,244 Nonwoven composite containing an apertured elastic film 11 2006
8,044,257 Absorbent article containing lateral flow assay device 1 2006
8,003,553 Elastic-powered shrink laminate 1 2006
* 2008/0103,414 Absorbent article containing lateral flow assay device 7 2006
* 2007/0141,354 Elastic-powered shrink laminate 0 2006
7,585,382 Latent elastic nonwoven composite 9 2006
7,938,921 Strand composite having latent elasticity 4 2006
7,582,178 Nonwoven-film composite with latent elasticity 6 2006
8,012,761 Detection of formaldehyde in urine samples 0 2006
8,592,641 Water-sensitive biodegradable film 0 2006
7,951,127 Composite bodyside liner 0 2006
7,846,383 Lateral flow assay device and absorbent article containing same 0 2006
* 2008/0145,269 Deodorizing container that includes a modified nanoparticle ink 0 2006
7,779,521 Hydroentangled nonwoven fabrics, process, products and apparatus 6 2006
* 2008/0150,185 Hydroentangled nonwoven fabrics, process, products and apparatus 0 2006
7,531,471 Substrate containing a deodorizing ink 3 2007
7,910,795 Absorbent article containing a crosslinked elastic film 10 2007
7,879,747 Elastic laminates having fragrance releasing properties and methods of making the same 0 2007
* 2008/0276,379 Methods for discharging colorants 7 2007
8,329,977 Biodegradable water-sensitive films 3 2007
* 2009/0062,764 ZONED APPLICATION OF DECOLORIZING COMPOSITION FOR USE IN ABSORBENT ARTICLES 10 2007
8,399,368 Nonwoven web material containing a crosslinked elastic component formed from a linear block copolymer 0 2007
8,349,963 Crosslinked elastic material formed from a linear block copolymer 0 2007
7,923,391 Nonwoven web material containing crosslinked elastic component formed from a pentablock copolymer 3 2007
7,923,392 Crosslinked elastic material formed from a branched block copolymer 0 2007
8,871,232 Self-indicating wipe for removing bacteria from a surface 0 2007
9,103,796 Multi-layered devices for analyte detection 0 2007
8,901,366 Urine volume hydration test devices 0 2007
8,227,658 Film formed from a blend of biodegradable aliphatic-aromatic copolyesters 2 2007
8,134,042 Wetness sensors 2 2007
* 2009/0157,024 Hydration Test Devices 7 2007
* 2009/0157,020 Film Formed from a Blend of Biodegradable Aliphatic-Aromatic Copolyesters 4 2007
* 2009/0157,025 Wetness Sensors 12 2007
* 2009/0157,023 Urine Volume Hydration Test Devices 6 2007
* 2009/0155,122 Multi-Layered Devices for Analyte Detection 0 2007
8,287,677 Printable elastic composite 5 2008
8,361,913 Nonwoven composite containing an apertured elastic film 5 2008
* 8,709,191 Latent elastic composite formed from a multi-layered film 0 2008
* 2009/0286,444 Latent Elastic Composite Formed from a Multi-Layered Film 2 2008
8,679,992 Elastic composite formed from multiple laminate structures 0 2008
8,603,281 Elastic composite containing a low strength and lightweight nonwoven facing 0 2008
8,324,445 Collection pouches in absorbent articles 0 2008
8,222,476 Absorbent articles with impending leakage sensors 1 2008
* 2010/0145,294 Three-dimensional vertical hydration/dehydration sensor 3 2008
9,012,716 Absorbent articles with improved odor control 0 2010
* 2010/0292,661 Absorbent Articles with Improved Odor Control 0 2010
8,287,510 Patterned application of activated carbon ink 0 2010
9,161,868 Removal of colored substances from aqueous liquids 0 2010
8,907,155 Biodegradable and flushable multi-layered film 1 2010
8,889,945 Elastic film containing a renewable starch polymer 0 2010
9,327,438 Method for forming a thermoplastic composition that contains a plasticized starch polymer 0 2011
9,150,699 Film formed from a blend of biodegradable aliphatic-aromatic copolyesters 0 2012
8,598,404 Biodegradable water-sensitive films 0 2012
9,011,625 Nonwoven composite containing an apertured elastic film 0 2013
9,283,127 Absorbent articles with decolorizing structures 0 2013
9,220,646 Absorbent articles with improved stain decolorization 0 2013
9,161,869 Absorbent articles with decolorizing agents 0 2013
9,056,967 Water-sensitive biodegradable film 0 2013
9,237,975 Absorbent article with side barriers and decolorizing agents 0 2013
9,194,807 Multi-layered devices for analyte detection 0 2015
 
SCA HYGIENE PRODUCTS AB (1)
* 2009/0012,490 Absorbent article 0 2004
 
The Procter & Gamble Company (8)
* 6,867,287 Breathable absorbent articles comprising chitosan material 7 2002
* 7,179,951 Absorbent barrier structures having a high convective air flow rate and articles made therefrom 9 2002
* 2003/0065,298 Absorbent barrier structures having a high convective air flow rate and articles made therefrom 15 2002
8,211,078 Sanitary napkins capable of taking complex three-dimensional shape in use 9 2005
7,291,763 Absorbent barrier structures having a high convective air flow rate and articles made therefrom 2 2006
* 2006/0160,452 Absorbent barrier structures having a high convective air flow rate and articles made therefrom 2 2006
* 9,072,633 Biaxially stretchable outer cover for an absorbent article 0 2006
8,702,668 Sanitary napkins capable of taking complex three-dimensional shape in use 0 2012
* Cited By Examiner