US Patent No: 7,175,616

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Absorbency protuberance identifier disposed on each tampon in the article array

ALSO PUBLISHED AS: 20060167427

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An array of disposable absorbent articles which have a first absorbent article and a second absorbent article. The first absorbent article has i.) an outer surface wherein the outer surface has an outer surface area and ii.) a first identifier having a first surface area. The first identifier is disposed on the first absorbent article and corresponds to a first absorbency. The second absorbent article has i.) an outer surface wherein the outer surface has an outer surface area and ii.) a second identifier having a second surface area. The second identifier is disposed on the second absorbent article and corresponds to a second absorbency. The first surface area of the first absorbent article is different than the second surface area of the second absorbent article.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
THE PROCTER & GAMBLE COMPANYCINCINNATI, OH11033

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Denti, Federica Schwalbach am Taunus, DE 26 202
Stellbrink, Beate Rosemarie Schwalbach, DE 10 22

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
The Procter & Gamble Company (11)
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4,629,643 Microapertured polymeric web exhibiting soft and silky tactile impression 212 1985
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5,531,325 Storing and dispensing system for products packed in a sealed pouch 52 1994
5,902,669 Disposable paper products with indicator means 24 1997
6,156,021 Anatomical internally moldable tampon 18 1998
6,601,705 Package containing a window and performance characteristic indicator 55 2001
2003/0055,393 Consumer product lines and products comprising commonly packaged tampons which have varying absorbent capacities 4 2002
6,763,944 Array of disposable absorbent article configurations and packaging 38 2003
2005/0113,787 Tampon with diverse surface areas 14 2003
 
KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC. (6)
4,326,527 Microwave heat setting of tampon 29 1980
4,951,368 Apparatus for compressing material into a tampon 23 1989
5,153,971 Method of forming a curved tampon 62 1991
5,350,371 Catamenial tampon 40 1993
5,395,308 Thermoplastic applicator exhibiting accelerated breakup when immersed in water 82 1993
6,039,716 Laterally expandable tampon 44 1998
 
MCNEIL-PPC, INC. (4)
6,003,216 Domed compressed tampons 24 1997
5,832,576 Apparatus for producing a tampon having densified, solid, fibrous core 24 1997
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6,071,259 Optional inserter for digital tampons 28 1997
 
CREDIT SUISSE FIRST BOSTON, AS ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT (2)
5,891,081 Supporting rim structure of an open insertion end tampon applicator used to post form an insertion end of a tampon pledget 38 1997
5,788,910 Post formed curved tampon assembly 23 1997
 
EVEREADY BATTERY COMPANY, INC. (2)
6,310,269 Tampon especially for feminine hygiene and a process and apparatus for producing this 52 1995
2002/0151,859 Tampon having spirally shaped grooves 30 2002
 
FIRST QUALITY RETAIL SERVICES, LLC (1)
2005/0065,492 Absorbent product line and device for identifying absorbent products 9 2003
 
Johnson & Johnson Inc. (1)
6,454,095 Visual reference system for sanitary absorbent article 52 2000
 
KAO CORPORATION (1)
4,685,178 Tampon-forming device 38 1986
 
RUGGLI PROJECTS AG (1)
5,592,725 Tampon, as well as a method and a device for manufacturing it 42 1995
 
TAMBRANDS INC. (1)
6,283,952 Shaped tampon 40 1997
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (2)
5,958,321 Process and apparatus for producing a tampon applicator for feminine hygiene 30 1997
2003/0167,048 Comfortable tampon 10 2003

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
8,292,863 Disposable diaper with pouches 0 2009

Maintenance Fees

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7.5 Year Payment $3600.00 $1800.00 $900.00 Aug 13, 2014
11.5 Year Payment $7400.00 $3700.00 $1850.00 Aug 13, 2018
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Surcharge - 7.5 year - Late payment within 6 months $160.00 $80.00 $40.00
Surcharge - 11.5 year - Late payment within 6 months $160.00 $80.00 $40.00
Surcharge after expiration - Late payment is unavoidable $700.00 $350.00 $175.00
Surcharge after expiration - Late payment is unintentional $1,640.00 $820.00 $410.00

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