Absorbent Product With Hydrophobic Acquisition Layer (4,885,204), Hercules: This patent is for a laminated structure suitable for part of an absorbent product.
Absorbent Pad With Reinforcing Member To Resist Deformation (4,886,513), Kimberly-Clark: This absorbent pad has a liquid impermeable baffle that cooperates to enclose an absorbent as well as a reinforcing means for shaping the device to conform to the body of the user.
Disposable Absorbent Garment Having Elastic Outer Cover And Integrated Absorbent Insert Structure (4,872,871), Kimberly-Clark: Patented is a disposable absorbent garment with a breathable elastomeric nonwoven outer cover, an absorbent insert with a liquid impermeable barrier and a liquid permeable bodyside liner with an absorbent composite between.
Absorbent Article With Internal Wicking Means (4,880,419), Chicopee: This absorbent article has at least two discrete superabsorbent containing layers and a continuous wicking means that extends between the layers.
Thin Absorbent Articles Containing Gelling Agent (4,935,022), Procter & Gamble: Patented is a disposable absorbent article made of a liquid impervious, elongated backing sheet, a liquid pervious topsheet and a layered absorbent core between the two sheets.
A full 20% of patents were issued for disposable diapers, either with specific features as described in the absorbent product patents, or with varying methods of constructions.
The absorbent is adjacent to and smaller than one surface of the film and allows marginal regions of the film around the absorbent.
Several of P&G's patents were for an absorbent article with some type of elastic and extensible method.
Among the other companies receiving patents in this year's survey were absorbent product manufacturers McNeil PPC, New Brunswick, NJ; FiberTech, Landisville, NJ; Tailored Technologies, Earlysville, VA; Molnlycke, Goteborg, Sweden; Canada-based Johnson & Johnson and Peaudouce, Linselles, France.
Also receiving patents in this year's survey were tampon manufacturer Tambrands, White Plains, NY, and absorbent product manufacturers Paragon Trade Brands, Norcross, GA, McNeil PPC, New Brunswick, NJ, and Confab, King of Prussia, PA.
Several of P&G's patents covered absorbent articles with some type of elastication method and one included an absorbent article with melt blown components.
Fibrous Nonwoven Web Surge Layer For Personal Care Absorbent Articles And The Like: No.
Child's Training Pant With Elasticized Shaped Absorbent And Method Of Making The Same: No.
Disposable Absorbent Article With Improved Waist Containment And Gasketing: No.
Disposable Absorbent Article With Flushable Insert: No.