Kimberly-Clark‘s patent discloses absorbent articles with front and rear opening features, including a unique attachment system with varying peel strengths. The design aims to improve fit and comfort by providing a secure yet easily removable connection between the waist panels. GlobalData’s report on Kimberly-Clark gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Kimberly-Clark, Incontinence monitoring sensors was a key innovation area identified from patents. Kimberly-Clark's grant share as of January 2024 was 52%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Absorbent articles with front and rear opening features

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Kimberly-Clark Corp

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11883268B2) discloses an absorbent article designed with specific features to enhance functionality and comfort. The article includes a front region, a crotch region, and a rear region, with an absorbent insert comprising an outer cover, a liner, and an absorbent core. The article also features first and second waist panels coupled to the absorbent insert, with the second waist panel having a weakened region and a unique attachment structure. This structure includes a low-strength attachment zone and a high-strength attachment zone, with different adhesives used in each zone to provide varying peel strengths, ensuring secure attachment while maintaining ease of removal.

Furthermore, the patent details additional configurations for the absorbent article, such as the inclusion of adhesive-less regions and specific dimensions for the attachment zones. The adhesive-less region extends longitudinally within the second attachment region, overlapping with the weakened region and contributing to the overall design's effectiveness. Additionally, the high-strength attachment zones are strategically placed near the attachment region bottom edge, with precise surface area percentages allocated for optimal performance. These features aim to improve the overall functionality and user experience of the absorbent article, catering to the specific needs and requirements of the intended users.

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