U.S. Patent No.: 8,221,379 B2
Inventor(s): Joseph Hung Lam, Mason, OH, U.S.; Michael Irwin Lawson, Fairfield, OH, U.S.; Egon Loeffler, Usingen, Germany; Douglas Graham, Cincinnati, OH, U.S.; and Kaneeta Kimble, Cincinnati, OH, U.S.
Company: The Procter & Gamble Company, Cincinnati, OH, U.S.
A disposable absorbent article comprising a) a chassis having a front waist region, a rear waist region, a crotch region between the front waist region and the rear waist region, and a pair of longitudinal edges, said chassis comprising: i) a liquid permeable topsheet, ii) a backsheet, and iii) an absorbent core disposed between the topsheet and backsheet; and an ear having a perimeter, a distal edge, and a proximal edge; said ear comprising i) an elastomeric material and ii) a first substrate joined to the elastomeric material wherein the perimeter of the ear defines an ear area, and the first substrate occupies an area equal to the ear area; further wherein the ear has a first void region adjacent the proximal edge of the ear, wherein elastomeric material, but not the first substrate, is absent from the first void region, wherein at least a portion of said ear extends laterally outward from one of the longitudinal edges of the chassis in the front waist region or the rear waist region, and wherein the ear is joined to the chassis by at least one mechanical bond that engages the elastomeric material.