U.S. Patent No.: 8,246,598 B2
Inventor(s): Robert E. Vogt, Neenah, WI, U.S.; Keith R. Haen, Neenah, WI, U.S.; James A. Boldra, Menasha, WI, U.S.; and Allen J. Dohnalik, DePere, WI, U.S.
Company: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc., Neenah, WI, U.S.
An absorbent article defining a lateral direction and a longitudinal direction perpendicular to said lateral direction, a back waist region, a front waist region and a crotch region connecting the back waist region and said front waist region, a linear article back waist edge and a linear article front waist edge, an inner surface and an outer surface opposite said inner surface, said absorbent article comprising:
An absorbent chassis defining a chassis back waist edge and a chassis front waist edge opposite said chassis back waist edge, a pair of chassis side edges extending in said longitudinal direction, and a substantially rectangular chassis shape wherein said chassis front waist edge defines a chassis front waist edge width and said chassis back waist edge defines a chassis back waist edge width and wherein said chassis back waist edge width is greater than said chassis front waist edge width, said absorbent chassis comprising: A liquid impermeable outercover, and An absorbent body disposed on said outercover; A back ear formed separately from and attached proximate each of said chassis side edges in said back waist region, each of said back ears comprising a back ear proximal edge, a back ear distal edge, a back ear first connecting edge and a back ear second connecting edge, wherein said back ear first connecting edge and said back ear second connecting edge connect said back ear proximal edge and said back ear distal edge and wherein said back ear first connecting edges of each of said back ears are substantially flush with said chassis back waist edge; and A fastening member disposed on said inner surface of each of said pair of back ears.