Patents

Diaper Having Hip Stretch Panels

August 7, 2013

U.S. Patent No.: 8,257,335 B2
Inventor(s): Gary Dean LaVon, Liberty Township, OH, U.S.; and Kevin Michael Smith, Cincinnati, OH, U.S.
Company: The Procter & Gamble Company, Cincinnati, OH, U.S.
Filed: 1/31/07
Issued: 9/4/12

A disposable diaper comprising: an absorbent assembly comprising an absorbent core; a chassis having a longitudinal axis, a lateral axis, a front waist region having a front waist edge, a back waist region having a back waist edge, a crotch region between the waist regions, laterally opposing left and right side edges extending between the front waist edge and the back waist edge, an exterior surface, and an interior surface to which the absorbent assembly is attached, the chassis comprising a water-impermeable backsheet and laterally opposing side flaps attached to the interior surface adjacent to their longitudinally distal ends, each of the side flaps having a longitudinally extending elastic gathering member attached adjacent to its proximal edge; and a support element having a circumferentially extending longitudinally distal edge disposed adjacent to the front waist edge and the back waist edge of the chassis and a longitudinally opposing circumferentially extending longitudinally proximal edge, the support element comprising a front panel attached to the interior surface of the chassis in the front waist region, a back panel attached to the interior surface of the chassis in the back waist region, a left hip panel attached to and extending circumferentially between the left side edge of the chassis in the front waist region and the left side edge of the chassis in the back waist region, such that first and second seams are formed, respectively, and a right hip panel attached to and extending circumferentially between the right side edge of the chassis in the front waist region and the right side edge of the chassis in the back waist region, such that first and second seams are formed, respectively; and wherein the left hip panel is seamless between the first and second seams; and wherein the right hip panel is seamless between the third and fourth seams.
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