US Patent No.: 8,657,802 B2
Inventor(s): Donald Carroll Roe, West Chester Township, OH, US; Melanie D. Allen, Newport, KY, US; Kathleen Quinlan Ames-Ooten, Cincinnati, OH, US; Mark John Ciesko, Cincinnati, OH, US; Barry Robert Feist, Madeira, OH, US; Eiro Fukuda, Mason, OH, US; and George Bartol Glackin, Wyoming, OH, US.
Company: The Procter & Gamble Company, Cincinnati, OH, US.
A pull-on wearable article comprising: a main portion including an outer cover, the main portion defining a front waist region, a rear waist region, and a crotch region extending between and connecting the front and rear waist regions; first and second extendable side panels extending between and connecting the main portion front waist region and the main portion rear waist region to form the article in a permanent closed waist configuration having a waist opening and two leg openings, at least a portion of each side panel being extendable between a relaxed state and an extended state; first and second side regions, each side region including one of the first and second side panels and a transverse region of the main portion bordering the respective side panel, wherein the first and second side regions define an upper portion positioned adjacent to the waist opening and a lower portion positioned adjacent to the leg opening and a central portion positioned between the upper and lower portions; and an informational image disposed entirely in the upper portion of the transverse region of the first side region, at a location from which forces are more effectively transferred to the rear waist region than from the center of the front waist region, wherein the informational image communicates to a user where to grasp the article as it is pulled into place on a user.