US Pat. No. 9,132,983

FOLDING APPARATUS HAVING ROLLS WITH VARIABLE SURFACE SPEEDS AND A METHOD OF FOLDING A PRODUCT

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1. An apparatus for folding a product having a first portion and a second portion, the apparatus comprising:
a receiving roll having a drive assembly for rotating the receiving roll at variable surface speeds in a first direction of
rotation, the receiving roll being adapted to selectively hold the first and second portions of the product thereto;

a folding roll having a drive assembly for rotating the folding roll at variable surface speeds in a second direction of rotation,
the second direction of rotation being opposite from the first direction of rotation, the folding roll being adapted to selectively
hold the first portion of the product thereto; and

an oscillating member adapted to transfer the first portion of the product from the receiving roll to the folding roll, the
oscillating member having a drive assembly for moving the oscillating member at variable surface speeds in both the first
direction and the second direction, the oscillating member comprising an inner cylinder, an outer cylinder that is rotatable
about the inner cylinder, and a puck disposed on the outer cylinder.

US Pat. No. 9,132,982

FOLDING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF FOLDING A PRODUCT

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1. An apparatus for folding a product having a first portion and a second portion, the apparatus comprising:
a receiving roll having a first direction of rotation, the receiving roll being adapted to selectively hold the first and
second portions of the product thereto;

a folding roll having a second direction of rotation that is opposite from the first direction of rotation, the folding roll
being adapted to selectively hold the first portion of the product thereto; and

an oscillating member adapted to transfer the first portion of the product from the receiving roll to the folding roll, the
oscillating member comprising an inner cylinder, an outer cylinder that is rotatable about the inner cylinder, and a puck
disposed on the outer cylinder, the outer cylinder being configured to move in both the first direction and the second direction.

US Pat. No. 9,243,367

SOFT CREPED TISSUE

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1. A creped multi-ply tissue product comprising at least one creped tissue ply having a first and a second side, wherein a
water-soluble creping composition selected from the group consisting of a polyether, a polyamide, a polyvinyl alcohol, a cationic
starch, and a cationic polyamide-epihalohydrin and combinations thereof, is disposed on at least the first or the second side
the tissue product having a basis weight of at least about 20 gsm, a GMT of at least about 600 g/3?, and a TS7 value from
about 4.0 to about 8.0 dB V2 rms.

US Pat. No. 9,554,948

ABSORBENT PRODUCTS WITH WETNESS SENSORS

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1. An absorbent article capable of determining the presence or absence of a water-containing liquid, the absorbent article
comprising:
a chassis comprised of a substantially liquid impermeable outercover and a liquid permeable bodyside liner, the chassis having
a front waist seam, a back waist seam and a pair of opposing side seams; wherein the bodyside liner is attached to the outercover
at the front waist seam, the back waist seam and the pair of opposing side seams; and

an absorbent core positioned between the substantially liquid impermeable outercover and the liquid permeable bodyside liner;
and

a sensor integrated into the article and positioned such that the sensor is in fluid communication with bodily fluids or waste
from a wearer of the article,

the sensor comprising a substrate, the substrate having at least one type of wetness indicating material immobilized or printed
thereon, wherein and the indicating material contains at least one electron-donating leuco dye and one electron deficient
receptor, and wherein the indicating material contains a wettability enhancing agent or a hydrophilic water-soluble agent;

wherein the sensor is capable of a color transition from a color to a weaker color or colorless when in contact with said
bodily fluid or waste.

US Pat. No. 9,382,061

DISCREET PACKAGING FOR PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS

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1. A packaging system for personal care products, the system comprising:
a. a package configured for receipt of personal care products therein, the package comprising an external surface, a receiver
positioned on the external surface of the package, a package circumference, a package height, a package width, and a package
depth; and

b. a concealment element positionable between a first position in which the packaging system exhibits product-identifying
graphics and a second position in which the concealment element circumscribes the package and the package circumference and
the packaging system is substantially bereft of product-identifying graphics, wherein the concealment element is a cover that
is open at one end and wherein the cover is stored within the receiver when the packaging system is in the first position.

US Pat. No. 9,402,703

FEMALE URINARY INCONTINENCE DEVICES

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1. A female urinary incontinence-inhibiting device, comprising:
i) a round base having a diameter configured to inhibit female urinary incontinence when placed in a vagina;
ii) a nose located distal to the round base; and
iii) a stabilizing element, coupled to and extending between said round base and said nose, said stabilizing element having
a size and position configured to stabilize said round base within the vagina, said stabilizing element having a cone shape
having a first diameter at a first location wherein the stabilizing element is coupled to the round base and a second diameter
at a second location wherein the stabilizing element is coupled to the nose wherein the first diameter is greater than the
second diameter;

wherein said stabilizing element includes a radially outwardly projecting element having a diameter and circumscribing the
stabilizing element and located a distance from said round base and wherein the diameter of the round base is greater than
the first diameter of the stabilizing element and wherein the diameter of the round base is greater than the diameter of the
radially outwardly projecting element.

US Pat. No. 9,085,418

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ROTATABLY CONVEYING AND APPLYING DISCRETE PARTS TO A SUBSTRATE

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1. An apparatus for conveying a plurality of absorbent parts and applying said absorbent parts to a non-woven substrate, the
apparatus comprising:
a rotation means;
said apparatus defining a rotation axis;
a plurality of transfer arms each having a longitudinal transfer arm axis, a proximal end and a distal end, said plurality
of transfer arms being attached to said rotation means in a radial pattern about said rotation means each of said proximal
ends of said transfer arms being attached to said rotation means in such a manner that said longitudinal transfer arm axis
is offset from said rotation axis by a transfer arm offset distance; and

a plurality of transfer pucks adapted to convey said absorbent parts to said non-woven substrate, each of said transfer pucks
having a longitudinal puck axis and a lateral puck axis which intersect at a center point on each of said plurality of transfer
pucks, said distal ends of said transfer arms being attached to said transfer pucks at a location which is offset from said
center point by a transfer puck offset distance, each of said transfer pucks being configured to pivot between a first position
wherein said transfer pucks are oriented to receive said absorbent parts and a second position wherein said transfer pucks
are oriented to apply said absorbent parts to said non-woven substrate at said second position which is offset from said first
position.

US Pat. No. 9,095,473

PROCESS FOR MANUFACTURING A PACKAGE OF FOLDED ABSORBENT ARTICLES, AND PACKAGE MADE THEREBY

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1. A process for manufacturing a package of folded absorbent garments, the process comprising:
manufacturing a plurality of absorbent cores, each core defining a longitudinal direction and a transverse direction, each
core defining two longitudinally opposed end edges and two side edges that extend between and interconnect the two end edges,
each absorbent core defining a longitudinal centerline positioned midway between the two side edges,

each core having two transversely opposed absorbent ears, each ear defining a first transverse position;
embossing two fold lines into each core, each fold line defining a fold region;
sandwiching each core between a topsheet layer and a backsheet layer to define a plurality of absorbent assemblies, each absorbent
assembly having a front end and a back end;

providing a front panel web that defines a front panel web waist edge and a front panel web leg edge;
providing a back panel web that defines a back panel web waist edge and a back panel web leg edge, the back panel web being
spaced apart from the front panel web;

attaching the front end of each absorbent assembly to the front panel web and attaching the back end of each absorbent assembly
to the back panel web;

folding each absorbent assembly along a crotch fold line to define a crotch fold and so as to bring the front panel web waist
edge into close proximity with the back panel web waist edge;

cutting both the front panel web and the back panel web at a series of cuts spaced apart in a direction of web travel to define
a series of discrete absorbent garments, each article having a front panel, a back panel, and an absorbent assembly;

connecting each front panel to each back panel along a pair of side seams to define a series of pant-like garments, each article
defining a waist opening;

folding the core of each pant-like garment along the fold region of each fold line to create a plurality of folded absorbent
garments, such that each ear assumes a second transverse position, the second transverse position of each ear being closer
to the longitudinal centerline than the first transverse position of such ear; and

placing the plurality of folded absorbent garments into a container.

US Pat. No. 9,072,628

SHUTTER PRESS COMPRESSOR

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1. An apparatus for compressing a material, the apparatus comprising:
a plurality of levers, each lever comprising a lever outer end and a radially-inward end portion and a lever longitudinal
axis extending from the lever outer end to the radially-inward end portion;

a plurality of jaws, wherein each jaw is attached to a lever, and wherein each jaw has a compression surface having an area
and wherein the compression surface defines a plane that is generally parallel to the lever longitudinal axis; and

a compressing mechanism configured to move each lever in a non-linear motion such that the area of a compression surface exposed
to the material decreases with the inward movement of that compression surface.

US Pat. No. 9,283,730

HIGH BASIS WEIGHT CREPED TISSUE

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1. A creped tissue product comprising at least one creped tissue web having a basis weight greater than about 16 gsm, a fine
crepe structure, measured as % COV at a STFI wavelength of 16 to 32 mm, of less than about 12 and a geometric mean tensile
less than about 500 g/3?.

US Pat. No. 9,445,953

ABSORBENT ARTICLE WITH A FLUID-ENTANGLED BODY FACING MATERIAL INCLUDING A PLURALITY OF HOLLOW PROJECTIONS

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30. An absorbent article including a longitudinal direction and a lateral direction, the absorbent article comprising:
a. a fluid-entangled body facing material including a length in the longitudinal direction, the fluid-entangled body facing
material comprising:

i. a support layer comprising a plurality of fibers and opposed first and second surfaces;
ii. a projection layer comprising a plurality of fibers and opposed inner and outer surfaces, the second surface of the support
layer in contact with the inner surface of the projection layer, fibers of at least one of the support layer and the projection
layer being fluid-entangled with fibers of the other of the support layer and the projection layer;

iii. a plurality of hollow projections formed from a first plurality of the plurality of fibers in the projection layer, the
plurality of hollow projections extending from the outer surface of the projection layer in a direction away from the support
layer; and

iv. a land area, wherein the plurality of hollow projections are surrounded by the land area;
b. an outer cover; and
c. an absorbent body positioned between the fluid-entangled body facing material and the outer cover.

US Pat. No. 9,126,372

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A BODY ADHERING ABSORBENT ARTICLE ORIENTATED IN THE CROSS-MACHINE DIRECTION WITH REDUCED CURL

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1. A method of manufacturing body adhering absorbent articles orientated in the cross-machine direction comprising the steps
of:
a. supplying a pair of adhesive transfer layers comprising a nonwoven carrier, a body attachment adhesive, and a peel strip;
b. supplying an elastic shell web having a longitudinal and transverse direction and a pair of opposing peripheral edges extending
in the longitudinal direction;

c. attaching the pair of adhesive transfer layers to the opposing peripheral edges of the elastic shell web;
d. attaching at least one absorbent structure component to the shell web interior to the opposing peripheral edges to form
a composite web material; and

e. cutting the composite web material to form a body adhering absorbent article having a predetermined size and shape.

US Pat. No. 9,078,947

COMPOSITION FOR FORMING A POROUS ABSORBENT STRUCTURE

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5. The method of claim 1 wherein the monoethylenically unsaturated monomer is acrylic acid.

US Pat. No. 9,245,458

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR USING IMAGES TO GENERATE DIGITAL INTERACTION

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1. A method for managing toilet training of a person, said method comprising:
packaging a toilet training product within a container; and
providing a post-sale image with the container,
wherein the post-sale image is configured to unlock a first set of enhanced functionality within an installed application
on a user computing device when the user computing device receives an input associated with the post-sale image, and

wherein the first set of enhanced functionality is configured to facilitate toilet training of the person, and defines a toilet
training milestone associated with a toilet training event based, at least partially, on a first set of milestone input received
from a user and determines that the toilet training milestone has been completed based upon a second set of milestone input
from the user, wherein the second set of milestone input verifies that the child has completed a predefined toilet training
event.

US Pat. No. 9,207,197

COIL FOR MAGNETIC INDUCTION TO TOMOGRAPHY IMAGING

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1. A coil for magnetic induction tomography imaging of a specimen, comprising:
a plurality of first concentric conductive loops located within a first plane, the plurality of first concentric conductive
loops connected in series; and

a plurality of second concentric conductive loops located within a second plane, the second plane spaced apart from the first
plane by a plane separation distance, the plurality of second concentric conductive loops connected in series;

wherein the plurality of first concentric conductive loops are connected in series with the plurality of second concentric
conductive loops, the plurality of first concentric conductive loops and the plurality of second concentric conductive loops
being disposed such that each of the plurality of first concentric conductive loops overlaps one of the plurality of second
concentric conductive loops.

US Pat. No. 9,091,004

BIODEGRADABLE POLYLACTIC ACID FOR USE IN NONWOVEN WEBS

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1. A method for forming a biodegradable polymer for use in fiber formation, the method comprising melt blending a first polylactic
acid polymer with at least one alcohol, wherein melt blending occurs at a temperature of from about 60° C. to about 300° C.
and an apparent shear rate of from about 100 seconds?1 to about 10,000 seconds?1, so that the first polylactic acid polymer undergoes an alcoholysis reaction, the alcoholysis reaction resulting in a second,
modified polylactic acid polymer having a melt flow index that is greater than the melt flow index of the first polylactic
acid polymer, determined at a load of 2160 grams and temperature of 190° C. in accordance with ASTM Test Method D1238-E, wherein
the ratio of the melt flow index of the second, modified polylactic acid polymer to the melt flow index of the first polylactic
acid polymer is at least about 1.5, and further wherein the second, modified polylactic acid polymer has a number average
molecular weight of from about 10,000 to about 105,000 grams per mole and a weight average molecular weight of from about
20,000 to about 140,000 grams per mole.
US Pat. No. 9,205,152

MELT-BLENDED PROTEIN COMPOSITION

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1. A melt-processed protein composition comprising:
(a) at least one plant protein in an amount from about 20 to about 95 wt. %,
(b) at least one plasticizer in an amount from about 20 to about 80 wt. % based on the weight of the protein, and
(c) at least one electrophilic reagent in an amount from about 0.1 to about 20 wt. %, based on the weight of the protein,
wherein the at least one electrophilic reagent is an olefinic or epoxide compound and contains less than 10 functional groups
per molecule and has a molecular weight of from about 20 to about 1000 grams per mole, and

wherein the melt-processed protein composition is produced by a method comprising blending the at least one plant protein,
plasticizer and electrophilic reactant within a melt blending device at a temperature of from about 20 to about 100° C. and
a shear rate of from about 1 to 100 Pascal-seconds.

US Pat. No. 9,198,806

CONTAINMENT PANT

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1. A permanently closed containment pant comprising,
an elastically extensible chassis defining a waist opening, a first leg opening, and a second leg opening, the waist opening
comprising a front waist region joined with a back waist region, wherein the chassis has a transverse elongation of between
125% and 175% at 2000 g*f and a longitudinal elongation of between 125% and 175% at 2000 g*f, and

a sling positioned within the chassis and being joined to the front waist region and the back waist region, wherein the sling
comprises a fluid-impervious base sheet and a containment flap joined with the base sheet to create a fluid-impervious pouch,
the sling further comprising a first transition and a second transition that are elastically extensible in a longitudinal
direction and in a transverse direction, wherein the base sheet is a fabric to define a first fabric surface and the containment
flap is a fabric to define a second fabric surface wherein the base sheet is joined with the containment flap, wherein the
base sheet has a transverse elongation of between 10% and 40% at 1400 g*f and a longitudinal elongation of between 10% and
40% at 1400 g*f;

wherein the base sheet is a first fabric laminated with polyurethane to define a polyurethane surface and a fabric surface
and the containment flap is a second fabric laminated with polyurethane to define a second fabric surface and a second polyurethane
surface wherein the first polyurethane surface is joined with the second polyurethane surface.

US Pat. No. 9,161,868

REMOVAL OF COLORED SUBSTANCES FROM AQUEOUS LIQUIDS

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1. An absorbent article, comprising:
a liquid permeable layer;
a generally liquid impermeable layer;
an absorbent core disposed between the liquid permeable layer and the generally liquid impermeable layer; and
a decolorizing composition for altering the color of blood-containing aqueous fluids, wherein the decolorizing composition
is in fluid communication with the absorbent core, the liquid permeable layer, or combinations thereof, wherein the decolorizing
composition comprises a first inorganic salt, and a second inorganic salt, wherein the first inorganic salt and the second
inorganic salt each contain a polyvalent anion and a monovalent cation, wherein the decolorizing composition consists essentially
of the inorganic salts, wherein the decolorizing composition contained within a hollow enclosure, wherein the hollow enclosure
is formed from a fibrous web, further wherein the hollow enclosure completely surrounds the absorbent core.

US Pat. No. 9,044,356

ABSORBENT ARTICLE HAVING ENHANCED LEAKAGE PROTECTION

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1. An absorbent article that generally extends in a plane defined by a longitudinal direction and transverse direction, wherein
the article comprises:
a base pad that contains a baffle and an absorbent core;
a topsheet that overlies the base pad so that the absorbent core is positioned between the topsheet and the baffle, wherein
the topsheet extends in the longitudinal direction to define a distal end and an opposing proximal end, wherein a cut is made
in the topsheet to form a separate portion that defines the proximal end, wherein the topsheet is joined to the base pad in
a manner such that at least a central portion of the proximal end remains generally unbonded thereto, wherein peripheral portions
of the proximal end taper outwardly from the central portion, wherein the central portion raises upwardly and in a longitudinal
direction towards a center of the absorbent article to create a raised barrier upon contact with bodily fluid; and

a fluid-shrinkable member that extends in the longitudinal direction so that at least a portion of the fluid-shrinkable member
is located adjacent to the proximal end of the topsheet.

US Pat. No. 9,283,127

ABSORBENT ARTICLES WITH DECOLORIZING STRUCTURES

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1. A feminine hygiene absorbent personal care article having lateral side edges, comprising a topsheet layer, a backsheet
layer, an optional additional pad interior layer, and at least one absorbent core layer having lateral side edges, said at
least one absorbent core layer positioned between said topsheet layer and said backsheet layer, said feminine hygiene absorbent
personal care article further having a longitudinal axis, a transverse axis, and a depth axis, wherein at least one decolorizing
structure is positioned on at least one of the topsheet layer, the at least one absorbent core layer, the backsheet layer,
optional additional pad interior layer or between one or more of the above layers, said decolorizing structure being adjacent
said article lateral side edges, which decolorizing structure extends laterally beyond the lateral side edge of the absorbent
core layer along said transverse axis, wherein said decolorizing structure is a laminate of two nonwoven materials, and further,
wherein said two nonwoven materials comprise a first nonwoven material having an average pore size of between about 50 and
200 microns, and a second nonwoven material having an average pore size of between about 3 and 40 microns.
US Pat. No. 9,222,224

TISSUE PRODUCT COMPRISING BAMBOO

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1. A tissue product comprising at least one through air dried tissue web comprising from about 10 to about 70 percent, by
weight of the web, bamboo fibers, the product having a basis weight from about 25 to about 40 grams per meter squared (gsm),
a Bulk greater than about 10 cubic centimeters per gram (cc/g) and a geometric mean tensile (GMT) from about 500 to about
1000 g/3?.

US Pat. No. 9,211,216

TAMPON METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

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1. A method of manufacturing a pledget, the method comprising the steps of:
a. forming a nonwoven ribbon, the method of forming the nonwoven ribbon comprising the steps of:
i. providing a first layer of fibrous material having a first surface and a second surface;
ii. providing a second layer of fibrous material having a first surface and a second surface; and
iii. placing the first layer and the second layer into communication with each other to create the nonwoven ribbon;
b. incorporating a fold into the first layer of fibrous material wherein a first portion of the first surface of the first
layer is brought into communication with a second portion of the first surface of the first layer;

c. incorporating a first contact element and a second contact element into the first layer by incorporating at least three
successive slits into the first layer wherein each slit is cut through the fold in the first layer;

d. separating an individual unit of fleece from the nonwoven ribbon wherein the individual unit of fleece comprises a portion
of the first layer of fibrous material, a portion of the second layer of fibrous material, the first contact element and the
second contact element; and

e. compressing the individual unit of fleece.
US Pat. No. 9,283,188

DELIVERY SYSTEMS FOR DELIVERING FUNCTIONAL COMPOUNDS TO SUBSTRATES AND PROCESSES OF USING THE SAME

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1. A process of delivering functional compounds to a substrate, the process comprising:
energizing an adsorbent with ultrasonic energy using an ultrasonic treatment system comprising an inlet end, an outlet end,
and an ultrasonic waveguide assembly, wherein the ultrasonic waveguide assembly is a horn assembly comprising a horn member
comprising two or more agitating members connected to the horn member and extending at least in part transversely outward
from the outer surface of the horn member in longitudinally spaced relationship with each other, the agitating members and
the horn member being constructed and arranged for dynamic motion of the agitating members relative to the horn member upon
ultrasonic vibration of the horn member such to create a nodal region of the horn member; wherein the adsorbent is selected
from the group consisting of alumina, silica, activated carbon, zeolites and combinations thereof;

wherein the ultrasonic energy is produced by the ultrasonic waveguide assembly that is ultrasonically excited at a frequency
of from about 15,000 Hz to about 100,000 Hz;

introducing a fluid comprising at least one functional compound through the inlet end at a flow rate of from about 100 ml/min
to about 20 L/min; wherein the at least one functional compound is selected from the group consisting of pharmaceuticals,
xenobiotics, therapeutic agents, nutritional agents, anti-viral agents, anti-microbial agents, UV absorbers, signal agents,
and combinations thereof; wherein the fluid is at a temperature of from about 20° C. to about 90° C. and has a pH of from
about 2.0 to about 10.0;

adsorbing the at least one functional compound to the surface of the energized adsorbent to form a carrier component of a
delivery system, wherein the adsorbing step is conducted for a period of from about 10 seconds to about 10 minutes;

removing the carrier component through the outlet end; wherein the pressure within the ultrasonic treatment system is from
about 1 psi to about 10 psi; and

contacting the carrier component with a substrate; wherein the substrate is selected from the group consisting of a product
comprising a polyolefin polymer, the skin of a human or animal, and tissue inside a body of a human or animal.

US Pat. No. 9,239,036

ULTRASONIC LIQUID TREATMENT AND DELIVERY SYSTEM AND PROCESS

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1. An ultrasonic liquid treatment and delivery system comprising:
an ultrasonic treatment device comprising:
a housing having an internal chamber and an inlet in fluid communication with the internal chamber of the housing whereby
liquid enters the internal chamber and an outlet in fluid communication with the internal chamber of the housing through which
liquid exits the ultrasonic treatment device;

an ultrasonic waveguide disposed at least in part within the internal chamber of the housing to ultrasonically energize liquid
within the internal chamber prior to said liquid being exhausted from the housing through the outlet, the ultrasonic waveguide
having an agitating member extending outward from the ultrasonic waveguide within the internal chamber of the housing intermediate
the inlet and the outlet, the agitating member and the ultrasonic waveguide being constructed and arranged for dynamic motion
of the agitating member relative to the ultrasonic waveguide upon ultrasonic vibration of the ultrasonic waveguide; and

an excitation device operable to ultrasonically excite said ultrasonic waveguide and the agitating member; and
an ultrasonic delivery device in fluid communication with the ultrasonic treatment device to receive liquid from the ultrasonic
treatment device following treatment of the liquid by said treatment device, the ultrasonic delivery device comprising:

a housing having an internal chamber, an inlet for receiving liquid from the treatment device into the internal chamber of
the delivery device housing and at least one exhaust port in fluid communication with the internal chamber of the delivery
device housing whereby liquid within said internal chamber exits the delivery device housing at said at least one exhaust
port;

an ultrasonic waveguide separate from the delivery device housing, said waveguide being disposed at least in part within the
internal chamber of the delivery device housing to ultrasonically energize liquid within said internal chamber prior to said
liquid being exhausted from said housing through the at least one exhaust port; and

an excitation device operable to ultrasonically excite said ultrasonic waveguide of said delivery device.

US Pat. No. 9,238,530

WATERTIGHT CLOSURE SYSTEM

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1. A closure system comprising a base having an annular sidewall and a central opening; a lid configured to substantially
cover the central opening of the base, the lid having a front, a rear edge having a length and a pair of opposed side edges
having a length; a pair of flanges having a height extending substantially vertically from and at least partially along the
length of the side edges and at least partially defining a peripheral outer edge of the closure system; and a hinge that operatively
connects the lid to the base in a movable arrangement, wherein the flanges do not extend along the front edge of the lid and
the front edge of the lid extends beyond the vertical plane of the annular sidewall and the flanges extend beyond the horizontal
plane of the annular sidewall when in a closed position.

US Pat. No. 9,205,167

DISPENSER SYSTEM FOR AEROSOL AND NON-AEROSOL PRODUCTS

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1. A dispensing system for air care products contained in aerosol containers and non-aerosol containers, each such container
including a spray nozzle, the dispensing system comprising:
a dispenser including
an interior formed by a front cover, a back cover and a base,
an actuator,
a controller adapted to actuate the actuator;
a selection switch positionable in an aerosol dispensing position and a non-aerosol dispensing position;
a contoured surface configured to accept an aerosol container within the interior of the dispenser such that the actuator
may contact the aerosol spray nozzle;

an adaptor configured to be releasably attached to the contoured surface of the dispenser, the adaptor configured to accept
a non-aerosol container within the interior of the dispenser such that the actuator may contact the non-aerosol spray nozzle.

US Pat. No. 9,126,792

CORELESS TISSUE ROLLS

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1. A coreless roll of tissue comprising a plurality of tissue sheet windings emanating from an axially-oriented central open
area and terminating on the outside of the roll, the axially-oriented central open area being lined only by the tissue sheets,
wherein two or more consecutive windings closest to the central open area have registered perforations spaced apart in the
axial direction of the central open area.

US Pat. No. 9,125,775

MECHANICAL FASTENING SYSTEM FOR AN ARTICLE

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1. A method of forming a post bonded loop laminate material suitable for use in a hook and loop fastening system for an article
comprising:
providing a first layer of material comprising a nonwoven web of loop material having fibers defining loops;
applying a force to the nonwoven web of loop material to generally orient a greater number of the fibers in the direction
of the applied force to increase the number of loops available in a direction perpendicular to the direction of the applied
force;

laminating the first layer of material to a second layer of material while applying the force to the nonwoven web of loop
material to form a nonwoven loop laminate material and to maintain the orientation of the fibers generally oriented in the
direction of the applied force; and

bonding the first layer of material to the second layer of material after forming the nonwoven loop laminate material to form
a post bonded loop laminate material.

US Pat. No. 9,114,065

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MONITORING NUTRITIONAL UPTAKE AS A FUNCTION OF MICROFLORA INTESTINAL GAS LEVELS

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1. A method of monitoring artificial feeding of a patient, comprising:
delivering a volume of nutrient to the patient with a feeding device starting at an initial feeding rate;
monitoring a concentration of microflora intestinal gas associated with the patient with a microflora intestinal gas sensor
before delivering a volume of nutrient to the patient with the feeding device to determine a baseline value of microflora
intestinal gas, wherein the microflora intestinal gas is hydrogen;

determining relative change in the concentration of microflora intestinal gas associated with the patient from the baseline
value after delivering the volume of nutrient to the patient; and

adjusting the volume of nutrient delivered to the patient based at least in part on the concentration of microflora intestinal
gas associated with the patient, wherein adjusting the volume of nutrient delivered to the patient comprises

increasing the initial feeding rate if a detected concentration of microflora intestinal gas is less than a first threshold
value of about 5 ppm to about 25 ppm;

maintaining the initial feeding rate substantially constant if the detected concentration of microflora intestinal gas is
greater than the first threshold value and less than a second threshold value of about 65 ppm to about 85 ppm; and

stopping the initial feeding rate if the detected amount of microflora intestinal gas is greater than the second threshold
value.

US Pat. No. 9,103,796

MULTI-LAYERED DEVICES FOR ANALYTE DETECTION

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1. A multi-layered device for detecting the presence or absence of an analyte within a test sample, the device comprising:
a sensing layer, the sensing layer configured to support a reaction so as to exhibit a signal indicative of the presence or
absence of the analyte in the test sample wherein the sensing layer is covered by a material defining an opening, the opening
permitting the test sample to contact the sensing layer; and

a control layer, the control layer being in fluid communication with and vertically adjacent to the sensing layer, the control
layer including a reagent capable of inhibiting the reaction at the sensing layer by diffusive movement of the reagent from
the control layer to the sensing layer.

US Pat. No. 9,393,164

ALDEHYDE CONTROL IN PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS

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1. A personal care product comprising a first aldehyde odor control layer that comprises an odor control composition selected
from the group consisting of laureth-4, polysorbate 20, myreth-3 myristate, octoxynol-9, polyethylene glycol-7 glyceryl cocoate,
and any combination thereof; a second aldehyde odor control layer having an activated carbon composition applied thereto,
the second aldehyde odor control layer being separate from the first aldehyde odor control layer; wherein the personal care
product includes a liner and an absorbent core; wherein the first aldehyde odor control layer is located between the liner
and the absorbent core; and wherein the odor control composition is applied to the first aldehyde odor control layer at an
add-on level of 25-50%.
US Pat. No. 9,232,790

ANTIMICROBIAL CLEANSING COMPOSITIONS

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. An antimicrobial cleansing composition comprising:
a polar carrier solvent;
from about 0.1% (w/w) to about 15% (w/w) cationic compatible surfactant;
from about 0.01% (w/w) to about 10% (w/w) quaternary ammonium biocide; and
a cationic compatible afterfeel agent, wherein the antimicrobial cleansing composition is substantially free of a betaine-based
surfactant and substantially free of a compound selected from the group consisting of triclosan, triclocarban, a halogenated
phenolic antimicrobial agent, and combinations thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,320,451

METHODS FOR ASSESSING HEALTH CONDITIONS USING SINGLE COIL MAGNETIC INDUCTION TOMOGRAPHY IMAGING

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A method for assessing a health condition of a patient, the method comprising:
identifying a target area on a patient for medical imaging;
obtaining a plurality of coil property measurements of the target area using a single coil, the plurality of coil property
measurements being performed with the single coil at a plurality of discrete locations relative to the target area;

processing the plurality of coil property measurements to generate an image of the conductivity distribution of the target
area using a model defining a relationship between coil property measurements obtained by the single coil at a plurality of
different positions relative to the target area and a conductivity of the target area; and

outputting the image for assessment of a health condition of the patient.

US Pat. No. 9,301,890

ABSORBENT ARTICLES IN A UNITARY PACKAGE

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. A method of producing and packaging disposable absorbent articles, comprising:
producing a first type of disposable absorbent article having an absorbent structure on a product assembly line wherein the
absorbent structure is formed by a forming apparatus;

producing a second type of disposable absorbent article having an absorbent structure on the same product assembly line as
the first type of disposable absorbent article wherein the absorbent structure in the second type of disposable absorbent
article is formed by the same forming apparatus as the absorbent structure in the first type of disposable absorbent article,
the absorbent structure in the second type of disposable absorbent article being different than the absorbent structure in
the first type of absorbent article, the second type of disposable absorbent article having an appearance that is visibly
distinguished from the first type of absorbent article; and

packaging the first type of disposable absorbent article and the second type of disposable absorbent article in a single package.

US Pat. No. 9,221,641

CONTROLLER AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLABLY ROTATING A ROLL OF MATERIAL

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. A controller for a motor configured to rotate a roll of material, the controller comprising:
a drive speed regulator configured to generate an initial torque command based on a difference between a speed setpoint and
a measured drive speed of the motor, wherein the initial torque command represents an amount of rotational force currently
applied to the roll of material by the motor;

an observer module configured to estimate a density error of the roll of material based at least in part on the initial torque
command and the speed setpoint, wherein the initial torque command is adjusted based on the density error to obtain a total
torque command, wherein the observer module is enabled if the roll of material is one of accelerating and decelerating, and
wherein the observer module is disabled if the roll of material is being maintained at a substantially constant speed; and

a torque regulator configured to control the motor based on the total torque command, wherein a Coulomb friction torque command
is generated based on an expected amount of Coulomb friction experienced by the motor, wherein the total torque command is
further based on the Coulomb friction torque command.

US Pat. No. 9,138,354

ATTACHMENT FOR A CONDUCTORLESS WETNESS DETECTOR FOR AN ABSORBENT ARTICLE

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1. A wetness sensing system for use with an absorbent article having an outer surface, the system having a weight and comprising:
a holding fixture adapted to be attached to the outer surface of the absorbent article by a consumer, the holding fixture
including

a first attachment arm having an article-facing side including a first attachment material affixed thereto, and
a sensor band including a sensor and having an article-facing side including a second attachment material affixed thereto,
wherein the second attachment material has an area and is in a proportion of the area to the weight of the system of at least
0.2 sq. inch per gram, and wherein the sensor band has a bending stiffness of less than 30 gf cm?2/cm; and

a signaling device coupled to the holding fixture and in electrical communication with the sensor, wherein the system is adapted
to sense wetness within the article without the use of conductors within the absorbent article.

US Pat. No. 9,056,967

WATER-SENSITIVE BIODEGRADABLE FILM

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1. A release liner comprising water-sensitive biodegradable film and a release agent coated onto a surface thereof, the water-sensitive
biodegradable film comprising:
from 1 wt. % to 20 wt. % of at least one biodegradable aliphatic-aromatic copolyester that has a melting point of from about
50° C. to about 180° C. and a glass transition temperature of about 0° C. or less; and

from 80 wt. % to 99 wt. % of at least one water-sensitive thermoplastic starch component, wherein the thermoplastic starch
component comprises from about 60 wt. % to about 80 wt. % of at least one water-soluble, chemically modified starch, from
about 0.5 wt. % to about 4 wt. % of at least one surfactant, and from about 20 wt. % to about 40 wt. % of at least plasticizer,
wherein the water-soluble chemically modified starch comprises a starch ester, a hydroxyalkyl starch, or a combination thereof;

wherein the film has a thickness of about 50 micrometers less and exhibits visible disintegration when sloshed in tap water
for 30 seconds at a frequency of 3.5 sloshes per second, the film further exhibiting a dry ultimate tensile strength of from
about 20 to about 50 Megapascals in the machine direction and a dry modulus of elasticity of from about 400 to about 1000
Megapascals in the machine direction.

US Pat. No. 9,295,594

ABSORBENT ARTICLE WITH ENCLOSURES

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16. The absorbent article of claim 1, wherein the at least one elastic enclosure is adapted to function as a fastener landing material.

US Pat. No. 9,248,084

CLEANING COMPOSITION HAVING IMPROVED SOIL REMOVAL

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. A skin cleaning composition comprising a hydrolyzed plant protein and a synergistic combination of a non-ionic surfactant
and a glycol ether, wherein the composition comprises from about 2% to about 5% of the non-ionic surfactant and from about
2% to about 4% of the glycol ether, and wherein the composition has a surface cleaning index of about 1.

US Pat. No. 9,393,160

TAMPON WITH CONTACT ELEMENTS

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1. A pledget comprising:
a. an absorbent structure comprising:
i. a first layer comprising a first surface, a second surface, a first contact element at least partially bounded by a base
and at least partially bounded by a free edge, and a second contact element at least partially bounded by a base and at least
partially bounded by a free edge, wherein the second contact element is at least partially separated from the first contact
element by a slit;

ii. a second layer comprising a first surface and a second surface;
wherein at least one of the first surface and the second surface of the first layer is in a face to face relationship with
at least one of the first surface and the second surface of the second layer;

wherein the first layer further comprises a first transverse edge to be located at an insertion end of the pledget and a second
transverse edge to be located at a withdrawal end of the pledge and the second layer further comprises a first transverse
edge to be located at the insertion end of the pledget and a second transverse edge to be located at the withdrawal end of
the pledget;

wherein each of the contact elements of the first layer is associated with the first transverse edge of the first layer to
be located at the insertion end of the pledget and the slit is associated with and extends in a longitudinal direction from
the first transverse edge of the first layer; and

wherein the pledget further comprises a cover comprising at least two slits which form at least one cover contact element
which is coextensive with at least one of the contact elements of the first layer.

US Pat. No. 9,365,951

NEGATIVE POLARITY ON THE NANOFIBER LINE

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1. A fiber-forming system for forming a fibrous web, the system comprising:
a collection surface;
a first fiber-forming device comprising a charged first forming plate positioned beneath the collection surface; and
a second fiber-forming device comprising a charged second forming plate positioned beneath the collection surface, wherein
the first forming plate and the second forming plate exhibit opposing charge polarities.

US Pat. No. 9,333,124

ABSORBENT ARTICLE HAVING ASYMMETRIC PRINTED PATTERNS FOR PROVIDING A FUNCTIONAL CUE

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A feminine care absorbent article that defines a longitudinal centerline and a transverse centerline, wherein the article
comprises:
a topsheet;
a baffle;
an absorbent core disposed between the topsheet and the baffle that defines a circumferential edge, wherein the topsheet and
baffle extend outwardly from the circumferential edge and into a longitudinally extending first peripheral zone located on
one side of the longitudinal centerline, a longitudinally extending second peripheral zone located along another side of the
longitudinal centerline, a laterally extending third peripheral zone located on one side of the transverse centerline and
between respective inboard dimensions of the first peripheral zone and the second peripheral zone, and a laterally extending
fourth peripheral zone located on another side of the transverse centerline and between respective inboard dimensions of the
first peripheral zone and the second peripheral zone, wherein a first transition zone extends circumferentially about an interior
zone adjacent to the third peripheral zone and a second transition zone extends circumferentially about the interior zone
adjacent to the fourth peripheral zone;

a passive masking component that includes a first printed pattern of discrete graphical objects located within the first peripheral
zone and extending at least partially into the first transition zone, the second transition zone, or both, and a second printed
pattern of discrete graphical objects located within the second peripheral zone and extending at least partially into the
first transition zone, the second transition zone, or both, wherein the first printed pattern is asymmetrical with respect
to the second printed pattern about both the longitudinal and transverse centerlines, wherein the first printed pattern and
the second printed pattern are visible from a body facing surface of the topsheet, wherein the passive masking component does
not change during use of the feminine care absorbent article, and further wherein a majority of the interior zone is free
of printed graphical objects; and

an active masking component located within the first peripheral zone, the second peripheral zone, the first transition zone,
the second transition zone, or a combination thereof, wherein the active masking component directs the bodily fluid to a hidden
location in the absorbent article, wherein the active maskinq component comprises a nonwoven web having a basis weight of
from about 0.5 ounces per square yard to about 1 ounce per square yard, a nonwoven web adsorbed with an amphiphilic protein
to define a gradient distribution along at least one dimension, or a fibrous web having a first zone of fibers treated with
a surfactant and a second zone of fibers exposed to a corona field, and further wherein the interior zone is generally free
of the active masking component.

US Pat. No. 9,447,545

ABSORBENT TISSUE

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A single-ply wet-laid tissue product having a geometric mean tensile (GMT) from about 2,200 to about 3,500 g/3?, a bone
dry basis weight greater than about 60 grams per square meter (gsm) and a specific vertical absorbent capacity of 6.0 g/g
or greater.

US Pat. No. 9,162,432

METHOD OF SEPARATING A DISCRETE PORTION FROM A WEB

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A method of forming a first discrete portion and a second discrete portion from a first web, the method comprising the
steps of:
a. providing a first web;
b. advancing the first web in a machine-direction to a converting mechanism, the converting mechanism comprising a rotary
cutter comprising a first die cutter shape secured to the rotary cutter and a second die cutter shape secured to the rotary
cutter, the first die cutter shape being different from the second die cutter shape;

c. cutting the first web with the first die cutter shape secured to the rotary cutter to form the first discrete portion comprising
a first shape without a linear cut edge in a cross-direction;

d. separating the first discrete portion from the first web with the use of a vacuum, wherein the vacuum is pulled from within
an anvil roll; and

e. cutting the first web with the second die cutter shape secured to the rotary cutter to form the second discrete portion
comprising a second shape that is different from the first shape of the first discrete portion; wherein cutting the first
web with the first die cutter shape and the second die cutter shape provides the first web with the first shape followed by
the second shape in an alternating sequence.

US Pat. No. 9,469,455

DISCREET DUAL PACKAGING

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1. A package comprising
a first compartment joined to a second compartment by a hinge,
a handle bridging the hinge and having a first point of connection with the first compartment and a second point of connection
with the second compartment,

the first compartment having a first primary brand face and the second compartment having a second primary brand face,
the package having a display condition wherein the first primary brand face and the second primary brand face are exposed
and substantially coplanar and wherein the handle extends across a portion of the first primary brand face of the first compartment
and the second primary brand face of the second compartment and

the package having a transport condition wherein the first primary brand face and the second primary brand face are concealed,
wherein the handle and hinge are configured such that the package is transformed from the display condition to the transport
condition by applying force to the handle.

US Pat. No. 9,456,936

DISPOSABLE ABSORBENT ARTICLES INCORPORATING BLACK-FREE COLORANTS

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A disposable absorbent article having multiple components, the article comprising:
an inspection region subject to inspection using infrared radiation, wherein the inspection region includes a junction of
two components; and

a printed graphic in the inspection region, wherein the ink used to print the graphic includes no carbon black colorant such
that the printed graphic is substantially transparent to infrared radiation.

US Pat. No. 9,445,674

GRAVITY FED SHELVING DISPLAY SYSTEM

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A display and dispensing system comprising:
a. a pair of spaced apart substantially vertical support members;
b. a pair of L-shaped support members attached to the pair of vertical support members, each L-shaped support member having
a first and a second end, a rail support member, a means for fastening the support member to the vertical support member disposed
at the first end and a means for fastening a panel to the L-shaped support member disposed at the second end;

c. a rail attached to each of the rail support members;
d. a panel attached to the second end of each of the L-shaped support members;
e. at least one substantially horizontal shelf; and
f. a multi-chute gravity feed dispenser disposed above the at least one horizontal shelf.
US Pat. No. 9,279,140

PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS WITH VISUAL INDICATOR OF VAGINITIS

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A personal care product comprising: a visual indicator having a basic amine-sensitive, chemichromatic dye, arranged such
that said dye is observable to a user, wherein said dye is selected from the group consisting of: pararosanile base (PAB),
naphthochrome green (NCG), and mixtures thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,320,657

ABSORBENT ARTICLE HAVING INTERCONNECTED WAIST AND LEG BANDS

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. An absorbent article having a body-facing side and a garment-facing side, the absorbent article comprising:
a bodyside liner, an outer cover, and an absorbent structure disposed between the outer cover and the bodyside liner;
a front waist region, a back waist region, and a crotch region extending between the front waist region and the back waist
region, the front waist region having a front waist edge and the back waist region having a back waist edge, the front and
back waist edges defining a waist opening of the absorbent article when the absorbent article is in a wear configuration,
an elastomeric waist band extending around at least a portion of the waist opening adjacent the front and back waist edges,
the waist band defining a circumference of the waist opening; and

a pair of leg cuff members, each of the leg cuff members overlapping itself and defining a leg opening when the absorbent
article is in the wear configuration and operatively connected to the waist band such that movement of the waist band results
in movement of the leg cuff members, each of the leg cuff members having a lower, generally teardrop-shaped portion and an
upper, generally “V” shaped portion extending between the teardrop-shaped portion and the waist band, the “V” shaped portion
defining a first segment and a second segment spaced from the first segment by a distance D1, a ratio between the distance D1 and the circumference of the waist band being between 1:1.75 and 1:7 in a relaxed state of the wear configuration, each of
the leg cuff members extending along a respective side edge of the absorbent article from the front waist edge to the back
waist edge when the absorbent article is in an unfolded and laid flat configuration.

US Pat. No. 9,365,982

DURABLE CREPED TISSUE

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A durable creped tissue product produced by the process comprising the steps of:
a. dispersing a furnish to form a fiber slurry;
b. adding a wet strength resin to the fiber slurry in an amount less than about 3.0 kg per metric ton of furnish;
c. forming a wet tissue web;
d. partially dewatering the wet tissue web;
e. applying a non-fibrous olefin polymer and a dispersing agent to a creping cylinder;
f. pressing the partially dewatered tissue web to the creping cylinder;
g. drying the tissue web;
h. creping the dried tissue web from the creping cylinder to produce a creped tissue web; and
i. plying two or more creped tissue webs together to form a tissue product having a Basis Weight greater than about 25 gsm
and a CD Wet/Dry Ratio greater than about 0.30.

US Pat. No. 9,289,520

METHOD AND SYSTEM TO CLEAN MICROORGANISMS WITHOUT CHEMICALS

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

11. A method for removing microorganisms from a surface, the method comprising:
contacting the surface with a conducting member comprising a nonwoven material, wherein the nonwoven material comprises conductive
fibers;

applying a direct current voltage of about 15 volts or less to the conducting member using an electrostatic field controller
coupled to a voltage source; and

maintaining contact between the surface and the conducting member, wherein the microorganisms are transferred from the surface
to the conducting member.

US Pat. No. 9,475,671

VAGINAL INSERT METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A string and knot module comprising:
a) a stringing module comprising:
i) a string block;
ii) a string block clamp located internal to the string block;
iii) a needle;
iv) a string pulling clamp mechanism; and
v) a string clamp associated with the string pulling clamp mechanism;
b) a knotting module comprising:
i) an upper knotting block;
ii) a lower knotting block; and
iii) a first funnel and a second funnel, each of the first and second funnels associated with the lower knotting block.

US Pat. No. 9,308,134

TAMPON METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. A method of manufacturing a tampon, the method comprising the steps of:
at least partially overlaying a web of base material with a web of absorbent material;
securing the web of absorbent material to the web of base material with a first securement forming a bonded end of the web
of absorbent material and a free end of the web of absorbent material opposite the bonded end;

pivoting the free end of the web of the web of absorbent material about the first securement and away from the web of base
material; and

cutting the free end of the web of absorbent material while the web of absorbent material is pivoted away from the web of
base material to form a plurality of spaced-apart slits in the web of absorbent material.

US Pat. No. 9,457,339

OIL ABSORBING MATERIAL AND PROCESSES OF RECYCLING ABSORBENT ARTICLES TO PRODUCE THE SAME

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. An oil absorbing material comprising sorbent particles, wherein the sorbent particles have an average aspect ratio of about
5 to about 500, an average particle diameter of about 100 ?m to about 800 ?m and an average specific surface area of about
0.25 to about 5.0 m2/g;
wherein the sorbent particles comprise a thermoplastic polyolefin material, inorganic filler particles, and absorbent core
material;

wherein the oil absorbing material exhibits an oil absorbency of about 3 grams of oil per gram oil absorbing material to about
15 grams oil per gram of oil absorbing material.

US Pat. No. 9,345,627

DISPOSABLE ABSORBENT ARTICLE HAVING TAILORED LEG EDGES

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A disposable absorbent article comprising:
a front waist region adjacent a front waist edge, a rear waist region adjacent a rear waist edge, and a crotch region disposed
between the front waist region and the rear waist region, a central longitudinal axis extending from the front waist edge
to the rear waist edge and dividing the absorbent article into first and second sides, a central transverse axis perpendicular
to the longitudinal axis, and first and second crotch edges disposed on transversely opposed sides of the crotch region and
extending from the front waist region to the rear waist region;

a first crotch elastic member adjacent the first crotch edge and positioned entirely on the first side, and a second crotch
elastic member adjacent the second crotch edge and positioned entirely on the second side, each crotch elastic member extending
generally in a longitudinal direction, each crotch elastic member having a front terminal point and a rear terminal point,
and each crotch elastic member defining a front end portion adjacent the front waist region, a rear end portion adjacent the
rear waist region, and a central portion extending between the front and rear portions,

wherein either the front end portions of the first and second crotch elastic members or the rear end portions of the first
and second crotch elastic members converge transversely inward toward each other; and

further wherein each crotch elastic member is sandwiched between a bodyside liner and a garment-side outer cover, wherein
portions of the liner are unattached to the outer cover to define first and second snapback channels, and wherein said at
least one of the front and rear terminal points of the first crotch elastic member is positioned within the first snapback
channel, and wherein said at least one of the front and rear terminal points of the second crotch elastic member is positioned
within the second snapback channel.

US Pat. No. 9,278,154

RESILIENT TAMPON AND METHOD FOR MAKING

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1. A resilient tampon comprising:
a. 70 wt % to 95 wt % absorbent fibers; and
b. 5 wt % to 30 wt % binder fibers, wherein the binder fibers have an average fiber length of greater than 35 mm;
wherein the absorbent fibers and the binder fibers are substantially aligned.

US Pat. No. 9,278,033

CONTACTLESS PASSIVE SENSING FOR ABSORBENT ARTICLES

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. An absorbent article facilitating sensing the presence of a body exudate in the absorbent article, the article comprising:
an absorbent member;
a sensor coil disposed on or in the article; and
an electrical double-layer capacitor disposed on or in the article and in electrical communication with the sensor coil, wherein
the capacitor is in fluid communication with the absorbent member.

US Pat. No. 9,072,636

DYNAMIC FITTING BODY ADHERING ABSORBENT ARTICLE

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

13. A disposable personal care article comprising:
a shell having a unitary structure for disposition adjacent a wearer's vulva region, wherein the shell has a first side and
a second side, the first side having a first area and a second area, wherein the first area of the shell contacts to the wearer's
skin and/or hair surrounding the vulva region, wherein at least a portion of the first area comprises a body attachment means
for adhering the shell directly to the skin and/or hair of the wearer, and wherein the shell has an anterior portion and a
posterior portion where the posterior portion exhibits a higher % Extension relative to the anterior portion when a stretching
force of 454 grams is applied, as measured by the % Strain Differential Test;

an absorbent structure configured for disposition adjacent a wearer's vulva region, wherein the absorbent structure has an
anterior portion and a posterior portion, wherein the absorbent structure is present in the second area of the shell, wherein
the absorbent structure is attached to the shell via an absorbent structure attachment means in the anterior portion and in
the posterior portion of the absorbent structure, and wherein the absorbent structure attachment means is selected from an
anterior point bond, a posterior point bond or a U-shaped attachment, or combinations thereof; and

an anterior point bond and a posterior point bond, wherein the anterior point bond has a coverage area of about 5 mm2-about 200 mm2 and the posterior point bond has a coverage area of about 5 mm2-about 200 mm2, wherein the bonds are longitudinally aligned along the longitudinal centerline of the personal care article and wherein
the anterior point bond and the posterior point bond are separated by a distance of at least about 5 mm.

US Pat. No. 9,445,952

ABSORBENT ARTICLE WITH A FLUID-ENTANGLED BODY FACING MATERIAL INCLUDING A PLURALITY OF HOLLOW PROJECTIONS

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. An absorbent article comprising:
a. a fluid-entangled body facing material comprising:
i. a support layer comprising a plurality of fibers and opposed first and second surfaces;
ii. a projection layer comprising a plurality of fibers and opposed inner and outer surfaces, the second surface of the support
layer in contact with the inner surface of the projection layer, fibers of at least one of the support layer and the projection
layer being fluid-entangled with fibers of the other of the support layer and the projection layer;

iii. a plurality of hollow projections formed from a first plurality of the plurality of fibers in the projection layer, the
plurality of projections extending from the outer surface of the projection layer in a direction away from the support layer;
and

iv. a land area, wherein the plurality of hollow projections are surrounded by the land area;
b. an outer cover;
c. an absorbent body positioned between the fluid-entangled body facing material and the outer cover;
d. an acquisition layer positioned between the fluid-entangled body facing material and the absorbent body; and
e. a fluid transfer layer positioned between the acquisition layer and the absorbent body, the fluid transfer layer comprising
a polymeric material; wherein the area of spread of fecal material on the fluid-entangled body facing material after insult
with fecal material simulant according to the Determination of Area of Spread of Fecal Material Simulant Test Method is less
than about 34 cm2.

US Pat. No. 9,315,296

PACKAGING FOR BULKY ARTICLES WITH FALSE SIDE GUSSET

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A package for storing goods, the package comprising:
a housing portion having a housing depth, housing width, and housing height, the housing portion having an opening at its
top;

a bag formed from a first web and a second web sealed together at a pair of side edges, the bag having a base portion and
a top portion, wherein the side edges of the first web and second web angle inward between about 40 and about 50 degrees at
a top portion transition point on the bag, the bag having a bag depth and a first bag width at the base portion forming a
cavity between the first web and second web for storing the housing portion, the bag having no depth at a top edge of the
bag and a second bag width at the top portion transition point, wherein the second bag width is greater than the first bag
width, wherein excess material in the top portion of the bag is folded and tucked into the interior of the bag;

a header strip formed across the top edge of the bag having a header strip width; and
wherein a good stored within the housing extends through the opening of the housing portion and is visible to a consumer.
US Pat. No. 9,410,292

MULTILAYERED TISSUE HAVING REDUCED HYDROGEN BONDING

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. A creped wet pressed tissue product comprising at least one multi-layered creped tissue web having a first fibrous layer,
a second fibrous layer, and a third layer fibrous layer, the first and third fibrous layers comprising untreated cellulosic
fibers and substantially free from treated cellulosic fibers and the second fibrous layer comprising at least about 5 percent,
by weight of the layer, cellulosic fibers reacted with a cellulosic reactive reagent selected from the group consisting of
reagents having the general Formula (I), (II), (III) and (IV), the tissue product having a basis weight from about 10 to about
60 grams per square meter (gsm), a geometric mean tensile (GMT) from about 500 to about 800 g/3 inches, a sheet bulk greater
than about 8 cc/g and a Stiffness Index less than about 15.

US Pat. No. 9,320,655

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING AN ABSORBENT ARTICLE HAVING A FIN SEAM

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. A method for manufacturing absorbent articles, each of the absorbent articles comprising a chassis and an absorbent structure
disposed on the chassis, the chassis having a front waist region, a back waist region, and a crotch region extending between
the front waist region and the back waist region, the method comprising:
folding each of the absorbent articles about a fold line generally bisecting the article such that the front and back waist
regions are positioned in facing relationship;

simultaneously bonding and one of trimming and weakening the front and back waist regions adjacent each opposing side edge
of the article to form a pair of fin seams.

US Pat. No. 9,339,361

APPARATUSES FOR THE AMELIORATION OF URINARY INCONTINENCE IN FEMALES

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. An apparatus for treating urinary incontinence, comprising:
a plurality of interconnected pieces of tubing characterized by a proximal section, a midsection and a distal section and
aligned to provide both anchoring for the apparatus in a vagina and support of a urethra by radiating the proximal and distal
sections outwards from the midsection; a device for interconnecting the plurality of pieces of tubing together comprised of
an anchor base provided with a plurality of grooves for situating the plurality of pieces of tubing therein thereby connecting
the plurality of pieces of tubing together at the proximal section of each piece of tubing and a support base spaced apart
from the anchor base and provided with a plurality of grooves for situating the plurality of pieces of tubing therein thereby
connecting the plurality of pieces of tubing together at the midsection of each piece of tubing, wherein a first portion of
each of the plurality of pieces of tubing extends beyond the anchor base and in a direction away from the support base and
wherein a second portion of each of the plurality of pieces of tubing extends beyond the support base and in a direction away
from the anchor base.

US Pat. No. 9,320,395

DISPERSIBLE HYDROENTANGLED BASESHEET WITH TRIGGERABLE BINDER

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. A dispersible moist wipe comprising:
entangled fibers comprising regenerated fibers in an amount of about 5 to about 30 percent by weight and natural fibers in
an amount of about 70 to about 95 percent by weight; and,

from about 0.5 gsm to about 5 gsm of a binder composition, wherein the binder composition comprises a composition having the
structure:


wherein x=1 to about 15 mole percent; y=about 60 to about 99 mole percent; and z=0 to about 30 mole percent; Q is selected
from C1-C4 alkyl ammonium, quaternary C1-C4 alkyl ammonium and benzyl ammonium; Z is selected from —O—, —COO—, —OOC—, —CONH—, and —NHCO—; R1, R2, R3 are independently selected from hydrogen and methyl; R4 is C1-C4 alkyl; R5 is selected from hydrogen, methyl, ethyl, butyl, ethylhexyl, decyl, dodecyl, hydroxyethyl, hydroxypropyl, polyoxyethylene,
and polyoxypropylene;

wherein the moist wipe has a geometric mean tensile (GMT) wet strength of at least about 300 g/in and a GMT soak wet strength
of less than about 180 g/in.

US Pat. No. 9,260,808

FLEXIBLE COFORM NONWOVEN WEB

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A wipe comprising a coform nonwoven web wherein the coform nonwoven web comprises a matrix of meltblown fibers, each smaller
than 10 micrometers in diameter, wherein the meltblown fibers comprise a propylene/?-olefin copolymer and wherein the ?-olefin
includes ethylene, said meltblown fibers entangled with an absorbent fibrous material wherein said absorbent fibrous materials
contains pulp fibers, the coform matrix of meltblown fibers and absorbent fibrous material comprising a continuous region
and a plurality of offset regions in which the density of the continuous region is substantially equal to the density of the
offset regions, the continuous region having a cross direction, a machine direction, and a thickness from about 0.01 millimeters
to about 10.0 millimeters, the continuous region further comprising a planar first side extending in the cross direction and
the machine direction and a planar second side opposite the first side, the first and second sides being separated by the
thickness of the continuous region, the offset regions extending out from the first side, wherein the offset regions are positioned
to define a plurality of first uninterrupted portions of the continuous regions, wherein the first uninterrupted portions
of the continuous region do not underlie any offset regions, further wherein the first uninterrupted portions of the continuous
region extend in a first direction in the plane of the first side, the first direction not intersecting any offset regions,
and further wherein the width of the uninterrupted portions divided by the width of the offset regions is between about 0.3
and about 2.0, the widths measured perpendicular to the first direction in the plane of the first side, and even further wherein
the continuous region extends completely under the offset regions; wherein the meltblown fibers constitute from 1 wt % to
about 40 wt % of the web and the absorbent material constitutes from about 60 wt % to about 99 wt % of the web and wherein
the Cup Crush Energy/Thickness ratio of the coform nonwoven web is less than about 600 grams.

US Pat. No. 9,241,838

METHOD OF FORMING ELASTOMERIC LAMINATES HAVING TARGETED ELASTIC PROPERTIES FOR USE IN PERSONAL CARE ARTICLES

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A method of forming an elastomeric laminate having targeted elastic properties for use in personal care articles, the method
defining a machine direction and a cross-machine direction, the method comprising:
providing first and second nonwoven webs, each defining a cross-direction width;
providing a core layer of elastomeric material under tension, the core layer having a cross-direction width at least 75% that
of the width of at least one of the first and second nonwoven webs, wherein the core layer of elastomeric material is an elastomeric
film web core layer;

folding over an integrally formed portion of the elastomeric film web core layer to provide an elastomeric film ribbon web;
sandwiching the core layer of elastomeric material and the elastomeric film ribbon web between the first and second nonwoven
webs;

bonding the core layer of elastomeric material to at least one of the first and second nonwoven webs; and
bonding the elastomeric film ribbon web to the first and second nonwoven webs by directly or indirectly fusing the elastomeric
film ribbon web to the first and second nonwoven webs.

US Pat. No. 9,226,862

CONTAINMENT PANT WITH POSITIONING KEY

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A method for providing a containment system comprising,
providing a containment pant comprising,
a chassis having a front waist region, a back waist region, and a crotch region joined between the front waist region and
the back waist region, and

a sling positioned within the chassis and being joined to the front waist region and the back waist region, wherein the sling
comprises a fluid-impervious base sheet and a containment flap joined with the base sheet to define a fluid-impervious pouch,

the fluid-impervious pouch defining a first end containment flap positioned proximate the front waist region and having a
first positioning key,

the fluid-impervious pouch defining a second end containment flap positioned proximate the back waist region and having a
second positioning key,

wherein the first end containment flap and the base sheet define a first end containment flap entrance width and the first
positioning key separates the first end containment flap entrance width into a first flap sub-width and a second flap sub-width
and

wherein the second end containment flap and the base sheet define a second end containment flap entrance width and the second
positioning key separates the second end containment flap entrance width into a third flap sub-width and a fourth flap sub-width;
providing a discrete absorbent insert comprising,

a first sheet,
a second sheet in facing relation with the first sheet,
an absorbent core positioned between the first sheet and the second sheet, wherein the absorbent core defines a core perimeter
and a core width and includes a first absorbent core positioning notch and a second absorbent core positioning notch, wherein
the first absorbent core sub-width is 80 to 100% the first flap sub-width, the second absorbent core sub-width is 80 to 100%
the second flap sub-width, the third absorbent core sub-width is 80 to 100% the third flap sub-width, and the fourth absorbent
core sub-width is 80 to 100% the fourth flap sub-width,

the first sheet and the second sheet extend beyond the core perimeter and are joined together to form a perimeter seal, the
perimeter seal defines an absorbent insert perimeter which includes a first absorbent insert positioning notch and a second
absorbent insert positioning notch,

the first absorbent core positioning notch separates the absorbent core width at a first end into a first absorbent core sub-width
and a second absorbent core sub-width and the second absorbent core positioning notch separates the absorbent core width at
a second end into a third absorbent core sub-width and a fourth absorbent core sub-width, inserting the discrete absorbent
insert into the fluid-impervious pouch such that the first absorbent insert positioning notch is aligned with and partially
surrounded by the first positioning key and the second absorbent insert positioning notch is aligned with and partially surrounded
by the second positioning key.

US Pat. No. 9,132,049

BODY ATTACHED ABSORBENT ARTICLE DONNING SYSTEM

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. An absorbent article comprising,
a shell and an absorbent component, wherein the shell defines, in a longitudinal direction, an anterior attachment region,
an anterior separation zone, an absorbent component region, a posterior separation zone, and a posterior attachment region,
wherein the anterior separation zone separates the anterior attachment region from the absorbent component region and wherein
the posterior separation zone separates the posterior attachment region from the absorbent component region;

the anterior attachment region comprising an anterior body adhesive and defining a protected condition wherein the anterior
body adhesive is fully covered by an anterior peel strip comprising an anterior finger tab and an anterior hinge; the anterior
attachment region being adapted to transition from the protected condition to a fixed donning condition wherein a first portion
of the anterior peel strip is folded along the anterior hinge to overlay a second portion of the anterior peel strip to define
the fixed donning condition; in the fixed donning condition a portion of the anterior body adhesive is exposed and a portion
of the anterior body adhesive is covered by the one or more anterior peel strips; the anterior attachment region being adapted
to transition from the fixed donning condition to a fully exposed condition; in the fully exposed condition the anterior body
adhesive is fully exposed;

the posterior attachment region comprising a posterior body adhesive and defining a protected condition wherein the posterior
body adhesive is fully covered by a posterior peel strip comprising a posterior finger tab and a posterior hinge; the posterior
attachment region being adapted to transition from the protected condition to a fixed donning condition wherein a first portion
of the posterior peel strip is folded along the posterior hinge to overlay a second portion of the posterior peel strip to
define the fixed donning condition; in the fixed donning condition a portion of the posterior body adhesive is exposed and
a portion of the posterior body adhesive is covered by the one or more posterior peel strips; the posterior attachment region
being adapted to transition from the fixed donning condition to a fully exposed condition; in the fully exposed condition
the posterior body adhesive is fully exposed; and

at least one of the anterior separation zone and the posterior separation zone being devoid of absorbent material and body
adhesive.

US Pat. No. 9,394,629

BIODEGRADABLE ALIPHATIC-AROMATIC COPOLYESTER FOR USE IN NONWOVEN WEBS

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A fiber comprising a biodegradable aliphatic-aromatic copolyester terminated with a C1-C10 alkyl group, a C1-C10 hydroxyalkyl group, or a combination thereof, wherein the copolyester has a melt flow index of from about 5 to about 500 grams
per 10 minutes, determined at a load of 2160 grams and temperature of 190° C. in accordance with ASTM Test Method D1238-E.

US Pat. No. 9,339,580

FLUSHABLE TAMPON APPLICATOR

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A flushable tampon applicator, the tampon applicator comprising an outer tube for housing a tampon and an inner tube, at
least a portion of which extends into the outer tube, wherein the outer tube includes an outer, body-contacting surface, wherein
the inner tube is moveable relative to the outer tube and configured to expel a tampon from the outer tube, further wherein
at least one of the outer tube and the inner tube comprises a thermoplastic composition, the thermoplastic composition comprising:
a cellulose derivative, wherein the cellulose derivative constitutes from about 7 wt. % to about 70 wt. % of the composition
based on the total weight of the composition, wherein the cellulose derivative is a nonionic cellulosic ether;

a synthetic water-soluble polymer; and
a plasticizer; wherein at least one of the outer tube and the inner tube is a molded part.

US Pat. No. 9,480,609

ABSORBENT ARTICLE WITH A FLUID-ENTANGLED BODY FACING MATERIAL INCLUDING A PLURALITY OF HOLLOW PROJECTIONS

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. An absorbent article comprising:
a. a fluid-entangled body facing material comprising:
i. a support layer comprising a plurality of fibers and opposed first and second surfaces;
ii. a projection layer comprising a plurality of fibers and opposed inner and outer surfaces, the second surface of the support
layer in contact with the inner surface of the projection layer, fibers of at least one of the support layer and the projection
layer being fluid-entangled with fibers of the other of the support layer and the projection layer;

iii. a plurality of hollow projections formed from a first plurality of the plurality of fibers in the projection layer, the
hollow projections extending from the outer surface of the projection layer in a direction away from the support layer;

iv. a land area, wherein the plurality of hollow projections are surrounded by the land area; and
v. the projections having less than about 1% open area and the land area having greater than about 1% open area within a chosen
area of the fluid-entangled body facing material;

b. an outer cover; and
c. an absorbent body positioned between the fluid-entangled body facing material and the outer cover; wherein the amount of
residual fecal material on the fluid-entangled body facing material after insult with fecal material simulant according to
the Determination of Residual Fecal Material Simulant Test Method is less than about 2.5 grams.

US Pat. No. 9,265,292

EASY DONNING GARMENT

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A protective garment comprising:
an interior surface;
an exterior surface;
a body portion;
a right leg and a left leg, where both legs extend from the body portion; and
a right sleeve and a left sleeve, where both sleeves extend from the body portion;
where each leg is constructed of a seamless sheet of material that forms a single seam along the leg, each leg comprising
an interior surface, an exterior surface, an opening distal to the body portion, an upper segment proximate the body portion,
a lower segment distal to the body portion, and an extended total leg length measured from the body portion to the distal
opening,

where each sleeve is constructed of a seamless sheet of material that forms a single seam along an underside of the sleeve,
each sleeve comprising an interior surface, an exterior surface, an opening distal to the body portion, an upper segment proximate
the body portion, a lower segment distal to the body portion, and an extended total sleeve length measured from the body portion
to the distal opening, and

at least one sleeve fastener limited to the interior surface of each sleeve between the body portion and a point 50 percent
of the sleeve length distal from the body portion that releasably affixes the interior surface of at least a portion of the
upper segment of each sleeve to the interior surface at least a portion of the lower segment of each sleeve;

at least one leg fastener limited to the interior surface of each leg between the body portion and a point 50 percent of the
extended total leg length distal from the body portion that releasably affixes the interior surface of at least a portion
of the upper segment of each leg to at least a portion of the lower segment of each leg; and

wherein, when the upper segment is coupled to the lower segment of each sleeve by the sleeve's respective sleeve fastener
and when the upper segment is coupled to the lower segment of each leg by the leg's respective leg fastener, the garment comprises
a donning configuration, the donning configuration comprising at least one fold releasably affixed to the interior surface
of the seamless sheet of material of the legs and sleeves, respectively, and wherein, when the upper segment and lower segment
of each sleeve and each leg are uncoupled, the sleeves and legs assume a total extended sleeve length and a total extended
leg length, where the upper segments and the lower segments of each sleeve and leg are no longer coupled together along the
interior surface.

US Pat. No. 9,265,856

MULTIPLE COMPONENT MATERIALS HAVING A COLOR-CHANGING COMPOSITION

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide ...

1. A multiple-component material, the material comprising:
a substrate and a printed layer on the substrate, wherein the printed layer includes a color-changing composition, the color-changing
composition comprising:

a matrix-forming component;
a colorant;
a surfactant; and
a pH adjuster, wherein the pH adjuster includes a low molecular weight organic acid and a high molecular weight organic acid,
wherein the low molecular weight organic acid comprises a molecular weight less than 1000 Daltons and the high molecular weight
organic acid comprises a molecular weight more than 1000 Daltons and wherein the pH adjuster includes 1-20% of the total weight
of the color-changing composition of the low molecular weight organic acid and 1-20% of the total weight of the color-changing
composition of the high molecular weight organic acid.

US Pat. No. 9,375,355

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PRODUCT AND SIGNALING DEVICE MATCHING

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A method of matching a signaling device with an absorbent article, the method comprising:
placing a signaling device on an absorbent article, the signaling device comprising a first non-invasive sensor configured
to detect the presence of a substance in the absorbent article and a second non-invasive sensor;

detecting the presence of one or more identifiable characteristics on the absorbent article using the second non-invasive
sensor;

activating the first non-invasive sensor when the second non-invasive sensor detects the presence of the one or more identifiable
characteristics of the absorbent article;

wherein detecting the presence of one or more identifiable characteristics comprises detecting the presence of one or more
predefined colors on the absorbent article.

US Pat. No. 9,320,288

CONTROLLED RELEASE COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS OF USING

Cellresin Technologies, L...

1. A method of making a treated substrate, the method comprising
heating the composition to a temperature between 60° C. and 80° C., the composition consisting essentially of
a cyclodextrin inclusion complex comprising a cyclodextrin compound and an olefinic inhibitor; and
a carrier comprising petrolatum or a petrolatum-like material, wherein the carrier has a melting transition onset between
about 23°C and 40°C, and solubility in water of less than 1 wt % at 25°C; and

disposing the heated composition on a first substrate using a flexographic printing press.

US Pat. No. 9,649,233

ABSORBENT PERSONAL CARE ARTICLES HAVING LONGITUDINALLY ORIENTED LAYERS IN DISCRETE PORTIONS

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. An absorbent article having a longitudinal and transverse direction, said absorbent article including a topsheet layer,
a backsheet layer and at least one absorbent layer sandwiched between said topsheet layer and said backsheet layer, wherein
said absorbent layer includes at least first and second portions positioned along said longitudinal direction, said at least
first and second portions being non-integral with any other layer within the article and spaced apart from one another along
said longitudinal direction, wherein said portions are made from the same base sheet material, and further wherein said first
portion defines a complete opening therein, and wherein said second portion is of a shape mated to fit entirely within said
opening, wherein said second portion is separated from said first portion by a gap in said longitudinal direction, wherein
said base sheet material is completely absent in said transverse direction at said gap.
US Pat. No. 9,127,408

TISSUE HAVING REDUCED HYDROGEN BONDING

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A tissue product comprising at least one multi-layered tissue web having two outer fibrous layers and a middle fibrous
layer disposed between the two outer fibrous layers, the two outer fibrous layers comprising unmodified cellulosic fibers
and the middle fibrous layer comprising modified hardwood kraft pulp fibers having a nitrogen content from about 0.2 to about
3.0 weight percent and a degree of carboxymethylation from about 0.05 to about 0.45, wherein the modified hardwood kraft pulp
fibers comprise at least about 5 percent of the total weight of the multi-layered web and the first and third layers are substantially
free from modified hardwood kraft pulp fibers, the tissue product having a basis weight from about 10 to about 50 grams per
square meter (gsm), a sheet bulk greater than about 10 cc/g and a Stiffness Index from about 8 to about 12.

US Pat. No. 9,713,329

CONTROLLED RELEASE COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS OF USING

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A treated laminate comprising a composition, the composition consisting essentially of
a cyclodextrin inclusion complex comprising a cyclodextrin compound and an olefinic inhibitor; and
a carrier comprising petrolatum or a petrolatum-like material,
wherein the carrier has a melting transition onset between about 23° C. and 40° C. and solubility in water of less than 1
wt % at 25° C.

US Pat. No. 9,119,780

TRIGGERABLE COMPOSITIONS FOR TWO-STAGE, CONTROLLED RELEASE OF PROACTIVE CHEMISTRY

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A triggerable composition for two-stage, controlled release of a functional active chemical comprising: a trigonelline
ester of a functional active with at least one hydroxyl group configured to release the functional active through a hydrolysis
reaction upon contact with an aqueous medium, wherein the functional active is a skin-repairing agent derived from retinol
or a fragrance; and
an encapsulation material for encapsulating the trigonelline ester including a functional active, the encapsulation material
triggerable to release the trigonelline ester upon the occurrence of an environmental stimulus, wherein the environmental
stimulus is a pH change.

US Pat. No. 9,066,837

ABSORBENT ARTICLE WITH ANNULAR ABSORBENT MEMBER

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. An absorbent article comprising: a liquid permeable top sheet; a liquid impermeable back sheet; an annular absorbent member
disposed between the top sheet and the back sheet capable of absorbing and retaining liquid passing through the top sheet,
the annular absorbent member having a longitudinally elongated aperture in a central portion thereof; a second absorbent member
disposed between the annular absorbent member and the back sheet, wherein the second absorbent member comprises: a delivering
member for absorbing and delivering the liquid retained in the annular absorbent member, and a separate absorbent body for
absorbing the liquid delivered through the delivering member; the second absorbent member having a visible area aligned with
a position of said aperture of the annular absorbent member, wherein the visible area includes a printed pattern printed on
the delivering member; and wherein the second absorbent member further comprises an embossing portion, wherein the embossing
portion at least partially surrounds the annular absorbent member.

US Pat. No. 9,339,424

ABSORBENT ARTICLE HAVING AN ABSORBENT ASSEMBLY WITH INTEGRAL CONTAINMENT FLAPS

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. A disposable absorbent assembly for use with an absorbent article having a front waist region, a back waist region, and
a crotch region, the absorbent assembly comprising:
a liquid permeable bodyside liner;
a liquid impermeable backsheet;
an absorbent structure disposed between the liner and the backsheet; and
a pair of laterally opposed containment flaps integrally formed from the bodyside liner, the backsheet enclosed by the bodyside
liner within the containment flaps, wherein the containment flaps are formed by folding the bodyside liner over and adhering
the bodyside liner to itself along two longitudinally extending seams with adhesive at least in the crotch region of the absorbent
article.

US Pat. No. 9,056,028

DRYNESS INDICATOR FOR AN ABSORBENT ARTICLE

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A dryness indicator comprising:
a wicking strip linearly continuous between a reservoir end and an opposed open end;
a liquid-impermeable top layer disposed on one side of the wicking strip;
a liquid-impermeable bottom layer disposed on the opposite side of the wicking strip, wherein the top layer is affixed to
the bottom layer to only partially enclose the wicking strip such that the open end of the wicking strip extends beyond one
of the top and bottom layers, and wherein the indicator is configured such that the open end of the wicking strip can be placed
in liquid communication with an object or surface; and

a reservoir including an oil-based colorant with the potential to be in liquid communication with the reservoir end of the
wicking strip, wherein the reservoir is sealed against exposure to water-based fluid and wherein the wicking strip is configured
such that colorant wicking from the reservoir end and an unreacted water-based fluid wicking from the open end meet to define
a timing line.

US Pat. No. 9,809,931

DISPERSIBLE HYDROENTANGLED BASESHEET WITH TRIGGERABLE BINDER

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. A dispersible moist wipe comprising hydroentangled fibers and from about 0.5 grams per square meter (gsm) to about 5 gsm
of an ion-triggerable binder composition, the wipe having a geometric mean tensile (GMT) wet strength of at least about 300
grams per inch (g/in), a GMT soak wet strength of less than about 180 g/in, and a CD stretch percent greater than about 40%.

US Pat. No. 9,592,166

ABSORBENT ARTICLE INCLUDING A FLUID DISTRIBUTING STRUCTURE

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. A fluid-distributing structure comprising:
a flexible body having a plurality of fluid reservoirs defined therein, the fluid reservoirs being fluidly connected to one
another by openings defined within the body; and

a plurality of directional fluid barriers, each fluid barrier being associated with one of the openings defined in the body
and configured to permit fluid flow through the opening in a downstream direction and inhibit fluid flow through the opening
in an upstream direction, each of the fluid barriers being moveable between an opened position and a closed position in response
to deformation of the absorbent structure.

US Pat. No. 10,070,999

ABSORBENT ARTICLE

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. An absorbent article extending in a longitudinal direction and a lateral direction, the article comprising:a fluid-entangled body facing material including a first major surface and a second major surface, the second major surface being opposite the first major surface;
a liquid impermeable outer cover having a longitudinal extent and a lateral extent; and
an absorbent body including a body facing surface, a garment facing surface, a first longitudinal side edge, and a second longitudinal side edge, the second longitudinal side edge being opposite the first longitudinal side edge, the fluid-entangled body facing material at least partially wrapping the absorbent body such that the fluid-entangled body facing material is positioned over at least a portion of the body facing surface of the absorbent body, extends around at least one of the first longitudinal side edge and the second longitudinal side edge of the absorbent body, and extends under at least a portion of the garment facing surface of the absorbent body and leaving at least a portion of the garment facing surface of the absorbent body uncovered by the fluid-entangled body facing material, wherein at least a portion of the fluid-entangled body facing material extending under the garment facing surface of the absorbent body contacts the body facing surface of the liquid impermeable outer cover, and
wherein the lateral extent of the liquid impermeable outer cover is greater than a lateral extent of the fluid-entangled body facing material when the fluid-entangled body facing material is partially wrapped around the absorbent body such that portions of the liquid impermeable outer cover extend outboard of the fluid-entangled body facing material when the fluid-entangled body facing material is partially wrapped around the absorbent body.

US Pat. No. 9,808,381

METHOD OF FORMING AN ABSORBENT STRUCTURE

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. An absorbent article comprising:
a. a topsheet,
b. a backsheet, and
c. an absorbent core manufactured by providing an absorbent structure forming surface; forming an absorbent composite on the
absorbent structure forming surface, wherein the absorbent composite comprises about 70% by weight of a superabsorbent material;
applying an aqueous composite stabilizer to the absorbent composite on at least a first side to form an absorbent structure;
wherein the aqueous composite stabilizer comprises a stabilizing component, the stabilizing component is applied to the absorbent
composite at an add-on rate of between about 1% and about 4% by weight of the absorbent structure and wherein the absorbent
composite absorbs the water from the aqueous composite stabilizer.

US Pat. No. 9,650,488

METHOD FOR BELCHING WATER FROM SWOLLEN SUPERABSORBENT POLYMERS AND METHOD FOR RECYCLING SANITARY ABSORBENT ARTICLES USING THE SAME

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A method for belching water from superabsorbent polymers (SAPs) swollen with water from human waste, the method comprising:
immersing the water-swollen SAP in a gel state, taken from a sanitary absorbent article, into a composition for removing the
human-waste-based water, wherein the composition includes sea water and 0.5 to 3% by weight of calcium chloride based on the
weight of sea water.

US Pat. No. 9,404,905

WATER-BASED WETNESS-INDICATING COMPOSITION AND SENSOR

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A color-appearing ink composition comprising:
a surfactant blend comprising a nonionic surfactant having a hydrophilic-lipophilic balance value greater than 10, and a surfactant
selected from the group consisting of Polyethylene Glycol Ester of Lauric Acid, Ethoxylated Alkyl Phenol, Polyoxyethylene
Sorbitan Monooleate, Disodium Lauryl Phenyl Ether Disulfonate, and any combination thereof;

a water-insoluble leuco dye;
a developer;
a desensitizer comprising betaine or a betaine derivative;
a binder;
a stabilizer; and
water
wherein the composition is substantially free of organic solvent; and
wherein the composition develops color from a substantially non-colored state when contacted by an aqueous liquid.
US Pat. No. 9,320,656

WATER-DISPERSIBLE THERMOPLASTIC INJECTION MOLDED COMPOSITION

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A water-dispersible composition, the composition comprising:
from about 7 wt. % to about 70 wt. % of at least one cellulose derivative, wherein the at least one cellulose derivative includes
hydroxypropyl methylcellulose;

from about 7 wt. % to about 70 wt. % of at least one synthetic water-soluble polymer; and
from about 2 wt. % to about 50 wt. % of at least one plasticizer based on the total weight of the composition, wherein the
weight percentage ratio of the synthetic water-soluble polymer to the cellulose derivative ranges from about 0.1 to about
10, further wherein the composition is thermoplastic.

US Pat. No. 9,192,524

ABSORBENT INSERT WITH POSITIONING NOTCH

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A discrete absorbent insert comprising,
a first sheet,
a second sheet in facing relation with the first sheet,
an absorbent core positioned between the first sheet and the second sheet, wherein the absorbent core defines a core perimeter
which includes a first absorbent core positioning notch,

the first sheet and the second sheet extend beyond the core perimeter and are joined together to form a perimeter seal, the
perimeter seal defines an absorbent insert perimeter which includes a first absorbent insert positioning notch, wherein the
perimeter seal has a greater width within the absorbent core positioning notch as compared to the remainder of the absorbent
core perimeter,

the first absorbent core positioning notch has a depth of 30 to 60 mm,
the first absorbent insert positioning notch has a depth of 30 to 60 mm, and
the first absorbent insert positioning notch is aligned with the first absorbent core positioning notch.

US Pat. No. 9,610,201

TAMPON HAVING MULTIPLE ABSORBENT REGIONS

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A tampon for insertion into a vaginal cavity, said tampon comprising: a tampon absorbent having a longitudinal direction
including an insertion end and a withdrawal end and an outer exterior surface, said tampon absorbent further comprising, in
the longitudinal direction of the tampon absorbent, a first absorbent region at said insertion end, the first absorbent region
comprised solely of a first absorbent material for storing body fluid and demonstrating a first expansion capacity, a second
absorbent region at said withdrawal end, the second absorbent region comprised solely of a second absorbent material for storing
body fluid and demonstrating a second expansion capacity wherein the second absorbent material is different from the first
absorbent material, and a third absorbent region situated between the first absorbent region and the second absorbent region,
the third absorbent region comprised of both the first absorbent material and the second absorbent material, wherein the first
absorbent region is bonded to the second absorbent region at the third absorbent region such that the second absorbent region
overlaps the first absorbent region at the third absorbent region, and the third absorbent region is situated along the tampon
absorbent longitudinal direction between the insertion end and the withdrawal end;
a withdrawal string attached to and extending from said withdrawal end of said tampon absorbent; and
a cover material which wraps completely around the outer exterior surface of the tampon absorbent.
US Pat. No. 9,480,633

TEMPERATURE MANAGEMENT COMPOSITION

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A single phase temperature management composition comprising:
(a) from 0.01% to 10% by weight of a neurosensory agent;
(b) from 0.01% to 30% by weight of an antiperspirant component; and
(c) a polar carrier comprising water and a monohydric alcohol in a ratio of water to monohydric alcohol of from 0.0625:1 to
0.65:1 wherein the composition has a viscosity at room temperature of less than 2500 centipoise;

wherein the composition does not comprise a propellant.

US Pat. No. 9,339,420

DISPOSABLE ABSORBENT ARTICLE WITH SIDE LYING LEAKAGE IMPROVEMENT

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1. An absorbent article comprising:
a. an absorbent core comprising:
i. a wearer facing region;
ii. a garment facing region;
iii. a first side edge connecting the wearer facing region and the garment facing region;
b. a surge layer comprising:
i. a first portion in liquid communication with a first portion of the garment facing region of the absorbent core; and
ii. a second portion in liquid communication with a portion of the first side edge of the absorbent core;
wherein the absorbent article further comprises a second surge layer; and
wherein the second surge layer comprises a first portion in liquid communication with a second portion of the garment facing
region of the absorbent core and a second portion in liquid communication with a portion of a second side edge of the absorbent
core.

US Pat. No. 9,308,137

TRANSITIONAL ABSORBENT PAD AND PANTILINER

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1. An array of personal care absorbent articles, the array comprising:
a menstrual absorbent article having a perimeter, a first transverse midline, a first minimum width line, and a menstrual
absorbent layer having a menstrual absorbent shape and a first center of mass, the perimeter refining a first article shape
and a first article size; and

an incontinence absorbent article having a perimeter, a second transverse midline a second minimum width line, and an incontinence
absorbent layer having an incontinence absorbent shape and a second center of mass, the perimeter defining a second article
shape and a second article size,

wherein the first article shape is substantially the same as the second article shape, wherein the first article size is substantially
the same as the second article size, and wherein the distance between the second center of mass and the second transverse
midline is greater than the distance from the first center of mass to the first transverse midline.

US Pat. No. 9,241,839

ABSORBENT ARTICLE FULLNESS INDICATOR

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1. A system for sensing and indicating the presence of a body exudate in an absorbent article having an absorbent structure,
a front region, a crotch region, and an outer cover, the system comprising:
a signaling device comprising a housing that houses a detection circuit;
a sensor array electrically connected to the detection circuit, wherein the sensor array comprises a plurality of sensors
disposed on a single elongated substrate, and wherein the substrate is configured to extend away from the housing from the
front region to the crotch region,

wherein the plurality of sensors are configured to detect the amount of the body exudate within the absorbent article without
making direct contact with the absorbent structure, and wherein the signaling device is configured to provide a signal to
a user when a measured value is less than or equal to a predefined threshold value to provide the user with a time-to-change
decision.

US Pat. No. 9,220,640

ABSORBENT ARTICLE INCLUDING TWO DIMENSIONAL CODE MADE FROM AN ACTIVE GRAPHIC

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1. An absorbent article comprising:
an outer cover having an interior surface and an exterior surface;
an absorbent structure positioned adjacent to the interior surface of the outer cover, the absorbent article including an
inside surface that faces a wearer and an opposite outside surface;

at least one active graphic that includes a visible state where the active graphic is visible from a surface of the absorbent
article, the active graphic comprising a machine readable code comprising a two dimensional code that, when in the visible
state, is configured to provide information related to the absorbent article when scanned by a suitable reader device; and

at least one permanent graphic, wherein the permanent graphic is interrelated to the at least one active graphic.

US Pat. No. 9,192,526

ABSORBENT INSERT AND CONTAINMENT SYSTEM

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1. A discrete absorbent insert comprising,
a first sheet,
a second sheet in facing relation with the first sheet, and
an absorbent core positioned between the first sheet and the second sheet, wherein the absorbent core defines a core perimeter
and the first sheet and the second sheet extend beyond the core perimeter and are joined together to form a perimeter seal,
further comprising a first intake material positioned between the first sheet and the absorbent core,

the absorbent insert having
a dry thickness of at least 1 mm,
a minimum width of less than 120 mm,
a maximum width of at least 170 mm,
an absorbent capacity of at least 600 g, and
a length of 375 mm to 475 mm,wherein the discrete absorbent insert has an intake rate for a first insult through the first sheet having a first value and
an intake rate for a first insult through the second sheet having a second value, wherein a difference between the first value
and the second value is less than 20%.

US Pat. No. 9,150,699

FILM FORMED FROM A BLEND OF BIODEGRADABLE ALIPHATIC-AROMATIC COPOLYESTERS

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1. A laminate comprising:
a nonwoven web material; and
a film joined to the nonwoven web material, wherein the film comprises a biodegradable polymer blend, the biodegradable polymer
blend containing from about 15 wt. % to about 85 wt. % of a first aliphatic-aromatic copolyester and from about 15 wt. % to
about 85 wt. % of a second aliphatic-aromatic copolyester, wherein the first aliphatic-aromatic copolyester is formed from
a first aromatic monomer that includes terephthalic acid or a derivative thereof and the second aliphatic-aromatic copolyester
is formed from a second aromatic monomer that includes phthalic acid or a derivative thereof, isophthalic acid or a derivative
thereof, or a combination of the foregoing, wherein the glass transition temperature of the first aliphatic-aromatic copolyester
and the second aliphatic-aromatic copolyester is about 0° C or less, and wherein the film exhibits a water vapor transition
rate of from about 800 to about 10,000 grams/m2-24 hours.

US Pat. No. 9,132,043

PULL-ACTIVATED TAMPON APPLICATOR

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1. A pull-activated applicator comprising,
a barrel, a pledge, a finger grip, and a deployment element, wherein
the deployment element defines a grasping portion configured as a loop and having a starting loop size of 26 to 90 mm,
the pledget includes a withdrawal string,
the pledget is located within the barrel, and
the barrel, the pledget, and the deployment element arc configured such that application of a force to the deployment element
in a first direction deploys the pledget and withdrawal string from the barrel in a second direction generally opposite the
first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,668,622

SMOOTH AND BULKY TOWEL

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1. A rolled tissue product comprising a tissue web spirally wound into a roll, the web having a three-dimensional surface
topography comprising a plurality of alternating valleys and ridges, the center of adjacent ridges spaced apart from one another
at least about 1.7 mm, a basis weight greater than about 34 grams per square meter (gsm), a geometric mean tensile (GMT) greater
than about 2,000 g/3? and a surface smoothness S90 value less than about 75.0 ?m, wherein the wound roll has a roll bulk greater
than about 15 cc/g.

US Pat. No. 9,468,569

ABSORBENT ARTICLE HAVING A FASTENING SYSTEM AND WAIST ELASTIC WITH LOW LOAD LOSS PROPERTIES

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1. An absorbent article comprising:
an absorbent assembly including longitudinally opposite ends, transversely opposite sides, a front portion, a back portion,
and a crotch portion extending longitudinally between and interconnecting the front and back portions, an inner layer for
facing a wearer, an outer layer for facing away from the wearer, an absorbent body disposed between the inner and outer layers;

a pair of ears secured to and extending transversely outward from the opposite sides of the absorbent assembly in the back
portion, each of the ears being elastic and moveable in at least a transverse direction of the article from a relaxed position
to an extended position, each of the ears having an in product load loss;

a waistband comprising a waist elastic disposed in at least the back portion, the waist elastic having an in product load
loss of less than 60 percent according to a four-hour hold stress relaxation test, the in product load loss of the waist elastic
being less than the in product load loss of each of the ears; and

a fastening system comprising a primary fastening system and a secondary fastening system, wherein in a wear configuration
of the absorbent article, the secondary fastening system secures each of the ears of the pair of ears in the extended position
and thereby defines a pair of spaced-apart anchor points outboard of the primary fastening system.

US Pat. No. 9,464,188

SIMULTANEOUS PLASTICIZATION AND COMPATIBILIZATION PROCESS AND COMPOSITIONS

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1. A continuous process for manufacturing a blended polymer comprising:
feeding separately into an extruder a native starch, a polyolefin, and a compatibilizer;
mixing in the extruder the native starch, the polyolefin, and the compatibilizer; and
forming the blended polymer from the resulting mixture using the extruder.
US Pat. No. 9,428,638

STRONG POLYOLEFIN-BASED THERMOPLASTIC ELASTOMERIC FILMS AND METHODS OF MAKING

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1. A personal care product comprising a thermoplastic elastomeric film comprising greater than 65% by weight of a polyolefin-based
thermoplastic elastomer, a styrenic block copolymer, and from about 3% to about 8% by weight of a strength-enhancing agent.
US Pat. No. 9,410,290

TISSUE HAVING HIGH STRENGTH AND LOW MODULUS

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1. A single ply tissue product having a Geometric Mean Tensile (GMT) from about 2,500 to about 2,750 g/3?, a MD Slope from
about 3.0 to about 5.0 kg and a Stiffness Index from about 2.0 to about 5.0.

US Pat. No. 9,365,976

ENDLESS BELT CHANGING APPARATUS AND METHOD

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1. An apparatus for replacing a first endless belt on a machine with a second endless belt, the first endless belt supported
by a drive roll, a support roll and a guide roll, the apparatus comprising:
a. a first drive roll adapted for driving a second endless belt,
b. a first guide roll adapted for guiding a second endless belt and aligned out of plane with the machine guide roll, the
first guide roll rotating about a first axis and movable about a second axis transverse to the first axis;

c. a drive means for effecting the movement of the first guide roll; and
d. a support roll for supporting a second endless belt.

US Pat. No. 9,364,859

SUPERHYDROPHOBIC SURFACES

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1. A superhydrophobic surface comprising a substrate treated with a superhydrophobic dispersion composition comprising:
a. a water-dispersible hydrophobic component, wherein the hydrophobic component comprises a perfluorinated polymer modified
with a comonomer;

b. a nanoclay comprising nano-structured particles; and
c. water, wherein the surface treated with the superhydrophobic dispersion has a water contact angle greater than 150°, wherein
the superhydrophobic dispersion composition is free of an organic solvent, and wherein the ratio of the weight of the nanoclay
to the weight of the nanoclay and the hydrophobic component is above 0.2 and less than 0.5.

US Pat. No. 9,365,376

CORELESS TISSUE ROLLS AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

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1. A process for producing a coreless tissue roll comprising:
wetting a leading edge or near a leading edge of a tissue sheet with an aqueous solution, the aqueous solution being adhesive
free;

contacting the leading edge of the tissue sheet with a mandrel;
rotating the mandrel in order to wind the tissue sheet into a roll, the roll having an exterior surface as it is wound;
cutting the tissue sheet to complete the roll; and
stripping the finished roll from the mandrel, the finished roll defining an axially passageway that extends from a first end
of the roll to a second and opposite end of the roll in a direction perpendicular to the length of the tissue sheet, the passageway
being lined only by the tissue sheet;

wherein the tension is maintained on the tissue sheet during formation on the roll in an amount of 0.2 lb per linear inch
or less.

US Pat. No. 9,339,422

ABSORBENT ARTICLE WITH RAISED BODY CONFORMING STRUCTURE

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1. An absorbent article comprising,
a body side liner,
a back sheet,
an absorbent body positioned between the body side liner and the back sheet wherein the absorbent body defines an absorbent
body length, and

a body conforming structure, wherein the body conforming structure is a discrete element positioned between the body side
liner and the absorbent body, wherein the body conforming structure defines a body conforming structure length that is at
least 50% the absorbent body length and wherein the body conforming structure is aligned with a longitudinal centerline of
the absorbent article and wherein the body conforming structure comprises

an anterior portion having a median anterior portion width,
a posterior portion having a median posterior portion width, and
a central portion positioned between the anterior portion and the posterior portion and having a median central portion width,
wherein the median anterior portion width is greater than the median central portion width and the median central portion
width is greater than the median posterior portion width, and

wherein the anterior portion includes a well having two longitudinal edges, wherein each well longitudinal edge has a section
that is generally parallel to the longitudinal centerline, the central portion includes a channel having two longitudinal
edges, wherein each channel longitudinal edge has a section that is generally parallel to the longitudinal centerline, and
the posterior portion includes a taper wherein the well transitions into the channel via a first convex transition and a concave
transition and wherein the channel transitions into the taper via a second convex transition.

US Pat. No. 9,173,782

COORDINATED APERTURED AND EMBOSSED TOPSHEET LAYER MATERIALS, AND ABSORBENT ARTICLES CONTAINING SUCH

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1. A topsheet layer material with coordinated apertures and embossed channel, said topsheet layer material including a longitudinal
direction, a transverse direction and a depth direction, said topsheet layer material including at least one embossed channel
wherein said embossed channel includes multiple side edges, and a first series of apertures, wherein said at least one embossed
channel has a curvilinear overall shape configuration along either said longitudinal direction, said transverse direction
or a combination of longitudinal and transverse directions, and wherein said first series of apertures are positioned in an
uninterrupted sequence on said topsheet layer material laterally adjacent said at least one embossed channel along each of
said multiple side edges, such that said first series of apertures are configured in the same or similar overall shape configuration
as at least one embossed channel overall shape configuration.

US Pat. No. 9,173,786

ABSORBENT PERSONAL CARE ARTICLE HAVING WINGS AND PROTECTIVE STRIPS

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1. An absorbent personal care article comprising:
an elongate shape defined by opposed first and second sides and opposed front and rear ends; said article defining a longitudinal
axis, a transverse axis and a vertical axis normal to said longitudinal axis and said transverse axis;

a liquid permeable topsheet defining a top surface and a bottom surface, a liquid impermeable backsheet and an absorbent core
disposed between said liquid permeable topsheet and said liquid impermeable backsheet;

a first wing extending from said first side and having a wing proximal edge and a wing distal edge;
a second wing extending from said second side and having a wing proximal edge and a wind distal edge;
a fastener positioned on at least one of said first and second wings;
said first wing having a first hinge line and said second wing having a second hinge line, said first wing and said second
wing being adapted during use to be folded along said respective first and second hinge lines downwardly relative to said
vertical axis towards said backsheet;

said article further including a first protective strip and a second protective strip each defining a proximal edge and a
distal edge and a width therebetween, said first and second protective strips each defining a front end portion and a rear
end portion with a mid-portion disposed between said front end portion and said rear end portion, said front end portion being
separated from said mid-portion by a front transition portion, said rear end portion being separated from said mid-portion
by a rear transition portion;

said first protective strip being located adjacent said first side of said article and said second protective strip being
located adjacent said second side of said article such that at least a portion of said first protective strip including at
least a portion of said distal edge extends beyond said first hinge line and at least a portion of said second protective
strip including at least a portion of said distal edge extends beyond said second hinge line, said first and second hinge
lines being located below said respective first and second protective strips relative to said vertical axis;

said mid-portion of said first and second protective strips each having a distal edge at least a portion of which is straight,
said front transition portion and said rear transition portion each having a width which is less than the width of said front
end portion, said mid-portion and said rear end portion; and

wherein said distal edge of said first and second protective strips is unattached to said article.

US Pat. No. 9,168,181

METHOD OF FORMING A CONTAINMENT SYSTEM FOR AN ABSORBENT ARTICLE

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1. A method of forming a containment system for an absorbent article, the absorbent article including a front end region,
a rear end region, a first elasticized leg cuff, and a second elasticized leg cuff, the method comprising:
providing a first containment flap and a second containment flap, the first containment flap and the second containment flap
each comprising a stem, an inner flap projection extending laterally from the stem, and an outer flap projection extending
laterally from the stem and the inner flap projection, at least a portion of the inner flap projection being elasticized and
at least a portion of the outer flap projection being elasticized;

bonding the first containment flap to the absorbent article such that the first containment flap extends from the front end
region to the rear end region and is positioned on a first side of a longitudinal axis of the absorbent article and the stem
of the first containment flap is positioned laterally inwards from the first leg cuff;

bonding the second containment flap to the absorbent article such that the second containment flap extends from the front
end region to the rear end region and is positioned on a second side of a longitudinal axis of the absorbent article and the
stem of the second containment flap is positioned laterally inwards from the second leg cuff, the second side of the longitudinal
axis being opposite from the first side of the longitudinal axis;

providing a waist elastic member, the waist elastic member having a body facing surface and garment facing surface;
bonding the waist elastic member to the absorbent article in at least one of the rear end region and the front end region;
securing the inner flap projection and the outer flap projection of the first containment flap in at least a portion of the
at least one of the front end region and the rear end region comprises bonding the waist elastic member to the absorbent article
such that the garment facing surface of the waist elastic member overlaps the first containment flap, wherein securing the
inner flap projection of the first containment flap in the at least a portion of the at least one of the front end region
and the rear end region further comprises applying a third intermittent adhesive to a bottom surface of the inner flap projection
of the first containment flap in the at least a portion of the at least one of the front end region and the rear end region
and bonding the inner flap projection of the first containment flap to the bad facing liner at the third intermittent adhesive;
and

securing the inner flap projection and the outer flap projection of the second containment flap in at least a portion of the
at least one of the front end region and the rear end region comprises bonding the waist elastic member to the absorbent article
such that the garment facing surface of the waist elastic member overlaps the second containment flap, wherein securing the
inner flap projection of the second containment flap in the at least a portion of the at least one of the front end region
and the rear end region further comprises applying a fourth intermittent adhesive to a bottom surface of the inner flap projection
of the second containment flap in the at least a portion of the at least one of the front end region and the rear end region
and bonding the inner flap projection of the second containment flap to the body facing liner at the fourth intermittent adhesive.

US Pat. No. 9,138,356

WETNESS INDICATOR WITH HYDROPHANOUS ELEMENT FOR AN ABSORBENT ARTICLE

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1. An absorbent article for absorbing a liquid, the absorbent article comprising:
a chassis including a liner, an outer cover, and an absorbent structure positioned between the liner and the outer cover,
the chassis including a crotch region positioned in between a front region and a back region, the front region and the back
region defining a waist region therebetween;

a wetness indicator positioned adjacent the liner, the wetness indicator including a tissue layer having a liner-facing side
and an absorbent-structure-facing side and being in liquid communication with the absorbent structure or the liner, a film
layer positioned between the liner and the absorbent structure, and an indicator material including an active constituent
adapted to wick along the tissue layer when the absorbent article is insulted.

US Pat. No. 9,125,528

MAKE-UP REMOVAL WIPE

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1. A wiping product comprising a rectangular central portion and a first and a second pair of opposed lobes continuous therewith,
each lobe bisected by a longitudinal axis and having a bell-shaped curvilinear peripheral edge that terminates in a rounded
tip having an edge defined by the arc of a circle, and a base that forms one side of the rectangular central portion, the
circle of the first pair of opposed lobes having a radius R1, the circle of the second pair of opposed lobes having a radius R2, wherein R1 and R2 are not equal.

US Pat. No. 9,084,838

FEMININE CARE ABSORBENT ARTICLE FOR USE IN WARM CLIMATES

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1. A feminine care absorbent article comprising;
a generally liquid-impermeable layer;
a liquid-permeable layer;
an absorbent core positioned between the generally liquid-impermeable layer and the liquid-permeable layer;
an antimicrobial composition that is uniformly disposed on the liquid-permeable layer, wherein the antimicrobial composition
comprises an acidic compound, wherein the acidic compound is a weak organic carboxylic acid; and

a sensor that comprises a pH-sensitive composition, wherein the sensor is integrated into the article and positioned such
that the pH-sensitive composition is in fluid communication with a bodily fluid from a user of the feminine care absorbent
article, wherein the pH-sensitive composition includes a chromogen that undergoes a visible color change upon contact with
the bodily fluid, the visible color change occurring at a pH level of from 3 to 9 so that the pH-sensitive composition exhibits
a first color at pH levels of less than 3 and a second color at pH levels of 9 or more, and wherein the pH-sensitive composition
further includes an organic hydrophilic binder present in an amount ranging from 40 wt.% to 85 wt.% based on a dry weight
of the pH-sensitive composition, wherein the presence of the second color signals to the user whether the antimicrobial composition
is effective in inhibiting microorganism growth or is beginning to lose or has lost its efficacy.

US Pat. No. 9,078,787

SHUTTER PRESS COMPRESSOR WITH SHAPING ELEMENTS

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1. An apparatus for compressing a material, the apparatus having a central longitudinal axis and comprising:
a plurality of levers, each lever comprising a lever outer end and a radially-inward end portion and a lever longitudinal
axis extending from the lever outer end to the radially-inward end portion;

a plurality of jaws, wherein each jaw is attached to a lever, and wherein each jaw has a compression surface having an area
and wherein the compression surface defines a plane that is generally parallel to the lever longitudinal axis;

a compressing mechanism configured to move each lever in a non-linear motion such that the area of a compression surface exposed
to the material decreases with the inward movement of that compression surface; and

a shaping element associated with at least one compression surface.

US Pat. No. 9,814,632

BODY ADHERING ABSORBENT ARTICLE

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. A feminine care absorbent article comprising:
an absorbent structure configured for disposition adjacent a female wearer's vaginal region to absorb bodily fluids discharged
by the wearer; and

a shell for supporting the absorbent structure at said vaginal region such that the absorbent structure does not enter the
female wearer's labia majora, the shell having a body-facing surface and a garment-facing surface, the absorbent structure
being attached to the body-facing surface of the shell such that the absorbent structure overlies the shell, the body-facing
surface having an adhesive outboard of the absorbent structure for adhering the shell directly to the wearer's body, the adhesive
being applied in a non-uniform adhesive pattern to a first area of the body-facing surface to provide a first adhesive strength,
said adhesive being applied in a non-uniform adhesive pattern to a second area of the body-facing surface to provide a second
adhesive strength that is less than the first adhesive strength at said first area, the shell defining an opening, the absorbent
structure at least partially covering the opening.

US Pat. No. 9,518,181

RENEWABLE POLYESTER COMPOSITIONS HAVING A LOW DENSITY

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1. A thermoplastic composition comprising
a rigid polyester constituting 80 wt. % or more of the thermoplastic composition having a glass transition temperature of
from 30° C. to 100° C.,

a polymeric toughening additive, and
an interphase modifier comprising a silicone, silicone-polyether copolymer, alkylene glycol, alkane diol, amine oxide, fatty
acid ester, or a combination thereof in an amount of from 0.1 wt. % to 15 wt. % based on the weight of the polyester,

wherein the thermoplastic composition has a morphology in which a plurality of discrete primary domains and voids are dispersed
within a continuous phase, the domains containing the polymeric toughening additive and the continuous phase containing the
polyester,

wherein the voids contain a combination of micro-voids having a dimension of about 1 micrometer or more and nano-voids having
a dimension of less than about 1 micrometer,

wherein the thermoplastic composition has a density of about 1.4 grams per cubic centimeter or less, and wherein the ratio
of the glass transition temperature of the thermoplastic composition to the glass transition temperature of the polyester
is from about 0.7 to about 1.3.

US Pat. No. 9,442,088

SINGLE COIL MAGNETIC INDUCTION TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGING

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1. A method for magnetic induction tomography imaging, the method comprising:
accessing, by one or more computing devices, a plurality of coil property measurements obtained for a specimen associated
with a single coil coupled to and energized with radio frequency energy from an RF energy source, each of the plurality of
coil property measurements obtained with the single coil at one of a plurality of discrete locations relative to a specimen,
each coil property measurement comprising a detected coil property of the single coil coupled to and energized with radiofrequency
energy from an RF energy source;

associating, by the one or more computing devices, coil position data with each of the plurality of coil property measurements,
the coil position data indicative of the position and orientation of the single coil relative to the specimen for each coil
property measurement;

accessing, by the one or more computing devices, a model defining a relationship between coil property measurements obtained
by the single coil at a plurality of different positions relative to the specimen and an electromagnetic property of the specimen;
and

generating, by the one or more computing devices, a three-dimensional electromagnetic property map of the specimen using the
model based at least in part on the plurality of coil property measurements and the coil position data associated with each
coil property measurement.

US Pat. No. 9,422,641

FILAMENTS COMPRISING MICROFIBRILLAR CELLULOSE, FIBROUS NONWOVEN WEBS AND PROCESS FOR MAKING THE SAME

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1. A cellulosic filament precursor dope comprising, based upon the total weight of said precursor dope, from about 7 to about
20 weight percent of microfibrillar cellulose fibers, about 0.2 to about 3 weight percent of a thickening agent and about
75 to about 95 weight percent of a water-based solvent, said microfibrillar cellulose fibers being dispersed in said solvent
and said thickening agent being dissolved in said solvent, said precursor dope having a dynamic viscosity ranging from about
400 to about 3000 Pascal seconds at a shear rate of 100 reciprocal seconds.
US Pat. No. 9,422,387

DUAL RESPONSIVE BLOCK COPOLYMER COMPOSITIONS

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1. A composition comprising a responsive block copolymer, the responsive block copolymer comprising at least one block A that
is a triggerable copolymer and at least one block B that is a hydrophilic copolymer including a monomer selected from the
group consisting of 2-hydroxypropyl acrylate, hydroxyethyl methacrylate, hydroxyethyl acrylate, and poly(ethylene glycol)
methyl ether acrylate, the triggerable copolymer comprising at least one lower critical solution temperature monomer that
is an oligoethylene oxide-based (meth)acrylate and at least one charged monomer, wherein the triggerable copolymer block A
is a dual trigger block configured to trigger on temperature and ionic strength, and wherein the responsive block copolymer
micellizes or gels at a temperature between 28 ° C. and 37 ° C. and a salt concentration of about 0.9 wt %.

US Pat. No. 9,399,540

STORING AND DISPENSING CONTAINER FOR PRODUCT HAVING IMPROVED DISPENSING ORIFICE

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1. A storing and dispensing container for a plurality of sheets of product, the container comprising:
a housing for storing product, the housing comprising a bottom portion with side portions adjoined to the bottom portion and
each side portion adjoined to an adjacent side portion and the side portions extending away from the bottom portion, the side
portions also adjoined to a top portion with the top portion overlying the bottom portion and being generally parallel to
the bottom portion, the plurality of sheets of product being positioned within the housing; and

a dispensing orifice in the top portion, the dispensing orifice having a length extending along a longitudinal axis from a
first end to a second end, the dispensing orifice having:

a maximum width disposed not less than 20% and not more than 49% of the distance from the first end to the second end;
a midpoint width disposed halfway between the first end and the second end, the midpoint width being less than the maximum
width; and

a third width disposed 80% of the distance from the first end to the second end, the third width being no greater than 80%
of the maximum width;

wherein the housing comprises a flexible pouch, and wherein the top portion includes a removable portion which seals the product
within the pouch in a first condition and which allows access to the product within the pouch in a second condition, the removable
portion defining a perimeter and having a removable portion area, the container further comprising:

a rigid flip top comprising a lid connected to a flange by a hinge, the flange being affixed to an outer surface of the pouch
at the top portion of the pouch such that the rigid flip top overlies the removable portion of the pouch and the removable
portion is surrounded by the flange at the outer surface of the pouch,

the flange defining an interior region through which the product can be dispensed when the lid is opened and the lid being
removably positionable to be closed to engage the flange and thereby seal the pouch at the outer surface where the removable
portion is surrounded by the flange, the interior region having an interior region length, an interior region width that extends
from a hinge-side of the flange to a side of the flange opposite the hinge, and an interior region area, the interior region
containing the removable portion and a non-removable portion,

wherein the removable portion area is no greater than 80% of the interior region area, and wherein the removable portion abuts
the flange at a tear apex,

wherein at least 70% of the removable portion area is located on one side of a bisecting line that extends parallel to the
interior region width at a midpoint of the interior region length.

US Pat. No. 9,381,150

ALCOHOL ANTIMICROBIAL SKIN SANITIZING COMPOSITIONS INCLUDING CATIONIC COMPATIBLE THICKENERS

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. An antimicrobial skin sanitizing composition comprising:
an alcohol;
a cationic compound for imparting a skin conditioning benefit to a user; and
a thickening system compatible with the cationic compound, wherein the thickening system is essentially free of cellulosic
polymers, starches, acrylates, and acrylate-based polymers.

US Pat. No. 9,358,759

MULTILAYERED ELASTIC LAMINATES WITH ENHANCED STRENGTH AND ELASTICITY AND METHODS OF MAKING THEREOF

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A multilayered elastic laminate comprising:
a first thermoplastic elastomeric film layer having a permanent set of less than 40% after 150% elongation, the thermoplastic
elastomeric film comprising a polyolefin-based thermoplastic elastomer, a styrenic block copolymer, and from about 3% by weight
to about 8% by weight of a strength-enhancing agent, wherein the film layer is substantially free of calcium carbonate;

a first plastic layer affixed to a first surface of the thermoplastic elastomeric film layer, the plastic layer having a permanent
set at least 50% greater than the permanent set of the elastomeric film layer, and

a facing material affixed to a second surface of the thermoplastic elastomeric film layer.

US Pat. No. 9,339,425

ABSORBENT ARTICLE HAVING A FASTENING SYSTEM ADAPTED TO ENHANCE GASKETING

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. An absorbent article having a longitudinal direction, a lateral direction, an inner surface, an outer surface, a front
portion, a back portion, a crotch portion extending longitudinally between and connecting the front portion and the back portion,
the absorbent article comprising:
a bodyside liner at least in part defining the inner surface of the article;
an outer cover at least in part defining the outer surface of the article;
an absorbent core disposed between the bodyside liner and the outer cover;
a pair of containment flaps extending in the longitudinal direction and adapted to provide a barrier to the lateral flow of
body exudates, each of the containment flaps comprising a seam bonding the respective containment flap to the bodyside liner
and at least one elastic member spaced from the seam;

a fastening system configured to attach the back portion to the front portion to define a wear configuration of the absorbent
article, the fastening system comprising a primary fastening system and a secondary fastening system separate from the primary
fastening system, the secondary fastening system comprising a pair of secondary first fastening components and a pair of secondary
second fastening components, each of the secondary first fastening components being disposed on the front portion and configured
to engage one of the secondary second fastening components disposed on the back portion when the absorbent article is in the
wear configuration, each of the secondary first fastening components being laterally located relative to one of the containment
flaps such that an outboard-most longitudinal edge of the secondary first fastening component is spaced entirely laterally
inward from the seam and an inboard-most longitudinal edge of the secondary first fastening component is spaced laterally
outward from the elastic member.

US Pat. No. 9,302,872

DIAMETER MEASUREMENT OF A ROLL OF MATERIAL IN A WINDING SYSTEM

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. A web winding and measuring system, comprising:
a rotatably-mounted spool onto which a web of material is wound to form a roll, the rotatably-mounted spool configured to
turn at a rotational speed;

a light-emitting device configured to illuminate the roll by light, providing a line on a cylindrical surface of the roll
in a cross-machine direction;

a light-receiving device configured to detect the line and generate measurement data from the detected line as the web of
material is wound onto the spool; and

a computing device communicatively coupled to said light-receiving device and configured to:
receive the measurement data;
calculate a diameter of the roll; and
adjust the rotational speed based on the diameter.

US Pat. No. 9,271,487

PROTEIN STABILIZED ANTIMICROBIAL COMPOSITION FORMED BY MELT PROCESSING

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A melt-processed antimicrobial composition comprising at least one monoterpene phenol in an amount of from about 0.1 wt.
% to about 30 wt. %, at least one melt-processible plant protein in an amount of from about 30 wt. % to about 95 wt. %, and
at least one carrier fluid in amount of from about 1 wt. % to about 50 wt. %.

US Pat. No. 9,220,646

ABSORBENT ARTICLES WITH IMPROVED STAIN DECOLORIZATION

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A personal care absorbent article for receiving a body exudate comprising a topsheet layer, a backsheet layer, and at least
one absorbent core layer having a peripheral edge positioned between said topsheet layer and said backsheet layer, said article
defining a longitudinal axis, a transverse axis and a vertical axis, said topsheet layer having a user facing surface having
a first region for receiving said body exudate comprising menses including red blood cells, said user facing surface having
a second region capable of receiving said body exudate from said first region and a decolorization material capable of filtering
said red blood cells within said body exudate, said decolorization material altering the visual appearance of said body exudate
in said second region as compared to said first region by lowering the content of said red blood cells in said second region
as compared to said first region as said body exudate travels from said first region to said second region through said decolorization
material, wherein said decolorization material comprises a wrapping layer which wraps at least a portion of said peripheral
edge of said absorbent core layer and extends across at least a portion of a user facing surface of said absorbent core layer.
US Pat. No. 9,206,555

TISSUE HAVING HIGH STRENGTH AND LOW MODULUS

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A tissue product having a MD TEA (expressed as g*cm/cm2) equal to or greater than about 0.03234(GMT)?27.452 and a GMT from about 2200 to about 3500 g/3?, where GMT is the geometric
mean tensile expressed in grams per three inches.

US Pat. No. 9,198,807

CONTAINMENT PANT

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A permanently closed containment pant comprising,
an elastically extensible chassis defining a waist opening, a first leg opening, and a second leg opening, the waist opening
comprising a front waist region joined with a back waist region, and

a sling positioned within the chassis and being joined to the front waist region and the back waist region, wherein the sling
comprises a fluid-impervious base sheet formed from a fabric, a first containment flap formed from a fabric, and a second
containment flap formed from a fabric, wherein the first containment flap is curved and comprises a first end and a second
end, the second containment flap is curved and comprises a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the first
containment flap is joined to the first end of the second containment flap and the second end of the first containment flap
is joined to the second end of the second containment flap, wherein the first containment flap and second containment flap
each joined with the base sheet to create a fluid-impervious pouch,

wherein the base sheet is a first fabric laminated with polyurethane to define a polyurethane surface and a fabric surface
and the containment flap is a second fabric laminated with polyurethane to define a second fabric surface and a second polyurethane
surface wherein the first polyurethane surface is joined with the second polyurethane surface.

US Pat. No. 9,163,336

FIBERS FORMED FROM AROMATIC POLYESTER AND POLYETHER COPOLYMER

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A fiber for use in forming a nonwoven web, the fiber being formed from a thermoplastic composition comprising at least
one aromatic polyester in an amount from about 75 wt. % to about 99 wt. % and at least one polyether copolymer in an amount
from about 1 wt. % to about 25 wt %, wherein the polyether copolymer contains from about 40 mol.% to about 95 mol.% of a repeating
unit (A) having the following formula:
wherein,
x is an integer from 1 to 250,
the polyether copolymer further containing from about 5 mol.% to about 60 mol.% of a repeating unit (B) having the following
formula:

wherein,
n is an integer from 3 to 20; and
y is an integer from 1 to 150,
wherein the polyether copolymer has the following general structure;
wherein
z is an integer from 0 to 200;
A is hydrogen, an alkyl group, an acyl group, or an aryl group of 1 to 10 carbon atoms, and
B is hydrogen, an alkyl group, an acyl group, or an aryl group of 1 to 10 carbon atoms.

US Pat. No. 9,161,865

ABSORBENT ARTICLE

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. An absorbent article comprising:
a. a longitudinal direction and a lateral direction;
b. a pair of longitudinal side edges;
c. a body facing liner;
d. a backsheet comprising a body facing surface and a garment facing surface;
e. a pair of leg opening adjustment mechanisms positioned on the body facing surface of the backsheet and each leg opening
adjustment mechanism comprising:

i. a cover comprising two longitudinal direction edges and two lateral direction edges; and
ii. an adjustment member comprising a bonded end and an unbonded end;
f. a pair of leg elastic members; and
g. an absorbent body positioned between the body facing liner and the backsheet.

US Pat. No. 9,138,361

PERSONAL WEAR ABSORBENT ARTICLE WITH DISPOSAL TAB

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. An absorbent article for personal wear about a wearer's waist, the article being selectively configurable from a wear configuration
to a disposal configuration wherein the article is compacted for disposal, said article comprising:
a liquid permeable liner defining an inner surface of the article for facing the wearer;
an outer cover defining an outer surface of the article for facing away from the wearer;
an absorbent body disposed between the liner and the outer cover;
a front waist region, a back waist region and a crotch region extending longitudinally between and interconnecting the front
and back waist regions,

the front and back waist regions being one of permanently attached and releasably attachable to each other by an article fastening
system to define the wear configuration of the absorbent article, the article having, in the wear configuration, a waist opening
and a pair of leg openings; and

a pair of disposal tabs, each disposal tab having an attachment region and a tab region extending transversely outward from
the attachment region, the attachment region having a first surface and a second opposite surface, the first surface of the
attachment region being attached to one of said front and back waist regions of the article, the second surface of the attachment
region of the disposal tab defining part of the article fastening system such that the second surface at least in part attaches
the front and back waist regions in the wear configuration of the absorbent article, the tab region having a fastening component
attachable to the outer cover of the article in at least the disposal configuration of the article to thereby hold the article
in the compacted, disposal configuration.

US Pat. No. 9,125,532

STORING AND DISPENSING CONTAINER FOR WIPES

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

8. A container for moist wipes, the container comprising:
a dispenser housing defining a top wall spaced apart from and generally parallel to a bottom wall, a first side wall spaced
apart from and generally parallel to a second side wall, and a first end wall spaced apart from and generally parallel to
a second end wall, wherein all of the walls collectively define an interior space, wherein the top wall includes a dispensing
orifice through which wipes can be extracted from the interior space, wherein the top wall is spaced apart from the bottom
wall in a height dimension, the interior space having an interior space height that extends from an inner surface of the top
wall to an inner surface of the bottom wall, the dispensing orifice defining a dispensing orifice perimeter;

wherein the dispensing orifice is covered by a lid assembly, the lid assembly comprising a ring and a flip top, the ring being
permanently affixed to the top wall, and the flip top being hingedly connected to the ring, the ring having an upper portion
and a buffering flange, the upper portion overlapping and generally extending along the dispensing orifice perimeter,

wherein the buffering flange is formed integrally with and protrudes from the upper portion into the interior space past the
inner surface of the top wall,

wherein the first end wall can be removed to provide access to the interior space via a refill orifice.

US Pat. No. 9,089,458

PERSONAL WEAR ABSORBENT ARTICLE WITH TAB

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. An absorbent article for personal wear about a wearer's waist, the article comprising:
a central absorbent assembly comprising a liquid permeable inner layer for facing the wearer, an outer layer for facing away
from the wearer, an absorbent body disposed therebetween, a front waist region, a back waist region and a crotch region extending
longitudinally between and interconnecting the front and back waist regions;

a pair of transversely spaced panels extending transversely outward from the back waist region of the central absorbent assembly,
the panels being attachable to the front waist region of the central absorbent assembly to define a wear configuration of
the absorbent article having a waist opening and a pair of leg openings spaced from the waist opening; and

a pair of tabs, each tab having an attachment region attached to one of the panels and a tab region extending transversely
outward from the attachment region, each of the panels being attached to the front waist region of the central absorbent assembly
in the wear configuration of the absorbent article by direct engagement of fastener components mounted on the front waist
region of the central absorbent assembly with the attachment region of the tabs, the tab region of each of the tabs being
directly attached to the front waist region of the central absorbent assembly in the wear configuration of the absorbent article
by fastener components mounted on the respective tab, the attachment region and the tab fastener components being oriented
on a common surface of a respective tab of the pair of tabs.

US Pat. No. 9,078,742

SELF-ACTIVATED COOLING DEVICE

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. A cooling device, comprising:
a shell member having an outer face and an inner face disposed against a surface to be cooled in use of said device, said
shell member defining an interior space;

a cooling substrate combination disposed within said interior space, said cooling substrate comprising a first absorbent web
of porous material having a first cooling composition applied thereto in a dried substantially film-like network distributed
throughout said web, said cooling composition comprising a cooling agent that is activated by contact with an aqueous liquid
and a hydrophobic agent present in an effective amount to inhibit wetting of said web and prolong a cooling reaction generated
when said substrate is contacted with the aqueous liquid;

an aqueous liquid source disposed within said interior space and separated from said first cooling substrate by a barrier
member; and

said device activated by manual manipulation to breach said barrier member causing liquid from said liquid source to move
within said interior space to contact and activate said first cooling composition whereby a cooling reaction is generated.

US Pat. No. 9,074,324

LAYERED TISSUE STRUCTURES COMPRISING MACROALGAE

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A layered tissue web comprising a first air contacting layer and a second fabric contacting layer, wherein the first air
contacting layer comprises from 0.5 to 4.5 weight percent macroalgae fibers by weight of the web, and wherein the second fabric
contacting layer is substantially free of macroalgae fibers.

US Pat. No. 9,687,169

SYSTEM, CONTROLLER, AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING CONDUCTANCE OF AN OBJECT

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. A system for determining a conductance of an object, the system comprising:
a sensor configured to emit an electromagnetic field when an excitation signal is received, wherein the electromagnetic field
interacts with the object when the object is positioned within the electromagnetic field;

a signal processing circuit coupled to the sensor and configured to:
provide an adjustable capacitance to the sensor to adjust a phase angle of a current flowing through the sensor;
generate a voltage measurement representative of a voltage across the sensor; and
generate a current measurement representative of the current flowing through the sensor; and
a controller coupled to the signal processing circuit, the controller configured to:
adjust the adjustable capacitance to drive the sensor to a non-resonant state;
calculate an admittance of the sensor based on:
the voltage measurement when the sensor is in the non-resonant state; and
the current measurement when the sensor is in the non-resonant state; and
determine a conductance of the object based on the calculated admittance of the sensor.
US Pat. No. 9,657,257

COLORANT NEUTRALIZER

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A composition for discharging blood stains, the composition comprising: an aqueous or other polar solvent-based solution
containing about 0.01% to about 95% by volume of a unsaturated aliphatic acid or ester, said aliphatic acid or ester molecule
having a carbon chain of at least C8 or greater, and more than one carbon-carbon double bond; an oxidative catalyst; and a cell-lysing agent, wherein said unsaturated
aliphatic acid or ester and cell lysing agent, when present, are present in amounts expressed as a ratio ranging from about
1:1 up to about 30:1, respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,648,991

METHOD FOR CONTROL OF AN ELECTRONIC LIQUID DISPENSER AND ASSOCIATED DISPENSER SYSTEM

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A control method for an electronic liquid dispenser, wherein the liquid dispenser utilizes a motor to drive a pump mechanism
from a home position in a dispense cycle for dispensing a metered dose of liquid from a reservoir, the motor powered by a
voltage source, the method comprising:
upon initiation of the dispense cycle, starting the motor to operate the pump mechanism;
calculating motor work being performed by the motor immediately after motor start;
upon the calculated motor work immediately after motor start exceeding a first set point work value during initiation of the
dispense cycle, stopping and reversing the motor to return the pump mechanism to the home position;

during the subsequent dispense cycle, separately detecting motor voltage and motor current; and
upon the calculated motor work being greater than a second set point work value and less than the first set point work value,
stopping and reversing the motor to return the pump mechanism to the home position when (a) detected voltage fails below a
set point voltage value or (b) detected current exceeds a set point current value.

US Pat. No. 9,586,044

METHOD FOR INCREASING THE PERMEABILITY OF AN EPITHELIAL BARRIER

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A method for increasing the permeability of a cellular layer that comprises epithelial cells, the method comprising:
contacting the cellular layer with a microneedle, the microneedle including a plurality of nanostructures and microstructures
formed on an external surface thereof in a predetermined pattern, wherein at least a portion of the microstructures have a
cross-sectional dimension of greater than about 500 nanometers and less than about 10 micrometers and a height of from about
20 nanometers to about 1 micrometer, the cross-sectional dimension of the microstructures being greater than the height of
the microstructures, wherein at least a portion of the nanostructures having a cross-sectional dimension of from about 5 nanometers
to about 500 nanometers, wherein subsequent to contact between the cellular layer and the microneedle, the cellular layer
exhibits increased permeability to the drug compound.

US Pat. No. 9,585,826

TRIGGERABLE COMPOSITIONS FOR TWO-STAGE, CONTROLLED RELEASE OF ACTIVE CHEMISTRY

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A triggerable composition for two-stage, controlled release of a functional active chemical comprising:
a betaine ester or betaine ester derivative of a functional active with at least one hydroxyl group that releases the functional
active through a hydrolysis reaction upon contact with an aqueous medium, wherein the betaine ester or betaine ester derivative
is configured to undergo the hydrolysis reaction in a basic aqueous medium, a neutral aqueous medium, and an acidic aqueous
medium, and wherein the betaine ester or betaine ester derivative is not part of a larger polymer structure and not itself
bonded as a functional group to a chain base structure, and

an encapsulation material for encapsulating the betaine ester or betaine ester derivative including a functional active, the
encapsulation material triggerable to release the betaine ester or betaine ester derivative upon the occurrence of an environmental
stimulus.

US Pat. No. 9,557,310

WATER-BASED WETNESS-INDICATING COMPOSITION AND SENSOR

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A method for preparing a substrate comprising a composition, the method comprising the steps of:
preparing a surfactant blend comprising at least two surfactants having different hydrophilic lipophilic balance profiles,
wherein the surfactants are selected from the group consisting of Polyethylene Glycol Ester of Lauric Acid, Ethoxylated Alkyl
Phenol, and Polyoxyethylene Sorbitan Monooleate;

preparing a solubilized active by solubilizing a water-insoluble leuco dye with the surfactant blend and a developer;
combining the solubilized active with a binder, a stabilizer and water to create a colored solution; and
applying the colored solution to the substrate; and drying the substrate so that the applied colored solution becomes colorless,
wherein the composition is substantially free of organic solvent; and

wherein the composition develops color from a substantially non-colored state when contacted by an aqueous liquid.

US Pat. No. 9,549,859

METHOD OF INCORPORATING LEG ELASTICS IN A PANT-LIKE DISPOSABLE ABSORBENT GARMENT, AND GARMENT MADE THEREBY

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A pant-like disposable absorbent garment defining a longitudinal direction and a lateral direction perpendicular to the
longitudinal direction, the garment having a front region defining a front waist end edge, a back region defining a back waist
end edge, and a crotch region longitudinally between the front and back regions, the crotch region defining two laterally
opposed crotch side edges, and the garment defining a garment length extending from the front waist end edge to the back waist
end edge, the garment comprising:
an elastomeric film laminate front panel which defines a front panel waist edge, a front panel leg edge spaced longitudinally
inward from the front panel waist edge, and first and second laterally opposed front panel side edges which extend longitudinally
between the front panel waist edge and the front panel leg edge;

an elastomeric film laminate back panel which defines a back panel waist edge, a back panel leg edge spaced longitudinally
inward from the back panel waist edge, and first and second laterally opposed back panel side edges which extend longitudinally
between the back panel waist edge and the back panel leg edge, wherein the front panel is longitudinally spaced apart from
the back panel;

at least one front leg elastic member disposed adjacent the front panel leg edge, and at least one back leg elastic member
disposed adjacent the back panel leg edge;

a leg elastic covering panel which extends between and interconnects the front panel to the back panel such that the front
leg elastic member is sandwiched between the leg elastic covering panel and the front panel and such that the back leg elastic
member is sandwiched between the leg elastic covering panel and the back panel;

wherein a length of the leg elastic covering panel is less than the garment length;
an absorbent composite attached to the leg elastic covering panel; and
a pair of side seams connecting the front region to the back region, thereby defining a waist opening and a pair of leg openings.

US Pat. No. 9,533,483

APPARATUS FOR AND METHOD OF SHAPING AND APPLYING A SEGMENT TO A MOVING WEB

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. Apparatus for shaping a segment of material, the apparatus comprising:
a forming member having a curved sidewall shaped complementary to a desired shape of the segment of material; and
a conforming member having an applicator side and an engagement side disposed for engagement with the curved sidewall of the
forming member, the conforming member comprising a plurality of attachment regions disposed on the applicator side, each attachment
region adapted to hold the segment of material on the conforming member,

wherein engagement of the conforming member with the forming member causes the attachment regions to move from a first shape
profile to a second shape profile, the second shape profile being the desired shape of the segment of material.

US Pat. No. 9,510,923

VAGINAL INSERT METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A band forming module comprising:
a. a first web guide;
b. a pair of feed rollers;
c. a second web guide;
d. a scissor mechanism; and
e. a mandrel having a vertical direction, a horizontal direction, a circumferential surface and a vacuum hole pattern thereon
wherein the vacuum hole pattern encircles the mandrel and wherein the vacuum hole pattern comprises:

i. a first portion comprising at least two rows of vacuum holes extending in the horizontal direction and a row of vacuum
holes extending in the vertical direction wherein the row of vacuum holes extending in the vertical direction comprises at
least three vacuum holes and is positioned to a first side, in the horizontal direction of the mandrel, of the vacuum holes
extending in the horizontal direction and wherein a first of the at least two rows of vacuum holes extending in the horizontal
direction is positioned in proximity to the uppermost vacuum hole in the row of vacuum holes extending in the vertical direction
and a second of the vacuum holes extending in the horizontal direction is positioned in proximity to the lowermost vacuum
hole in the row of vacuum holes extending in the vertical direction wherein a portion of the mandrel surface between the rows
of vacuum holes extending in the horizontal direction contains no vacuum holes; and

ii. a second portion comprising a row of vacuum holes extending in the horizontal direction wherein the second portion of
vacuum holes is positioned to a second side, in the horizontal direction of the mandrel, of the rows of vacuum holes extending
in the horizontal direction of the first portion of vacuum holes and wherein the row of vacuum holes extending in the horizontal
direction of the second portion of the vacuum hole pattern is positioned in proximity to the portion of the mandrel surface
between the two rows of vacuum holes extending in the horizontal direction which contains no vacuum holes.

US Pat. No. 9,480,611

ABSORBENT ARTICLE HAVING A FASTENING SYSTEM

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

13. A method of manufacturing an absorbent article including a fastening system configured to attach a rear waist region of
the absorbent article to a front waist region of the absorbent article to define a wear configuration of the absorbent article,
the fastening system including a primary fastening system and a secondary fastening system, the primary fastening system including
at least one primary first fastening component and a primary second fastening component, the secondary fastening system including
at least one secondary first fastening component and at least one secondary second fastening component, the method comprising:
cutting a carrier web including a secondary first fastening component material to form a first carrier including an outermost
longitudinal edge and an innermost longitudinal edge, the first carrier including at least a portion of the secondary first
fastening component material;

cutting a web including primary second fastening component material to form a strip, the strip including at least a portion
of the primary second fastening component material;

coupling the first carrier to an outer cover of an absorbent assembly, the absorbent assembly comprising:
a liquid impermeable outer cover, a liquid permeable top sheet, and an absorbent body disposed between the outer cover and
the top sheet, the absorbent assembly including a first longitudinal side edge, a second longitudinal side edge opposite the
first longitudinal side edge, a front waist region, a rear waist region, a first longitudinally extending fold-line proximate
the first longitudinal side edge, and a second longitudinally extending fold-line proximate the second longitudinal side edge;

wherein the first carrier is coupled to the absorbent assembly in the front waist region such that the outermost longitudinal
edge of the first carrier is inboard of the first longitudinal side edge of the absorbent assembly and the innermost longitudinal
edge of the first carrier is outboard of the first longitudinally extending fold-line, the at least a portion of the secondary
first fastening component material on the first carrier forming the at least one secondary first fastening component of the
secondary fastening system; and

coupling the strip including the at least a portion of the primary second fastening component material to the outer cover
of the absorbent article in the front waist region, the at least a portion of the primary second fastening component material
forming the primary second fastening component of the primary fastening system,

wherein the first carrier is coupled to the outer cover such that an innermost longitudinal edge of the first carrier is disposed
outboard of a first outer edge of the strip.

US Pat. No. 9,453,304

DISPERSIBLE HYDROENTANGLED BASESHEET WITH TRIGGERABLE BINDER

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. A dispersible moist wipe comprising a plurality of entangled fibers and about 0.5 grams per square meter (gsm) to about
5 gsm of an ion-triggerable binder composition, the wipe having a geometric mean tensile (GMT) wet strength of at least about
300 grams per inch (g/in), a GMT soak wet strength of less than about 180 g/in, and a wet density of less than about 0.115
g/ccm.

US Pat. No. 9,445,954

ABSORBENT ARTICLE WITH A FLUID-ENTANGLED BODY FACING MATERIAL INCLUDING A PLURALITY OF HOLLOW PROJECTIONS

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. An absorbent article comprising:
a. a fluid-entangled body facing material comprising:
i. a support layer comprising a plurality of fibers and opposed first and second surfaces;
ii. a projection layer comprising a plurality of fibers and opposed inner and outer surfaces, the second surface of the support
layer in contact with the inner surface of the projection layer, fibers of at least one of the support layer and the projection
layer being fluid-entangled with fibers of the other of the support layer and the projection layer;

iii. a plurality of hollow projections formed from a first plurality of the plurality of fibers in the projection layer, the
hollow projections extending from the outer surface of the projection layer in a direction away from the support layer;

iv. a land area, wherein the plurality of hollow projections are surrounded by the land area; and
v. the projections having less than about 1% open area and the land area having greater than about 1% open area within a chosen
area of the fluid-entangled body facing material;

b. an outer cover; and
c. an absorbent body positioned between the fluid-entangled body facing material and the outer cover; wherein the amount of
residual fecal material on the fluid-entangled body facing material after insult with fecal material simulant according to
the Determination of Residual Fecal Material Simulant Test Method is less than about 2.5 grams.

US Pat. No. 9,421,134

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ABSORBENT ARTICLES HAVING A WAISTBAND

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. A method of manufacturing an absorbent article, the method comprising:
moving a web of side panel material;
moving waist elastic material separate from the web of side panel material;
bonding the waist elastic material to the web of side panel material in direct face-to-face relationship;
cutting the web of side panel material having the waist elastic material bonded directly thereto to form a side panel having
a lateral waistband portion; and

attaching the side panel having the lateral waistband portion to a chassis including a central waistband portion, the lateral
waistband portion being generally aligned with the central waistband portion, the central waistband portion and the lateral
waistband portion each having a top edge and a bottom edge defining a respective central waistband width and a lateral waistband
width between the respective top edge and bottom edge, the central waistband width being substantially equal to the lateral
waistband width.

US Pat. No. 9,410,291

TISSUE PRODUCT COMPRISING BAMBOO

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. A multi-layered, through-air dried, tissue web comprising a first fibrous layer and a second fibrous layer, the first fibrous
layer comprising wood fibers and the second fibrous layer comprising bamboo fibers, wherein the first fibrous layer is substantially
free of bamboo fibers and wherein the bamboo fibers comprise at least about 10 percent of the total weight of the web, the
web having a GMT from about 600 to about 1,000 g/3?, a basis weight from about 20 to about 45 gsm, and a bulk greater than
about 10 cc/g.
US Pat. No. 9,357,771

FOAMING SANITIZING FORMULATIONS AND PRODUCTS INCLUDING A QUATERNARY AMMONIUM COMPOUND

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. A foaming formulation comprising no less than 95 wt % water, from about 0.10 wt % to about 0.15 wt % of a quaternary ammonium
compound and from about 0.01 wt % to about 1.00 wt % of a foam stabilizer, wherein the quaternary ammonium compound is benzalkonium
chloride and the foam stabilizer consists of polyethylene oxide, and wherein the foaming formulation is substantially free
of C1-C6 alcohols.

US Pat. No. 9,352,921

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR APPLYING ADHESIVE TO A MOVING WEB BEING WOUND INTO A ROLL

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1. A method for applying adhesive to a web being wound into a roll comprising:
spirally winding a web into a roll, the roll rotationally moving during winding;
applying adhesive to a surface of an applicator device; and
moving the applicator device from a non-engagement position to an engagement position, the surface of the applicator device
contacting a surface of the roll while winding of the web onto the roll continues, the adhesive transferring to the web, the
surface of the applicator device moving with the rotating roll.

US Pat. No. 9,340,389

CORELESS TISSUE ROLLS

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A method of winding a moving web upon a mandrel comprising:
conveying a moving web having a leading edge;
providing a mandrel, the mandrel being adapted to adhere the moving web at a specific circumferential location on the mandrel,
the mandrel further including a reference marker to identify the specific circumferential location;

engaging the mandrel with a position drive control to control the rotational speed of the mandrel;
determining the position of the reference marker with a position sensor;
setting the rotational speed of the mandrel to allow transfer of the leading edge of the moving web near the specific circumferential
location;

transferring the moving web to the mandrel near the specific circumferential location; and
winding the moving web.

US Pat. No. 9,339,419

TAMPON APPLICATOR

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. A tampon applicator comprising:
an elongated barrel having an interior chamber for housing a tampon therein, an outer end and an inner end spaced longitudinally
from the outer end; and

a plunger extending into the barrel at the outer end thereof and moveable relative to the barrel to expel the tampon from
the barrel at the inner end of the barrel;

the barrel having at least two petals each having a base and extending longitudinally of the barrel to a tip of the petal
wherein the petal tips define the longitudinal inner end of the barrel, the petals being configurable relative to each other
and to the barrel from a closed configuration in which the petals generally close the inner end of the barrel and an opened
position in which the petals are moved generally transversely outward to form an exit opening at the inner end of the barrel
upon movement of the plunger to expel the tampon from the barrel at said inner end, each petal having a length from its base
to its tip, the barrel having a cross-sectional dimension at the bases of said petals, a ratio of the length of said petal
to the cross-sectional dimension of the barrel at the bases of said petals being in the range of about 1.0 to about 2.0.

US Pat. No. 9,327,438

METHOD FOR FORMING A THERMOPLASTIC COMPOSITION THAT CONTAINS A PLASTICIZED STARCH POLYMER

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1. A method for forming a thermoplastic starch-based composition, the method comprising:
melt extruding a thermoplastic composition through a die to form an extrudate, wherein the thermoplastic composition comprises
a starch polymer and a plasticizer, wherein the plasticizer is a polyhydric alcohol or a sugar alcohol;

subjecting the extrudate to at least one water-cooling stage in which the extrudate is contacted with water for a first period
of time; and

thereafter, subjecting the water-cooled extrudate to at least one air-cooling stage in which the extrudate is contacted with
air for a second period of time, wherein the air-cooled extrudate has a moisture content of from about 1,000 to about 10,000
parts per million, wherein a film formed from the thermoplastic starch-based composition exhibits a percent strain at break
in the cross-machine direction of about 550% or more.

US Pat. No. 9,308,135

ABSORBENT ARTICLE WITH STABILIZATION MEMBER

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1. An absorbent article comprising:
a front end portion having a front end, a rear end portion having a rear end and a central portion separating said front end
portion and said rear end portion;

a liquid permeable body-side layer;
a garment-side layer;
an absorbent core positioned between said body-side layer and said garment-side layer of said article; and
a stabilizing member positioned between said body-side layer and said garment-side layer of said article;
said stabilizing member being made from a stabilizing material and including a pair of lobes located in at least one of said
front end portion or said rear end portion of said article, said pair of lobes extending away from said central portion toward
a respective front or rear end, said pair of lobes defining a void therebetween devoid of said stabilizing member material,
said void between said pair of lobes being generally centered about a lengthwise centerline of said article, each of said
lobes in said pair having a proximal end adjacent said central portion and a distal end separated by a mid-section, said distal
ends of each of said lobes being separated by a distal distance, said proximal ends of each of said lobes being separated
by a proximal distance and said mid-section of each of said lobes being separated by a mid-distance, said distal distance
being greater than said proximal distance and said mid-distance being less than said proximal distance, said void defined
by said pair of lobes not extending into said central portion of said article.

US Pat. No. 9,301,884

LIQUID DETECTION SYSTEM HAVING A SIGNALING DEVICE AND AN ABSORBENT ARTICLE WITH GRAPHICS

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. A liquid detection system comprising:
an absorbent article for personal wear comprising:
a liquid permeable liner defining an interior of the absorbent article;
an outer cover defining an exterior of the absorbent article;
an absorbent body disposed between the liner and the outer cover; and
at least one graphic element, a conductive pattern at least partially superposed with the graphic element, and a barrier layer
disposed between the graphic element and the conductive pattern, wherein the barrier layer is formed by spraying or printing
a white ink comprising titanium dioxide to the outer cover and wherein no portion of the conductive pattern extends beyond
a periphery edge of the barrier layer; and

a non-invasive signaling device selectively attachable to the outer cover of the absorbent article in overlying relationship
with the conductive pattern, the signaling device being adapted to detect the presence of liquid within the absorbent article.

US Pat. No. 9,265,674

ABSORBENT ARTICLE HAVING A FASTENING SYSTEM WITH LOW STIFFNESS

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1. An absorbent article having an inner surface, an outer surface, a front waist portion, a back waist portion, a crotch portion
extending longitudinally between and connecting the front waist portion and the back waist portion, the absorbent article
comprising:
a chassis having longitudinally opposite ends, transversely opposite sides defining respective side edges, a bodyside liner
at least in part defining the inner surface of the article, an outer cover at least in part defining the outer surface of
the article, and an absorbent core disposed between the liner and the outer cover;

a pair of ears extending transversely outward from the opposite sides of the chassis at the back waist portion thereof; and
a fastening system comprising a primary fastening system and a secondary fastening system, the primary fastening system comprising
a primary first fastening component disposed on each of the pair of ears and a primary second fastening component disposed
on the outer surface of the article at the front waist portion, the secondary fastening system comprising a secondary second
fastening component on each of the pair of ears and a corresponding pair of spaced apart secondary first fastening components
on the outer surface of the article at the front waist portion, each of the secondary first fastening components having a
transversely inboard-most longitudinal edge that is disposed transversely inward of a transversely inboard-most point of the
respective side edges and having a stiffness in the longitudinal direction of the article of less than 185 milligrams according
to a Gurley Stiffness Test;

wherein the absorbent article includes a pair of longitudinally extending foldlines disposed in the front waist portion, and
wherein the inboard-most longitudinal edge of each of the secondary first fastening components is transversely outward and
spaced apart from a respective longitudinally extending foldline at least a distance equal to a predetermined process range.

US Pat. No. 9,238,348

METHOD OF MANUFACTURE OF ARTICLE FOR DELIVERING HEALTH-BENEFIT AGENT

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A method for constructing a laminate comprising the steps of:
fluidizing an amount of particulate matter, wherein the particulate matter is selected from the group consisting of menthol,
activated charcoal, carbon, xylitol, clay, desiccants, prebiotics, probiotics, surfactants, anti-oxidants, disinfectants,
antibacterial agents, antiviral agents, pharmaceutical actives, perfumes, deodorants, opacifiers, astringents, preservatives,
and a combination thereof;

creating a base by
conveying at a speed of 30 to 600 meters/minute a first substrate and a second substrate, each having an inner surface and
an outer surface;

attaching a first adhesive layer to the inner surface of the first substrate; and
applying an amount of the fluidized particulate matter onto the first adhesive layer;
attaching a second adhesive layer to the first layer of particulate matter;
applying additional fluidized particulate matter onto the second adhesive layer to create a second layer of particulate matter,
wherein the additional fluidized particulate matter is selected from the group consisting of menthol, activated charcoal,
carbon, xylitol, clay, desiccants, prebiotics, probiotics, surfactants, anti-oxidants, disinfectants, antibacterial agents,
antiviral agents, pharmaceutical actives, perfumes, deodorants, opacifiers, astringents, preservatives, and a combination
thereof, wherein the first layer of particulate matter is chemically different than the second layer of particulate matter,
and wherein at least one of:

(i) the first layer of particulate matter consists of the fluidized particulate matter and the first adhesive layer, and
(ii) the second layer of particulate matter consists of the additional fluidized particulate matter and the second adhesive
layer;

creating a cover by attaching a third adhesive layer to the inner surface of the second substrate; and
attaching the base to the cover so that the outer surfaces of the first substrate and the second substrate are exposed.

US Pat. No. 9,237,973

TREATED APERTURES

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1. A personal care article comprising a nonwoven fluid permeable topsheet having a body-facing surface and an opposing backside
surface, a fluid impermeable backsheet and at least one intermediate layer disposed therebetween, wherein the fluid permeable
topsheet comprises apertured holes wherein at least 10% of the aperture holes include a treatment rendering the aperture holes
more hydrophilic than untreated portions of the fluid permeable topsheet, and wherein the fluid permeable topsheet other than
the aperture holes comprises a surface composition selected from a hydrophobic composition, a superhydrophobic composition
and combinations thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,237,975

ABSORBENT ARTICLE WITH SIDE BARRIERS AND DECOLORIZING AGENTS

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1. A feminine care absorbent article extending in a longitudinal direction, a transverse direction, and a depth direction,
wherein the longitudinal direction defines a distal end and a proximal end, and wherein the feminine care absorbent article
comprises:
a liquid permeable topsheet, wherein the liquid permeable topsheet comprises a longitudinally extending central layer positioned
adjacent a first longitudinally extending side layer and a second longitudinally extending side layer in the transverse direction,
wherein the first side layer includes a first encapsulated region, wherein the first encapsutlated region is defined by a
first located about a first fold axis, the first fold axis extending in the longitudinal direction, wherein the encapsulated
region at least partially envelops a first decolorizing agent carrier material treated with a first decolorizing agent for
decolorizing menses, and further wherein at least one layer of the topsheet defines a body-facing surface of the feminine
care absorbent article; and

a liquid impermeable backsheet, wherein the liquid impermeable backsheet defines a garment-facing surface.
US Pat. No. 9,234,313

ABSORBENT TISSUE

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A wet-laid tissue product having a geometric mean tensile (GMT) from about 2000 to about 3500 g/3?, a geometric mean slope
(GM Slope) less than about 10.0 kg and a specific vertical absorbent capacity of 6.0 g/g or greater.

US Pat. No. 9,211,217

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING TAMPONS BY FORMING A SOFTWIND WITH CONTACT ELEMENTS

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. A method of manufacturing a tampon comprising:
forming a softwind including a core and a cover overlying and at least in part covering the core, the cover carrying an absorbent
web having a free end and a bonded end wherein the free end is capable of moving relative to the cover;

passing the softwind through a transfer assist device to facilitate the transferring of the free end of the absorbent web
without the absorbent web becoming misaligned relative to the cover; and

cutting the absorbent web to form a plurality of slits before the softwind is passed through the transfer assist device.
US Pat. No. 9,149,045

WIPE COATED WITH A BOTANICAL EMULSION HAVING ANTIMICROBIAL PROPERTIES

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A wipe that comprises a fibrous material treated with an antimicrobial oil-in-water emulsion having a discontinuous oil
phase dispersed within a continuous aqueous phase, wherein the oil phase comprises a botanical oil, wherein the botanical
oil includes a monoterpene phenol, and the aqueous phase comprises a water-dispersible biopolymer, wherein the water-dispersible
biopolymer includes a chemically modified starch polymer, wherein water constitutes from about 50 wt. % to about 99 wt. %
of the emulsion, wherein the emulsion contains a hydrophilic nonionic emulsifier and a lipophilic nonionic emulsifier, and
wherein the biopolymer within the emulsion at least partially encapsulates the botanical oil.
US Pat. No. 10,028,899

ANTI-ADHERENT ALCOHOL-BASED COMPOSITION

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A anti-adherent composition for use on surfaces, the composition comprising:62% to 72% (by weight of composition) of a short-chain alcohol; and
an anti-adherent agent selected from the group consisting of Acacia Senegal Gum; Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-11; VP/Dimethylaminoethylmethacrylate/Polycarbamyl Polyglycol Ester; Acrylates/Vinyl Neodecanoate Crosspolymer; Propylene Glycol Alginate; Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6; VP/Polycarbamyl Polyglycol Ester; and combinations thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,724,248

LATENT ELASTIC COMPOSITE FORMED FROM A MULTI-LAYERED FILM

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A nonwoven composite having latent elasticity, the composite comprising a co-extruded, multi-layered elastic film laminated
to a nonwoven web facing, the elastic film containing a base layer positioned adjacent to a skin layer, each layer being flat,
wherein the base layer constitutes from about 85 wt. % to about 99.5 wt. % of the film and the skin layer constitutes from
about 0.5 wt. % to about 15 wt. % of the film, wherein the base layer is formed from an elastomeric composition and the skin
layer is formed from a thermoplastic composition, wherein about 55 wt. % or more of the polymer content of the elastomeric
composition is constituted by at least one substantially amorphous elastomer and about 10 wt. % or less of the polymer content
of the elastomeric composition is constituted by semi-crystalline polyolefins, and about 10 wt. % or more of the polymer content
of the thermoplastic composition is constituted by at least one semi-crystalline propylene/?-olefin copolymer, wherein the
elastic film is formed by stretching the elastic film in the machine direction at a stretch ratio of from about 1.5 to about
7.0 without applying external heat, further wherein the stretched elastic film is allowed to relax to achieve a relaxation
percentage of about 10% or more, wherein the elastic film is in a relaxed and ungathered state during lamination to the nonwoven
web facing, and wherein the composite exhibits a heat shrinkage of about 40% or more after heat activation so that the heat-activated
nonwoven composite exhibits gathers that provide latent elasticity.

US Pat. No. 9,550,053

TRANSDERMAL DELIVERY OF HIGH VISCOSITY BIOACTIVE AGENTS

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A device for delivery of a bioactive agent across a dermal barrier, the device comprising:
a microneedle and a plurality of nanostructures fabricated on a surface of the microneedle, the nanostructures being arranged
in a predetermined pattern, wherein at least a portion of the nanostructures have a cross-sectional dimension of less than
about 500 nanometers and greater than about 5 nanometers and an aspect ratio of from about 0.2 to about 5, wherein the microneedle
further contains a channel; and

a reservoir that is in fluid communication with the channel of the microneedle and that contains a composition having a viscosity
of greater than about 5 centipoise and comprising a bioactive agent.

US Pat. No. 9,540,202

WINDER REGISTRATION AND INSPECTION SYSTEM

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A system for monitoring defects suitable for use in connection with a winder producing a rolled product from a web, the
winder comprising a web transport apparatus for conveying a web and a plurality of independent winding modules onto which
the web is rolled to form the rolled product during a winding process, each of the plurality of independent winding modules
defining a cross direction generally perpendicular to the direction the web is conveyed by the web transport apparatus, the
system comprising:
a plurality of first sensors associated with at least one of the plurality of independent winding modules, the first sensors
positioned to scan across a width of the web transport apparatus at a location downstream of the winding module, each the
plurality of first sensors configured to detect a defect during the winding process;

a second sensor associated with at least one of the plurality of independent winding modules, the second sensor positioned
to scan across the cross-direction of the winding module at a location proximate the winding module, the second sensor configured
to detect a defect during the winding process;

a controller coupled to the plurality of first sensors and the second sensor for each independent winding module, wherein
the controller determines that the winding module has initiated the winding process, and wherein the controller directs both
the plurality of first sensors and the second sensor to scan in response to the determination of initiation of the winding
process.

US Pat. No. 9,522,087

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING TAMPONS WITH CONTACT ELEMENTS

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. A method of manufacturing a tampon comprising:
transporting a web of material in a machine direction, the web of material comprising a base web and an absorbent web, the
absorbent web overlying the absorbent web in face-to-face relationship and having a free end and a bonded end wherein the
bonded end is bonded to the base web;

pivoting, in a first direction, the free end of the absorbent web in spaced relationship with the base web while the bonded
end is bonded to the base web to define a pivoted position of the free end of the absorbent web;

cutting the free end of the absorbent web to form slits while the free end is in the pivoted position and in spaced relationship
with the base web; and

pivoting, in a second direction opposite the first direction, the free end of the absorbent web such that the free end including
the slits formed therein are placed back into face-to-face relationship with the absorbent web.

US Pat. No. 9,499,942

HIGH BASIS WEIGHT CREPED TISSUE

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A multi-ply creped tissue product comprising at least two creped tissue webs, each web having a first and a second side,
the product having a basis weight from about 32 to about 42 grams per square meter (gsm), a fine crepe structure, measured
as % COV at a STFI wavelength of 16 to 32 mm, from about 8 to about 12 and a geometric mean tensile from about 700 to about
1,000 g/3?.

US Pat. No. 9,480,608

ABSORBENT ARTICLE WITH A FLUID-ENTANGLED BODY FACING MATERIAL INCLUDING A PLURALITY OF HOLLOW PROJECTIONS

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. An absorbent article comprising:
a. a fluid-entangled body facing material comprising:
i. a support layer comprising a plurality of fibers and opposed first and second surfaces;
ii. a projection layer comprising a plurality of fibers and opposed inner and outer surfaces, the second surface of the support
layer in contact with the inner surface of the projection layer, fibers of at least one of the support layer and the projection
layer being fluid-entangled with fibers of the other of the support layer and the projection layer;

iii. a plurality of hollow projections formed from a first plurality of the plurality of fibers in the projection layer, the
plurality of projections extending from the outer surface of the projection layer in a direction away from the support layer;
and

iv. a land area, wherein the plurality of hollow projections are surrounded by the land area;
b. an outer cover;
c. an absorbent body positioned between the fluid-entangled body facing material and the outer cover;
d. an acquisition layer positioned between the fluid-entangled body facing material and the absorbent body; and
e. a fluid transfer layer positioned between the acquisition layer and the absorbent body, the fluid transfer layer comprising
a polymeric material; wherein the area of spread of fecal material on the fluid-entangled body facing material after insult
with fecal material simulant according to the Determination of Area of Spread of Fecal Material Simulant Test Method is less
than about 34 cm2.

US Pat. No. 9,416,494

MODIFIED CELLULOSIC FIBERS HAVING REDUCED HYDROGEN BONDING

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1. A method of increasing the bulk of a tissue web comprising the steps of treating the cellulosic fiber with a caustic agent
to yield a caustic treated cellulosic fiber; reacting caustic treated cellulosic fiber at a pH greater than about 9 with a
water soluble cellulosic reactive reagent selected from the group consisting of reagents having the general Formula (I) and
(II) to yield a treated cellulosic fiber; washing the treated cellulosic fiber; and forming a tissue web from the treated
cellulosic fiber, wherein the tissue web has a basis weight greater than about 10 grams per square meter (gsm) and a sheet
bulk greater than about 5 cc/g.

US Pat. No. 9,415,928

DISCREET PACKAGING FOR PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A packaging system for personal care products, the system comprising:
a. a package configured for receipt of personal care products therein, the package comprising an external surface having a
first product identifying graphic thereon, a receiver positioned on the external surface of the package, a package circumference,
a package height, a package width, and a package depth; and

b. a removably attached concealment element having an internal surface having a second product identifying graphic thereon
and an external surface having a nondescript aesthetic surface configuration and circumscribing the package and the package
circumference such that the internal surface of the concealment element is in a face-to-face relationship with the external
surface of the package and wherein the concealment element is positionable between a first position in which the first product
identifying graphic of the package and the second product identifying graphic of the concealment element are each exhibited
and a second position in which the nondescript aesthetic surface configuration is exhibited and the first product identifying
graphic of the package and the second product identifying graphic of the concealment element are not exhibited, wherein the
concealment element is a tote bag that is open at one end, wherein when the tote bag is in the first position the tote bag
has a folded portion folded back upon the tote bag such that a first portion of the external surface of the tote bag is in
a face-to-face relationship with a second portion of the external surface of the tote bag, and wherein the tote bag is positionable
by inversion of the folded portion around the package to place the concealment element in the second position wherein the
tote bag is stored within the receiver when not circumscribing the package.

US Pat. No. 9,308,131

CONTAINMENT PANT

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A permanently closed containment pant comprising,
an elastically extensible chassis having a Whole Product Hip Tension of 200 g to 7,000 g over an elongation of 10% to 75%,
the chassis defining a waist opening, a first leg opening, and a second leg opening, the waist opening comprising a front
waist region joined with a back waist region, and

a sling positioned within the chassis and being joined to the front waist region and the back waist region,
wherein the sling comprises a fluid-impervious base sheet and a containment flap joined with the base sheet to create a fluid-impervious
pouch and wherein the containment flap defines a proximal portion and a distal portion having a distal edge, wherein the proximal
portion is joined with the base sheet and the distal portion includes a flap elastic folded over the distal edge of the flap;

wherein the permanently closed containment pant is substantially devoid of an integrated absorbent core; and
wherein the flap elastic defines a first tension zone, a second tension zone, and a third tension zone along a length of the
containment flap, wherein the second tension zone is located between the first tension zone and the third tension zone and
wherein the flap elastic has a greater tension in the second tension zone than in the first tension zone or the third tension
zone.