Patent Number: 6,569,141

Title: Absorbent article having a refastenable mechanism

Abstract: An absorbent article is disclosed having a refastenable mechanism. The absorbent article has a front portion, a back portion and a crotch portion. The crotch portion connects the front portion to the back portion. The back portion has a first end, a second end and first and second side edges. The back portion is divided into a first section and a second section. The first section is extendable in at least one direction and has a length L.sub.2 measured perpendicularly from the first end of the back portion to a line drawn parallel thereto. The second section has a length L.sub.3 measured perpendicularly from the second end of the back portion to the line drawn parallel to the first end whereby a ratio L.sub.2 /L.sub.3 is established which ranges from between about 0.1 to about 2. First and second fasteners are positioned and secured adjacent to one of the first and second side edges of the back portion and are secured thereto. The absorbent article further includes an absorbent secured to at least one of said front, back or crotch portions. Each of the first and second fasteners are releasably attached to the front portion to form a pant-like article having a waist opening and a pair of leg openings.

Inventors: Bruemmer-Prestley; Mary Anne (Appleton, WI), Freiburger; Sarah Jane Marie (Kaukauna, WI), Bordain; Nefetari Edris (Dunwoody, GA), Schmoker; Suzanne Marie (Oshkosh, WI)

Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.

International Classification: A61F 13/15 (20060101); A61F 13/56 (20060101); A61F 013/15 ()

Expiration Date: 05/27/2020