06193701 is referenced by 60 patents and cites 20 patents.

A personal care article includes a resiliently stretchable outer cover. In a first embodiment, a first zone of the outer cover is embossed forming a pattern of embossments providing a first set of desired properties pertaining to stretch of a portion of the outer cover. A second zone of the outer cover is not modified to provide the first set of properties and thus has different stretch properties than the first zone. In a second embodiment, a first panel is secured to a resiliently extensible second panel. A first zone of the second panel can have a pattern of embossments securing the second panel to the first panel. The embossments cause the first zone to have different stretch properties than a second zone of the second panel that is not embossed thereby to impart the set of stretch properties. In a third embodiment the second panel is pre-stretched to a predetermined degree of elongation before securement to the first panel. In use, the personal care article then has a first characteristic load/extension relationship until the article reaches the predetermined degree of elongation and a second load/extension relationship as the article is extended beyond the predetermined degree of elongation of the second panel.

Title
Personal care article having zones with different resistance-to stretch
Application Number
9/1895
Publication Number
6193701 (B1)
Application Date
December 31, 1997
Publication Date
February 27, 2001
Inventor
Georgia Lynn Zehner
Larsen
WI, US
Yung Hsiang Huang
Appleton
WI, US
Paul Theodore Van Gompel
Hortonville
WI, US
Agent
Michael L Winkelman
US
Thomas D Wilhelm
US
Assignee
Kimberly Clark Worldwide
WI, US
IPC
A61F 13/15
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