07435244 is referenced by 42 patents and cites 68 patents.

An absorbent article, such as a disposable diaper, having a topsheet, barrier cuffs, an optional acquisition layer, an absorbent core, a barrier layer, and a backsheet. The diaper is arranged so as to create breathable zones of reduced stiffness surrounding the wearer's thighs. That is, the layers of material forming the diaper are arranged so the area surrounding the wearer's thighs includes only the backsheet, barrier cuffs and leg elastics. No liquid-impervious material is present within the breathable zones of reduced stiffness. Furthermore, these breathable zones of reduced stiffness preferably are formed so that only hydrophobic material is present. Thus, providing a better fitting, less irritating absorbent article by reducing the stiffness and increasing the breathability of the diaper in the area surrounding the wearer's thighs, resulting in increased comfort and fit around the wearer's thighs.

Title
Diaper design having zones of reduced stiffness and continuous breathability
Application Number
10/612601
Publication Number
7435244 (B2)
Application Date
July 1, 2003
Publication Date
October 14, 2008
Inventor
Jason Brian Woodard
Camden
AR, US
Meredith Gaye Tharp
Camden
AR, US
John L Moody
Camden
AR, US
Charles Augustus Hart
Little Rock
AR, US
Glenn Ernest Glasscock
Camden
AR, US
Charles Frederick Schroer Jr
Camden
AR, US
Agent
Dickstein Shapiro
Assignee
Arquest
NJ, US
IPC
A61F 13/494
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