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1. (WO2017151513) ABSORBENT ARTICLE WITH FLAT-BACK PROTECTION FEATURE

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/151513    International Application No.:    PCT/US2017/019718
Publication Date: Sat Sep 09 01:59:59 CEST 2017 International Filing Date: Tue Feb 28 00:59:59 CET 2017
IPC: A61F 13/472
A61F 13/514
A61F 13/511
Applicants: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
Inventors: PARK, Sohyun S.
PARK, JaeEun
Title: ABSORBENT ARTICLE WITH FLAT-BACK PROTECTION FEATURE
Abstract:
An absorbent article includes a base-structure and an elevatable structure known as a flat-back protection feature, that is capable of rising above the base-structure during article use. The flat-back protection feature utilizes either differences in material length compared with the length of the adjacent base-structure, or elastic materials, to maintain the feature elevation above the base-structure, while the article is in an extended condition. The flat-back protection feature extends into the intergluteal cleft of a wearer during use. Embossment features on the absorbent article are used to facilitate folding of the absorbent article, enhance the functionality of the protection feature, and/or improve the ease of manufacture.