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1. (WO2007060612) DISPOSABLE ABSORBENT ARTICLE HAVING DEPLOYABLE CHASSIS EARS
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CLAIMS
What is claimed is:

1. A disposable diaper comprising:
a chassis having a front waist region, a back waist region, and a crotch region between the waist regions, a longitudinal axis and a lateral axis, laterally opposing side edges defining its width, longitudinally opposing front and back waist end edges defining its length, an interior surface and an exterior surface,
the chassis including a water-impermeable backsheet,
the chassis also including laterally opposing side flaps formed by laterally inwardly folded portions of the chassis in at least the crotch region, each side flap being attached to the interior surface adjacent to its longitudinally distal ends and having a longitudinally extending elastic gathering member attached adjacent to its proximal edge,
the chassis also including laterally opposing deployable chassis ears formed by laterally inwardly folded portions of the chassis in at least one of the waist regions, each chassis ear being held laterally inwardly folded by a frangible line of attachment until being deployed by being detached at the frangible line and unfolded laterally outward so as to project laterally outward beyond the respective side flap; and
an absorbent assembly attached to the interior surface of the chassis, the absorbent assembly having side edges and end edges disposed proximally relative to the respective side edges and end edges of the chassis.

2. The disposable diaper of Claim 1 wherein the chassis includes the chassis ears in both of the waist regions.

3. The disposable diaper of Claim 1 wherein the chassis includes fastening elements disposed on at least two of the chassis ears and adapted for fastening the front waist region to the back waist region to encircle a waist and legs of a wearer.

4. The disposable diaper of Claim 3 wherein the fastening elements comprise adhesive tapes.

5. The disposable diaper of Claim 1 wherein the chassis includes a nonwoven inner liner attached to the backsheet and forming a portion of the interior surface.

6. The disposable diaper of Claim 1 wherein the backsheet is a laminate of a film and a nonwoven, the nonwoven being disposed exteriorly of the film.

7. The disposable diaper of Claim 6 wherein the fastening elements comprise hooks adapted to engage with the backsheet nonwoven.

8. The disposable diaper of Claim 1 wherein the absorbent assembly is attached to the chassis in a cruciform pattern of attachment having a longitudinally extending portion intersecting a laterally extending portion.

9. The disposable diaper of Claim 8 wherein a portion of the chassis underlying the absorbent assembly and lying outside the cruciform pattern is laterally extensible.

10. The disposable diaper of Claim 9 wherein the extensible portion of the chassis comprises a formed web material including at least two distinct laterally extending embossed regions each containing a pattern of generally longitudinally oriented alternating ridges and valleys created by an embossment and also containing an unembossed region located between the embossed regions, such that the portion of the chassis can be laterally extended to a given extent with the application of relatively less force than that required to laterally extend the same portion of the chassis to the same given extent before the embossment.

11. The disposable diaper of Claim 8 wherein the longitudinally extending portion is disposed symmetrically with respect to the longitudinal axis and the laterally extending portion is disposed asymmetrically with respect to the lateral axis.

12. The disposable diaper of Claim 11 wherein the laterally extending portion is longitudinally offset toward the front waist region.

13. The disposable diaper of Claim 1 wherein the frangible line of attachment comprises perforations.

14. A disposable diaper comprising:
a chassis having a front waist region, a back waist region, and a crotch region between the waist regions, a longitudinal axis and a lateral axis, laterally opposing side edges defining its width, longitudinally opposing front and back waist end edges defining its length, an interior surface and an exterior surface,
the chassis including a water-impermeable backsheet,
the chassis also including laterally opposing side flaps formed by laterally inwardly folded portions of the chassis in at least the crotch region, each side flap being attached to the interior surface adjacent to its longitudinally distal ends and having a longitudinally extending elastic gathering member attached adjacent to its proximal edge,
the chassis also including laterally opposing deployable chassis ears formed by laterally inwardly folded portions of the chassis in at least one of the waist regions, fastening elements being disposed on at least two of the chassis ears and adapted for fastening the front waist region to the back waist region to encircle a waist and legs of a wearer, each chassis ear being held laterally inwardly folded by a releasable attachment member until being deployed by being released at the attachment member and unfolded laterally outward so as to project laterally outward beyond the respective side flap; and an absorbent assembly attached to the interior surface of the chassis, the absorbent assembly having side edges and end edges disposed proximally relative to the respective side edges and end edges of the chassis.

15. The disposable diaper of Claim 14 wherein the releasable attachment member comprises an adhesive.

16. The disposable diaper of Claim 14 wherein the releasable attachment member comprises complementary releasable attachment elements disposed on the chassis ear and on the interior surface underlying the laterally inwardly folded chassis ear.

17. The disposable diaper of Claim 14 wherein the chassis includes the chassis ears in both of the waist regions.

18. The disposable diaper of Claim 14 wherein the absorbent assembly is attached to the chassis in a cruciform pattern of attachment having a longitudinally extending portion intersecting a laterally extending portion.

19. The disposable diaper of Claim 18 wherein a portion of the chassis underlying the absorbent assembly and lying outside the cruciform pattern is laterally extensible.

20. A disposable diaper comprising:
a chassis having a front waist region, a back waist region, and a crotch region between the waist regions, a longitudinal axis and a lateral axis, laterally opposing side edges defining its width, longitudinally opposing front and back waist end edges defining its length, an interior surface and an exterior surface,
the chassis including a water-impermeable backsheet and a nonwoven inner liner attached to the backsheet and forming a portion of the interior surface,
the chassis also including laterally opposing side flaps formed by laterally inwardly folded portions of the chassis in at least the crotch region, each side flap being attached to the interior surface adjacent to its longitudinally distal ends and having a longitudinally extending elastic gathering member attached adjacent to its proximal edge,
the chassis also including laterally opposing deployable chassis ears formed by laterally inwardly folded portions of the chassis in each of the waist regions, fastening elements being disposed on at least two of the chassis ears, the fastening elements comprising adhesive tapes and being adapted for fastening the front waist region to the back waist region to encircle a waist and legs of a wearer, each chassis ear being held laterally inwardly folded by a frangible line of attachment until being deployed by being detached at the frangible line and unfolded laterally outward so as to project laterally outward beyond the respective side flap; and
an absorbent assembly attached to the interior surface of the chassis, the absorbent assembly having side edges and end edges disposed proximally relative to the respective side edges and end edges of the chassis.