Patents by Inventor Thomas V. Murphy

Thomas V. Murphy has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20240065837
    Abstract: A method of repairing a mitral valve of a heart of a subject comprises positioning an elongate support of an implant at the heart such that the support is aligned with a coronary sinus of the heart. A first anchor of the implant is anchored to a first location on an anterior side of the valve, such that a first tether-segment of the implant spans across the valve between the first anchor and a first end of the support. A second anchor of the implant is anchored to a second location on the anterior side of the valve, such that a second tether-segment of the implant spans across the valve between the second anchor and a second end of the support. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2023
    Publication date: February 29, 2024
    Inventors: Eran Hoffer, Haim Brauon, Tal Sheps, Brian Patrick Murphy, Thomas V. Doherty
  • Patent number: 5503417
    Abstract: A merchandise display apparatus is disclosed, which comprises a foldable/erectable tubular structure formed of a series of foldably connected wall panels. When erected, the tubular support has at least three sides, at least one of which has an intermediate hinge line to accommodate a bellows fold. A plurality of caster assemblies is provided, one for each corner of the polygonal configuration formed by the erected tubular support. The caster assemblies include rigid channel-forming flanges, arranged at a predetermined angle corresponding to the corner angles of the erected polygon. When the foldable polygon is erected, the caster assemblies are applied over the lower end portions, at each corner, providing mobile support for the structure and simultaneously rigidly securing the otherwise foldable wall panels in the desired, erected cross sectional configuration. A rigid forming panel is inserted into the erected structure and is supported by the caster assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1996
    Inventor: Thomas V. Murphy
  • Patent number: 4415077
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a modular tower-like structure for displaying merchandise for point of purchase sale. In one form, the basic tower is formed of cylinders of a plastic sheet material, such as clear "rigid" die cut vinyl plastic, of a thickness enabling it to be collapsed into a relatively flat form for shipping and storage. The sheet plastic tower elements are given a rigid cylindrical form by means of molded plastic end rings, which are of a channel-like cross sectional configuration to lockingly receive the ends of the cylinders. The end rings are of a form and configuration enabling two of them to be bonded in back-to-back relation, providing a structural interlock between the top of one tower module and the bottom of a second tower module above it. In an alternate form, the lowermost tower element is formed of corrugated board, which has certain structural, practical, and economic advantages in the overall assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1981
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1983
    Inventor: Thomas V. Murphy
  • Patent number: 4377231
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a modular tower-like structure for displaying merchandise for point of purchase sale. The basic tower is formed of cylinders of a plastic sheet material, such as clear "rigid" die cut vinyl plastic, of a thickness enabling it to be collapsed into a relatively flat form for shipping and storage. The sheet plastic tower elements are given a rigid cylindrical form by means of molded plastic end rings, which are of a channel-like cross sectional configuration to lockingly receive the ends of the cylinders. The end rings are of a form and configuration enabling two of them to be bonded in back-to-back relation, providing a structural interlock between the top of one tower module and the bottom of a second tower module above it. The structure is simple, inexpensive, conveniently packaged and shipped, and easily assembled at the display site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1981
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1983
    Inventor: Thomas V. Murphy
  • Patent number: 4121710
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a display bin for storing and displaying general items of merchandise for sale in retail stores, supermarkets and similar establishments. In general, the bin of the invention is assembled from flat, molded sheets. A rectangular, flexible wall sheet is provided with a plurality of fastening means spaced across at least the end edge portions thereof and a plurality of vertical ribs spaced in parallel relation across the bottom edge thereof. The wall sheet is bent into a three-dimensional wall body of closed configuration whereby the end edge portions overlap and the fastening means of the overlapping portions hold the bent sheet in the desired configuration. The wall body is arranged such that the vertical ribs project internally of the body. A bottom plate is inserted into the open top end of the body and lowered until it is supported by the vertical ribs, to complete the display bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1977
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1978
    Inventor: Thomas V. Murphy
  • Patent number: 3964810
    Abstract: The invention relates to a shelf and cabinet system of modular construction, arranged such that, with a few standard components, display shelving, storage cabinets and the like, may be assembled quickly and easily and in a wide variety of configurations. The systems includes, as a significant feature, a preformed structural shelf, which includes aligned sockets and lugs for securing legs and spacer columns. The pre-formed shelving unit includes integral marginal tracks or grooves arranged to receive cabinet panels. In a typical unit of rectangular shape, dual tracks are provided along the longer sides, to accommodate sliding door panels, if desired. The cross sectional configuration of the sockets and lugs is such as to receive vertically grooved spacer columns, which are arranged for alignment with the panel receiving grooves in the shelf units. The vertical grooves provide a decorative effect and also serve a functional purpose when cabinet panels are utilized in the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1975
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1976
    Inventor: Thomas V. Murphy
  • Patent number: 3931894
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a novel display panel, and to assembled display structures incorporating the new panel. More particularly, the disclosure relates to perforated display panels, and to display assemblies constructed therewith. Commonly, perforated board panels are formed of compressed, fibrous material. To a somewhat lesser degree, perforated panel boards are available commercially, formed of sheet metal and of molded plastic material. The present invention provides a novel and highly advantageous form of molded plastic perforated panel structure which, because of novel and advantageous features of construction, has extensive utility in the merchandise display field, as well as in the other fields of use.The perforated display panel of the invention desirably is of rectangular configuration and incorporates along its side and end edges, unique snap-together hinge elements, enabling the panels to be connected easily and quickly to similar, adjacent panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1974
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1976
    Inventor: Thomas V. Murphy
  • Patent number: D438741
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2001
    Inventor: Thomas V. Murphy
  • Patent number: D363209
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1995
    Inventor: Thomas V. Murphy