Contact Us

The Creator Of The Fidget Spinner Hasn’t Gotten A Dime

Louie G
Louie G

If you haven’t heard of the Fidget Spinner consider yourself lucky. But, you might be living under a rock.

They are these cheap little “Y” shaped toys that you spin on your fingers. Kids are obsessed with them. And, I have to admit that I am obsessed with them too.

I own two of them, and I am sure you won’t  be too surprised to know that I even ordered an Italy Fidget Spinner that should arrive this week.

But, I am sure you are looking at these things thinking that someone is making a boatload of money off of this. Well, you would be wrong.

According to Time, it turns out the woman who invented them isn’t getting a dime.

62-year-old Catherine Hettinger from Orlando, Florida invented them back in the ’90s and got a patent in 1997.  She pitched it to several companies, including Hasbro, but no one wanted to make them.

So she let the patent lapse in 2005 rather than pay the fee.  And now, of course, they’ve randomly become a hit and EVERYONE’S making them without paying her any royalties . . . including Hasbro.

Catherine has a surprisingly zen attitude toward all of it, though.

She says, quote, “Several people have asked me:  ‘Aren’t you really mad?’  But for me, I’m just pleased that something I designed is something people understand and really works for them.”

[via: Time]

Best of Wild 104

Recommended For You

Best Of The Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for BFFs Loyalty Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive BFFs Loyalty Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.