Catherine Hettinger, the lady who invented the famous toy of fidget spinners, couldn’t make a penny for her design, as she couldn’t afford to renew her patent. She had bought the patent for her idea for 8 years, but by 2005 she had to renew it again for £310.
In an interview, she said she didn’t have money. The 62-year-old lady in settled in Florida and has stayed aloof from social life. Surprisingly, she didn’t regret of not making money from her creation. Many people told her that it was crazy to let it go, but she was happy that her design had made other people happy.
Catherine missed out on a potential gold mine
Fidget spinners are quite a craze and you’d see every child have them in UK and US. These gadgets have become addictive for all ages, and cost a few pounds each. These have ball bearings that help them spin, and come in different shapes and colors. Some schools in the UK have proclaimed the fidget spinners to be a distraction, while some teachers say that these help children with additional needs like concentration or for ADHD.
Catherine went on to telling the story about how she invented the toy. In her weary summer months of the 90s, she was looking after her daughter Sarah, who was struggling with myasthenia gravis – rare muscle condition. This led to the mother and daughter incompetent to play with each other, as toys were heavy for Sarah to lift. They started using newspaper and sticky tapes to alternate their recreation, and that is how Catherine came up with the spinner’s design.
Catherine admitted that she co-created the fidget spinners with Sarah, and they both took turns to spin. She soon started upgrading the design and made saleable prototypes at local charges. In 1997, Catherine thought to fly to Washington with Sarah and buy the patent her fidget spinners. She had a deal with renowned toy company ‘Hasbro’, but they ultimately did not approve of her gadget. Catherine’s project paused and then disappeared by 2005 when she couldn’t afford the renewal charges of the patent.
Today, Catherine might be upset about her loss, but she is on her way to make a comeback with launching a Kickstarter appeal. This time she will fund for herself and bring out her original spinner in the market. We hope that the hard work pays off for the old lady as it seems that her willpower is stronger than ever!