Have you heard of Fidget Spinners? They’re these cheap, little toys that kids are obsessed with right now. Basically it’s just a “Y”-shaped plastic device you spin on your fingers.
Kids are freaking about about these (think Pogs in the 90’s) so you would think the inventor is cashing in right? Wrong! 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! Ouch!
The best part: Hettinger isn’t really mad, she’s just happy people are using them.