Hettinger originally invented a spinning gadget that rests on one finger as a toy for her daughter in the early 1990s, and began to sell it at local arts and crafts fairs in Florida.
She filed a patent application for her design in 1993 and received a patent in 1997.Hettinger attempted to sell the toy to Hasbro, but at the time they rejected the spinners.Hettinger's patent expired in 2005 after she couldn't afford to pay the US$400 renewal fee.
The original inventor.Several print and web media outlets published stories citing Hettinger as the original inventor, including
Under U.S. Patent Law, a patent term for applications filed before 1995 have a term of 17 years from the date of issue or 20 years from the earliest effective filing date, whichever is longer. Therefore, Hettinger’s “Spinning toy” patent would have expired in 2014. The fidget spinner did not become popular until 2017.
The current most popular model of the fidget spinner does not have a spherical dome.Rather, the spinner has a ball-bearing center and the structure is entirely flat.