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How was the period for patent protection chosen?

Patents in the US last 20 years. Apparently this is a relatively common period for much of the world as well. How was this period chosen? Did the US pick a period first and the rest of the world ...
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Question re: compensation for a successful patent based on my invention

A few decades ago I had a great idea, a really novel, lucrative idea about a device, which I can bet is in your home right now. At the time I shared my invention with my then boyfriend who asked if ...