In the Citibank-Patent-Case, the underlying issue is whether E-bank related business methods are subject matter of patent under Chinese law. At first flash, there are at least two barriers to patent protection for Citibank to cover. The first, E-bank related business methods only function with the help of computer software, so the coming issue is whether computer software is patent subject matter. The answer is yes, the reasons for that are.... The second, E-bank related business methods are computerized ones, so the remaining issue is whether business methods are patent subject matter. The answer is also yes, the reasons for that are.... So the position of Chinese legislature and government regulation is....
Jin, Yongjun, "Are E-Bank Related Business Methods Patent Subject Matter under Chinese Law?" (2004). ICEB 2004 Proceedings (Beijing, China). 249.