software patent in china

In China, neither "program" nor "computer readable medium" is patentable claim category.

As a device or a method, it's patentable.

copyright is not patent

There are differences between copyright and patent.

For patents, filing an application and passing examination must be required.

And, the terms of the both rights are different.

what is software

Software is the other part than hardware in a computer system.

Software can be easily copied, therefore, should be protected by copyrights or patents.

inventive steps of software invention

Examiners tend to set inventive steps of software invention higher than other inventions.

Markup language

Markup language is software or not ??

Business models

In Japan, business models/methods without any technical aspects are not patentable.

A network system that embodies a business model may be patentable.