The Transporation Research Board put out a report on ‘Management Guide to Intellectual Property for State Departments of Transportation’. It mentions that DOTs do not register very much Intellectual Property (IP). As DOTs are public agencies, most information is in the public sphere as it is paid by tax dollars. The report breaks this line of thinking to a new paradigm that involves registering IP and use license fees to use it as another revenue stream for the department.
It is a interesting read, it is up to the DOTs to decide if the additional revenue stream from registered IP outweighs the department mission to the public for open data for the taxpayers who are also stakeholders in the department. It is a interesting intellectual question to ponder.