For the past few years Google has been making US Patent Office datasets available for free on the sites:
But the sites have not been updated since around Oct 7th 2014 and no information about the delay was posted... I rely on these updates so that was a big problem.
After some poking around I stumbled on the fact that Reed Tech, a division of Lexis Nexis, is now distributing these datasets at no charge.
Fortunately the format of the zip files remains identical, at least for the ones I work with.
You can find the Patent Grant Bibliographic Text at http://patents.reedtech.com/pgrbbib.php and the Application Bibliographic Text at http://patents.reedtech.com/parbbib.php
At the time of writing these pages are up to date.
This is good news, but it would have been even better if Google had announced the transition a month or so in advance.
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