Bates Number


  • A document identification technique in which every page (or image) of every document in a document collection is assigned a unique, sequential identification number. Bates numbers may be then printed onto the document page before the page is distributed to multiple parties to ensure that each distributed page can be identified and compared to the original.
  • The Bate® number is a number that uniquely identifies each page of a document.
  • A bates production number is a tracking number assigned to each page of each document in the production set.
  • A unique number that is attached to each page of a document (in electronic or manual form) to identify it. The word Bates comes from the Bates Company, which was one of the originators of numeric (and alpha) stamping machines.


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