What is Bates Number?
A Bates number is an electronic number used to identify images and document pages in an automated database system. A Bates number serves as a kind of digital reference point that is used to enable real-time data retrieval.
A Bates number is also known as a Bates stamp, Bates mark, Bates code, and Bates label.
Bates numbers are used by large document management organizations and can be used in litigation presentations as they are part of litigation and medical source solutions. Bates numbering allows users to select the page number and context, and print large quantities of documents in predefined batches.
In addition, the Bates numbering system serves as a kind of search engine. For example, an organization such as Advanced Labeling Systems (ALS) offers Bates numbering systems to enable fast electronic data access and retrieval instead of searching through piles of paper.
The Bates numbering machine was invented by Edwin G. Bates in 1893 and patented by the Bates Manufacturing Company. Bates numbers are gradually being replaced by hash algorithm technology from the end of the 2000s.