904.03(c) Commercial Packaging
The terminology “applied to the containers for the goods” means applied to any type of commercial packaging that is normal for the particular goods as they move in trade. Thus, a showing of the trademark on the normal commercial package for the particular goods is an acceptable specimen. For example, gasoline pumps are normal containers or “packaging” for gasoline.
A specimen showing use of the trademark on a vehicle in which the goods are marketed to the relevant purchasers may constitute use of the mark on a container for the goods, if this is the normal mode of use of a mark for the particular goods. In re E.A. Miller & Sons Packing Co., 225 USPQ 592 (TTAB 1985). But see In re Lyndale Farm, 186 F.2d 723, 88 USPQ 377 (C.C.P.A. 1951).