Class 206 is the residual locus for: (a) a container configuredto hold a particular article or set of articles or material; (b)a mercantile unit - i.e., means in or by which goods (article ormaterial) are displayed, protected, packaged or arranged in a particularmanner, to facilitate sale, transportation in commerce, use or storageor (c) a packet, compact or case carried on the person of a user.
(1)Note. Containers of this class type must function, by disclosure,to hold contents which in turn are to be eventually removed fromthe container.
(2)Note. Generally, specific container (or retainer) structureas defined above, in combination with composition or stock materialcharacteristics of said structure is considered classifiable inClass 206. However, mere "nominal" inclusionof a container (or retainer) in such combination is not considered "specific".For example: "A gas bag of synthetic polyester textilefiber mesh laminated between polyester films," is consideredproperly classified elsewhere. Similarly, "An acid tankwith walls made of leak stopping composition x, y, z" and "Amatch safe with walls made of fireproof material x, y, z," areconsidered subject matter for the appropriate composition class.See Lines With Other Classes and Within This Class and Referencesto Other Classes, below.
(3)Note. Included here is a bale, bundle, roll, pile, stackor nest of articles (or material) which arrangement must be destroyedfor use of an individual component or its contents-e.g., a rollof severably connected fasteners, an article or receptacle configuredto nest or stack with another article or receptacle, or the knockdowninterfitted arrangement of a device or article.
(4)Note. Generally, unless provided for in some other classas partially indicated under "SEARCH CLASS" below,the combination of an article (or material) and its containmentmeans is to be found in this (206) class. However, the claimeddisclosure of content is ordinarily not a basis for intra classdistinctions among the subclasses therein.
(5)Note. Included here is a package for (or with) a pluralityof articles or material, or an arrangement of articles or material, whicharticles or materials are to be used together (successively or cooperatively)in any operation or to make a definite solution, mixture, compositionor assemblage.
(6)Note. Included here is a container, package or packing elementunder the class definition having (a) means for displaying an articleor material, (b) indicia, a sign, panel or simulation means or (c)an indicator relative to the container or contents.
(7)Note. Included here is a container wherein the content (articleor material) included, or to be included therein, bears some relationshipto the container other than mere containment.
(8)Note. Placement of patents within class schedule. Patentsissued since 1940 have been classified, both for original and cross referenceplacement, in accord with the claimed disclosure. However, patents issuedprior to 1940 have generally been evaluated as to total disclosure,and thus placement of these older patents does not necessarily indicatelines of classification.
(9)Note. The subclass schedule and definitions, as revised andpublished in late 1973, represent an initial effort toward a realignmentof the several receptacle classes-both with respect to each otherand to other related classes. See Lines With Other Classes andWithin This Class, below, for a further discussion of this topic.