19 December 2013
The guidelines ICANN will use to review Registry Operator (RO) applications for conducting an Approved Launch Program are now published.
Download the Application Review Guidelines [PDF, 29 KB]
ICANN announced the opening of the application process for Approved Launch Programs on 12 November 2013. If an RO's application is approved, the new Registry will be allowed to conduct a registration process not otherwise permitted under the Trademark Clearinghouse Requirements [PDF, 168 KB] specified in the Registry Agreement. ICANN published the review guidelines to provide the community with additional clarity on the process for approving proposed Launch Programs.
The Approved Launch Program Process & Forms [PDF, 136 KB] include detailed application submission instructions. During the review process, ICANN may solicit additional information from the RO and/or publish the application for public comment.