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Welcome to the New gTLD
Applicant Guidebook Version 3 (V3)
Public Comment Forum

Open: October 4, 2009

Closed: November 22, 2009

To submit a comment, send a message to the email address that corresponds to the issue on which you would like to comment as indicated on the table below. After you send your message, you will receive an email message containing a confirmation link. You must click on the confirmation link in the message in order to complete the submission of your comment.

How to participate?

This public comment page exists to collect your input on the Draft Applicant Guidebook, V3.

The Guidebook, V3 is available here in full as well as in its six individual modules. You can either comment on the overall document or comment per module, by area of interest. Also, with each module's discussion area, you will also find a list of papers that serve as explanatory memoranda to that particular module. A red-lined and annotated version of the document is provided to facilitate the understanding of the changes that were made in progressing from Draft Applicant Guidebook, V2 to V3. A series of Explanatory Memoranda and independent reports, also available below, accompany the Draft Applicant Guidebook, V3, to supplement understanding of the implementation work for new gTLDs.

Although substantial progress has been made as the Guidebook approached its final form, there are areas of the program that still under development. Certain proposed trademark rights protection mechanisms are being referred to the GNSO for discussion and are published on a separate page. Additional economic analysis will be undertaken.

It's important to point out that all materials are in draft form for public comment and review. The current public comment period will last for at least fifty (50) days. As the materials become available in additional languages there will be an opportunity to comment in these additional languages as well.

All materials are in draft form for public comment and review. Your comments will help toward the release of the Final Guidebook and the launch of the new gTLD process.

Since these are not the final documents, applicants should not rely on the details contained in the document since they remains subject to further consultation and revision.

What to expect?

ICANN expects to engage in a productive and robust dialogue with the Internet community through this consultative process.

Further details about the New gTLD Program can be found at:

Draft Applicant
Guidebook Presented
in Full and by Modules
Redlines from
version 2
Description Email
Full Draft
redline [1,974K] - Full Draft
Application Guidebook
- View
Module 1 [388K]
Introduction to the
New gTLD

Application Process
redline [392K] Module 1 of the Guidebook only. Key content:

  • Application processing phases
  • Eligibility and application types
  • Fees and payment



Module 2 [208K]
Evaluation Procedures
redline [312K] - Module 2 of the Guidebook only. Key content:

  • Evaluations phases, questions and criteria
- View
Evaluation Criteria [741K] redline [1,508K]
Module 3 [148K]
Dispute Resolution
redline [160K] - Module 3 of the Guidebook only. Key content:
  • Procedures
- View
New gTLD
Dispute Resolution
redline [139K]
Draft WIPO Rules
for New gTLD
Dispute Resolution
Draft WIPO
Module 4 [300K]
String Contention
redline [324K] - Module 4 of the Guidebook only. Key content:

  • Identification of contention sets
  • Comparative evaluation
  • Efficient contention resolution mechanism
- View
Module 5 [140K]
Transition to Delegation
redline [223K] Module 5 of the Guidebook only. Key content:

  • Base Agreement & Specifications
  • Pre-delegation test
- View
Registry Agreement
& Specifications
redline [1,070K]
Community Registry
Restrictions Dispute
Resolution Procedure
Trademark Post-Delegation
Dispute Resolution
Module 6 [52K]
Application Terms &
redline [56K] - Module 6 of the Guidebook only. - View

Additional Supporting Documents and Related Public Comment Fora as of October 2009

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