A new gTLD service provider proposed the ICANN an indicative application period for .BRAND new gTLDs starting 1 October 2019 and ending 12 January 2020.
That's early, but if such date is suggested, I strongly believe that it is feasible. So I asked the ICANN Board the question, and Avri Doria answered me.
Just asked about the October 2019 date for a #dotbrand new gTLD round. Icann Answer: "never heard about this but not impossible".https://t.co/esVPnNAgQZ#dotbrands #newgtlds #newgtld— Jean Guillon (@jeanguillon) November 12, 2018