I've found out that l have a domain name, a word in the English dictionary, trademarked by several companies. Is it illegal to contact them to see if they're interested? I've made some trademark queries and l noticed that most of the words\phrases have been registered... so theoretically no nice domain name could be bought without risking, Use case, the word 'timeout', registered in several countries by a sport portal in one country, by a fashion brand in another, by an auction house in a third country. What prevents a person who owns timeout.io to contact them to see if they could be interested in that name? I've also find out that companies have a priority and can auto-register new domain extensions paying a dedicated service. Use case 2, l've seen .net and .org of big companies... floating in the free to register zone for months. This means that not only they have not paid a basic service to protect that name... not only haven't put a few $ on a backorder to take it when dropped... but that they don't even get it when it's available at registration cost! I mean, l understand one register 'apple' and then build a website that sells smartphones... but what prevents a guy who register apple.store ) to a guy who sells vegetables in Honduras?