Italian car-manufacturer's Maserati's trident badge; inspired by the trident attribute held by the Roman god Neptune, as portrayed in Bologna, Italy's, Fontana di Nettuno/Fountain of Neptune, by Giambologna, c.1567; Maserati was founded in Bologna.
The Mitsubishi logo reflects the company's name. "Mitsu" is Japanese for "three", while "hishi"/"bishi" means "water chestnut" and is part of the Japanese word for a diamond shape. The family crest of the company's founder, Yataro Iwasaki, consists of 3 rhombuses piled on top of one another. In the Mitsubishi logo, they have been rearranged into a triangle shape to recall the three-leafed family crest of the lords of Iwasaki's home town, Tosa.
Three-pointed star of 1909, trademark of of Benz and Cie from 1909, three-pointed star in circle from 1916, trademark of DMB and Benz Cie merger in 1926, and the modern three-pointed star; the Mercedes-Benz three-pointed-star logo was originally supposed to symbolise Gottlieb Daimler's ambition of universal motorisation 'on land, on water and in the air'. (emercedesbenz.com)
The Amnesty logo 'of a candle wrapped in barbed wire was inspired by the ancient Chinese proverb: “It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness”, reflecting [founder] Peter Benenson’s hope that its work would shine a light in the darkest of places where human rights abuses go unpunished'. (Amnesty International)
Canon. This Japanese company takes its name from the bodhisattva Guanyin ('Kannon' in Japanese). Originally, 'Kwanon' (and later 'Canon', to appeal to the global market) referred to a particular line of cameras; in 1947 the company itself was renamed.